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.

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creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay


livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers


tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread


morning journal

Morning Journal


lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background


home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories


sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


students meet and study

Students Meet And Study


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


an overhead of a clean organized desk

An Overhead Of A Clean Organized Desk


colorful fresh vegetables flatlay

Colorful Fresh Vegetables Flatlay


pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay


school supplies

School Supplies


online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals


black and red friday

Black And Red Friday


creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book


holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs


kid paint party

Kid Paint Party


love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance


sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling


an engagment ring sits in a blue box

An Engagment Ring Sits In A Blue Box


black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay


butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls


toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale


student using calculator

Student Using Calculator


packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday


blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift


kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating


poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top


present or gift

Present Or Gift


fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay


berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble


watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper


makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers


candy canes on green

Candy Canes On Green


cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping


love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur


give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters


math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils


four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots


back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood


colorful pens shown on white

Colorful Pens Shown On White


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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.