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.

present or gift

Present Or Gift

houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast

happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign

school supplies

School Supplies

baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products

writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

road race from above

Road Race From Above

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team

toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss

give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters

gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

laptop at the table with tea at side

Laptop At The Table With Tea At Side

shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies

shipping label

Shipping Label

baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie

back to school

Back To School

record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay

mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies

stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils

survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay

art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting

gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped

childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping

kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts

watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper

eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes

tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

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 itā€™s relatively easy to do. Generally you donā€™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 - itā€™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.

Youā€™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

Itā€™s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a ā€œthemeā€ before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is ā€œCluttered Officeā€ - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is ā€œBrunch Timeā€ - 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 - itā€™s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You donā€™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 youā€™re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day thatā€™s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.