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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cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings

pumpkin dish & treats

Pumpkin Dish & Treats

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial

hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.

person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

flatlay of a notebook with pen and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook With Pen And Cellphone

healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay

work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized

holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay

robot components

Robot Components

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

bright present

Bright Present

star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

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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.