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.

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

road race from above

Road Race From Above

white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped

gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap

kid paint party

Kid Paint Party

black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay

math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils

gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping

record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music

baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie

cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping

toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting

stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay

watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper

toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit

kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay

numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard

gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow

back to school

Back To School

pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday

present with ribbon

Present With Ribbon

blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift

happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters

breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad

happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie

nail polish with flowers

Nail Polish With Flowers

eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes

sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie

remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay

dental care tools

Dental Care Tools

preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above

back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

base coat beauty

Base Coat Beauty

packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday

sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine

salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox

halloween candy

Halloween Candy

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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.