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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student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

wooden toothbrushes lined up against a green background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lined Up Against A Green Background

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters

toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

tools for teeth

Tools For Teeth

math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils

kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper

chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday

red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay

work desk in order

Work Desk In Order

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine

gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

shipping label

Shipping Label

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

paper pen envelope

Paper Pen Envelope

remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay

an engagment ring sits in a blue box

An Engagment Ring Sits In A Blue Box

shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle

avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes

toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit

stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish

back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay

gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping

baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie

writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk

natural soap made with oatmeal

Natural Soap Made With Oatmeal

present with ribbon

Present With Ribbon

gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap

numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard

preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative

record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

vertical aerial car junk yard

Vertical Aerial Car Junk Yard

healthy close up flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Close Up Flatlay Featuring Celery

baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products

makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast

gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow

fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket

trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn

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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.