Are you available for hire?
Yes! If you would like to work with me, I would love to hear from you. Definitely feel free to email me with your ideas and we can talk it out: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am a regular contributor for Betty Crocker, where I share lots of easy savory and sweet recipes. I have also worked with Wisconsin Cheese, Williams-Sonoma & Le Creuset, Go Bold with Butter. My work has also been featured on Buzzfeed, Popsugar Select Food, Artful Blogging Magazine, Couch Magazine (Germany), HuffPost Taste, Women’s Weekly Magazine (UK), Country Living Magazine, and more.
What photography gear do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 6d with a 50mm f1.4 lens. I have a few other lenses that get very little use (if you are a photographer, I’d love to hear what your favorites are!). Earlier posts were shot with a Canon Rebel (August 2014 and earlier) and a point-and-shoot (2009 and earlier). I shoot pretty much everything for this blog on my dining room table next to a set of north-facing windows. I use inexpensive foam boards (black and white) to reflect light and a sheer curtain to filter if I need to. On the cloudier, low-light days we’re known for in the Pacific Northwest, I use a tripod. I do all of my post processing in Photoshop using Adobe Creative Cloud. Aside from one film photography class in college, all of my photography knowledge has been gained through lots of trial & error, learning as I go, and online tutorials/guides. I am always working to improve my photography and styling.
Where do you find your props?
I use this Progressive brand popsicle mold–believe it or not, this is the question I get asked most consistently!
My props: dishes, flatware, drinkware, linens, etc., are sourced from all over. I love a good raid through the clearance section at Anthropologie and am always on the look out for items to add to my collection. That said, I try to be selective and thoughtful about the items I purchase (this was not always the case). Many of the props you see in my photos come from basic places like Target, World Market, Home Goods, Ikea, and even the regional grocery store New Seasons Market. I also have some vintage items scored from antique and thrift stores. When I can justify the budget, I like to shop local boutiques. Some of my Portland favorites are Schoolhouse Electric, Porch Light, Ink & Peat, and Palace. My mom is also always sending me little dishes and things she thinks I will like.
Many of the paper good–cupcake liners, straws, etc., come from online shops. My go-tos are Bake It Pretty and Shop Sweet Lulu.
My backgrounds and surfaces are mostly pre-cut wood veneer boards from the home improvement store that I’ve treated with either just paint, sometimes thinned out with water, or a mixture of paints and sandpaper. It’s very high-tech stuff. I also am partial to my marble pastry board.
Where did you learn to cook?
I am a self-taught cook and baker who has also worked in food preparation at a major natural grocery chain (I made mountains of salads in a refrigerated room for a short stint) and as a production baker in an Austrian bakery (I made and decorated thousands of cookies). In the past, I have also done some special order desserts catering.
I wasn’t really that kid that was stirring bowls of batter next to her mom in the kitchen. I mean, I was usually hanging around the kitchen–because that’s where the good stuff is–but, I mostly learned by observation. Luckily, the women in my family are excellent home cooks and have worked in many facets of the food industry–including restaurants, catering, baking, and even school lunch administration.
What happens to all that food?!
We eat some of all the things I make. I send most of the remainder to Sean’s office–especially the desserts! Sometimes I package things up real cute and leave them on the doorsteps of my neighbors. Savory dishes often become our dinners and lunches. Inevitably, there is some waste but I really try to minimize throwing food away or composting it.
What about your site design and management?
My previous site on blogger was “designed” by me, the most recent iteration was designed by my good friend and graphic designer Abbey Bentley in collaboration with illustrator Kate Worum. Currently, my site is in a state of design-limbo as I work on a new, simpler look. My site has been powered by WordPress for several years now and more recently using the Foodie Pro Theme built on the Genesis Framework. I defer most technical issues to my “web guy”, aka, my husband Sean.
Do you use affiliate links?
This page does contain affiliate links, as do some of my posts. Why? Well, honestly, so I can make a small commission which helps to both manage this site and offset the cost developing new recipes for our eyes and bellies.
Any more questions? Feel free to contact me!