One of the questions that I get asked often is, “Where do you buy your props for your food photos?” My answer? All over. When it comes to food photography, I love the rustic, farmhouse look and I usually peruse stores and shops (both in-person and online) that have a tendency to carry items that fit my style. I prefer to purchase items that I can use often, have a lot of texture and character, and will add dimension and depth to my food photos.
My biggest advice to you is to determine your photography style and start collecting props that will:
- Avoid an expiration date (you don’t want props that will get old photo after photo)
- Enhance your food and complement your recipes
- Add depth and interest without overwhelming viewers and taking away from the recipe
- Improve over time (wear and tear adds a story to photos)
- Be nice to your wallet (you don’t need to spend a lot of money on props to have the look that you want in your food photos)
Where to Find Food Photography Props
Etsy is by far my favorite place to find food photography props. If you search in their kitchen or even home décor section, and use search terms such as “rustic” or “vintage,” then you’ll come across all sorts of treasures that are cost effective.
2.) Antique Shops
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a big fan of rustic, farmhouse props and there’s no better place than an antique store for props that are like my style, right? At these stores, you’ll find utensils, cake plates, regular plates, cooking tools, etc.
3.) Bargain Stores
Whenever I stop at Marshall’s of TJ Maxx to buy home décor items, I almost always stop by the kitchen section to see what I can find. Sometimes I have to do some digging and get creative but I have been very lucky coming across great prop finds.
4.) Specialty Stores
Shops like World Market, Crate & Barrel, and Potterybarn always have great items for food photography. They might be a bit more expensive than the bargain, antique, or thrift shops but you can always check out the sale/clearance sections to score a great deal on quality props.
Do you need backdrop? If ever I need to change up my backdrops, I take out a cookie sheet, do overheard shots on top of our workbench, find a brick wall, etc. Do you need accessories for the photo? Search around your home … you’re bound to come across books, fabrics, decorative paper, etc. that will help add dimensions and stories to your food photos.