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.

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling


black and white halloween candy flatlay

Black And White Halloween Candy Flatlay


trick or treat on an orange background with candy corn

Trick Or Treat On An Orange Background With Candy Corn


sliced tomatoes and basil with white wine

Sliced Tomatoes And Basil With White Wine


pastel stationary

Pastel Stationary


what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?


money money money

Money Money Money


a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients


stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges


sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays


three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background


airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel


packing sunglasses and cosmetics for a holiday

Packing Sunglasses And Cosmetics For A Holiday


flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws


berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble


pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk


ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic


flatlay of picnic prep

Flatlay Of Picnic Prep


flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table


candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers


wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle


pink heart made of flower petals

Pink Heart Made Of Flower Petals


carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust


wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench


a close up of wood working tools

A Close Up Of Wood Working Tools


a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench


sawdust covers work bench and tools

Sawdust Covers Work Bench And Tools


carpenter's pencil and tools in sawdust

Carpenter's Pencil And Tools In Sawdust


wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench


happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign


four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots


three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots


flatlay of a model spelling "gold" on a blackboard

Flatlay Of A Model Spelling "Gold" On A Blackboard


flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice


landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background


a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background


gift and roses

Gift And Roses


remote office setup flatlay

Remote Office Setup Flatlay


busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay


business flatlay in india

Business Flatlay In India


summer dinner party setup

Summer Dinner Party Setup


summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay


flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table


boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out


flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table


packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers


flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table


a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table


business meeting over coffee

Business Meeting Over Coffee


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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.