BlogHer en Bloggers Report Legal Trouble for Using Photos They Bought Online <!--paging_filter--><p>You may already know you can be sued for violating copyright law if you're <a href="">using images you don't have the right to use</a> on your blog. <a href="">Roni wrote about her experience with a copyright lawsuit</a> that ended up with her having to change out images on hundreds of posts, pay a photographer for a photo, and hire a lawyer to get her out of trouble—even though she didn't realize she wasn't following the rules.</p> <p>But recently, bloggers have also reported being accused of copyright violation for photos they legally purchased online.</p> <p><center><img src="" alt="Blogger looking for images, by Dai KE on Unsplash" /><em>Image by <a href="">Dai KE on Unsplash</a></em></center></p> <p>Last month, Liz Krause shared her experience <a href="">being sued for a photo she knew she had purchased</a>. She said she was able to find her original download of the image, but had no proof that she had paid for it.</p> <p>Another blogger, who has asked to have her details withheld because she is still in the process of negotiating, shared a similar experience with me last week. She told me that, to her understanding, she bought the rights to use the photo from a company that later sold the photo to a third party. The legal notification came from that third party, she says.</p> <p>This blogger said that when she went to the site where she purchased the photo, but found that the transaction was no longer showing up on her account. She contacted the site and was told that the photo and its invoice had been archived. They did end up sending her documentation of her purchase, she reports.</p> <h2><strong>Protect yourself from being sued</strong></h2> <p>I wasn't able to verify these reports independently, but I think it's definitely worth a little bit of extra organization to make sure you're not vulnerable. </p> <ul> <li>Take a screenshot of each online image you pay for, right as you acquire it.</li> <li>File the screenshot along with with the image in your computer, grouped by the provider you got your images from.</li> <li>Keep any receipts or invoices that were emailed to you.</li> <li>Back everything up outside of your computer.</li> <li>Document the source and license for all photos you have rights to use for free as well.</li> <li>Make sure to add attribution and any licensing information as a caption on the photo on your blog.</li> <li>Krause recommends going through your blog and proactively swapping out photos you can't find a paper trail for. For some bloggers, that's a TON of work, so it might be worthwhile to consult an attorney.</li> </ul> <p>If you have a similar experience or any advice you want to share, <a>email me</a> and let me know.</p> <p><em>Note: I'm not an attorney and I'm not providing legal advice, just giving an opinion. Definitely contact a real lawyer for legal advice, okay?</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:37:31 +0000 Julie Ross Godar 2483306 at Sign Up to Volunteer and Get a Free Pass to #BlogHer17 in Orlando <!--paging_filter--><p>**Our call for volunteers for #BlogHer17 is closed and we are no longer accepting requests.**</p> <p>#BlogHer conferences are the "conferences the community built," and our volunteer program is a way for community members who can't afford a BlogHer conference pass to still attend. Because we're asking for your time, effort, and elbow grease to get something done at the conference, <strong>we will compensate you with a full conference pass to #BlogHer17 in Orlando June 22-24, 2017</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><center><img src="" alt="" /></center> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We have volunteer positions available for the following positions:</p> <ul> <li>Mic wrangler</li> <li>Registration desk helper</li> <li>Tote bag helper</li> <li>Live tweeter</li> <li>Floater</li> </ul> <p>All volunteer passes are designed to cover the $399 registration fee only and do not include travel expenses or hotel accommodations. <a href="">Apply now</a> for your chance at free admission into #BlogHer17 in Orlando, Florida in June, 2017!</p> <p>More info about the <a href="">volunteer positions</a> for 2017:</p> <h2><strong>Mic wrangler</strong></h2> <p>Movers and shakers, apply here! Mic wranglers will need to maneuver through rooms to deliver the microphone to attendees who want to make their voices heard. This task is especially important because it also affects audio recordings, so you'll need to be able to move about the room quickly during a session. This position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time.