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.

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay


flatlay of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician


holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay


winter pattern

Winter Pattern


pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner


gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday


bfcm gold

BFCM Gold


candy canes on green

Candy Canes On Green


red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay


pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue


candy cane pattern

Candy Cane Pattern


black and red friday

Black And Red Friday


snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay


paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen


star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks


multiple candy canes in rows

Multiple Candy Canes in Rows


a trio of natural soaps

A Trio Of Natural Soaps


natural soap made with oatmeal

Natural Soap Made With Oatmeal


soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients


a selection of naturally made soaps

A Selection Of Naturally Made Soaps


natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber


handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients


soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble


soap bars on wood

Soap Bars On Wood


oatmeal soap bar

Oatmeal Soap Bar


pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay


accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay


fried eggs and black coffee

Fried Eggs And Black Coffee


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


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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.