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.

chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday

cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White

candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween

fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling

halloween treats

Halloween Treats

packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

halloween cady boxes

Halloween Cady Boxes

drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View

trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn

sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine

camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay

thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots

nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers

summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables

candy canes on green

Candy Canes On Green

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

robot components

Robot Components

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

bright present

Bright Present

stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges

a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps

vertical aerial car junk yard

Vertical Aerial Car Junk Yard

black and white halloween candy flatlay

Black And White Halloween Candy Flatlay

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

a trio of natural soaps

A Trio Of Natural Soaps

turntable & record

turntable & Record

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

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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.