</p> <p>The estimated time commitment for mic wranglers is 3.5 hours per day.</p> <h2><strong>Registration desk helper</strong></h2> <p>This job is more than just being a friendly face—registration desk helpers have the critical task of coordinating check-in for attendees, providing badges, answering questions, and being a general know-it-all (or at least knowing where to find the answers). Experience with Mac and iPad is a plus. This position requires the ability to sit behind a counter for long stretches of time.</p> <p>The estimated time commitment for registration desk volunteers is 3.5 hours per day.</p> <h2><strong>Tote bag area helper</strong></h2> <p>Who doesn't love to see the friendly faces at the swag bag table? Tote bag area volunteers will be distributing bags to all attendees and sponsors at a designated area in the conference space. Light lifting, moving, and unpacking of boxes is required for this position.</p> <p>The estimated time commitment for the tote bag area helpers is 4 hours per day.</p> <h2><strong>Live tweeter</strong></h2> <p>Are you capable of live tweeting a session? This position entails quickly constructing sound bites of what the speakers are saying in 140 characters or less and tweeting them, using the #BlogHer17 hashtag, and potentially a session-specific hashtag. Live tweeters must use their own wifi-enabled laptops or phones. You must tweet the session as it plays out, not summarize or editorialize the discussion between panelists and attendees, or send tweets after the fact.</p> <p>The estimated time commitment for live tweeters is 3.5 hours per day.</p> <h2><strong>Floater</strong></h2> <p>For those willing to help wherever they're needed (bless you), the estimated time commitment is 3.5 hours per day.</p> <p>If you are interested in volunteering, don't wait. You have until Monday, November 28* to <a href="">apply to volunteer</a>. We will notify you by December 2 if you have been selected.</p> <p>*Any request received after November 28 will be placed on the wait list.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:20:12 +0000 Lori Luna 2479010 at Who's on the 2016 NaBloPoMo Blogroll <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The blogroll for 2016 is now closed.</strong> If you're participating in NaBloPoMo and didn't add your info, you can still share it in the <a href="">Writing Lab Facebook group</a>.</p> <p> <center><img src="" alt="NaBloPoMo November 2016 blogroll" /></center></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">(a work in progress)</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">(mis)adventures of spindlerose</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">[NB] by Nic Beltane</a><br /> <a href="" target="blank">200 fingers and toes</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">40 Wishes and Counting</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Bisel Dis... A Bisel Dat</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Blackbird's Epiphany</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Day in the Life of Kathy</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Frugal Home</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Fur-Filled Life</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Grande Life</a><br /> <a href="Http://" target=_blank">A Madison Mom</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A New Version of Me</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Road to Me</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Rose is a Rose is a Rose</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Savings WOW!</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Song Every Day</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Vibrant Palette</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">A Writer's Muses</a><br /> <a href="" target="blank">A.Hiroko</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Aberrant Crochet</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">AfroVeganChick</a><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Alice in Paris Loves Art and Tea</a><br /> <a href="" target="blank">Alice's 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In over 30 states, you can vote early <strong>as of October 31</strong>. In some states, you can even register to vote at the same time. </p> <p><strong>We're asking all blogs and tech companies to help your users vote.