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.

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting

trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn

cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White

pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative

drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay

cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems

summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup

kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating

knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

bright present

Bright Present

school and study supplies

School And Study Supplies

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

robot components

Robot Components

turntable & record

turntable & Record

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

pastel stationary

Pastel Stationary

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

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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.