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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writing in journal

Writing In Journal


healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes


a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps


flatlay of a coffee mug and items to plan travel

Flatlay Of A Coffee Mug And Items To Plan Travel


cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale


cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings


flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye


pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats


flatlay of jade face roller laying on a grey stone

Flatlay Of Jade Face Roller Laying On A Grey Stone


cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial


hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.


gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay


boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above


work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out


chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay


pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue


holiday sales

Holiday Sales


cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling


these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized


holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay


festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights


airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel


yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay


robot components

Robot Components


accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay


fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue


pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay


flatlay of coffee and items ready to travel

Flatlay Of Coffee And Items Ready To Travel


gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook


flatlay of notebooks pens and a persons hand

Flatlay Of Notebooks Pens And A Persons Hand


fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View


purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay


hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni


knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass


pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw


peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay


wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


files and hammers flatlay

Files And Hammers Flatlay


film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background


reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails


silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations


a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table


white blocks spells out stay well repeatedly

White Blocks Spells Out Stay Well Repeatedly


star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks


view from above as person sits at white desktop

View From Above As Person Sits At White Desktop


snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay


holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling


sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay


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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.