NEW INSTAGRAM STORIES FEATURES! WHAT THEY MEAN FOR BLOGGERS

NEW INSTAGRAM STORIES FEATURES! WHAT THEY MEAN FOR BLOGGERS

NOTE: This blog post is part 11 of my INSTAGRAM SERIES - content all about helping YOU manage your way around instagram. In the INSTAGRAM SERIES I've touched on subjects such as why you're losing followers (and what to do about it), how to grow your instagram following and the one thing no one talks about in food blogging. Just click here to find all the other parts in the series. As for today, I'll talk in detail about the new instagram stories changes and, more importantly, what these changes mean for YOU if you're trying to make it as food blogger or instagram influencer.

Love instagram or not, the one thing no one can call instagram is boring, stagnant or uninventive. Nope, this platform is ALWAYS constantly and continuously reinventing itself, pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box. And the new instagram stories features are - yet again - instagram showing off its innovation and creativity.  

LONDON FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AND FOOD STYLING WORKSHOP

LONDON FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AND FOOD STYLING WORKSHOP

After months of plotting l can FINALLY reveal the details of my March 2018 London food styling and food photography group workshop ! Just as in 2017, I will be teaching this workshop from my South East London based home studio where I'll show you how to manouevre your way around your DSLR camera, how to use and manipulate light to create stunning images and how to perfect your composition skills. I'm over the moon to let you know that I'll be joined for session 2 and 3 of this workshop by super talented Silvia from Salvia Limone. Awesome, right!? Want to find out more? Then read on...

SPICED ORANGE WINTER SMOOTHIE + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY (R, V+, P, NF, GF, GrF, ChF)

SPICED ORANGE WINTER SMOOTHIE + A COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY (R, V+, P, NF, GF, GrF, ChF)

QUICK, EASY, VEGAN Part 2 - Hi everyone! As I mentioned in last week's blog post, I'll be sharing some quick and easy vegan recipes on the blog between now and the end of the year just cuz we're all SO busy in the run up to Christmas and the last thing we need is to be stuck in the kitchen, am I right?!

Apart from sharing the recipe for this delicious, healthy and seasonal spiced orange smoothie with you today, I'm also hosting a giveaway of a cookbook entitled NEW YORK CHRISTMAS. It was written by food bloggers and food photographers Liz and Jewels whose lovely recipes will surely get you into the Christmas spirit! Now before you get to hear about how YOU can win yourself a copy, shall I tell you a bit about what the book is like?

VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS WITH CHAI SPICES (V+, ChF, NF)

VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS WITH CHAI SPICES (V+, ChF, NF)

QUICK, EASY, VEGAN! Part 1 - May I present you with the best vegan muffins I have EVER made? Now, please don't take my word for it, but instead ask the man and the boy in my life, our neighbours, their children, plus the guys at BBC World Service. See they ALL gulped these muffins down like there was no tomorrow and begged me to make more! I made 48 in total in the space of a week, insane isn't it?! But it kinda worked for me cuz I hade A LOT of Halloween pumpkin left-overs to use up ;). Know what I'm sayin'!!!

Anyway, I feel this muffin recipe will work really well for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving - as a sort of Thanksgiving breakfast treat kinda thing - as well as those of you who just dig pumpkins, full stop. Once baked, these muffins can be eaten on the spot or frozen to be enjoyed throughout the weeks to come. Whatever works for you!

MADRID FOOD STYLING AND FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

MADRID FOOD STYLING AND FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Guys I CANNOT tell you HOW excited I am to FINALLY be able to share that in 2018 I will be hosting my first food styling and food photography workshop abroad! I have chosen the beautiful city of Madrid, Spain to show you how to manouevre your way around your DSLR camera, how to use and manipulate light to create stunning images and how to perfect your composition skills. Over 2.5 days you'll have the chance to really fine tune your photographic abilities and share your passion with fellow foodies and creatives. So if you live in Southern Europe OR want to combine a trip to Spain with a food photography workshop experience, then please join me this February!

THE ONE THING NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IN FOOD BLOGGING!

THE ONE THING NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IN FOOD BLOGGING!

NOTE: This blog post is part 10 of my INSTAGRAM SERIES - content all about helping YOU manage your way around instagram, food blogging and social media. In the INSTAGRAM SERIES I've touched on subjects such as why you're losing followers (and what to do about it) and how to set your price when working with brands. Just click here to find all the other parts in the series. Now on with today's blog post...

Is it just me or do we live in a society that only and always talks about (food) blogging in the context of success, fame and fortune!

''So and so left their boring 9-5 desk job to blog professionally and now is on the cover of Delicious Magazine.''

''Or such and such worked as a checkout girl and now blogs full time, with a following of 500,000 to boot and a sandwich at Pret a Manger named after her.''  

SHOULD YOU USE FILTERS ON INSTAGRAM?

SHOULD YOU USE FILTERS ON INSTAGRAM?

NOTE: This blog post is part 9 of my INSTAGRAM SERIES - content all about helping YOU manage your way around instagram. In the INSTAGRAM SERIES I've already written about why instagram LIVE may be the new way to SERIOUSLY increase your reach and engagement, why you're losing followers (and what to do about it), and why the instagram hack should be a warning to us all. Just click here to find all the other parts in the series. Now on with today's post...

If you follow my blog and my instagram, you'll know that I'm LIVE on instagram every Sunday from 7pm - 7.15pm sharing photography and styling tips as well as answering YOUR instagram related questions. One of the questions that arose during the first LIVE photography tutorial was whether I use filters on my instagram and what my thoughts were filters in general.  

VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI WITH SALVIA + LIMONE AND TWIGG STUDIOS (V, V+, ChF)

VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI WITH SALVIA + LIMONE AND TWIGG STUDIOS (V, V+, ChF)

I am rather happy working on my own. Thing is, I like my own company. But when all is said and done, I'm a super sociable person, so when Aimee from Twigg Studios suggested we do a another collaboration and inviteSilvia from Salvia + Limone too I was totally game. The result of bringing our creative minds and hands together is today's delicious and (if I may say so myself) GORGEOUS vegan butternut squash ravioli recipe. Despite appearances, it SO easy to make and the perfect recipe for this time of the year.