</strong></p> <p>Over the past few weeks, we've built a few tools to make it as easy as possible to get out and vote, and we could really use your help in getting them into your followers' hands. </p> <p>Here are the tools: </p> <ol> <li><a href="">Early voting tool</a></li> <li><a href="">Polling place finder</a></li> <li><a href="">See your ballot tool</a></li> </ol> <p>Here are easy, high-impact ways you can help: </p> <h2><strong>As soon as possible</strong></h2> <ol> <li>Let your followers know that early voting is open in key states, and they can vote today. </li> <li>Add a call to action that helps people find their polling place or vote early. </li> </ol> <h2><strong>On November 8</strong></h2> <p>Message users with a reminder to vote via push notification or email<br /> Add a call-to-action that helps users find their polling place</p> <p>Here's an <a href=",css,output">example banner with html/css to use</a>. </p> <p>You can get <a href="">more details here</a> on all of these options. <a href="">Email us</a> for help in getting setup or any questions. Also, check out other examples from <a href="">our awesome partners</a>! </p> <h2><strong>We need your help. </strong></h2> <p>This is personally my first presidential election, as it is for millions of young Americans. It is imperative that we work together and provide tools to make voting seem as easy as calling an Uber. </p> <p>Please share these tools with your followers, and let's get out the vote!</p> <p>— Fouad &amp; the <a href="">VotePlz Team</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> News & Entertainment Politics Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:28:03 +0000 Fouad Matin 2471882 at NaBloPoMo November 2016 Writing Prompts <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've decided to join <a href="">NaBloPoMo 2016</a> and post every single day in November, here's where you'll find writing prompts to keep you going. We'll post the week's prompts here every Monday, and we'll be sharing them daily in the <a href="">BlogHer Writing Lab Facebook group</a> for your convenience, too. </p> <p><center><img src="" alt="NaBloPoMo November 2017 prompts" /></center></p> <p>As always, we've left weekends for free writing, but if you're looking for more inspiration, I love the <a href="">one-word prompts at the Daily Post</a> and the <a href="">writing prompts Tumblr</a>. </p> <p>Happy posting!</p> <h2><strong>Week 1</strong></h2> <p>Nov. 1: When you're having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself? </p> <p>Nov. 2: When was the last time you did something brave? What happened? </p> <p>Nov. 3: If you could be completely honest with no regrets, what would you say and to whom? </p> <p>Nov. 4: Which fall shows should totally be canceled already? </p> <h2><strong>Week 2</strong></h2> <p>Nov. 7: What was your worst Thanksgiving food fail? </p> <p> Nov. 8: If you could redo one moment in your life, what would it be and why? How would it change who you are now? </p> <p> Nov. 9: What do you want to say to Hillary Clinton today? </p> <p> Nov. 10: Did you celebrate or commemorate your divorce or a significant breakup? Would you ever? </p> <p> Nov. 11: What are five funny (but real) things your current relationship has taught you? </p> <p>Nov. 14: What was it like to be you in 2016? </p> <p>Nov. 15: What are the best/worst dishes at Thanksgiving dinner? </p> <p>Nov. 16: What TV series finale are you still upset about and why? </p> <p>Nov. 17: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned from having pets? </p> <p>Nov. 18: What's the dumbest thing you and a partner have ever fought about? </p> <p>Nov. 21: What is the one thing you wish people better understood about something in your life?</p> <p>Nov. 22: What TV show are you obsessed with? Share 10 reasons it’s better than the other shows.</p> <p>Nov. 23: What’s the weirdest/grossest thing your pet has ever done? </p> <p>Nov. 24: Have you ever rage-quit a job?</p> <p>Nov. 25: What do you think we could all do better with if we looked at it with a child's eyes?</p> <p>Nov. 28: What was your most precious possession when you were a kid?</p> <p>Nov. 29: What was your most embarrassing or scary trip to the doctor?</p> <p>Nov. 30: Have you chosen a word of the year for yourself for 2017? What is it? If not, what words would you consider?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media NaBloPoMo Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Ross Godar 2470507 at Sign Up to Blog Every Day in November: You Could Win a Pass to #BlogHer17 <!--paging_filter--><!--break--><!