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.

trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn


toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting


yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay


boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above


preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative


school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling


candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers


chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday


cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers


happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie


drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View


bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay


flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay


nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems


knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables


summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup


sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay


chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay


kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating


bright present

Bright Present


french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow


turntable & record

turntable & Record


remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay


summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay


cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration


robot components

Robot Components


school and study supplies

School And Study Supplies


peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay


afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele


crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture


brown package labels

Brown Package Labels


yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background


shipping labels

Shipping Labels


hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni


birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above


happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow


reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails


white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter


busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay


a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself


buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame


avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial


hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up


fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails


packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday


celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver


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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.