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.

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies


lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above


gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow


bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay


road race from above

Road Race From Above


home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories


present with ribbon

Present With Ribbon


art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting


silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations


livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers


paper pen envelope

Paper Pen Envelope


business startup desktop flatlay

Business Startup Desktop Flatlay


salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox


avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes


chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday


product packaging

Product Packaging


base coat beauty

Base Coat Beauty


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween


fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce


back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay


cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers


blue ribbon on gift

Blue Ribbon On Gift


chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay


pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats


clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest


halloween candy

Halloween Candy


halloween treats

Halloween Treats


back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay


boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above


cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White


decorative gift wrapped box

Decorative Gift Wrapped Box


blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay


back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood


fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket


happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie


rolling out paper with purple flowers

Rolling Out Paper With Purple Flowers


student using calculator

Student Using Calculator


bright present

Bright Present


students meet and study

Students Meet And Study


nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems


plaid tree wrapping paper on gift

Plaid Tree Wrapping Paper On Gift


preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative


turntable & record

turntable & Record


costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn


knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables


dental care tools

Dental Care Tools


sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay


kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts


pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw


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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.