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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colorful fresh vegetables flatlay

Colorful Fresh Vegetables Flatlay


costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn


hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee


cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay


red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction


coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun


creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options


toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting


fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread


home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


morning journal

Morning Journal


an overhead of a clean organized desk

An Overhead Of A Clean Organized Desk


sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread


kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating


students meet and study

Students Meet And Study


pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay


packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday


creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


black and red friday

Black And Red Friday


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


school supplies

School Supplies


flatlay of a coffee mug and items to plan travel

Flatlay Of A Coffee Mug And Items To Plan Travel


colorful pens shown on white

Colorful Pens Shown On White


watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs


online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals


sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling


butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls


love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance


black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay


blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift


student using calculator

Student Using Calculator


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth


cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale


toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss


poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top


math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils


berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble


fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay


candy canes on green

Candy Canes On Green


present or gift

Present Or Gift


makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers


back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood


give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters


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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.