What started out as a simple way to share my kitchen successes has blossomed into so much more. I started out in 2008 with Blogger, the default theme and a film camera. Now I’m using a self-hosted WordPress site, my own custom design using Headway Themes, trying my best with digital photography, and learning new things daily! I’m not going to walk anyone through the process, as that’s part of the process, but here are some links to get you started. Full Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate programs, which means I get a little referral fee if you purchase through my link, much appreciated! I use these products, and would not include them here if I was not fully happy with these companies.
I use HostGator as my Webhost. I tried DreamHost first, as it was recommended by Sharon Hujik in her eBook, and it was a nightmare. In addition to never getting my hosting account active, DreamHost tech support is only via email, and it takes 24 hours for email responses! No phone support! Don’t do it! I quickly moved to HostGator and I’m tickled pink. These guys are amazing. They have instant message support or phone support 24hour a day. I’ve totally broken my blog 3 times now by inserting code wrongly and they’ve “gone in the back door” and got me back up and running. Use the Coupon Code “Speedbump994” for $9.94 off your package or “Speedbump25” to get 25% off.
I built Speedbump Kitchen using the premium WordPress theme by Headway Themes. When it comes to premium themes, there are 3 big players out there: Thesis, Genesis and Headway. Everyone told me to go with Thesis, so I did. And it was horrible for me. I’m just not that good at coding. After floundering around, I finally threw in the towel and found Headway. I’m in love. It’s like walking into a Mac store after working with the black & green PC screens all day. It’s drag and drop beauty, so terribly easy it almost made me cry. Google around for a coupon if you like. Give it a go, they have a money back guarantee if you don’t agree it’s the easiest theme ever.
I have a 4 year old Canon XSi. It’s small, it works for my little hands.
I have a Canon 28mm/1.8 USM. That’s all I have and all I use.
I have a Lowel EGO light. I live in the north, it gets dark by 4pm in the winter and I have a job. So as much as I like to be using natural light, it rarely happens for anything posted between October and April!
Pinch of Yum has a great eBook called Tasty Food Photography that I highly recommend as well, it costs $30 and is well worth it. I love being able to read it on my iPad, phone, web. Click here to get the eBook.