--break--><p>Every November, thousands of bloggers pledge to post every single day (yep, weekends; yep, Thanksgiving too) for National Blog Posting Month. It's about creatively challenging yourself. It's about growing your readership. And it's also about joining in, discovering other blogs, connecting with one another. </p> <p><center><img src="" alt="BlogHer NaBloPoMo November 2016" /></center></p> <p>If you're joining NaBloPoMo this year, add your blog to our blogroll—it's a public pledge of your commitment to this mighty task, and a way to increase your visibility. Just fill out the <strong><a href=>NaBloPoMo Blogroll Form</a></strong>. (Only submit your blog once, please.) The November blogroll is open until <strong>November 5</strong>. After that point, no new blogs will be added. We'll post the completed blogroll here on November 7, so you can see who else has signed up to write along with you this year.</p> <p>We like to reward the bold, so <strong>everyone who adds a blog by November 5 will be eligible to win 1 of 4 passes to <a href="">#BlogHer17 in Orlando</a> next June. Good luck!</strong></p> <p>Make sure to read <a href="">the sweepstakes rules</a> (including other options for entering to win) right now. <strong>The sweepstakes also closes at midnight Pacific Time on November 5.</strong></p> <h2><strong>More things to do for NaBloPoMo:</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Join our the <a href="">Writing Lab Facebook group</a> for writing prompts every weekday in November. </li> <li><a href="">Grab a NaBloPoMo 2016 badge</a> for your blog.</li> <li>Learn about how <a href="">NaBloPoMo was started in 2006 by Eden Kennedy</a>, and how <a href="">BlogHer began leading NaBlo in 2011</a>.</li> <li> <p>Read <a href="">everything we've ever written about NaBloPoMo</a>.</p></li> </ul> <p>Have fun!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Blogging & Social Media NaBloPoMo Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:44:32 +0000 Julie Ross Godar 2469237 at YouTube Star My Cupcake Addiction Shares Her Best Video Advice <!--paging_filter--><p>It's a big week for Elise Strachan, founder and host of the incredibly popular <a href="">My Cupcake Addiction</a> videos. Her first cookbook, "<a href="">Sweet! Celebrations</a>," released October 25, and her Food Network show, "<a href="">Sweet Smarts</a>," premieres October 30. "It just happened that way," she told me, noting that it's also her 10-year wedding anniversary this week. </p> <p><center><img src="" /></center></p> <p>But Elise is pretty used to doing things big: She has over 5 million people tuning in for her fun food ideas on Facebook, a 3 million followers on YouTube, where she shares her full video tutorials (with channels in Spanish and Japanese, and over a million people in her Instagram community. And they all love her gorgeously shot, creative and simple home baking ideas.</p> <p>I chatted with Elise about how she got started, how she grew so fast, her cookbook deal, her best advice for video content creators, and her favorite Halloween party planning tip.</p> <p><strong>You have 3 million subscribers on YouTube. How did you start your channel?</strong></p> <p>I started in my home kitchen with my husband and a handheld camera, five years ago. It began as a way to share my love of sweets with the world, and to hone a teaching style to see if I could "cut it" as a cake school teacher—but it turned into something much larger. We are now a community of over 9.2+ million home bakers around the globe—a number that blows my mind every single time I say it.</p> <p><strong>How often did you post to start? How often do you post now? </strong></p> <p>I had a newborn baby when I started—Oliver, who is now 5—so I posted whenever I could. It was haphazard at first, but I would strive for a few times each month. As my channel gained momentum, I increased to three videos a week on a set schedule, and saw a great boost in views and followers. For the past year I've posted two videos a week on YouTube, a minimum of five times a week on Facebook… and don't let me get started on all the other platforms. It amounts to a LOT of leftover cake!</p> <p><strong>What's changed the most from when you first started to when you started to really grow? </strong></p> <p>We have 550 videos on YouTube now, and it's actually impossible <em>not</em> to find something I've made on there. On top of that is the change in the quality of my content. When you start out on YouTube, your videos are just one out of a million, and they're buried in within the search engine. Over time, as you build up your library of content, you are helping more and more people to find you, because your videos begin to flood the platform. You will gradually move from being on page 73 for search, to 56, to 35 and eventually to page one.