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.

black and white halloween candy flatlay

Black And White Halloween Candy Flatlay

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

black and red friday

Black And Red Friday

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

nail polish

Nail Polish

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges

avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl

vertical aerial car junk yard

Vertical Aerial Car Junk Yard

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay

solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist

cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings

candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients

flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

aged staples texture

Aged Staples 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.