Finding food props and where to shop

This post is a little off the baking path, but don’t worry I have a post coming up tomorrow that is CRAZY. No, really crazy so don’t miss it. Until  then, I’m going to share my other passion with you today: photography. I get a lot of questions about photography and where I find my props.

The photography part I don’t have much to offer, since I’m a beginner and only picked it up when I started my blog. Where you can find alot of that information is over at Gourmande in the Kitchen. Sylvie, a professional photographer, food blogger and recipe developer, has a wonderful four part series called, The Language of Food Photography that is written by a variety of industry professionals.

So while I can’t offer any technical advice, I am sharing something I have managed to do with some success: food propping. Yes, the fun part of hunting down those pieces—the details of a food shot.  Since I don’t have time for live “propping”, I do most of it online. With that, I thought I would save you some time by sharing a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way over on my good friend, Sylvie Shiraz’s blog. If  you haven’t been there, leave yourself time to look around. Trust me once you are there, you’ll know why she is one of my top ten favorite food photographers and food bloggers—and why I’m excited to be her guest blogger today. Hit the jump here.

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15 Responses to “Finding food props and where to shop”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 16, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Love that you two teamed up! Great guestie!


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    Wedding Album Cafe — July 16, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Although you are a beginner you’d be surprised the technical advice you could offer. for one i’m curious to know how did you get these shots as if you are hovering over them? are they positioned on the floor or on a table? or are you 10 feet tall lol?


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    amelia from z tasty life — July 16, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    what a wonderful and helpful post (i have not shopped for props, but now I MUST)! I “discovered” your blog via Sylvie: so excited


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    amelia from z tasty life — July 16, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    P.s. how do you “make” homemade wood boards for background?


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    Ann P. — July 16, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    You have a perfectly curated prop collection :)


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    Georgie — July 17, 2012 @ 1:41 am

    So glad that Sylvie shared you with us, now I have another amazing blog to read. Great post!


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    Reem | Simply Reem — July 17, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    Beautiful Naomi…
    I look unto ur styling and photography soo much.. Love this post.
    Oh God, seriously I am in love with every piece.. Now whole night I am online.. getting few of such beauties hopefully!!


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    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — July 17, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    This is perfect.. I have always admired your photography and props. The way you style your food is just amazing. Love the rustic vintage feel to it in every single plating. THANKS for sharing the tips, as I had been having difficulty looking for props. Since I’m half way across the world, not every seller ships internationally sadly.. Have a good week ahead. Cheers, Jo


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    Mandi — July 18, 2012 @ 5:52 pm


    Thanks for a lovely post. One thing I’ve always wondered about food blog props, do you ever bake with these or are they strictly props?


    • Naomi replied: — July 18th, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

      Mandi-It depends, somethings I only use for props. But most of what you see in this picture above I use and serve with.


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    dassana — July 18, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    i read your post on sylvie’s blog and i must say that it was a really helpful and informative post. thanks for sharing naomi. am first time to your blog and i really liked your space.


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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — July 19, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    This is pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing your secrets :) I’m not really good at sourcing props. I usually stick to West Elm or Anthropologie. I need to get more creative!!


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    Magic of Spice — July 21, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    What a great guest post! Love your finds :)


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    Rachna's Kitchen — April 18, 2015 @ 5:07 am

    What a nice post on props. Such an informative post !!
    Visiting first time, You have a nice space to read. Happy to follow your blog !! Thanks for sharing Naomi !!


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