Category Archives for "Ask A Blogger"

September 5, 2015

The $1,000 Job I Declined

The $1,000 Job I Declined

The $1,000 Job I Declined

I think my husband had a heart attack when I declined a $1,000 job. You know a $1,000 is a lot of money. It is what some people make in a month. It is a lot to me as well. The question is why did I decline that much money? How do I determine when to say “Yes” to a job and when to say “No”? What happened as a result of me declining the job? How did I decline the job to make sure my relationship with the brand was still in good standing?Continue reading

August 23, 2015

Grammarly review

Grammarly review

grammarly review

I want to level with you and give you some real advice. The difference between a promotion and your current job is your ability to communicate in writing. The difference between a good student and an exceptional student is how they convey meaning in writing. I have always struggled with my writing. I am dyslexic, and grammar rules confuse me and I can’t get a handle on it. I needed help, so I decided to do a Grammarly review. I was smart enough to find a FREE tool that checks my grammar. That is correct it is free, and it checks your grammar.Continue reading

Making an Impression at Blogger Bash

Making an Impression at Blogger Bash

Making an Impression at Blogger Bash

This Real Advice Gal is heading to New York City this summer to attend Blogger Bash! I had such a great time last year. I can’t wait to see all the gals I met last year and I am always excited to meet new people and make new friends. I also love connecting with new brands and building relationships with companies. Since I will be meeting so many new people I am taking a moment to reflect on how I will be making an impression.

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Food Photography list

food photography

I have become a food photographer. I never thought that would happen. I am learning more each and every day. I really enjoy photographing food. I believe that it is just like anything else you need knowledge, practice, patience, equipment, and did I mention a lot of practice! I am so into cooking and food photography I have  a site called cooking in bliss so check that site out. I found the key to great food photography is great looking food. Then you need the right light, setting, and the right lens. I am learning each day and I believe I am close to the perfect picture.

Tutorials I have watched

All the ones on

Check out creative live for FREE Photography classes

The art of food photography

Learn my shot

Tutorials I have read

Digital Food Photography

Edible Perspective – Great 101 definitions

Awesome free ebook Two Peas

Websites to check out:

food photography images

food stylist 

food stylist

food stylist Vivaldo

The strobist lighting information


Software to edit images I recommend


lightroom 5

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Okay, I am going to be honest one of the best tips I have received is how to load presets into lightroom. It is easier to use these created enhancements instead of spending hours making your own or doing each picture by hand. This is the best food photography tricks. 

food photography

Free Lightroom presets for food/ Still Life

Adobe Lightroom presets (you have to tweet and like them on FB)

Pretty Presets

The Bell Sisters

17 presets for free

More nice presets

One nice preset I love

Lightroom presets I have paid for 

$5 107 downloads of still life

Books I own

Dujardin, Helene Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling,

Equipment I own

My Cheap Camera Bag

frugal ways to save

Cheap Camera Bag

My Stylish Camera Bag

Epiphanie Bags

Read my Epiphanie Bags: Clover Camera Bag Review

How to make a DIY studio

diy photography

DIY photography set

Swanky Prints

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See my before and after shoot images to see how I set them up.

Places to submit your food photography images

Recipe Posts

  1. FoodgawkerFoodgawker has some pretty high standards, and is a great community for your best recipe posts! They do have to be approved before they will post a recipe.
  2. TasteSpotting– Like Foodgawker, they like recipe with great photos, and your recipes will have to be approved before posting.
  3. DessertStalking– This is a super fun site dedicated to all things sweet! Set up an account to begin, and make sure to check out their posting guidelines, which are pretty easy and straightforward.
  4. Food Porn Daily– I know what it sounds like, but I promise it’s not bad ha! You can submit a recipe here easily by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “submit a photo”
  5. Bakeolicious– This is a great tumblr to submit your baked recipes to.
  6. FoodiePix– This is another great site to submit your recipes too. Sign up is easy and free, and they also have a great tip section for bloggers!
  7. eRecipe Cards This is a fun site because you can actually have your followers visit the site, and they have the option to search by blogger! So you can put all your recipes in one place. People that don’t know you can find you too because they can search by ingredient.
  8. Taste of Home– This is always a great site for exposure, because taste of home is already a well known magazine. You can set up a free account to post your recipes here.
  9. FoodSpreading– They love food bloggers, and have a great page for getting your recipes out there!
  10. Tasty Kitchen– Tasty Kitchen is user friendly, and has a great community! Set up your free account and start adding!

My Equipment Because People Want to Know

These reduce the glare when you are shooting glass

PLR Optics 58MM High Resolution 3-piece Filter Set (UV, Fluorescent, Polarizer) For The Canon Digital EOS Rebel SL1 (100D), T5i (700D), T4i (650D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), XSI (450D), XS (1000D), XTI (400D), XT (350D), 1D C, 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, 5D, 1D X, 1D, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark 3, 7D, 6D Digital SLR Cameras Which Has Any Of These (18-55mm, 75-300mm, 50mm 1.4 , 55-200) Canon Lenses

67mm Pro series Multi-Coated High Resolution Polarized Filter For Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS STM Lens, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

This is one of the best investments. I have shaky hands and this gives me the ability to take images with a huge range of motion. This is a must have. I can’t live without item. I would save up instead of buying junk!

