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.

fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign

school supplies

School Supplies

shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies

record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat

toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

three students working flatlay

Three Students Working Flatlay

makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast

shipping label

Shipping Label

stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

steaks oil salt knife and a cutting board

Steaks Oil Salt Knife And A Cutting Board

butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls

free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign

math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils

survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay

gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped

present or gift

Present Or Gift

watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team

eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie

happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters

black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay

sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie

work desk in order

Work Desk In Order

breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad

gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

laptop at the table with tea at side

Laptop At The Table With Tea At Side

tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth

nail polish with flowers

Nail Polish With Flowers

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

back to school

Back To School

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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.