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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fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay

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

red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay

four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots

give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters

love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur

flatlay of jade face roller laying on a grey stone

Flatlay Of Jade Face Roller Laying On A Grey Stone

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

sliced orange

Sliced Orange

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes

knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine

several different fruits lay on a pink background

Several Different Fruits Lay On A Pink Background

remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay

a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

white blocks spells out stay well repeatedly

White Blocks Spells Out Stay Well Repeatedly

healthy close up flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Close Up Flatlay Featuring Celery

dental care tools

Dental Care Tools

holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters

red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White

camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay

gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped

work desk in order

Work Desk In Order

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

natural soap made with oatmeal

Natural Soap Made With Oatmeal

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

wooden combs on a beige background

Wooden Combs On A Beige Background

landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools

toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit

makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast

chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle

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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.