Hi! I’m Wendy. I am a photographer based out of Missoula, Montana. I am the mother of 4 awesome kids and wife to the best husband and adventure buddy a girl could as for.
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One of my very favorite things about food photography is the props! I have loved dishes FOREVER and now I get to use all my favorite dishes for photography. In this post I was to give you a run down of props to get you started and where to find them. I am super excited about this one so lets go!
Go through your cupboards and your China cupboard (I’ve had one since my 20s so I’m just assuming everyone has one ;)) I looked at my dishes, silverward, cutting boards, carafes, and bakeware. If you are lucky enough to live near family hit them up. I bet Grandma’s house is a gold mine of awesome dishes. An item I had and love to use is my old rusty bakesheet.
I love Target. I think I am not alone on this one. Target is a great place to get started with a few basic props. Watch the video above where I show you what I look for in food props.
Other local stores with great options are:
Wal-Mart (yep, I said it)
Use the same tips I offer in the video to look for dishes and other props to get you going.
This one is so much fun. I had more fun at my local Antique mall than I had at Disneyland (that might be because the lines are shorter.) It was so fun looking for cool old dishes. Look for an old used patina and retro-looking dishes. I am obsessed with 70 era Pyrex, silverware with a worn finish, glasses with some sparkle and old cooling racks.
Another great resource for Antiques is Etsy. Etsy is a worldwide treasure trove of antiques.
4 dessert sized plates– Trust me on this. The smaller plates make the food look more enticing
At least 4 spoons and forks that have a patter you love
A charcuterie board or cutting board big enough to place a few plates on
A cooling rack– I look for vintage ones but you can get a perfect cooling rack at any store that sells Kitchen ware.
Neutral colored linen napkins- The gauzier the better
A cake stand– If your don’t do cakes you will still find a use for one. Also, cake stands are my very favorite
Between 4-6 glasses- I like my glasses to have a little detail. I love the way they photograph but this is totally up to you.
And old, very used bake sheet- this can me use as a foundation for a cake or to frame cookies or cupcakes. An old bake sheet is such a cool texture to photograph.
Wax paper- Is so multi-functional and will add that extra bam to your images.
There it is! with just a few items you can get going on your food photography adventure and I promise, you will love it! One of my favorite things about food photography props is that you can use them in life. I bust out my props for holidays and family dinners all the time.