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.

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

business meeting over coffee

Business Meeting Over Coffee

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign

black coffee and phone flatlay

Black Coffee And Phone Flatlay

getting business finances in order

Getting Business Finances In Order

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

creative layout of an open book

Creative Layout Of An Open Book

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

laptop at the table with tea at side

Laptop At The Table With Tea At Side

rolling out paper with purple flowers

Rolling Out Paper With Purple Flowers

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

decorative gift wrapped box

Decorative Gift Wrapped Box

festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping

plaid tree wrapping paper on gift

Plaid Tree Wrapping Paper On Gift

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

vertical aerial car junk yard

Vertical Aerial Car Junk Yard

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial

close up of painted tools

Close Up Of Painted Tools

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers

flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table

flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table

boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out

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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.