I use photography props in my food pictures all the time, and I am always looking for new photo prop ideas. Photo props are especially useful inside, when you can’t use the trees or other outside items as backdrops and props. Over the past few years I have come to favor several different indoor food photography props.
I use flowers a lot in my indoor photography. Fake and real flowers make excellent props. They are easy to move around, easy to store, and can add a wonderful splash of color to indoor photos. The color of the flowers can also help set the stage for the photo. During Christmas time, I use a lot of red flowers like fake poinsettias. In the spring, I tend to use more light blue and white flowers. Flowers are not the only floral accent you can use, I like using pine boughs as well in my photos. The nice thing about using real and fake flowers as photo props is that you can use them all year round!
#2 Rustic Wood
I love using rustic wood as a photo prop. Rustic wood can either be bought or made at home if you have scrap wood laying around. I have found that a single, large plank of rustic wood is all I need for my photos. My rustic wood plank is sanded and then stained. That way it doesn’t make a mess and I can set food directly on it for my food photos. Two wood planks may be helpful if you take a lot of photos that need both a rustic foreground and backdrop.
I just recently found out that crates make awesome photo props. Crates can be all different sizes, I use a large one that I bought at Menards and a smaller one that I found at Hobby Lobby. My small one comes in handy for food photos and the large one is useful for taking chick pictures and craft project pictures. I often use flowers along with the crate in my photos. The nice thing about crates is that, when they are laid on one of their sides, they can create a backdrop and foreground at the same time!
Fabric is an easy, simple, and very diverse photo prop idea. I like to use my fabric as the ‘floor’ of my photos. Often I will lay it down on the ground or on a table and then set the item that I am taking a picture of on top of the fabric. Often I will add other photo props, like flowers or a crate that go with the fabric. A rustic wood plank is helpful if I want my fabric to be the background of my photo. I will drape the fabric over the plank and then prop the plank up so that it is in the background of my photo. While we are on the subject of fabric, I should mention that I also use kitchen towels, napkins, and placemats quite frequently in my photos as well.
#5 Seasonal Accents
I find that seasonal accents can really add to the overall feel of a photo. They often can act as a reminder of when that photo was taken or why it was taken. Here are some holiday and seasonal photo prop ideas that I use:
- Christmas- bulbs, bells, bows, ribbon, lights
- Valentines Day- cut out hearts, anything red, pink, or white
- Easter- Easter eggs
- Fall- cinnamon sticks, colorful leaves
- Winter- paper snowflakes
I also like using decorative plates, mugs, cups, or platters in my photos as well.
For more tips on food photography or for more inspiration check out my 5 Tips for Awesome Food Photography post!
Hopefully these ideas got your creative juices flowing and now you are ready to go take some awesome photos, even when you can’t get outside! If you thought of any other cool photo prop ideas or have some that you currently use, I would love to hear them! Just leave a comment!