</p> <p><strong>What would you tell aspiring food video creators about making themselves visible on ouTube? </strong></p> <p>Just start! You can start from as little as a phone camera and $100 worth of cheap photography lighting. But definitely just do something. </p> <p>50 not-so-great videos are better than zero perfect ones. Every day, brands, bloggers, celebrities and people like you and me make it big in the digital age. But if you have no stock in the game, it is impossible to win, so hedge your bets and find a style of videography that fits your lifestyle. If you have no idea where to start, I can guarantee there's a video on YouTube that will tell you how! </p> <p><strong>What does your production routine look like—where do you film, what is your team like? </strong></p> <p>The first 500 videos, it was just me and my husband Alec—a very small team and a lot of hard work. We recently hired a full-time editor and someone to help me in the kitchen, as well as an amazing brand manager. The team is constantly growing! I try to film the first week of each month, and then I'm free to pursue other projects, like writing books and shooting TV shows. </p> <p><strong>How much content do you post in a given week? How much of that is branded? </strong></p> <p>I typically post around 10 pieces of video content and 50 pieces of graphic content each week. The amount of branded versus non-branded varies, depending on the time of year. I make sure the majority of my content is unbranded, and I limit the number of campaigns I participate in to ensure a great viewer experience across all my social media platforms. When I do work with a brand, I make sure that the content I create is unique and creative. I want my audience to feel they are getting something special while watching a branded piece of content. </p> <p><strong>Do you have a favorite tutorial or series you've made? </strong></p> <p>I love shooting with my kids, and my fun kitchen series with my oldest son Oliver, "Cooking with Squish." Those are definitely some of my favorite videos! I also love to travel and discover amazing hidden gems and trending sweet destinations in every country or state I find myself in—my "SweetSpot" series is as adventurous as it is tasty.</p> <p><strong>Like everyone else on the Internet, I am absolutely obsessed with "Stranger Things"—and now also with your incredible cake recreation of Winona Ryder's wall, complete with alphabet and working Christmas lights. WOW. I found it on your Facebook page. How do you use Facebook, and how is it different from YouTube? </strong></p> <p><center><iframe src=";show_text=0&amp;width=400" width="400" height="400" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe></center></p> <p>True confession, I had never watched "Stranger Things" when I made that cake! I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to scary movies, but making the cake and reading the comments about the show inspired me to binge-watch the whole series over the weekend, and now I'm obsessed and full of conspiracy theories! </p> <p>Facebook is my largest platform, with more than 5.15 million followers. The way they consume content on that platform is vastly different to the way the 3 million people who follow me on YouTube consume it. </p> <p>Facebook audiences are generally a bit older. They like their content to be delivered fast, fun and frequently. YouTube videos perform well when they are led by an engaging host and run 7-10 minutes on average. Facebook is for the time-poor parent.</p> <p>YouTube is a search engine, meaning that you type in what you want to see, which determines the results you're shown. Facebook is a social media platform, which means you see things based on who you choose to follow, and also what your friends tell you they like. It's harder to find a video you've already watched on Facebook, but you can make new discoveries each day. YouTube will store your search history, subscriptions, and favorite videos for later, and suggest new videos based on your own personal search habits. Each platform has its own audience and best practices—mastering each one is key for success.