The Art of Flat Lay

I am sharing with you 12 of my Flat Lay photos.

You might be wondering what-in-the-world is a Flat Lay. In photography, it is simply taking a photo directly above something that has been arranged or laid flat on a surface.

Croissant Lion
“Croissant and a Lion”

This style is very popular on social media especially on Instagram. If done correctly, it would definitely add an aesthetic value to your IG feed.

Coffee and Tea
“Coffee and Tea”

At a glance, flat laying may seem easy and simple to achieve. However, getting even just a decent shot can be very tricky. There are many factors to consider like good lighting, proper setting and right angle.

Lechon Head
“Lechon Head”

With regard to the subject and props to use, they can be anything under the sun as long as you creatively arrange them on a flat surface. Commonly used items, as seen online, are food, gadgets and travel essentials. Choosing the appropriate items for your theme is also critical because you need to make sure that the entire set-up is coherent.

Blue Lunch
“Blue Lunch”

It is common to see flat lay shots set on clean and light-colored backgrounds. Doing so is pleasing to the eyes just like how I appreciate minimalism. However, playing around with colors and textures is also visually appealing.

Chocolates and Pastels
“Chocolates and Pastels”

Like any other styles of photography, lighting is a key factor. And speaking of lighting, nothing beats natural light. The sun is still the best provider of light.

Pizza and Company
“Pizza and Company”

Another important requirement in flat laying is getting a good bird’s-eye view of the entire set-up. You need to position yourself significantly above your subject in order to get a good angle and be able to play with your shots.

Office Essentials
“Office Essentials”

Being resourceful and ingenious can be useful traits because you actually set or stage everything yourself. The look of your photo depends on your creativity, style and preference.


I personally find flat laying quite challenging. Aside from the abovementioned factors, taking a flat lay shot can sometimes become very awkward and uncomfortable especially when you are doing it in public, like when you are in a restaurant and your subject is the food you ordered for dinner.

Brown Dinner
“Brown Dinner”

Awkward moments such as standing up in order to get that good bird’s-eye view as mentioned earlier. Worse part is when you need to use a stool or chair to elevate yourself further. Good thing, I have not done it yet. Sometimes, it can also be annoying to your friends, especially if they have no choice but to wait for you to get a satisfying shot before eating.

Yellow Breakfast
“Yellow Breakfast”

Obviously, food is my favorite subject when I do flat lay or should I say flat lay is my go-to style when I shoot food. I am just thankful that I got supportive friends every time I shoot before we eat.

Three Sides of Cakes
“Three Sides of Cakes”

Doing flat lay is really fun. It allows your creative juices to flow. Whether you are a minimalist or a clutter-guy, you can use this style of photography to express your artistry.

Just Donuts
“Just Donuts”

Phone Used: LG V20

Mobile Editing Apps: Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile


26 Comments Add yours

  1. Karla says:

    Thank you for these tips! ❤ I loooove flat lays especially when taking photos of food! It's just difficult to have a good flat lay with the lighting of some restaurants though (when their light is directly above the subject). How do you take shots in those situations?
    Karla Cruzado

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    1. Thanks for the visit Karla. If that I would be the case, I actually try to move the table if its possible. Haha. If not, try to place your food at the side and adjust ur pov to avoid casting a shadow directly to your subject. if youre planning to take flat lays, try to find a good spot at the restaurant first where there is a good lighting.


  2. Neha says:

    Lovely food pics! Made me hungry 😛 I didn’t know the process had a name. Thanks for an informative post

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    1. Thank you Neha. Yes, we had the same reaction when I first found out the style is called flat lay.

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  3. chelf says:

    I love a good flatlay! You are right, it’s so fun and creative!

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    1. getting a good flat lay shot is an achievement!


  4. Anna Katina says:

    A good flatlay definitely needs good light!
    I like the examples you took 😀

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  5. Teya says:

    Very helpful thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you as well


    2. Thank you also Teya


  6. Just donuts is my favourite photo here. My daughter used to do these kinds of photos when she was in early high school. Hers, I noted were following your guidelines as posted here.

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  7. Excellent post, my friend! Thanks so much for sharing this edifying and entertaining post. I will attempt to replicate these useful tips. Thanks again!

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    1. Thank you also. I’m happy to know that you find my post entertaining. Have fun doing your flat lays


  8. Veronika says:

    I like your flat lays. By the way, you are running on the same theme I used to. I hated it so much. But it seem to work for your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much Veronika. I think the theme is good for photos…


  9. Paul & Lisa says:

    Flat lay shots are some of the most difficult pics to take. With your tips I’ll be able to improve my skills. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you. I’m happy to know I was able to help in some ways… 😍

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  10. Giada says:

    Great tips! Your photo see very amazing! Like this post so much!

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  11. i’m a sucker when it comes to anything for flatlay. be it for food or some makeup product that i want to review. there’s always something wrong about my attempt, be it the color combination, the stuff position or maybe the camera. it’s frustrating. 😦

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    1. Just try and try until you achieve the look you want Marya… I’ve had a million attempts in some of the photos as well.

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  12. Kirsten Carr says:

    Yes Flat Lay can be difficult. I’ve tried it w/ my camera and it’s not easy when you are trying to do it w/ a camera that is a couple of lbs. But that’s where the tripod comes in. Great photos!

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    1. Thank you so much Kirsten. Yes, it is difficult but that’s where the fun is 😃


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