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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person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat


gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay


clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest


nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems


veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools


candy for halloween

Candy For Halloween


holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping


gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook


cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers


a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps


red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White


writing in journal

Writing In Journal


pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue


flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye


pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats


wooden combs on a beige background

Wooden Combs On A Beige Background


view from above as person sits at white desktop

View From Above As Person Sits At White Desktop


work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out


cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale


cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings


files and hammers flatlay

Files And Hammers Flatlay


cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling


cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial


hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.


coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background


these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized


makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color


camera looks down on wooden table with two bao buns

Camera Looks Down On Wooden Table With Two Bao Buns


holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay


chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay


boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above


stationary ready to set new year goals

Stationary Ready To Set New Year Goals


vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage


holiday sales

Holiday Sales


robot components

Robot Components


living room with coffee table with hot chocolate

Living Room With Coffee Table With Hot Chocolate


airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel


festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights


yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay


tiles lay on a black surface reading mental health matters

Tiles Lay On A Black Surface Reading Mental Health Matters


flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue


accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay


fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza


purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay


pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni


fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View


star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks


knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass


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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.