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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summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat

happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie

stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges

back to school

Back To School

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

black plastic debit card on a white table

Black Plastic Debit Card On A White Table

sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie

breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad

happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

product packaging

Product Packaging

salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox

thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

backpack with books a map and tech falling out of it

Backpack With Books A Map And Tech Falling Out Of It

dark wooden table with notebooks a leaf and a yellow pen

Dark Wooden Table With Notebooks A Leaf And A Yellow Pen

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out

clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween

cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers

star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks

three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background

a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea

pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats

cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets

a pocket watch laying on a black and orange background

A Pocket Watch Laying On A Black And Orange Background

these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized

hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.

flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate

flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

robot components

Robot Components

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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.