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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knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables

hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat

robot components

Robot Components

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes

work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

bright present

Bright Present

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

flatlay of a notebook with pen and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook With Pen And Cellphone

turntable & record

turntable & Record

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

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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.