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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makeup brush set

Makeup Brush Set



eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes

beauty products

Beauty Products

makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers

lipstick from above

Lipstick From Above

lip gloss from above

Lip Gloss From Above

solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

travel flatlay

Travel Flatlay

stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

preparing to travel

Preparing To Travel

nail polish gems

Nail Polish Gems

high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers

have cameras will travel

Have Cameras Will Travel

fashion nails

Fashion Nails

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

base coat beauty

Base Coat Beauty

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

crayons & pencils flatlay

Crayons & Pencils Flatlay

teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay

school supplies

School Supplies

school notebook flatlay

School Notebook Flatlay

numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard

math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils

education flatlay

Education Flatlay

colored pencils on pink

Colored Pencils On Pink

colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School

back to school

Back To School

back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay

nail polish

Nail Polish

creating with reds

Creating With Reds

arts & crafts in blue

Arts & Crafts In Blue

tablet & coffee

Tablet & Coffee

gaming glasses & mouse

Gaming Glasses & Mouse

easy listening

Easy Listening

writing tools

Writing Tools

writing stationary

Writing Stationary

paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes

paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas

art supplies

Art Supplies

writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk

writing in journal

Writing In Journal

writing down goals

Writing Down Goals

work journal

Work Journal

taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At 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.