This blog post is part 15 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 how to get paid influencer work on instagram and working with brands and setting your price. Just click here to find all the other parts in the series. Now on with today's post about my new LIVE tutorials! (BTW I highly recommend you read this blog post about why I think going LIVE on instagram is SO important and this blog post about my creative community first, before digging into today's post. It's not essential but it'll just give you some context ;)).
HOW THE IDEA FOR THE LIVE FOOD PHOTO INSTA TUTORIALS CAME TO BE
Before I tell you about the new LIVE tutorials, can I tell you a little bit about how I got to starting it? Well, if you have been watching my instagram stories recently you may have seen me mention that I'm working with a business coach. It was a VERY scary decision as getting this kind of help comes with - what I consider - a higher than average price tag. BUT I knew that it was a necessary step that would help me get clarity and direction I felt I was lacking. I also strongly believe that I would be able to be a much better instagram mentor and teacher if I got all my own ducks in a row. So with that in mind I signed on the dotted line and can honestly say it's been the best decision I've made in a long, long time.
DON'T WE ALL WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER?
You see, I thought that I wanted to be a successful photographer and stylist. That these were ''real'' and ''prestigious'' jobs and therefore the titles I should be striving for. But you want to hear something odd? Though I thoroughly enjoy it when I get photography and styling gigs, they have never brought me the level of happiness that I thought they would. I found that confusing and also terribly frustrating. If they weren't my end goal, my calling and what made me smile from ear to ear, what was/is?
I couldn't really answer that question on my own but through several sessions with my coach I've come to the realisation that from all the things I do in my business, supporting and teaching YOU to the best of my abilities brings me more joy than I ever thought possible.
IS TEACHING FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AND SHARING INSTAGRAM GROWTH TIPS A REAL JOB?
It may not seem like a big deal to you reading those words here, but let me tell you THAT WAS REALLY SCARY FOR ME TO ADMIT! I mean what kind of unstable, super competitive and weird job is teaching people food photography, food styling, blogging techniques, SEO and social media. And see, when I was growing up SEO wasn't even a word! How on God's earth could it now be a ''real'', ''honest'' and ''respectable'' profession? I must confess I am still grappling with this, but what I am certain about is that showing up for my community and helping them grow, thrive and develop their food photography, food styling and social media skills feels totally right.
SO WHAT HAS THAT GOT TO DO WITH THE NEW LIVE FOOD PHOTO INSTA TUTORIALS?
Once the penny dropped that teaching and helping others fine tune their photography and food blogging skills was 'my thing', I was able to really focus in on developing awesome free teaching tools that would allow me to share my passion and knowledge for food photography, styling and social media with you guys. Therefore I really wanted to make my free creative online community be THE place to get THE BEST possible help, inspiration, support and guidance thereby enabling my tribe to flourish like no other.
''Just'' running the creative community without clear goals and learning objectives didn't feel good enough though. That's because I want my members to get as much helpful content as possible so that they feel empowered and supported in pursuing their passion for food, photography and styling. And THAT'S where the LIVEtutorials come into play.
WHAT ARE THE LIVE TUTORIALS ABOUT!
As the name of the LIVE tutorials suggests, I ask experts within the food blogging, food photography and instagram/social media space 10 questions so that YOU can benefit from their knowledge, insight and expertise.
I really wanted the tutorials to be LIVE so that you can experience the awesome guests for yourself and ask them a question or two about whatever you need help with. I also feel going LIVE allows me to connect more with you and understand better how I can help you overcome any obstacles along your food blogging path.
WHEN WILL THE 10 FOOD PHOTO INSTA QUESTIONS WITH... BE ON?
I will conduct my interviews every other Thursday from 7pm-7.20pm GMT, 2pm- 2.20pm EST; one week the interview will be accessible for all on instagram, the other week it will be available exclusively to my mailing list subscribers within the facebook community. Please note that some guests live in rather different time zones than me, which means there may be some Thursdays where I'll need to be a bit more flexible and change the start time. The good news is that you'll always know when and where the podcast is on because I'll inform you
- Through the newsletter (sign up below)
- Inside the creative community (sign up below)
- On my instagram stories
- On my instagram highlights (please look for the turquoise circle)
In addition, if you can't be there LIVE, every interview will be saved forever inside my facebook community so that you'll always have access to the tutorials.
WHAT TOPICS WILL THE LIVE TUTORIALS COVER AND WHO ARE THE GUESTS?
The topics we cover will either fall under the heading FOOD, PHOTOGRAPHY or INSTAGRAM/SOCIAL MEDIA and will ALL be things you need to know about if you're a food blogger, food instagrammer or eager to become one. Here a run down of series 1
- Pre-season taster 1 was with Rita Serano about ''HOW TO GET A COOKBOOK DEAL''
- Pre-season taster 2 was with cake master Julian from Historias del Ciervo and included a LIVE demonstration and interview about ''HOW TO FOOD STYLE LIKE A PRO''
- In episode 1 we covered the topic ''GOING LIVE ON INSTAGRAM AND WHY IT MATTERS' with Saveur nominated Husbands That Cook.
- In episode 2, I interviewing plant-based cookbook author and podcaster Jessica Murnane from The One Part Podcast and asked her ''HOW DO YOU START A PODCAST AND MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL''.
- Episode 3 is all about ''HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL FOOD BLOGGER'' and stand out from the crowd with award-wining food blogger Shivesh.
- Episode 4 is entitled ''HOW TO WRITE AND DEVELOP RECIPES''; in the episode cookbook writer former writer at Food 52 and nutritionist Gena Hamshaw shares all she knows.
- Episode 5 is about ''WHAT IS MINDSET AND WHY IT MATTERS'' where I speak with executive business coach Sorrel Roberts about practical ways to positively affect our mindset and thereby positively impact our blogging business.
- Bonus episode included a food styling demo and information on ''TOP 3 IPHONE FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS'' with Saveur blog award winner and creative genius CR Tan.
- Episode 6 was entitled ''HOW TO DEVELOP A PERSONAL BRAND'' with branding strategist Bonnie Joy Marie.
Finally, you can access Rita's cheatsheet and all the other LVE tutorials inside my facebook community. All you gotta do to gain access is sign up below ;).
Thank you everyone for reading through yet another ridiculously long blog post. I really appreciate it and look forward to seeing you here again next week!
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Do you want to work with me more intensively on your social media and instagram strategy? Then why not sign up to my 1-2-1 instagram mentoring sessions? You can read some testimonials by clicking here to get a sense of what working with me is really like. Alternatively you can attend my talk all about instagram, social media and blogging on Thursday the 15th of March in London. Just one spot left! I look forward to hearing from you!