Hey everyone! I’ve got another prop talk today. (Quick explanation for those 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 post is about using furniture as a prop. I’m talking about your own furniture that you already have in your house – tables, chairs or, as in my example here, a nightstand (pictured above). Using your furniture in your food photos may seem obvious but I want to bring it up because I find that it’s not always easy to see the obvious, isn’t it? At least I think so. I had my nightstand for quite some time before I realized how great it worked in food photos.
As you can see the surface of this piece of furniture has a beautiful thick, routered edge that I find adds interest and elegance to a food photo. (By the way, I’m sure you’re noticing that I ironed the pillow cases before taking the photo – I did that just for you, first time in my life I ironed linens. :)) I have used this nightstand as a surface in several food photos and it worked great every time (two examples are below). It is quite heavy and not easy to grab onto so it’s a bit of a pain to move it back and forth between the bedroom and the studio but that’s how it is – no pain, no gain, right?
So, the morale of this post is this: walk around the house and take a critical look at everything you see, from the countertop in your bathroom (which might be difficult to light) to the front stoop, and see if you can find a gem that could become your next favorite food photo surface. And if you find anything, let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it! :)
From post Ginger Bramble New Year’s Cocktail.
From post Apple Tarts with Chai Spiced Custard Sauce.