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.

back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers

numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard

happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

business startup desktop flatlay

Business Startup Desktop Flatlay

black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay

toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit

breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad

gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow

nail polish with flowers

Nail Polish With Flowers

dental care tools

Dental Care Tools

fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie

home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories

costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn

present with ribbon

Present With Ribbon

lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above

students meet and study

Students Meet And Study

student using calculator

Student Using Calculator

back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox

clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

base coat beauty

Base Coat Beauty

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween

blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift

paper pen envelope

Paper Pen Envelope

product packaging

Product Packaging

festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping

rolling out paper with purple flowers

Rolling Out Paper With Purple Flowers

halloween candy

Halloween Candy

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

halloween treats

Halloween Treats

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket

pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes

cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White

kid paint party

Kid Paint Party

chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday

cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers

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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.