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.

summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

decorative gift wrapped box

Decorative Gift Wrapped Box

aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture

halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish

chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

plaid tree wrapping paper on gift

Plaid Tree Wrapping Paper On Gift

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

business flatlay in india

Business Flatlay In India

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table

vertical aerial car junk yard

Vertical Aerial Car Junk Yard

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay

busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

close up of painted tools

Close Up Of Painted Tools

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

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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.