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.