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 & jewelry

Makeup Brush & Jewelry

office wooden desk workspace

Office Wooden Desk Workspace

art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting

christmas & tree decor flatlay

Christmas & Tree Decor Flatlay

contact us iphone

Contact Us IPhone

preparing to travel

Preparing To Travel

sale sign flatlay

Sale Sign Flatlay

free shipping written in notebook

Free Shipping Written In Notebook

ecommerce black friday

Ecommerce Black Friday

how to reach us

How To Reach Us

paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas

plaid tree wrapping paper on gift

Plaid Tree Wrapping Paper On Gift

gaming glasses & mouse

Gaming Glasses & Mouse

fruit and veggie with greens

Fruit And Veggie With Greens

contact us sign with phone on desk

Contact Us Sign With Phone On Desk

beauty product flatlay

Beauty Product Flatlay



grey slippers on carpet

Grey Slippers On Carpet

woman's hands typing on laptop

Woman's Hands Typing on Laptop

purse, wallet & money

Purse, Wallet & Money

christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts Flatlay

brushes blossoms

Brushes Blossoms

grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding

woodgrain with pumpkins

Woodgrain With Pumpkins

rolling out paper with purple flowers

Rolling Out Paper With Purple Flowers

red orange yellow green vegetables

Red Orange Yellow Green Vegetables

fresh vegetables flatlay

Fresh Vegetables Flatlay

flatlay iron skillet with meat and other food

Flatlay Iron Skillet With Meat And Other Food

candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers

free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign

lenses & lattes

Lenses & Lattes

construction tools flatlay

Construction Tools Flatlay

veggies corner flatlay

Veggies Corner Flatlay

valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne

art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above

coffee from above

Coffee From Above

children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush

contact phone notepad

Contact Phone Notepad

office meeting flatlay

Office Meeting Flatlay

art supplies

Art Supplies

lipstick from above

Lipstick From Above

santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain

woodgrain autumn flatlay

Woodgrain Autumn Flatlay

overhead man drawing on notepad

Overhead Man Drawing On Notepad

business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time

desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay

black friday sale tablet

Black Friday Sale Tablet

flatlay with knife and vegetables

Flatlay With Knife And Vegetables

flatlay for construction

Flatlay For Construction

i heart cyber monday

I Heart Cyber Monday

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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.