The Best Food Photography Props

best-food-photography-propsWhen it comes to food photography props, there are a lot of things you can do to decorate up your food scenes. While props are not a substitute for adequate photography skills, once you know the basics of frame composition, styling and lighting, they can help take you to the next step.

Below are many food photography props I use in my own blogging practices. A good general rule of thumb is to not go too crazy with the props. One or two can really make your photography more interesting (such as a fun straw in your smoothie). However, if you have a bright smoothie, a bright background, a patterned straw and a patterned napkin that can be a little too distracting and the focus is no longer on your food. These food photography props should really help to complement the food you are photographing, not distract from.

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Fun Drinking Straws

There is something about straws in drinks that really make food photography shine. They add a point of interest and can really complement the beverage whether the straw is glass, stainless steal, paper or plastic. There are many fun straws to pick from, see some of my recommendations below.

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Glass Straws

Red Striped Straws

Stainless Steel Straws

Pink Striped Straws

Blue Striped Straws

Mint Striped Straws

Lavender Striped Straws

Red Polka Dot Straws

Blue Polka Dot Straws

Snowflake Straws

Red/Green Polka Dot Straws

Red/Green Striped Straws

Candy / Gummy / Chocolate Molds

So these you may not put IN your photography, but by using the molds you can create some interesting shapes to photograph such as hearts, roses, bugs, or even plain old squares.

Silicone Variety Mold

Silicone Rose Mold

Silicone Maple Leaf Mold

Silicone Pumpkin & Leaf Mold

Silicone Seashell Mold

Silicone Bear Mold

Silicone Fruits Mold

Silicone Dinosaur Mold

Silicone Hearts Mold

Drinking Glasses

Drinking glass I find to be one of the best food photography props. I have found that clear glasses often look better in photos because it shows off what is inside. It is also nice to have the appropriate glass for a given beverage. I have been known to drink smoothies out of coffee mugs or wine out of plastic cups, but if those examples may not make for the best photo. A few different drinking glasses will really get you a long way.

Dotted Cups & Saucers

White Cups & Saucers

Tall Beverage Glasses

Clear Glass Mugs

Mason Jar Mugs

Chalkboard Mason Jar Mugs


When it comes to food photography props like dishware, if you are looking for things that are unique, I would head to Goodwill to see what you can find. I think the possibilities are endless. If you are more like me and want to avoid collecting too many props or dishes, below are my recommendations. I like just plain white sets for everything because it is very practical, matches, and makes for a very plain background which can allow your food to be the star of the show.

White Square Dishware

Soup Mugs

White Round Dishware

Cloth Napkins

A lot of times, having a napkin under a plate or glass, or even in the background, can add some variety and interest to your food photography. These are variety packs so you can have a sample of color and patterns, verses an identical set.

Fall Dinner Napkins

Red Plaid Cotton Napkins

Green Plaid Cotton Napkins

Patterned Cloth Napkins

Butterfly Meadow Cloth Napkins

Brown Plaid Cloth Napkins

Food Photography Books

Food photography props can do wonders for photos, but they are no replacement for having some photography skills. Here are some of the highest-rated food photography books on Amazon that can give you the knowledge you need to take your photography to the next level.

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling

Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Food Photography for Bloggers

Food Photography & Lighting: A Commercial Photographer’s Guide to Creating Irresistible Images

Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera

The Food Stylist’s Handbook

I hope you found some new tools or ideas you can use to spice up your food photography. Experiment and try different things. There is no need to buy everything new or spend a lot of money. Take a trip to the dollar store, a Goodwill or even a craft store to see what else you can come up with. I have found that little accessories like pine cones or paper can help with my photos. A large, heavy-weight paper can even be used as a background. The possibilities are endless! Happy photographing!

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I am an aspiring homesteader on a journey to become self-sustainable and free. In my past, I've worked corporate jobs to make ends meet and get ahead a little; it didn't make me happy or confident in my future. Since taking the leap to self-employment and living a more simple life, my happiness levels have increased greatly and I've never felt more alive. I finally understand what I want in life and how to get there, and that is what this blog is all about.


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