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.

bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay

present or gift

Present Or Gift

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team

school supplies

School Supplies

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast

road race from above

Road Race From Above

costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn

gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap

writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss

spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies

shipping label

Shipping Label

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies

art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities

back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood

avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay

happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music

gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped

gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping

stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish

back to school

Back To School

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.