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.