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.

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record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music


writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk


gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap


base coat beauty

Base Coat Beauty


numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard


man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola


gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow


trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn


lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above


halloween treats

Halloween Treats


flatlay of coffee and items ready to travel

Flatlay Of Coffee And Items Ready To Travel


summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup


nail polish with flowers

Nail Polish With Flowers


landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools


flatlay of jade face roller laying on a grey stone

Flatlay Of Jade Face Roller Laying On A Grey Stone


black and white halloween candy flatlay

Black And White Halloween Candy Flatlay


earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt


fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket


school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling


halloween cady boxes

Halloween Cady Boxes


baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products


road race from above

Road Race From Above


flatlay of notebooks pens and a persons hand

Flatlay Of Notebooks Pens And A Persons Hand


halloween candy

Halloween Candy


back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay


cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White


survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay


eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes


dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background


french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow


back to school

Back To School


drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View


breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad


sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie


happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters


stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges


bright party decor

Bright Party Decor


happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie


summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay


healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes


afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele


yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background


thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece


product packaging

Product Packaging


bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay


what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?


salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox


happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay


clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest


person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat


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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.