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.

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals

mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies

busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay

love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance

pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals

cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale

art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting

home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories

black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk

sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling

students meet and study

Students Meet And Study

livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers

butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls

school supplies

School Supplies

black and red friday

Black And Red Friday

love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

present or gift

Present Or Gift

student using calculator

Student Using Calculator

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities

fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay

give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters

a trio of natural soaps

A Trio Of Natural Soaps

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay

makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers

berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

sliced orange

Sliced Orange

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce

fresh vegetables arranged on chopping board flatlay

Fresh Vegetables Arranged On Chopping Board Flatlay

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss

Start a business

Most everything you need to get started — photos, suppliers, and more

Flatlay Stock Photos for Businesses, Articles and More - HD and Royalty-free

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.