Feel free to contact me or email me directly at email@example.com if you have any more questions! I love to hear from you!
Q: Where do you live?
As of August 2021, I live in Bend, Oregon with my husband, Connor King, and rescue dog and cat. Prior to moving to Bend, we lived in Chicago, IL for five years where my husband completed his orthopaedic surgical residency.
Q: When did you start blogging?
A Beautiful Plate was founded in 2010 right after I graduated from college. I had just discovered the world of food blogs and immediately thought “Hey, this looks like fun. I wanna do this too!”
It started as a creative outlet for sharing recipes and eventually turned into a space to share my experience in culinary school, as well as my passion for writing, food photography, and recipe development. Starting this website is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
Q: Do you have any professional training or food industry experience? What do you do?
Yes. I am a professionally trained chef and graduated first in my class from the professional culinary arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in December 2012. During my program, I wrote about my experience almost every single day!
After spending six months in the classroom, I worked as a line cook at a fine-dining restaurant in Washington, DC. You can read a bit more about what I was doing here!
I decided to leave the production side of the industry and transitioned to managing marketing and communications for a national fine foods distributor. During my time at the company, I designed and created marketing brochures and catalogs, as well as photographed and styled commercial photo shoots.
Q: Why did you decide to go to culinary school?
Q: Who designed your blog?
Photography + Sharing Content
Q: Can I use one of your images in a recipe round-up or on my website?
All of the content and photography on this website is my own (unless otherwise specified) and is copyrighted material. Please see policies below before sharing:
If you’re looking to feature a recipe or writing a round-up post: You are more than welcome to share one photograph, but it must prominently be credited and properly back-linked to the appropriate recipe URL using a do-follow link. You do not need to email me for approval as long as you are following this format. Please do not share more than one image without my explicit permission.
Please email me if you wish to share an image for any content designed to promote other brands, etc. (ie. brand sponsored content, etc.). Again, all of the images are protected under full copyright.
I do not permit recipes to be reprinted in full on other websites other than my own. Again, my recipes are copyrighted material and may not be published elsewhere without my written permission.
Feel free to contact me if you any specific questions or requests or if none of your questions are addressed above.
Q: What type of camera equipment do you use? What do you use to edit your photographs?
Prior to September 2014, most of the photographs that you see on the blog were taken with my Canon Rebel T1i entry DSLR camera, standard lens kit, and 50 mm/f 1.8 lens. It is a great entry-level camera if you have a small budget.
As of September 2014, I shoot with a Canon EOS 6D full-frame camera body, and almost exclusively this 100mm/f 2.8 IS macro lens and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens. I took art classes through high school and college, but I have no formal training in photography. I’ve taught myself everything through trial and error, advice from fellow photographers, books, immersing myself in sources of inspiration, and practice.
I’m a big believer in “less is more.” You can take excellent photos without a ton of expensive props or food photography backgrounds. Here is a list of my favorite affordable food photography backdrops.
My culinary school photographs were taken with a simple Canon point and shoot–as that is the only type of camera that could fit in my chefs pants!
For more of my favorite photography resources and tips, visit my Food Photography Tips and Tutorials Pinterest board. You can also follow my Food Photography and Styling Pinterest Board to see what is currently inspiring me!
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Q: How did you improve your food photography over the years?
I credit my improvement in food photography over the years to a bunch of things: 1) using my camera and practicing photography on a regular basis, 2) learning how to properly use my camera and understanding ISO, shutter speed, and aperture 3) being resourceful/creative with a limited amount of stuff, 4) playing with composition, lighting, angles, and styles, 5) reading books, looking at lots of food magazines, and immersing myself with sources of inspiration, and 6) learning the importance of post-processing.
Q: Do you accept products to review, or do giveaways?
Occasionally, I will host a giveaway and share a product, but only if I am truly passionate about a product and think my readers could benefit from knowing about it.
If your brand aligns with my audience and blog, I’d much rather work with you on a recipe development project! Feel free to contact me if you have an idea in mind or want to discuss an upcoming project!
Q: Do you do guest posts? Can I write a guest post on your site?
I do not currently (nor have plans) to accept guest posts on my website. Please do not email me with this request, as I will not respond due to time constraints.