Ever since I started blogging over a year and a half ago, I’ve been getting more and more into food photography. I’ve learned so much about lighting and my pictures have gotten a lot better. Lately, I’ve been focusing on styling my pictures with props. Today I’m sharing a few of the places I find inexpensive food photography props.
One of the best things about being a food blogger (besides eating the food, of course!) is having an excuse to buy cute plates, silverware and paper straws. I don’t have to pass up something I love because it doesn’t go with my kitchen or my other dishes. I have an excuse to build a little collection of mismatched items for taking photos.
I took several food photography classes on Skillshare awhile back. These classes inspired me to start building a collection of props. Since then, I’ve been looking for places to find great deals on these props.
Thrift Stores and Garage Sales
This is definitely my favorite place to search for props! We recently got a new Goodwill a couple of minutes from my house, so I try to stop in every few weeks. You can pick up little plates, bowls or cups for under a dollar.
One of my favorite finds was the tea pot pictured above. Isn’t it adorable? I still need to find a way to incorporate it into my photos for a recipe.
The possibilities are endless! Scrapbook paper is great for adding a fun background to your photo, like I did in the picture above. Baskets are great for taking pictures of muffins, breads or cookies. Making a bouquet from their flowers can add a pretty touch to a photo.
I like to stop by the dollar store when I want to include an entire tablescape in my post, such as my Date Night Cookout idea. They have some cute placemats, tablecloths, candles and more. You can also buy plates, cups and more.
Target Dollar Section
I have to limit my trips to Target because I rarely leave empty-handed! Especially when I let myself explore the dollar section… But, I’ve found a lot of great items for food photography there! It’s one of my favorite places to buy paper straws. They have some really cute designs and they are only $1!
Around the House
And of course, don’t forget that you can repurpose all sorts of items that you find around the house! Use ingredients from the recipe you are creating, like I did in the picture above. Use napkins leftover from a party or fabric from your sewing basket.