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Julia Child quotes to live by

  • Posted on: 14 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Portrait by Lynn Gilbert Kindness “The sweetness and generosity and politeness and gentleness and humanity of the French had shown me how lovely life can be if one takes time to be friendly.” Julia Child, My Life in France Slow Living "One December Sunday, the three of us drove out to the Fontainebleau forest. The cloudy gray sky broke open and turned blue, the air was vigorously cool, and the sun shone brightly...we broke out a picnic basket brimming with sausages, hard-boiled eggs, baguettes, patisseries, and a bottle of Moselle wine. We ate lying against twisted grey rocks covered with...

Confession: I'm not a morning person!

  • Posted on: 11 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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My morning routine matters. Creating a morning routine has always been a struggle for me. As a teen I always woke up at the very last minute and rushed to get out of the house in time for school each day. Choosing sleep over peaceful, morning rituals has been something I still struggle with to this day. I have finally created a morning routine that I am able to stick to and I find immense joy in it. I thought I would share it with you to inspire you to create your own! When I wake up each morning the first thing I do now is drink a full glass of water. (I have an adorable cat, who does not so...

Did you see?

  • Posted on: 10 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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We made a pretty exciting announcement on our Facebook page today ? Hope you'll check it out! Watch the video and let us know what you think! Video link!

Is a lack of professionalism on Instagram affecting your relationships with future clients?

  • Posted on: 9 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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As we discussed in yesterday's blog post, I believe that Instagram is the new business card . And, therefore, we need to ensure that our Instagram accounts display a polished, professional vibe. Here are 3 things every business Instagrammer should do. 1. Have a cohesive look If you were creating your business cards, you wouldn't have bright green, burnt orange, and baby blue colors visually attacking your viewer, would you? (I mean, unless that's your signature look, then, hey, go for it!). When a potential client lands on your page it is really great if they can get a 5 second overview that...

Has Instagram become the new business card?

  • Posted on: 8 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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I recently heard a friend say, "Instagram is the new business card." And after some thought, I completely agree. When I am out at an event and I meet someone with similar business interests my first question, with phone in hand, is "What's your Instagram handle?" I usally follow them right then and there and ensure that we have connected in a concrete way before leaving the conversation. Traditional business cards can be tossed in a purse or briefcase and never seen again, but, a quick follow on Instagram will have me showing up in that person's feed, reminding them of our meeting and our...

So you think you can't cook? 3 easy steps to overcome your fears of the kitchen.

  • Posted on: 4 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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You probably clicked this link because you honest to god think you can't cook. You have either tried and failed or avoided trying at all out of fear of failure. As someone who has burned more bacon and eggs in her life than I'd like to admit, trust me, if I can learn to cook, SO CAN YOU! via GIPHY 1. Ask a friend! First things first. Learn some basics. Do you have a favorite recipe that someone in your immediate family or circle of friends prepares? Ask them to come to your house and show you the ropes. Most folks will be honored that you enjoy their food so much and jump at the opportunity...

How to use natural light to take amazing photos!

  • Posted on: 3 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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When I first began taking photos of food, I watched online videos and read blogs all about creating light boxes. That led me into looking at reflectors. This all led me into lusting over very expensive camera equipment. Because I was only using my phone camera, I couldn't see the logic of spending thousands of dollars on other equipment. As I started practiging more and more I slowly realized windows were my best friends! I ran around the house with food subjects in hand and tested the lighting in every room until finally one worked. The lighting was perfect. Not direct, not too dark, but...

The dos and don'ts of those old Instagram photos

  • Posted on: 2 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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Hi I'm Jessica. I launched my food photography business earlier this year and it has been a really grand adventure! A question I get asked frequently by folks trying to improve their visibility on Instagram for their business is "What should I do about my early Instagram photos? Should I delete them?". Here is my first Instagram photo. And I'm not mad at it. Let's go through some reasons why in these dos and don'ts of your old Instagram photos. Don't Delete your old Instagram photos. That's right, I said don't delete them! Do Use them as a reminder of how far you've come. Learning to take...

I'm participating in #bloglikecrazy again this year!

  • Posted on: 1 November 2017
  • By: jessica
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November is one of my favorite months of the year. I love baking holiday treats and spending time snuggling with loved ones around a warm, cozy fire. I also love November because it is the month that I #BlogLikeCrazy ! What is #BlogLikeCrazy? See Jane Write creator, Javacia Harris Bowser describes the event, "Every November I challenge the women of See Jane Write to publish a new blog post every day for 30 days. I’ll give you encouragement along the way by sharing blogging tips and post ideas using the hashtag #bloglikecrazy. And if you use the #bloglikecrazy hashtag when you share your posts...

The Why behind my food photography

  • Posted on: 2 July 2017
  • By: jessica
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I take pictures of food because I have an innate desire to capture tiny moments of perfection. I take pictures of food because I want to help others feel less alone. I take pictures of food to build a community that loves and encourages one another. I take pictures of food because I cannot help it. I take pictures of food because I was meant to. If you are interested in learning more about taking photos of food, I hope you will join us for our first Food Photography Workshop in Birmingham, AL on July 29th! We will have multiple speakers and an hour long hands-on photography session to help...

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