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.

hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

black and red friday

Black And Red Friday

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

natural soap made with oatmeal

Natural Soap Made With Oatmeal

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

colorful fresh vegetables flatlay

Colorful Fresh Vegetables Flatlay

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

nail polish

Nail Polish

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

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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.