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.

toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting


holiday gift

Holiday Gift


blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift


chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday


candy canes on green

Candy Canes On Green


buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame


pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot


kid paint party

Kid Paint Party


tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth


an overhead of a clean organized desk

An Overhead Of A Clean Organized Desk


work desk in order

Work Desk In Order


paper pen envelope

Paper Pen Envelope


candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile


bright gift box

Bright Gift Box


math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils


gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped


money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse


shipping label

Shipping Label


shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies


packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday


kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating


stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish


avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes


writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk


watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper


baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie


gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap


remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay


gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping


red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay


toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit


sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine


back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay


baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products


present with ribbon

Present With Ribbon


colorful fresh vegetables flatlay

Colorful Fresh Vegetables Flatlay


record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music


makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast


preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative


numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard


road race from above

Road Race From Above


man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola


gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow


survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay


lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above


happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters


nail polish with flowers

Nail Polish With Flowers


fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket


happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie


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 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.