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

writing tools

Writing Tools

close up red rose bouquet

Close Up Red Rose Bouquet

love letters and roses on fur

Love Letters And Roses On Fur

baby nursery

Baby Nursery

contact us image

Contact Us Image

pink hearts background

Pink Hearts Background

contact us flatlay

Contact Us Flatlay

happy valentines day

Happy Valentines Day

tech meeting flatlay

Tech Meeting Flatlay

designer's desk with coffee and wireframes

Designer's Desk With Coffee And Wireframes

baby toys bottles & products

Baby Toys Bottles & Products

startup desk

Startup Desk

berries & granola

Berries & Granola

easy listening

Easy Listening

makeup beauty flatlay

Makeup Beauty Flatlay

valentines hearts on pink

Valentines Hearts On Pink

laptop on desk from above

Laptop On Desk From Above

have cameras will travel

Have Cameras Will Travel

cozy reading in bed

Cozy Reading In Bed

makeup and jewelry

Makeup And Jewelry

bank for saving money

Bank For Saving Money

planning design & being creative

Planning Design & Being Creative

christmas & tree decor flatlay

Christmas & Tree Decor Flatlay

latte art

Latte Art

coffee in plants

Coffee In Plants

christmas decor on woodgrain

Christmas Decor On Woodgrain

restaurant breakfast

Restaurant Breakfast

makeup brush set

Makeup Brush Set

writing stationary

Writing Stationary

travel flatlay

Travel Flatlay

woodgrain with christmas ornaments

Woodgrain With Christmas Ornaments

warm holiday drink & decor

Warm Holiday Drink & Decor

wrapping presents

Wrapping Presents

designer working on laptop

Designer Working On Laptop

christmas gift

Christmas Gift

tech group meeting flatlay

Tech Group Meeting Flatlay

garden carrots

Garden Carrots

valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne

doctor's office flatlay

Doctor's Office Flatlay

designers desk flatlay

Designers Desk Flatlay

feedback for web design mockups

Feedback For Web Design Mockups

spa flatlay

Spa Flatlay

christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts 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 itā€™s relatively easy to do. Generally you donā€™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 - itā€™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.

Youā€™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

Itā€™s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a ā€œthemeā€ before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is ā€œCluttered Officeā€ - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is ā€œBrunch Timeā€ - 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 - itā€™s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You donā€™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 youā€™re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day thatā€™s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.