Nourished: A Food Blogger Conference (The One YOU Should Attend)

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!

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22 Responses to “Nourished: A Food Blogger Conference (The One YOU Should Attend)”

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    Joelen — January 18, 2012 @ 7:49 am Reply

    Cara! I’ve been working with Jen since I’m helping promote the GF Expo, which I’ll be attending! Will you be in town that entire weekend? Would love to see you again when you’re here! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Cara — January 18, 2012 @ 8:10 am

      Hey Joelen! I admit I forgot about you and being gluten-free now so it didn’t even occur to me that you might have something to do with this! I will be in town for the whole weekend, yes, but I don’t think I’m going to attend the expo. Ben is coming with me and we have some good friends who we’re going to stay with Friday and Saturday night. But yes, it would be nice to meet up! hope we can work something out ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ricki — January 18, 2012 @ 7:58 am Reply

    Cara, your photos are gorgeous!! I’d LOVE to know how to create such beautiful images, and at night, too!! And I’m totally honored by that mention up there–I cannot wait to meet you, too! ๐Ÿ˜€ xo

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    Jen @ — January 18, 2012 @ 8:11 am Reply

    Cara – that’s SO EXCITING that you’ll be speaking!! I hope you’ll be posting some tips on here for those of us who can’t make it to the conference.

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    NIcole, RD — January 18, 2012 @ 11:32 am Reply

    I am so bummed. We are going to Vegas that SAME weekend. GRRR. This is the exact reason I need to USE a planner. GR GR GR. You’ll do awesome, Cara!

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    Jenny — January 18, 2012 @ 5:35 pm Reply

    Cara! I feel like it is so serendipitous I found your blog a few days ago! I love EVERYTHING on your blog. It actually inspired me to resurrect my old blog.
    So, I just relaunched my own cooking blog yesterday! When I looked at the stats for the first time ever, 2,000 people had been to my site! (I have not written anything since 2005) This round it is Gluten Free.
    The single most annoying part of the process was the photos. I have a simple point and shoot, and at this point, that is what I am going to have for awhile. I wish I could go to this conference! Wow! How fun. Thank you as well for posting all the information about GF gurus. I am new to this.
    I look forward to hearing all about your adventures. Keep up the good cooking and writing. I am making a version of your veal stew tonight.


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    Hannah — January 18, 2012 @ 6:43 pm Reply

    If only I were closer to Chicago- I’d kill to go to this event, especially to see you speak about photography! What an incredible opportunity, I hope someone takes good notes there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Cara — January 18, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

      You should be teaching the advanced course, my dear!

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    Megan — January 18, 2012 @ 8:15 pm Reply

    That is so awesome that you’ll be teaching food photography there. Sounds like a great conference. Wish I could make it!

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    TriGirl — January 18, 2012 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    Well congrats! You have really lovely food photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Joanne — January 18, 2012 @ 9:03 pm Reply

    Woohoo! i’m so excited for you and I hope I can make it! Need to check the dates!

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    Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete — January 18, 2012 @ 10:03 pm Reply

    Congrats!!! I wish I could attend – I’m sure I could use your tips and advice!

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    Natalie @ Perry's Plate — January 19, 2012 @ 12:34 am Reply

    I didn’t know this!! Congrats!!
    Um, hello… most of your photos use artificial light?! How do you make them look so good. That’s a big beast that I haven’t managed to tame yet. I wish I could go so badly! You’ll share a re-cap of your session on here, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Cara — January 19, 2012 @ 8:21 am

      Girl, I’m in need of *your* tips! And I can’t believe I didn’t tell you. Woops!

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    Kate — January 19, 2012 @ 4:58 am Reply

    How fun for you!

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    Tina @ Best Body Fitness — January 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm Reply

    I wish I didn’t already have so much travel this year because it sounds like a really neat conference!

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    AlexandraFunFit — January 19, 2012 @ 5:27 pm Reply

    Day-um, girl, you just made me hungry. If I lick the pictures, I won’t ingest any kcals, right? Have fun at the convention and congrats.

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    Pure2raw twins — January 19, 2012 @ 7:53 pm Reply

    oh man wish we could go sounds great!

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    Robin @ The Balanced Life — January 21, 2012 @ 11:50 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing this info! I am never up to speed on conferences so I appreciate you posting this. I’m a running a healthy eating program on my site right now and it’s centered around low-gluten, low-dairy foods. It’s inspired me to eat this way for the rest of my life. I’m going to look into attending this conference, so thank you!

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    Shannon — January 31, 2012 @ 4:56 pm Reply

    What a great opportunity!! Wish I could swing that and hear your tips and meet Ricki ๐Ÿ˜‰ we’ll have to see…

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    Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up — February 6, 2012 @ 2:01 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to go! Your session sounds fantastic!

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