Food photography tips, Photography

Glasses and jars

Using the same glasses and bowls for food photography becomes boring at some point. I have just a 2 or 3 types of glasses and some more types of bowls.

For my photography I need 2 or 3 glasses for a photo, so buying a set of 6 or 12 glasses is expensive, takes a lot of place in my cabinet and no use in the future (10 different sets – is too much). So I realized that I can use any type of jars for drinks or desserts, glasses for desserts instead of bowls, small bottles for drinks, etc. Put Β your imagination at play and you will discover a new world.

Sometimes I find in shops some food in nice and unique jars, small bottles for juice that I will never drink but I will buy them for my photography. It is an investment for future projects.

Here are some examples of my jars, small bottles, and glasses.


Here is a cognac glass for a blueberry dessert. There is a logo on the glass and I styled the glass so I can hide it.


This glass I borrowed from my mom. She has it from my grandmother. From a set of 6 this is the only one left. So, check your grandmother cabinets for old glasses or bowls.

watermelon juice

For this smoothie I used a coconut oil jar. Very nice and interesting shape for a jar.

dessert raw vegan

For this dessert I used champagne glasses. You can also use red or white wine glasses.

lilac smoothie

This small jars were filled with a vanilla dessert when I bought them. They weren’t very expensive and go so well with drinks, desserts, sauces or even as a small vase for some small flowers.

Beetroot smoothie


This is a small nutella jar. I got it as a gift and it goes so nice as a glass for juice or dessert.


summer dessert
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I found this 6 jars in a second hand furniture store. They were so cheap so I bought all 6 of them. I use them for desserts and serve my guests. I am so in love with these small jars.

raspberry milkshake

This is a small bottle that we have it in the shops with a carrot juice.


These are whiskey glasses used for dessert.

wild strawberries

This small jar had peanut butter in the shop. Now I use it for drinks, desserts, sauces and other things in my photos.


As you can see, you can reused all the jars and glasses. When I find something that I like or looks nice I buy them and put them in some boxes in my studio. Sometimes it takes many months before use them, but I am always prepare.



128 thoughts on “Glasses and jars”

  1. Yes, you’re right, I realised this after photographing several smoothies! Your photos are always interesting and colourful, thanks for the tips! ☺️

  2. I didn’t know that the cognac glasses were for that purpose; I just thought the shape was pretty. I like using martini glasses for desserts. I bought some from Urban Outfitters once because I liked that they had polka dots. I bought two, and only one remains.

    Glasses can add so much character to the food and to a photo, especially if the shape is different from what is expected. You gotta love that.

  3. This is an excellent post for those of us who do food and drink blogs and who sometimes need inspiration for accessorizing and photos. Thank you so much for the great ideas!

  4. Hi, Gabriela! Thanks for liking my ‘Mini Coffee Flans’ post. I’ve recently started my blog, and I’m all excited about this bloggers’ world! Love your food photos and, of course, your ‘Food Photography Tips’.

  5. They’re all so pretty. Beautiful ideas. It’s a feast for the eyes. Even the photography is perfect

  6. Excellent post for fellow bloggers. I too am a big fan of scouring flea markets and second hand shops. Also, I love your idea of re-using peanut butter jars, nuttela jars, etc. Great ideas here. -Kat

  7. Love your photography! I have a penchant for unusual glass and dishes. You have inspired me to use some of them in my food styling and now I need to buy a camera to take photos.

  8. This is a great read! It’s amazing what you can find when you really look around.

    Last weekend, I made individual kulfi for a garden party so needed more pots than usual for the freezer. Looking in the cupboard, I discovered I had enough of the Douwe Egberts hazelnut coffee jars to make cute little sharing pots for couples and used mini hexagonal jars (like yours above) for single servings! They looked so professional!

    Now I have even more ideas having read your blog. I’ll be catching up on the rest… especially ‘Desserts’ and raw food ideas! πŸ™‚

  9. I use a lot of jars like that too, not for photography, but for storage like dry beans, macaroni, nuts, etc. They look pretty in my glass cupboard and are so much healthier than plastic.

    Thanks for the visit and like.

  10. What beautiful images. I am always inspired by all the creativity I see by people. Second hand shops are a great place to pick up odd and unusual glassware and vases. We got all our wedding vases/containers for about Β£20 in charity shops and car boots! We had a rule not to pay over Β£2 for each one.

  11. They look fabulous – I’ve had a ‘thing’ about jars and boxes since I was a young child – I just love the shapes, sizes and versatility of the jars and glasses you’ve used. x

  12. Hi Gabi, just came across your lovely blog. I am a designer & amateur photographer & really loved all the refreshing colours, i might try these combinations for my interiors as well, yummm!πŸ˜ƒ Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Beautiful! What’s your photography setup? I’d love to improve the visuals on my page and yours are gorgeous! Any tips would be greatly appreciated. 😊❀️

  14. I love the unique glassware! And putting desserts in them is beautiful! We have started using canning jars to take ice water in the car with us….just not into all of the plastic waterbottles…

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