Resources for Food Bloggers and Food Photographers
Disclaimer: Please note that many of the links below for food photography resources are affiliate links which means that we earn a commission if you use the links provided. This is at no additional cost to you.
Tools for Getting your Blog Started:
Domain Name: There are some basic steps you’ll need to accomplish to get your blog up and running. One of the early steps is registering your domain name. I started A Baker’s House in 2011 and have been a customer with NameCheap from the get go. On their site you’re able to search for a domain name and purchase it (or transfer a current one you own to them). Adding the WhoIs Protection to your domain is an easy (and important) step through NameCheap. I renew both my domain name and WhoIs Protection in one payment every year.
Hosting: A Baker’s House uses Agathon for hosting and I couldn’t be more satisfied. Agathon feels like a partner to me. They specialize in WordPress hosting and offer starter plans through professional plans to grow with you as your business expands. Agathon (affiliate) has been patient with my questions and informative in their responses. I’m excited to grow with them!
Framework: A Baker’s House runs on the Trellis Framework through Mediavine.
Tools for Keeping your Blog Running Smoothly:
The recipe card in use presently on my site is Create from Mediavine. This recipe card plug in is free to use for publishers AND non-publishers of the Mediavine family. Read more about Create here!
Tailwind: Tailwind (affiliate) is a marketing app for Pinterest. You can use it on your desktop or on your phone and it will reshape the way that you view Pinterest.
I joined Tailwind and it’s exciting to dedicate time and effort towards my goal of expanding my interaction on Pinterest. Tailwind (affiliate) creates the ability to schedule your pins. You will save valuable time while creating a more consistent approach to sharing your content on Pinterest. Start with the free trial then, if it is a good fit for you, upgrade to their PLUS program for full access. This link will give you $15 credit towards your first year; I’ll also earn a credit if you sign up. (Affiliate)
Resources for Editing your Food Photography:
Are thinking of making Long Pins for Pinterest? You’ll need to use a photo editing program to do so. PicMonkey, Canva, and Adobe Photoshop are all good options. I use Photoshop to make my long pins 735 px by 2058 px. A photo of the recipe is placed at the top, another at the bottom, with a text rectangle in the middle. Using two photos is ideal but if you only have one favorite photo of a particular recipe, you can make that work too.
Simply enlarge one of the photos to be a close up and leave the second photo section as is. Check out my Pinterest Boards to see the style and content I find most effective.
I recommend the Adobe Creative Cloud option that provides both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for a monthly (or yearly) rate. I am able to edit my photos in Lightroom CC then use Photoshop CC to create long pins for Pinterest. There is a learning curve to using Adobe’s programs, and I’ve had great success following the tutorials provided within the program. Food Blogger Pro has also been a great resource for learning more about the details of Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.