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.

holiday love wreath

Holiday Love Wreath

morning love greeting

Morning Love Greeting

laptop from above

Laptop From Above

roses and love letters

Roses And Love Letters

tablet & coffee

Tablet & Coffee

macbook air on desk

Macbook Air On Desk

contact us lettering

Contact Us Lettering

baby nursery

Baby Nursery

close up red rose bouquet

Close Up Red Rose Bouquet

writing tools

Writing Tools

contact us image

Contact Us Image

love letters and roses on fur

Love Letters And Roses On Fur

contact us flatlay

Contact Us Flatlay

pink hearts background

Pink Hearts Background

designer's desk with coffee and wireframes

Designer's Desk With Coffee And Wireframes

berries & granola

Berries & Granola

happy valentines day

Happy Valentines Day

baby toys bottles & products

Baby Toys Bottles & Products

easy listening

Easy Listening

tech meeting flatlay

Tech Meeting Flatlay

startup desk

Startup Desk

makeup beauty flatlay

Makeup Beauty Flatlay

cozy reading in bed

Cozy Reading In Bed

valentines hearts on pink

Valentines Hearts On Pink

have cameras will travel

Have Cameras Will Travel

laptop on desk from above

Laptop On Desk From Above

bank for saving money

Bank For Saving Money

christmas & tree decor flatlay

Christmas & Tree Decor Flatlay

planning design & being creative

Planning Design & Being Creative

latte art

Latte Art

makeup and jewelry

Makeup And Jewelry

coffee in plants

Coffee In Plants

christmas decor on woodgrain

Christmas Decor On Woodgrain

travel flatlay

Travel Flatlay

warm holiday drink & decor

Warm Holiday Drink & Decor

makeup brush set

Makeup Brush Set

christmas gift

Christmas Gift

wrapping presents

Wrapping Presents

writing stationary

Writing Stationary

garden carrots

Garden Carrots

woodgrain with christmas ornaments

Woodgrain With Christmas Ornaments

designer working on laptop

Designer Working On Laptop

christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts Flatlay

feedback for web design mockups

Feedback For Web Design Mockups

designers desk flatlay

Designers Desk Flatlay

doctor's office flatlay

Doctor's Office Flatlay

valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne

spa flatlay

Spa Flatlay

contact us phone

Contact Us Phone

creative designers desk

Creative Designers Desk

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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.