What camera do you use?
I use a Canon 5D Mark III
Canon Rebel XSi
with a 24-105mm f/4 lens
and 100mm macro
for the close-up food shots. Most of the photos are taken indoors so there isn’t much natural light, so I use an inexpensive but amazing set of lights called Lowel EGO
. I strive to have the food photography style to be clean and simple with the focus on showcasing the beauty of the food without overloading the shots with too many props.
What do you use to edit your photos?
I use Adobe Photoshop . Everything you see is real. There are no food photography tricks like using Elmer’s glue to mimic milk, or spraying food with certain chemicals to make them look shiny. I’m not a professional so I don’t feel the need to compensate for the lack of experience. I often post photos to Food Gawker or Tastespotting if I think I have a chance at getting featured. I hope you enjoy viewing my creations as much as I love making them!
How do you make your nutrition labels?
As a food scientist, I love information. I use the WP Ultimate Recipe plugin which allows the ability to enter the ingredients and serving size. The plugin uses the FastSecret Platform to pull nutritional data from brands around the world. I still have to make manual modifications as I don’t feel this information is 100% correct, so please use this feature as more of a guide or approximation.
How do I Start a Food Blog?
Well, there is basically two directions you can go. Option One – pay a developer/designer for a custom website, however, that will set you back several thousand dollars. Option Two – you can read my How to Start a Food Blog tutorial and check out my recommended list of blogger resources to save yourself time and money. It’s safe to say that if you’re just starting out, option two is the way to go. Create yourself a WordPress site and see if you even enjoy blogging first before you go ahead and invest significant amounts money.
What happened to your Income Reports?
For about three years, starting June 2014, my husband Jason used to create monthly income reports for my website. It was a fascinating experiment to see if we could monetize the blog, but it turned into a motivation and accountability tool that kept us trying new things. Ultimately after three years, we decided to stop because it was a very time-consuming effort and we believed our resources could be used in other areas to grow the brand.
Have your recipes ever been featured?
Sometimes my recipes get online and print coverage. You can check out my Media page for that info.
Are you on social media?
Yes! You can find me at the following locations: