Food Photography: Props

In an effort to become better at food photography and adding more photos up on my blog, I decided to go on a trip to a couple of stores and hunt for props for my future food photographs. I want to make this post a part of a series of my food photography experience and lessons learned. Now to let you know, I don’t have experience in food photography. So, if you’re on the same boat, hop on and enjoy the ride. Now let’s get started.

Here’s the lessons i learned while shopping for props:

  • Start from the bottom(affordable) to the top(splurge) when it comes to searching for props.
  • You will find the most unique props at antique and thrift stores. so, always remember start there first. Then work yourself up to department stores.
  • Have in mind a general theme you want for your food photographs when purchasing props. Maybe your blog focuses on desserts and bright colors. Find props that will compliment just that. Maybe you’re into monochrome colors, accent those colors with browns, wooden items.
  • Think outside the box! Props don’t have to be kitchen items. They could be the following:
  1. Old newspaper
  2. vintage books
  3. flowers, plants
  4. vases
  5. rocks
  6. jewelry

Now that i shared with you some of my tips, I will now share with you the items i purchased:

My first stop was at a small goodwill store. I knew already what colors I was looking for. So this help my hunt a breeze. For my Photographs I am looking for colors and props that connect to where i come from. I am mexican-american. I want to focus more on my mexican culture. More bright colors and patterns.  Nothing convinced me so I went on to the next store, Marshalls.

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I found this cute accent plate. I didn’t realize that the bottom of this plate is gold colored. This plate is a small size. I have to say that this item is a definite steal. I couldn’t believe that this cute and pricey looking plate was $3.99. Marshalls had a wide variety to choose from. I had to control myself and just purchase one. And i am proud of myself for that. 🙂

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The second item i purchased was a four set place mat. You can’t really tell from the picture but these place mats are squared shape and made out of hay-like material. I can’t wait to play around with these mats. i’m thinking of placing solid bright colors on the bottom of these mats. Do you have any ideas?? Open to anything.

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Now these two babies, i been keeping my eyes on for some time now. The first time i saw these plates was online. So I assumed that these plates were like your typical stoneware material. But when I went to Target and held these, i realized that they are not stoneware material. And the price for these are crazy good and affordable, $2.99





My last three items were from Target and marshalls. The placemats are from Target. Priced at $4.99 each. You can find placemats for 2.99 as well but they are solid colors only. I decided to buy these wooden coasters to use as props for my photographs. I am thinking of placing pinches of salt or garlic powder, dried parsley, etc. This four piece coaster was $4.99

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And that’s my first Food Photography post. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have any suggestions or must go places to search for props, please feel free to comment below and share. See you next time!!!



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