FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Are you available for sponsored blog posts?
I am always open to exploring the possibility of doing a sponsored blog post as long as the product is in line with the plant-based ethos and/or photographic aesthetic of this blog. Please contact me at kimberly(at)thelittleplantation(dot)co(dot)uk for my rates. I would love to hear from you.
2. Will you mention my product on your social media?
I charge a set fee for product placement and advertisement on my social media. If the product is in line with the plant-based ethos and/or photographic aesthetic of this blog I would love to hear from you and discuss matters further. Feel free to contact me at kimberly)at)thelittleplantation(dot)co(dot)uk and we can take it from there.
3. Do you do product reviews?
I do not do product reviews on the blog, but I am always happy to hear from start-ups as well as established business whose products are in line with the plant-based ethos of this blog. This is because I work closely with health food brands when I run my supperclubs or food photography workshops and include their products in our attendees' goody bags. It is a great way to get your product in front of your target audiences, so please do get in touch if you'd like your product to be consider for inclusion. For an idea of what this brand collaboration could look like, please check out this blog post here.
4. Do you do cookbook reviews?
Absolutely! I LOVE doing cookbook reviews. Please email me at kimberly(at)thelittleplantation(dot)co(dot)uk.
5. Will you teach/present/speak at our event about food styling/photography/social media/nutrition?
I love to teach and am anything but shy when it comes to speaking in public, so do get in touch if you would like to discuss matters further. I'd love to hear from you.
1. What camera and lens do you use?
I used a second hand Canon 500D when I started the blog in May, 2014. I upgraded to a Canon 70D in January 2016 and in January 2018 I switched to a Canon 5D Mark iii.
I used a Canon 50mm f1.8 when I started and changed to a Sigma 35mm f1.4 in January 2015. In July 2017 I added the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 to my kit and in July 2018 I added the Canon 100mm f2.8 L-series as well. In October 2018 I traded in my Tamron 24-70mm lens for a brand new Canon 24-70mm lens and couldn’t be happier.
2. How do you edit your images?
My philosophy when it comes to editing is less is more. Hence I used nothing other than Photoshop Elements which is a very basic, inexpensive but utterly helpful program for years. However, in February 2018 I upgrading to Photoshop and Lightroom and now use mainly Lightroom to edit my images.
I don't use any filters on any of my images here on the blog or on social media; I don't have anything against them per se, but they've just never felt like 'me'. However, seeing that I always edit my images in the exact same way, I have created 3 presets which I always use. You can get more details about them here.
3. Have you got any food photography tips for new food bloggers?
Please know that I do not consider myself an expert; I am still learning so much about food photography and styling and the learning process for me is never ending. However I will try and share what I DO know as I get asked so often, I truly hope it's helpful :).
Regularly pick up your camera, preferably daily! It is and always will be the best way to improve your photography and find your style. Practice does make perfect so please keep working hard, you WILL get better. On that note and if you like, you can join one of my FREE instagram photography challenges. Just sayin'.
Invest in your learning! I invested in my learning and attended a group class and then subsequently a 1-2-1 class, both were immensely helpful and allowed me to take my skills to the next level. Consequently, I currently teach 1-2-1 and group classes as well as an online food photography course to help those interested in improving their skills do just that. If you feel you have reached a plateau in your photography and styling, please do get in touch or check out my food photography workshops page for more details. You can also check my testimonial page to get a sense of what previous attendees made of my workshops.
Create stunning and interesting backdrops. It helps so, so much. I posted a blog post here and another one here and yet another one here on what to look for when it comes to backdrops. I hope you find these tips helpful.
I share some more food photography tips in the numerous interviews I have done on other blogs and websites. You can find the links to all of these interviews in the next section further down.
4. How do you make a living as a food blogger?
I wrote a blog post with some basic ideas here. It is worth a quick read ,). But in summary it's important not to put your eggs in one basket and make sure that you have a number of different income sources. Personally, I make a living by teaching food photography and food styling workshops, photographing and styling work for clients, sponsored posts, selling ebooks and coaching fellow foodbloggers on their instagram strategy. It is a lot to keep on top of, but I love it all!
5. How do you find clients, set your price and work with brands?
I wrote a blog post here and another long one here, which should answer some of your questions. Truth be told I personally struggle big time to not under selling myself and my services. But I'm working on it :).
Apart from that I get a lot of work through my instagram page, which I use as my second portfolio; it is a very powerful marketing tool so make sure you get yours right. Please note that I provide online, 1-2-1 mentoring classes to those looking to improve their instagram page and get clients through their social media channels. If you'd like more information, do check out this page here for further details.
6. May I assist you?
Thank you so much for offering. I'm honoured and grateful and in awe that you put yourself out there and asked me this question.
However to manage all the requests I get, I now only take on assistants who have attended my workshops, who I have worked with in the past and or those I have met at any of my other events. It just means that I know they have a good understanding of how I work and what my expectations are. It also means I know we get on, which is important when working together so closely.
Thank you for understanding.
For those interested in food and nutrition...
1. What do you eat and what do you feed your family?
2. Do you provide nutritional advice?
Yes! I am a fully qualified nutritional therapist and practice in South East London. I also provide on-line nutritional advice via skype and am particularly passionate about working with those affected by cancer as well as women suffering from adult acne, hormonal imbalances and PCOS. You can find more details about my nutritional practice here.
3. Where can I learn more about you and your food philosophy?
If you still want to know more about me and how I got into food blogging, you can find an interview with me on Vermillion Roots here and a longer piece in Izzie + Sky magazine here. You can also hear me ramble on about instagram on The Mindful Creative Podcast and the Elise Gets Crafty Podcast. And you can hear me chat all about how to run a successful food photography business and stand out from the crowd on The Braver Brand Podcast.
4. Any advice on resources for those interested in living a plant-based lifestyle?
I hope you find the recipes here on The Little Plantation helpful and enjoyable cuz delicious food really is a great place to start delving deeper into plant-based food. I'd also recommend reading How Not To Die and watching Forks over Knives. Both are so powerful. Good luck!
Thanks for popping by!