Today I’m proud to share a special announcement. If you follow me on Facebook you’ve probably caught wind of this, but for everyone else, here’s the big news:
I’m going to Nourished so that I can teach YOU about Food Photography!
You must be wondering….
What is Nourished?
Nourished is a food blogger conference specially designed for those of us eating or writing about a special diet. You might be on a “special diet” if you eat gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc because of diagnosed sensitivities, or simply because you choose to eat more wholesome, less processed foods most of the time (like me!).
Nourished is taking place on Friday, April 13th in Chicago, back -to-back with the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo.
Nourished is unique because it’s the only conference where you will get to interact with bloggers facing the same challenges you are.
Nourished will bring you face-to-face with leaders in the food and lifestyle community. (Personally, I can’t wait to hear from Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More and to meet my longtime internet friend and inspiration Ricki Heller, gluten-free-and-vegan blogger/cookbook author/educator extraordinaire!)
You’ll discover all the things you need to know both about blogging in general, and specifically, how to achieve success in this niche community. Here’s just a sprinkle of what will be covered:
- Meaningful and effective food writing
- Tips & Tricks to take your photography to the next level, beginner or advanced
- Skills for improving recipe development
- Motivation to build your brand, within and beyond your blog
- Publishing options for that book you dream about writing
Nourished is special because ALL of the food will be gluten-free!
Nourished is the creation of two hugely inspirational achievers in the gluten-free community, Jen Cafferty and Amy Green.
And your other question….
What qualifies ME to teach YOU about Food Photography?
Honestly, I wondered this myself when Amy first approached me with this opportunity.
There are hundreds of bloggers out there who’s pictures I lust over every day; wouldn’t they be much more suited to this? I have no professional training. I only got my first dSLR in 2011; for 4 years I was blogging with a basic point-and-shoot. Fumbling around with my camera, I’ve probably only figured out half of what it’s capable of. I don’t have a fancy in-home studio filled with what seems like an entire Home Goods store worth of props. I hear that the best foodie photographers work only with natural light. Well, I haven’t quit my day job yet, and I exercise every evening, which means dinner is never ready before 8pm. I don’t have endless time to prop and style my food. 98% of my photos are shot at night with artificial lighting. I don’t know how to set up my shot in the “technically correct” way that a pro might tell you, but I’ve figured out how to make my camera settings and dining room space work for my situation. Enough so that I make it onto those popular foodie photo sites once in a while (not 100% of the time though!)
And then Amy pointed out, and I realized: That’s exactly what qualifies me. Nothing fancy or too high-tech, I’ll be sharing what I’ve taught myself and my hope is that you’ll return home ready to immediately start taking prettier pictures of your food.
Consider this my personal invitation for you to join me at Nourished this April. Buy your tickets now because I would LOVE to meet you. I just know that we’ll inspire each other to do better at what we’re already doing. See you there!