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.

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities

halloween cady boxes

Halloween Cady Boxes

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

white background with brances frame

White Background With Brances Frame

festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View

camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling

thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

kid paint party

Kid Paint Party

robot components

Robot Components

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting

avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board

summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

school and study supplies

School And Study Supplies

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating

business flatlay in india

Business Flatlay In India

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

nail polish

Nail Polish

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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 itā€™s relatively easy to do. Generally you donā€™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 - itā€™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.

Youā€™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

Itā€™s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a ā€œthemeā€ before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is ā€œCluttered Officeā€ - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is ā€œBrunch Timeā€ - 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 - itā€™s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You donā€™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 youā€™re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day thatā€™s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.