Vanguard SBH-250 Magnesium Ballhead with Sliding Quick Shoe

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Alloy Tripod Legs with Multi-Angle Central Column System

This is what I started with and I still use it to take product pictures. It makes taking picture and controlling light easier.

800 Watt Video Lighting Kit Photography Lighting kit Umbrella Softbox Kit And Background Light By Fancier F304


I am so glad I saved up and bought this lens it has an amazing ability to capture food images. I can’t explain how in love with this lens I am.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras This is my favorite by far but a bit expensive!

This is my take everywhere lens it shots nicely but is a bit heavy. I find I can take great close ups and get nice detail far away as well.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

This is the lens I bring with me when my kids are on stage. It isn’t useful for food photography and it came in a kit I bought at one time.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras


This is my favorite lens. It is heavy but incredible.


kids in the snow

This is a no brainer if you do food. You should not touch your camera while playing with food. I also let my kids click the button so that keeps them out of my picture.

Remote Shutter Release Cable for Canon Camera

This is really helpful to make sure my computer is tethered to my camera. I shoot using lightroom so I can see what I am doing on a large screen. This item bridges the gap between the camera and the computer.

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (9.8 Feet/3.0 Meters)

I use these to hold onto my swanky prints and to keep placemats tied down.

Cheaplights 6 PCS 3.75″ Spring Clamps

I lost all my pictures once and realized I needed a wifi card just in case. It works with your smart phone to upload the pictures to it.

Eye-Fi Mobi 16GB SDHC Class 10 Wireless Memory Card, Frustration Free Packaging (MOBI-16-FF) CURRENT MODEL

This is a great lens for food photography. I also use it for portrait photography. It was my starter lens but I like the 100 macro and use that one all the time.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Lens – Gray Market

I keep the lens I am not using in this

Deluxe Soft Small Camera Case For Canon EOS5D Mark II EOS5D Mark III EOS6D EOS7D EOS60D EOS70D EOS-M Rebel SL1 T2i T3 T3i T4i T5i Digital SLR + More!!

I always have cards to spare…

SanDisk 8 GB Class 4 SD Flash Memory Card SDSDB-008G-AFFP

I always have two batteries or more you never want to run out of battery.

Replacement LP-E6 Battery For Canon EOS 60D, EOS 70D, EOS 5D II, EOS 5D III, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera + More!!

These are great and they fold up easily. I uses the clips above to hold them.

NEEWER 60CM 22-Inch 5 in 1 Light Multi Photo Collapsible Reflector

This is what is in my cheap photography bag post.

Clik Elite CE510RE Capsule Small (Red)

Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS16GSDHC10E)

This is to prevent my lens from being scratched

Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter

This is my baby and the single biggest investment I have made. I have been very happy but I have had to learn a lot to use this camera. I suggest staying with the Canon rebel if you aren’t ready to study!

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF24-105mm IS Lens Kit

4-Year Camera/Camcorder Accident Protection Plan ($2000-2250)

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling

Follow my board on food photography board on pinterest Food Photography

You can also follow me on instagram if you want to see my before and after photography projects..

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January 9, 2014

Advanced Blogging tips

Advanced Blogging Tips

Advanced Blogging tips are those that really deal with how to make money at this whole blogging thing. Here are some of my favorite posts on doing that.

How to pitch  Monetizing your site  We have tons of Ask a Blogger articles.

Blogging Tip

You now have the  Beginners Blogging Tips. If you do need them then read my Beginners Blogging Tips Post.

I would suggest using the Genesis Platform for your wordpress site. Genesis Framework <=== buy it here. You can check out what domain, hosting, and email I suggested on my Beginners Blogging Tips.

If you are having trouble with shared hosting. I would suggest Liquid web hosting. I had so many problems with 8 other hosting companies. This was the only one that worked. I consider your host the most important item you can buy. It doesn’t matter how wonderful your site is. How pretty the design is if your site is always down. You need a site that is reliable I mean don’t you have something better to do than talk to your hosting company? I have been asked on several occasions how is their customer service? The answer I have is I really do not know I speak with them so infrequently I do not worry about it. They handle my calls or chat quickly and have been very helpful in helping a site that in the past has been a huge problem stay operational. They were also cheaper than my last host and if you factor in the time I spent dealing with my site being down and the revenue I lost… oh my!

I learned how to add an image Gallery today ….

Go to add Media

Then Select CREATE Gallery……………..

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Select the pictures you wish for your gallery. You can move them around in the order you select. They should be clickable to the post that they were placed in.

This is an example each of these image will direct you to the post they were used it.


January 3, 2014

Blogging Tip: 10 Things Bloggers Should Consider

Real Advice Gal Small Business Owner Tips

online business tips

Blogging Tip – 10 Things Bloggers Should Consider

1) You need a great laptop or desktop. You will be on your computer all the time. I use a Mac for everyday and my Chrome book when I travel.

2) You need a fast internet speed

3) You obviously need a domain name. My blogging tip is for you to buy it through Go Daddy.

4) You will need hosting iPage



iPage is cheap and the service is awesome. You can also host multiple sites on the same host.  is fine until your blog gets bigger than I would transfer your blog to Big Scoots. This statement was made prior to me trying iPage until you get several thousand posts you should be fine on iPage.

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