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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flatlay iron skillet with meat and other food

Flatlay Iron Skillet With Meat And Other Food

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

cheese and crackers

Cheese And Crackers

what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?

hand holding coffee near book and phone.

Hand Holding Coffee Near Book And Phone.

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools

healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes

these colorful clothes pegs will help you get organized

These Colorful Clothes Pegs Will Help You Get Organized

robot components

Robot Components

gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay

work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue

flatlay of a notebook with pen and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook With Pen And Cellphone

purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

bright present

Bright Present

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

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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.