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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product packaging

Product Packaging

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay

view from above as person sits at white desktop

View From Above As Person Sits At White Desktop

person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat

salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue

nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems

candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween

clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest

camera looks down on wooden table with two bao buns

Camera Looks Down On Wooden Table With Two Bao Buns

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

files and hammers flatlay

Files And Hammers Flatlay

coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background

cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers

a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps

holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats

work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out

vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

tiles lay on a black surface reading mental health matters

Tiles Lay On A Black Surface Reading Mental Health Matters

stationary ready to set new year goals

Stationary Ready To Set New Year Goals

cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

living room with coffee table with hot chocolate

Living Room With Coffee Table With Hot Chocolate

hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

robot components

Robot Components

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

black plastic debit card on a white table

Black Plastic Debit Card On A White Table

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background

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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.