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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lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above

trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn

road race from above

Road Race From Above

halloween cady boxes

Halloween Cady Boxes

halloween candy

Halloween Candy

survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay

halloween treats

Halloween Treats

nail polish with flowers

Nail Polish With Flowers

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling

back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay

back to school

Back To School

eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes

happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie

happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters

breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad

several different fruits lay on a pink background

Several Different Fruits Lay On A Pink Background

sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

dental care tools

Dental Care Tools

cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White

camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay

base coat beauty

Base Coat Beauty

black and white halloween candy flatlay

Black And White Halloween Candy Flatlay

a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients

thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View

product packaging

Product Packaging

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup

summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables

flatlay iron skillet with meat and other food

Flatlay Iron Skillet With Meat And Other Food

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps

nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems

pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

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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.