</p> <p><strong>How did the book deal come about? </strong></p> <p>I had a very clear vision for the type of book I wanted to write, and the style of "Sweet! Celebrations" is so unique that I had to prove why my vision would work in print. I met with about a dozen publishers. In the end, I went with the one I felt was the best fit with my brand and believed in the style of book I was trying to create. I'm incredibly proud of this book—it's the first of its kind, and a visual delight that combines beautiful imagery, creative food ideas, and an accessible, achievable approach. </p> <p><strong>Tell me about the "small bake" recipes in the book. What are they for? </strong></p> <p>Not everyone needs to serve 40 people or wants to labor over a whole cake as a Saturday morning "kids' activity." My small bakes are great additions to a party, dessert table or event, but they also stand alone. They require less time and fewer ingredients than my full-sized cakes. </p> <p>Every chapter in "Sweet! Celebrations" begins with a larger, more complex cake, followed by three complimentary small bakes, two no-bake options, and two themed beverages. I also added two simple DIY projects and some style tips to offer additional inspiration for home bakers looking to enhance their overall event and decorate their space.</p> <p><strong>What's your best Halloween party planning tip? </strong></p> <p>Eat dessert first! If you're making Halloween desserts, don't hold them out till the end of the night, when everyone will be full of candy. Halloween, Easter and Christmas are the times of year when I indulge the kids in "sweets before savory." They can take their candy home for another day, but I don't want them filling up before they get to my Frankenstein cheesecake jars or zombie brain cupcakes! </p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> #BlogHerFood16 Blogging & Social Media BlogHer Conferences #BlogHerFood16 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:52:12 +0000 Julie Ross Godar 2468689 at We're Thrilled to Announce Our First-Ever Community Advisory Board <!--paging_filter--><!--break--><!--break--><p>Over the last couple of years, we've grown a lot, so that we can help YOU grow better. We joined the <a href="">SheKnows Media family in 2015, welcomed </a><a href="">HelloFlo</a> into the fold this past year, and we're about to take the huge step of moving our community platform to—which will give our community <a href="">the biggest platform by women, for women in the world</a>.</p> <p>Not only that, but for the first time ever, we’re taking our annual conference South—<a href="">we're hosting #BlogHer17 in Orlando, Florida</a> next June 22-24. Yeah, we've been busy!</p> <p>The one thing that hasn't changed is this: The support, input, and sheer energy of the incredible people in our community is the heartbeat of BlogHer, and it makes us so much more than just our individual events. </p> <p><center><img src="" alt="#BlogHer17 Community Advisory Board" /></center></p> <p>I'm thrilled to announce our first-ever Community Advisory Board. Over the next few months, the board will meet with Chief Community Officer and BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page and other SheKnows Media staff members to share ideas and suggestions for making #BlogHer17 our best conference yet.</p> <p>This intentionally diverse group of writers, activists, influencers, and entrepreneurs have demonstrated a commitment to helping BlogHer fulfill its mission. They're outspoken and hardworking—and they bring with them a host of experiences that we know will assist us as we move into 2017, and on to Orlando.</p> <p>Their unique perspectives across different fields, including social media, blogging, marketing, and startups will represent the voice of our beloved community—and believe me, we're listening.</p> <p>Thanks so much to the members of this board for their dedication to this community. Check out their links and get to know them—if you don't already. We love them a LOT, and I'm sure you will, too!</p> <h2><strong>The #BlogHer17 Community Advisory Board</strong></h2> <p> <a href="">A'Driane Nieves</a><br /> <a href="">Alexandra Rosas</a><br /> <a href="">Aliza Worthington</a><br /> <a href="">Amber Dorsey</a><br /> <a href="">Ann Imig</a><br /> <a href="">Arnebya Herndon</a><br /> <a href="">Beth Blecherman</a><br /> <a href="">CeCe Olisa</a><br /> <a href="">Chelsea Day</a><br /> <a href="">Colby Shipwash</a><br /> <a href="Http://">Danielle Faust</a><br /> <a href="">David Murphy</a><br /> <a href="">Dawn Lopez</a><br /> <a href="">Deb Rox</a><br /> <a href="">Elayna Fernandez</a>, along with her daughters <a href="">Elisha and Elyssa</a><br /> <a href="">Erica Chao</a><br /> <a href="">Erica Dermer</a><br /> <a href="">Erin Best</a><br /> <a href="">Eva Smith</a><br /> <a href="">James Oliver Jr.