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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school supplies knolling

School Supplies Knolling

halloween treats

Halloween Treats

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket

gift bag with bow

Gift Bag With Bow

drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View

what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?

pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue

gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay

artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola

earth day written in dirt

Earth Day Written In Dirt

flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle

french fries pile on yellow

French Fries Pile On Yellow

camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment

halloween candy

Halloween Candy

flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

stationery and pin badges

Stationery And Pin Badges

summer gingham fashion flatlay

Summer Gingham Fashion Flatlay

tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower

back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

dried leaves on branches and paper background

Dried Leaves On Branches And Paper Background

person holds a sharp knife over large cut of meat

Person Holds A Sharp Knife Over Large Cut Of Meat

artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface

eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea

survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay

work day essentials layed out

Work Day Essentials Layed Out

yellow card and a red and gold passport flatlay

Yellow Card And A Red And Gold Passport Flatlay

work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop

road race from above

Road Race From Above

yellow tools on white and yellow background

Yellow Tools On White And Yellow Background

flatlay of painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers

baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products

afternoon picnic reading and ukulele

Afternoon Picnic Reading And Ukulele

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie

back to school

Back To School

lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It

flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background

flatlay of a open book surrounded by fresh fruit on white silk

Flatlay Of A Open Book Surrounded By Fresh Fruit On White Silk

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors

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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.