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.

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work desk in order

Work Desk In Order

kid paint party

Kid Paint Party

business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay

business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk Flatlay

veggies cutting board grill tools

Veggies Cutting Board Grill Tools

steaks oil salt knife and a cutting board

Steaks Oil Salt Knife And A Cutting Board

flatlay of flame grilled steak and ribeye

Flatlay Of Flame Grilled Steak And Ribeye

bbq tools flatlay

Bbq Tools Flatlay

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

painting purple

Painting Purple

lavender house paint background

Lavender House Paint Background

hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

breakfast gift and flowers for dad

Breakfast Gift And Flowers For Dad

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay

cleaning supply flatlay white

Cleaning Supply Flatlay White

cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom

cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture

morning love greeting

Morning Love Greeting

flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee

makeup and jewelry

Makeup And Jewelry

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling

sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

chinese new year flatlay

Chinese New Year Flatlay

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background

pink hearts background

Pink Hearts Background

hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain

happy valentines day

Happy Valentines Day

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

avocado and herbs on stripes

Avocado And Herbs On Stripes

valentines hearts on pink

Valentines Hearts On Pink

heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink

designer's desk with coffee and wireframes

Designer's Desk With Coffee And Wireframes

feedback for web design mockups

Feedback For Web Design Mockups

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

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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.