Use It Tuesday: Blog Props

I read over 100 different food/recipe themed blogs every week. They keep me inspired and motivated in the kitchen when I can’t think of anything to make besides tuna. The other, and maybe bigger, reason I love foodie blogs so much is the photography. All of the different perspectives and styles make me feel like I’m walking into a beautiful dream. However, I have discovered a trend lately that makes food photography a million times more appealing – blog props!

Blog props are literally just that – beautiful dishes, cute placemats, colorful napkins. The pop of color, design, or structure really helps the food stand out. I find that blog props help tell a story or put the dish in context. For example, check out the soft textures and colors going on here in Joy The Baker’s Sweet Corn Biscuits. Doesn’t it just make you envision enjoying those biscuits with a sweet tea in a sunny barn surrounded by barn cats and dragonflies? The props paint a vivid picture for me and I can appreciate the food more because I can immerse myself in the situation created for it by the props.

In an effort to step up the appeal of my own photography I have started to dabble in my own blog props. I want them to represent my style and be part of the Domestocrat voice. I don’t have a collection nearly as large as one of my favorite prop-heavy blogs, Baker’s Royale, but I’m getting there. (Baker’s Royale actually just wrote a fabulous post about food props too, by the way.)

I recently purchased this lovely fabric at Cool Cottons in Portland, Oregon on our cross country road trip. I keep it ironed and in our dining room sideboard ready for any use.


Speaking of our sideboard, it’s also where I keep a lot of my blog prop dishes.


Another thing I love as blog props are everyday items that can be transformed by the items you display in them. For example, I have spice dishes, ramekins, and measuring cups aplenty that I use often for this purpose. I love the look of blueberries in a white ramekin or two white eggs in a bright orange measuring cup.


Here are some entries I’ve done recently that highlight the techniques I just mentioned: Grilled Lemon Balsamic Asparagus, Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, and Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil.

There are many tricks to the trade behind the scenes of blogging. I hope you enjoy reading about them here!


Also, if you’re into blog props and want to see how the masters do it, check out my favorite blog prop filled blogs: Gourmande In The Kitchen, Joy The Baker, and Shutterbean.

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

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