No worries, I’m not about editing the heck out of my photos all of a sudden and give my kiddo alien eyes, this is just me throwing a little artistic freedom into the equation! I’ll behave now!
When it comes to props, it’s true that as a food blogger you can never have enough. I greedily admit to having half my attic filled to the brim with props, props and more props. I go out and search for them—it’s my favorite pastime—but mostly in second-hand stores; I don’t do expensive china.
I take to old & used things. You know, the kind of props that add to a photo because they have a story and a life of use behind hem. An old and slightly rusty knife, a fork with a worn-out wooden handle, a set of lightly cracked plates that remind me of the ones my grandma used. Old-school soup bowls. So much prettier than any expensive piece of china could ever be.
Having said that, what surprises me is people who step into food blogging and right away invest in tons of new bowls, plates and cutlery. Sometimes really expensive stuff. In all honesty; I feel the underground is the most important. When you have a decent underground, you don’t always need props.
I have always invested in wood. Different types of wood: driftwood, floor boards, chopping boards, serving trays, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s made of wood I can use it. I have serving trays in all sizes, shapes, colors, with and without cracks, special handles, you name it I have it.
Changing the underground gives you the opportunity to change the feel of your photos, creating new looks even if you do not own a huge collection of props (yet).
Let me show you the difference the underground makes. Just a few basic SOOC shots.
This wooden serving tray cost me €5,95. The beans were €1,39. The photo opportunities? Priceless.