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What is a propping fee?


Like many women humans, I have a little bit of a shopping problem. But you won’t see me buying fancy new shoes or purses. Instead, I’ve got a props shopping habit. There, I said it.


What are props?


Marble backdrops, beautiful wooden boards, artisan, hand-dyed silks and linens, vintage silverware, copper bowls, marble bowls, wooden bowls, hand-glazed bowls, pinch bowls, salt bowls, bread bowls, antique silver bowls…(I’ve got a bit of a bowl fetish) I’ve turned one of our bedrooms into a “prop room” of beautiful pieces that speak to me, that I love and adore and believe will make your food look even better and help us to tell better food stories together.

So how does this relate to you? Because as we start working together, you might see a line item on my proposal for a “propping fee.” And you might think “what’s a propping fee?” or “why should I pay a propping fee?” which are both valid questions.



Why do I need to include a propping fee in my work?


Prop rental fees give you access to my collection of props, allowing us to tell better stories together. It’s not about the fees, it’s about the photos.

Of course, if you are only interested in me photographing your dish on your tabletop, that’s one thing. Then the propping fee doesn’t apply to you. But there’s so much more we can do – from photographing your food on a beautiful slab of marble to rustic wood backdrops to bringing in my pottery, silverware, linens – so many, many beautiful touches that add to the photographs.

These props come in to accentuate the food, never to overpower it. I believe firmly that props add to the photograph, that one should never be distracted by the props.


Why are dishes are better with props?


Check out some of these images that showcase some of my props – and beautiful food – and I think you’ll understand what I mean.


Love to work with me?


Interested in working with these beautiful props (and the photographer that goes with them?) Give me a call or email! I’d love to work with you!

XO, Libby

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