Got Kale? Have you ever heard about massaging kale? Ya, me neither but Fast Foodie knows all about it and I suggest you check it out here. A special shout out to Fitz Pullins of The Inventory Room for these adorable tops! I’ve worn mine so much! I’m always so grateful for the people I meet and friends I make from blogging! I honestly couldn’t imagine not having Fast Foodie by my side…she has been nothing but a great support system for Shotguns & Seashells! Plus, what’s better than having fun taking pictures with your bff?
Fast Foodie, originally started her blog to write about food and has decided to branch out and become a lifestyle blog and feature guest posting! I highly suggest checking it out..she’s got fitness, fashion and entertainment. Basically she’s got it all and I’m so proud of how far she has come in the past year! I guess I should mention that Fast Foodie’s name is Parker…LOL!
Above is the gorgeous Parker of FastFoodie.Us…one of my favorite photos of her!
On Saturday, I made a trip to Birmingham with Parker the writer of Fast Foodie US who also happens to be one of my best friends and sorority sisters for the Birmingham Bloggers brunch! The brunch was hosted at The Nest in historic Avondale, an adorable little spot if you ever want to host a party. I got to see some old friends and make new ones. Of course, we talked about blogging and more blogging but what we learned about was how to photograph food (I’ll share the tips soon). Y’all I had so much fun, I wish y’all could of been there! So, photographing food..how hard can it be.Y’ALL!.I was terrible at it…I’m honestly going to leave the creative food photos to the foodies and stick to fashion. However, it was really fun to learn all about it. Rachel Johnson of StupidGoodRachel, who is a professional food photographer taught us the secret tips. If you check out her blog you’ll see that she has it down pat. I was impressed..I had no idea that there was an art to photographing food. Even though we weren’t all food bloggers at the brunch we still learned how to incorporate these tips (they’re coming I promise) with styling clothes and jewelry. So, that has given me a ton of ideas for new posts…I’m really not the most creative person but I do try so I get an A+ for effort, right?
Ready for the tips???
1. embrace natural lighting
2. shoot from above
3. you can always add on to something, so don’t over do it. i.e don’t overdose on the granola like I did…hence why you don’t see my photo of the yogurt bowl on here…
4. keep it simple when it comes to filters and editing and don’t photograph against a busy surface
5. use #hashtags. if you are a food instagrammer try using the hashtags #f52grams and #eeeeeats. Rachel also suggested to post early in the morning around 8am and at night around 7pm
Anymore questions? You know where to leave the comment 🙂
Y’all I had the best day ever with my food blogging friend, Fast Foodie US. We took a break from school yesterday and pretended like it didn’t exist and explored Historic Downtown Northport. I have been to Northport plenty of times to eat at one of my favorite places, City Cafe but Parker (Fast Foodie US) had never, until yesterday. So, why not take her there for some great food, giggles and blogging. City Cafe is the place you go to when you want some good ole southern cooking plus it’s quick and the portions are huge. My meal was under $8 and you should of seen the amount of food I got. After lunch we went to Mary’s Cakes & Pastries which is tucked away behind the main street, it was adorable and smelled like a little slice of heaven. We each had a cupcake shot, I got plain Vanilla and Parker got coconut, both so yummy! We strolled some more and came across a fun spot to take pictures, obviously y’all saw above. We also stopped in some antique stores and stopped into a boutique where I got the cutest pair of wedges for $15…kid you not! The best part…they now have a salon called the The Beauty Bar..they do blow outs for $15..you know where to find me!
If you want more food details you’re going to have to check out Fast Foodie US