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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tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction

morning journal

Morning Journal

cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay

peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View

pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals

light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter

home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories

livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers

mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies

online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

black and red friday

Black And Red Friday

students meet and study

Students Meet And Study

love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance

childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities

school supplies

School Supplies

sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling

black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay

cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale

pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls

an overhead of a clean organized desk

An Overhead Of A Clean Organized Desk

student using calculator

Student Using Calculator

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

present or gift

Present Or Gift

fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce

fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters

love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur

berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble

blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift

makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers

candy canes on green

Candy Canes On Green

kid paint party

Kid Paint Party

toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting

back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood

colorful fresh vegetables flatlay

Colorful Fresh Vegetables Flatlay

four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots

roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday

sliced orange

Sliced Orange

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

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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.