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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flatlay for construction

Flatlay For Construction

contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools

construction tools flatlay

Construction Tools Flatlay

blueprint tools

Blueprint Tools

happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor

office women on laptop computers

Office Women On Laptop Computers

grey slippers on carpet

Grey Slippers On Carpet

qr codes in store

QR Codes In Store

vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning

turntable & record

turntable & Record

record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music

wrapping presents

Wrapping Presents

wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift

present or gift

Present Or Gift

holiday gift

Holiday Gift

holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping

gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping

gift wrapping supplies

Gift Wrapping Supplies

gift card

Gift Card

gift card envelopes

Gift Card Envelopes

gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap

gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow

festive gift box

Festive Gift Box

colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates

colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag

christmas gift

Christmas Gift

christmas gift box

Christmas Gift Box

bright present

Bright Present

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

bright gift box

Bright Gift Box

birthday party gift trimmings

Birthday Party Gift Trimmings

road race from above

Road Race From Above

happy birthday flatlay

Happy Birthday Flatlay

online shopping credit cards

Online Shopping Credit Cards

ecommerce black friday

Ecommerce Black Friday

black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List

black friday sale tablet

Black Friday Sale Tablet

wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash

shipping materials flatlay

Shipping Materials Flatlay

purse, wallet & money

Purse, Wallet & Money

money, wallet & change purse

Money, Wallet & Change Purse

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

baby nursery

Baby Nursery

aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture

stay connected flatlay

Stay Connected Flatlay

paper pen envelope

Paper Pen Envelope

mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form

how to reach us

How To Reach Us

get in touch

Get In Touch

contact us phone

Contact Us Phone

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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.