Flat Lay Photos: Pictures of Flatlays

Flatlay photography is an easy and creative way to showcase groups of products, give a stunning snapshot of a work space, or just showcase thematic elements in an aesthetically rich way.

butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals

home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories

costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn

sliced orange

Sliced Orange

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

students meet and study

Students Meet And Study

makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers

school supplies

School Supplies

present or gift

Present Or Gift

pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals

roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

school and study supplies

School And Study Supplies

business flatlay in india

Business Flatlay In India

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

student using calculator

Student Using Calculator

holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers

cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss

back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood

fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

work desk in order

Work Desk In Order

paper pen envelope

Paper Pen Envelope

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

shipping label

Shipping Label

baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products

white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame

writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk

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Tips for Your own flatlay photography

What makes this type of photography so popular is not just the look of the photography style, but that it’s relatively easy to do. Generally you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a great flatlay image - an iPhone camera and good lighting will do!

Feel free to browse our database of flatlay images or check our tips below for creating your own beautiful pictures.

Shoot for a single color palette

Generally speaking - it’s best to select a colour pallette of about 2-3 unifying colours and work around those colors with varying patterns and textures. Having a predetermined pallette will help to unify the composition of the image and direct the mood of the piece. For example - object in navy blue and deep red will usually give the image a more somber feel to it whereas bright pinks and purples will make the image a bit more playful.

You’ll also want to make sure you use a neutral background colour as well. Most flatlay pictures use a white background, but feel free to experiment with black, grey or more muted wood tones as well. A neutral background colour will make the foreground items stand-out, complimenting the items and focusing your audience's attention towards your subjects.

Let the composition of your pictures tell a story

It’s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a “theme” before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is “Cluttered Office” - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is “Brunch Time” - you might include items like toasted bagels and sparkling mimosas. Let your image tell a story through objects surrounding a common theme.

Experiment with Space and Lighting

Not all flatlay images are built the same. For some - a cluttered workspace might convey a sense of chaos to the audience while a more sparse use of objects with more negative space might give the viewer a sense of calming isolation.

With regards to lighting - it’s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You don’t want your lights to be too bright however, as this can wash-out some of the beauty of your colours and create jarring, odd shadows.

Natural light works best as well - especially in the morning when the sun has risen but is not yet in full force. If you’re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day that’s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.