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When I first picked up a camera, I was so excited to be able to take photos and learn the craft, I got very excited about amassing a prop collection to help me achieve the photos I wanted. I scrimped and saved every cent I made, each small job meaning I could get that napkin I coveted or the milk jug I just had to have.
Whilst I wouldn’t recommend jumping in head first to a sea of props (remember you have to find a place to put them), there’s no doubt it helped take my photos to the next level.
However, I highly suggest being super selective about what props you invest in and only buying items that suit your overall dream style. Clutter is creatively inhibiting and this extends to all facets of life. Having a good quality and versatile styling collateral will make styling scenes a dream and leave your creativity for what’s on the table.
In saying this, despite having a pretty serious prop collection, there are props I just keep going back to time & time again. And as I get asked about where I source my props all the time, I thought it would be fun to share my 6 favourite props with you, and the best bit, where YOU can get the exact (mostly) same ones.
These linens feature in almost all of my photos. I love how soft they are, and their durability (as I wash them 1,567 times a week). I buy all of these from Linen By Blue Naiveon Etsy. The colours I have are Grey (my favourite), light grey, white and light blue. I ask the maker to make them with frayed edges which adds a bit of rustic charm.
Old & new champagne coupes are such versatile styling collateral. You can use them for drinks, ice creams, many desserts, and are just so darn pretty styled next to the main dish too.
The new coupes pictured in the first photo (granita) above are the Camille Champagne Coupes by Crate & Barrel. I had them imported from the USA, which was completely over the top, but I do love them.
This jug is one I picked up at an antique store but there are many around. This prop is perfect for creating breakfast scenes or to style with baked goods (or anything that goes with coffee!).
You’ve probably gushed over beautiful ceramics in countless food photos. From bowls, to plates, to little pinch bowls, having beautiful ceramics is almost all you need to style a killer scene. I always go for light colours that allow the food to be the star, or I go for a blue hue which pairs well with my moody style.
The wares featured above:
The Freaky Raku – Zaira & Francesco make beautiful raku wares that look and feel every bit worth of what they cost. I have the various sized bowls pictured above on the left (similar here) and the beautiful plate / bowl pictured above on the right (similar here). If they’ve sold out, just get in touch with them for custom orders.
Made In Japan– This company makes mass produced (but totally beautiful) and VERY affordable ceramics. Some of my favourites include the following:
I have a few good vintage enamel mugs in my collection and I love to use them to style any drinks, as well as breakfast scenes (cocktails also work too!). These can be picked up at most vintage stores, but here are a few I found for you if you prefer to shop from your living room in your pjs (as I do!). option 1| option 2| option 3| option 4 | option 5| option 6| option 7| option 8
Last but not least of my absolute favourite props are the goods I buy from Aron at Facture Goods. His honey sticks, sorbet bowlsand metal spoonsare some of my top picks. They are very affordable and look great! His stuff sells out quick, so if it does, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on his Insta or contact him for a custom order.
I hope this has been a helpful guide. And please reach out if you have any questions.
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