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.

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

black and red friday

Black And Red Friday

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

nail polish

Nail Polish

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

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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.