This week, I re-released my Iceland travel video. The original video is one of the things I’m most proud of in this blogging/content creation journey I’m on. There’s just one problem: the first version had profanity in the song I chose. I didn’t even notice that there was swearing in the song when I picked it. (It’s probably an entirely different conversation that I no longer notice that in music.)… Read More »
A quick tutorial for how to edit food photos (or any photo!) for Instagram and social media – using FREE apps that are available for iPhone and android.
I’m back with another food photography post for you! Last time, I shared all of my favorite backgrounds for food photography. Today, it’s all about how to easily edit your cell phone photos so they look like they were taken with a professional camera.
I’m going to show you step-by-step how to go from the photo on the left to the photo on the right. The best thing is that all I used are two FREE apps.
The best cheap backgrounds for food photography and social media flatlays. My secrets for faux marble, vinyl ‘wood’, baking sheets and more! All $25 or less.
I have gotten an overwhelming amount of positive responses to the flatlay and food photography tutorials that I share on Snapchat. You guys really like seeing what I use to create my food images and all of the fun flatlays I share on Instagram. Because you are obviously interested in the behind-the-scenes part of blogging, I thought I would turn it into a series right here! It will be nice to have a permanent home for all of the things I’ve learned over the years.
I wanted to kick things off by sharing some of the backgrounds I use almost daily for food photography and also for flatlay shots on Instagram.The most expensive background I use regularly is $25 and many are FREE! Also, you’re not sure what a flatlay is, it’s those fun overhead shots of things arranged beautifully that are so common on social media. … Read More »
As always, life has been a whirlwind lately. I’m officially done with residency and loving my new job working in the pediatric ICU. I’ve also started another new job. I’m going to be developing the pediatric house calls program at a San Francisco-based startup. More on that soon!
One of the fun things about being a blogger is never knowing what is going to show up in my inbox. I’ve received everything from a request to be an ‘ambassador’ for drain cleaner to heartfelt letters from a reader about something I shared on my blog. It makes every day a little bit of an adventure!… Read More »
How to Make an Instagrammable Cheese and Charcuterie Platter to wow everyone at your next party! What to use, how to arrange it, and what to Vinho Verdes wines to drink with it.
There are few things that stop people in their tracks like a beautiful cheese and charcuterie platter. I would argue that it’s also one of the easiest party dishes that you can make to get this ‘wow’ effect. In fact, the gorgeous platter you see above took just minutes to make. I probably spent more time unwrapping the cheese and slicing the charcuterie than I did actually arranging it!
Snapchat is my favorite way to connect with friends and people who follow my blog. It used to be that Instagram was a way for me to show what was happening behind the scenes at A Side of Sweet. Now everything on Instagram has to be so carefully planned and edited it’s lost a lot of that fun and spontaneity. Snapchat is perfect for life behind the filter. It’s actually ‘insta’ and you have to post content as you take it. … Read More »
Hashtags are important for engagement and helping people to find and follow your account. Here are some tips for choosing the best hashtags for Instagram.
I had such an overwhelmingly positive response to my last Instagram Hacks post on how to ‘schedule’ posts on Instagram that I thought I’d share how I choose the best hashtags for Instagram. Hashtag awesome, right? 🙂
You want to choose hashtags that increase your Instagram engagement. By engagement, I mean more people finding your account that don’t already follow you and more likes. With the new Instagram smartfeed rolling out right now, engagement is more important than ever. If people don’t ‘like’ your photo, it will get low priority assigned to it and decrease the chance people will even see it!… Read More »