Top 10 Props for Food Styling

Posted by

Food Styling begins with the right choice of props.

A plain backdrop/background with the right selection of props is a good starting point. I won’t say living in a city with access to the best places for crockery or any other accessories makes it any easier. Even though I started my journey with this very assumption. It’s was the dollar/thrift stores and flea markets or even second-hand markets that hold the treasure. After I realized my passion for food styling, my eyes would hunt for objects that would help me in styling. 

Although it’s a difficult choice to make, for beginners, I thought of zeroing on down to the top 10 items will help you get started: 

  1. Wooden slab: it could be a great chopping board, cheese board, pizza board, a wooden tray, etc. It adds another layer. Even though we will talk about layering in detail in another post. When you place the pan or the plate of food on a slab of wood over the board, it makes the food shine out and gives you the impression it’s just got out of the oven.
  2. Serving Dishes: I usually look for dishes that have a flat base so that the food doesn’t look uneven when placed. Of Course, you do need a set of pasta plates that can double up as soup bowls. Indian food looks amazing on earthen plates (which could be earthen or just ceramic plates painted brown). I saw a picture recently where the stylist used paper plates with bobby print to create a birthday party scene. But when it comes to color, I would suggest you keep one white, a couple with neutral colors like sand, ivory, nude pink, etc.
  3. Bowls: Soup bowls, serving bowl, pinch bowls, etc. A set of each will be helpful. I prefer shallow bowls to deep bottom ones. Pinch bowls help in covering those empty spaces. 
  4. Fabric: I mean napkins, table cloth, potholders, mittens, aprons, etc. I bought a few fabric from wholesale stores, and I like them, but the hunt is still on. 
  5. Cutlery: I use wooden spoons a lot, and I own a stainless steel cutlery set. Rustic spoons and forks add a lot to the aesthetics of your picture.
  6. Glass/ mugs/tumblers: straightforward, clean glasses with dessert or a beverage look great on pictures. You don’t need a set of six glasses, so look for the damaged set. That way, you will save money and space in your cabinet. 
  7. Food: From spice to herbs to crushed/sliced nuts to honey, I love using them to catch the attention of the viewer. I plan to write about this section in detail in my upcoming blog post.
  8. Baking props: People who love to bake will usually have them all except for an occasional baker like me. You could purchase a few items. A beautiful baking tray, a cake mold, parchment/wax paper, a couple of cookie cutters, and a cake stand.
  9. Flowers: I won’t say it is a must. It is mostly optional and a need-based item. And I make sure to include them in my photoshoot, especially when it’s breakfast. I once purchased edible flowers for a drink. Sometimes a walk in your neighborhood can revel some flowers which you could use.
  10. Miscellaneous: twine, chopsticks, paper straws, skewers, glass jars, etc. that help creates a beautiful scene.

I hope my tips help you with your styling. Feel free to leave a comment or your suggestion, which might help me as well. After all, we all are learning right.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these photography tips.

    I’m loving your blog and hoping to try quite a few of your recipes starting with the banana and cinnamon muffins.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s