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.

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free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

free shipping written in notebook

Free Shipping Written In Notebook

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay

gentlemans fashion flatlay

Gentlemans Fashion Flatlay

grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband

costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

student back to school supplies

Student Back To School Supplies

back to school knolling flatlay

Back To School Knolling Flatlay

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling

school and study supplies

School And Study Supplies

back to school flatlay on wood

Back To School Flatlay On Wood

toast with peanut butter and fruit

Toast With Peanut Butter And Fruit

pieces needed for building a robot

Pieces Needed For Building a Robot

survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

robot components

Robot Components

fresh green and purple fancy lettuce

Fresh Green And Purple Fancy Lettuce

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

contact us sign with phone on desk

Contact Us Sign With Phone On Desk

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

camping gear flatlay

Camping Gear Flatlay

assorted hot beverages tea matcha coffee

Assorted Hot Beverages Tea Matcha Coffee

children sharing and playing with toys

Children Sharing And Playing With Toys

kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys

toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks

business meeting in office for team

Business Meeting In Office For Team

students meet and study

Students Meet And Study

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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.