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.

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay


holiday sales

Holiday Sales


several different fruits lay on a pink background

Several Different Fruits Lay On A Pink Background


what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?


knife chopping vegetables

Knife Chopping Vegetables


yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay


airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel


colorful pens shown on white

Colorful Pens Shown On White


fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza


robot components

Robot Components


pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw


peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay


silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations


purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay


these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized


accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay


hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights


sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay


work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out


brown package labels

Brown Package Labels


fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View


a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table


healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes


bright present

Bright Present


reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails


gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay


loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple


film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background


wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling


holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling


landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools


fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails


knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass


happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow


cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration


halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black


turntable & record

turntable & Record


crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture


flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table


camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup


bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay


buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame


a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself


holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay


pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue


back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils


campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit


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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.