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.

houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor


workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook


present or gift

Present Or Gift


online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals


poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top


give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters


sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay


coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay


school supplies

School Supplies


blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay


students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team


baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products


holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs


makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast


candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile


student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies


lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background


road race from above

Road Race From Above


writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk


cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale


toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss


gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap


money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse


bright gift box

Bright Gift Box


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie


shipping label

Shipping Label


high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers


shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies


pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot


holiday gift

Holiday Gift


art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting


man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola


avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes


bright party decor

Bright Party Decor


record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music


back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood


childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities


stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish


back to school

Back To School


kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts


gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped


gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping


cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping


survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay


tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth


math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils


work desk in order

Work Desk In Order


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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.