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


pink hearts background

Pink Hearts Background


contact us flatlay

Contact Us Flatlay


designer's desk with coffee and wireframes

Designer's Desk With Coffee And Wireframes


baby toys bottles & products

Baby Toys Bottles & Products


berries & granola

Berries & Granola


happy valentines day

Happy Valentines Day


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


christmas decor on woodgrain

Christmas Decor On Woodgrain


coffee in plants

Coffee In Plants


travel flatlay

Travel Flatlay


warm holiday drink & decor

Warm Holiday Drink & Decor


christmas gift

Christmas Gift


makeup brush set

Makeup Brush Set


wrapping presents

Wrapping Presents


writing stationary

Writing Stationary


woodgrain with christmas ornaments

Woodgrain With Christmas Ornaments


garden carrots

Garden Carrots


christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts Flatlay


designer working on laptop

Designer Working On Laptop


doctor's office flatlay

Doctor's Office Flatlay


feedback for web design mockups

Feedback For Web Design Mockups


designers desk flatlay

Designers Desk Flatlay


spa flatlay

Spa Flatlay


valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne


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.