</a><br /> <a href="">Jasmine Banks</a><br /> <a href="Http://">Jeannette Kaplun</a><br /> <a href="">Jenni Chiu</a><br /> <a href="">Jessi Sanfilippo</a><br /> <a href="">Kathy Cano Murillo</a><br /> <a href="">Keisha J. Reed<br /> </a><a href="">Lizz Porter</a><br /> <a href="">Michelle Dowell-Vest</a><br /> <a href="">Mona Darling</a><br /> <a href="">Natasha Nicholes</a><br /> <a href="">Nate Day</a><br /> <a href="">Roni Faida</a><br /> <a href="">Ryan Bell</a><br /> <a href="">Sarah Fader</a><br /> <a href="">Sili Recio</a><br /> <a href=""> Staci Salazar</a><br /> <a href="">Stacie Connerty</a><br /> <a href="Http://">Stacy Jill Calvert</a><br /> <a href="">Susan Macarelli</a><br /> <a href="">Thien-Kim Lam</a><br /> <a href="">Tiffany Haywood</a><br /> <a href="">Vera Ezimora</a><br /> <a href="">Xenia Galaviz</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:11:50 +0000 BrandiJeter 2467967 at That Divine Smothered Chicken the Smolletts Made at #BlogHerFood16 <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier this month at <a href="">#BlogHerFood16 in Austin</a>, we got an extra treat: Our keynoters, the charming stars of <a href="">"Smollett Eats,"</a> prepared a meal on stage, and shared the results with the audience. </p> <p><center><img src="" alt="#BlogHerFood16 keynote: The Smollett family" /></center></p> <p><a href="">Jake, Jocqui and Jazz</a> managed the impressive feat of answering Elisa Camahort Page's questions while simultaneously cooking live—and having to improvise with tools and ingredients. Watching Jazz change up her potatoes quickly was an excellent lesson in how great cooks adapt without (much) stress.</p> <p><center><img src="" alt="#BlogHerFood16 keynote: Jazz Smollett" /></center></p> <p>Jake's the family chef/blogger—and he's graciously shared his recipe for <a href="">Smothered Chicken</a> and Garlic Mashed Potatoes with us. Trust me: It's goooooooood.</p> <p><center><img src="" alt="#BlogHerFood16 keynote: Jake Smollett's smothered chicken recipe" /></center></p> <h2><strong>Smothered Chicken Recipe</strong></h2> <ul> <li>2 pounds chicken wings</li> <li>6 chicken thighs</li> <li>1 stalk of celery</li> <li>1 clove elephant garlic</li> <li>¼ large onion</li> <li>¼ serrano pepper</li> <li>½ stick butter</li> <li>1 tbsp. olive oil</li> <li>½ tsp. chili flakes</li> <li>1 ½ tsp. salt</li> <li>1 tsp. basil flakes</li> <li>½ tsp. pure ground gumbo filé </li> <li>¼ tsp. white pepper</li> <li>10 baby bella mushrooms, chopped</li> <li>1/3 cup flour</li> <li>4 cups free-range chicken broth</li> <li>Handful of fresh oregano</li> </ul> <h3>Directions</h3> <p>In a large pan, heat up 1/2 stick of butter with 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add in the chopped garlic, celery, onion, and serrano pepper. Let that sauté until it becomes a paste-like consistency. </p> <p>Add the raw chicken to the pan, seasoning it with the salt, basil flakes, chili flakes, gumbo filé and white pepper. Let the chicken fully cook, making sure to create that nice golden-brown glisten. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and put it aside in a large bowl. </p> <p>Add the mushrooms and 3 cups of chicken broth to the empty pan. The key here is to keep the seasoning left over in the pan from cooking the chicken. Trust me, you'll want all those delicious flavors to mix in with the chicken broth, creating a tasty and time-friendly gravy. Once the chicken broth begins to simmer, mix 1/3 cup of flour and 1 cup of chicken broth in a measuring cup. Stir the mixture until smooth, then add it to the pan; continuously stirring so it doesn’t lump. </p> <p>Once the gravy is smooth and thick, add the cooked chicken back into the pan. Let that simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is married to the gravy. Let cool before dishing. </p> <p>Serves quite well over mashed potatoes or rice, and is a guaranteed hit for any occasion! </p> <h2><strong>Mashed Potato Recipe</strong></h2> <ul> <li>2 pounds russet potatoes, skinned</li> <li>6 cloves garlic</li> <li>1 stick butter</li> <li>1 cup whole milk</li> <li>1 tsp. salt </li> <li>1/2 tsp. white pepper</li> <li>1 green onion</li> </ul> <h3>Directions</h3> <p>Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees to roast the garlic. Spread unpeeled garlic cloves on a cookie sheet, and drizzle with a little olive oil. Let it bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the garlic is soft. </p> <p>In a large pot, boil the skinned potatoes for 45 minutes or until soft. In a blender or food processor, puree together the whole milk and roasted garlic until smooth. </p> <p>Once the potatoes are done boiling, drain them and pour them back into the pot, adding in 1 stick of butter. Use a potato masher or hand mixer to mix the potato and butter. Then add in the garlic and milk mixture, along with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper. Mix the potatoes until smooth. </p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> #BlogHerFood16 BlogHer Conferences Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:07:18 +0000 Julie Ross Godar 2467621 at How to Style the Perfect Food Photo for Instagram <!