Hey everyone! I’m back with another prop talk. (Quick explanation in case you’re new to this blog: every now and then I write a post about my favorite props and other behind-the-scenes stuff and this is one of those posts. To see previous prop talks hit the Behind the Scenes tab in the menu at the top).
This prop talk is about where I find the tableware – dishes, bowls, glasses etc. – that I use in my photos. Several of you have asked me about that so I thought I’d put together a post.
I buy the majority of my glasses at Crate & Barrel. I find that C&B has by far the largest selection of affordable glassware so their website is my first stop whenever I need glass. One of the nice things about many C&B glasses is that they have very thin walls and therefore look elegant and beautiful in photos. Thick-walled glasses can appear a bit clunky so I try to stay away from them. Below are two examples of C&B glasses that I have used in photos:
From post Hazelnut Pumpkin Spice Trifles.
From post Black Forest Eton Mess.
Finding good dishware is trickier than finding glass, there is no one-stop shop that carries everything and I have several stores on my list that I check out on every prop-shopping trip. At the top of my list is World Market. WM tends to have a lot of good Asian-style dishes, bowls etc. (such as the bowl that holds the edamame beans below) as well as some unique things for the kitchen, including the white ceramic cutting board you see in the apple crisp photo below.
From post Stovetop Apple Crisp with Rum Raisins.
I have three Heath Ceramics Coupe Line Dessert Bowls (aqua/chocolate brown, persimmon/French gray, and peridot/linen). These are perfect bowls for food photography and I’ve used all three numerous times. Three examples are below. (The small brown plate underneath the bowl in the pulled pork photo is the Heath bread and butter plate in chocolate brown).
From post Star Anise Poached Pears.
From post Spicy Pulled Pork.
Other chain stores I sometimes buy props at are Pier 1 Imports, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Bed, Bath & Beyond. I’ve also found some nice and unique tableware on etsy.com and I visit local, non-chain kitchen stores wherever I go. For example, I found the textured plate underneath the lettuce cups below in a kitchen store called The Peppercorn in Boulder, CO.
From post Shrimp Lettuce Cups.
And that is pretty much a comprehensive list. Hope you find it helpful! :)