--paging_filter--><p>Behind nearly all of those stunning foodie Instagram feeds is a pro who styles and shoots her food with lighting and backdrops and all kinds of props. But <a href="">Jane Ko</a> is a restaurant blogger, so she takes her food pics like the rest of us do: in the restaurant. She can't bring fancy lights with her. She'll get yelled at if she climbs up on a chair for the perfect shot (though she does it sometimes anyway).</p> <p><center><img src="" alt="Instagram Food Styling by Jane Ko" /><em>Image: Jane Ko</em></center></p> <p>And Jane she didn't start off as a great photographer. She's entirely self-taught, and her talk at the <a href="">BlogHerFood16 conference in Austin</a> earlier this month, Jane confessed to a very relatable phase where she got way too filter-happy. But now, <a href="">her Insta feed</a> is gorgeous proof that as long as you stay with it and continue shooting photos over time, they will get better &mdash; especially if you follow these four tips:</p> <h2><strong>Tell a story with styling</strong></h2> <p>Think about your photo even before you take out your phone. What's in the background? Jane believes in showing who's eating: a friend reaching in to take the first bite of that taco, a friends at brunch with hands digging in, or your kids running around in the background. Those details tell a story&mdash;and stories connect people to you.</p> <h2><strong>Natural lighting is your best friend</strong></h2> <p>Natural light makes way prettier photos than flash, but it's hard to get in restaurants. Jane's bold: She'll walk her plate over to a window, even if she wasn't seated there. She also eats a lot of daytime meals, so she can chase that light.</p> <p>Direct sunlight will cast hard shadows on your subject, so if you're outside, find a spot with shade. And the holy grail of natural lighting is open windows with sheer white curtains. They're the perfect combo of</p> <h2><strong>Choose your perspective</strong></h2> <p>Try shooting from the top down, to show the whole table. Jane's willing to climb up on a chair to make that happen (but if you have a DSLR camera, just hold it really high and flip the screen out toward you so you can see).</p> <p>Shooting at eye level can makes people really want to eat what you're holding. Jane likes to hold food out in front of her, and she's bold about asking random people to stand behind her and take the shot for her.</p> <p><center><img src="" alt="Ice cream cone by Jane Ko" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Image: Jane Ko</em></center></p> <p>Go for vertical photos, which grab people's attention the best. Square photos are also fine, but avoid landscape (horizontal) perspectives. Those show up smaller, so people will just scroll right past them.</p> <p>And think about grabbing people's attention using <a href="" target="_blank">Boomerang</a>, which takes supershort video that runs back and forth. Try digging into an egg, so the yolks break and unbreak. Both Boomerang and the time-lapse app <a href="" target="_blank">Hyperlapse</a> are built by Instagram, so the algorithm loves them, and using them might give you a visibility boost, too.</p> <h2><strong>Go beyond the Insta filter</strong></h2> <p>Jane loves the 99-cent <a href="">Fotograf</a> app to keep her photos consistently bright. It has preset filters, and she almost always uses #3 so that her entire feed looks consistent.</p> <p>If you're just tinkering with images on your phone, play with the brightness first, then contrast, saturation, shadows, then sharpen and temperature if you have those options.</p> <p>And her last pro tip is genius: Use the whitening tool on <a href="" target="_blank">Facetune</a> (yes, the selfie-beautifying app), to take out yellow glare from overhead lights on the table.</p> <p><em>This post originally appeared on <a href=""></a></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> #BlogHerFood16 BlogHer Conferences #BlogHerFood16 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:32:26 +0000 Julie Ross Godar 2465942 at