If you’re a food blogger just getting started, or simply a blogger looking to switch up your tools and equipment, I thought it would be helpful for me to share what I use to create this li’l blog here. As I grow, and The Blissful Balance grows, I will continue to update this list as needed.
The Blissful Balance Food Blog Resources
Food Photography Tools
[Click the image] This is the first DSLR camera I invested in for TBB and I can easily say it was a game-changer. It’s an entry level camera, so perfect for the beginning blogger/photographer. If you like my photos, you’ll be pleased with the results you get with this camera. Of course, it takes trial and error to learn photography, but I promise it’s awesome (especially for the price!).
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens
[Click the image] My favorite lens. I don’t shoot a recipe without it. It gets me that gorgeous depth of field and is perfect for food photography. This is cheaper than the 1.4 lens and is great for beginners.
Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin
[Click the image] Basically the food photography bible. You’ll want to have this around as you experiment. It goes very in-depth into the craft of photography, and specifically food photography. And I promise, good photos are essential for food blogging.
For the longest time I did not want to purchase Photoshop because I didn’t think I needed it. Granted, you can create graphics on free sites like Canva, but they just weren’t up to par with what I was envisioning. After I finally took the plunge and purchased Photoshop + Lightroom + InDesign (without having a CLUE how to use any of them), I was SO glad I did. My graphics have greatly improved and I have learned how to keep a consistent brand image with total control through Photoshop.
I have found that the Foodie Pro/Genesis Framework are wonderful for beginner bloggers, or anyone going for a nice design and isn’t ready for a custom one yet: a simple, minimalistic, user-friendly, easy-to-navigate theme. It’s great for beginners, as Shay Bocks does a great job of explaining every single detail when it comes to uploading your theme to any questions you have a long the way.
If you are looking for additional help with the Foodie Pro theme, check out this extensive tutorial collection by Minimalist Baker!
Grow Your Instagram (eCourse)
Georgie, Rachel, and I, created this comprehensive eCourse all about how to build your community, boost engagement, and earn an income on Instagram.
Pinfinite Growth (eCourse)
Pinfinite Growth is an extensive eCourse by Melyssa Griffin that helps guide you through growing your brand, traffic, email list, etc, using Pinterest. Pinterest is often considered a social media website, however, it’s actually a search engine, and requires SEO attention just like your website does. Melyssa’s course is super in-depth and despite me thinking I knew a lot about Pinterest, opened my eyes to aspects that I had been overlooking. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to take their business to the next level.
Day Designer Planner
This is going to sound insane but this planner is legitimately life-changing. I felt so disorganized before I purchased my Day Designer, and upon receiving and creating a habit of using it, I feel much more in-control and put together everyday. I’m someone who needs to make lists and write things down in order to avoid feeling anxiety, and this planner definitely helps me stay sane!
Will Write for Food
[Click the image] I highly recommend this book for food bloggers. It helped me so, so much when it comes to food writing and taught me many things about food blogging that I would have never known. It’s my food blogging bible!
Of course, what would a food blog be without the food, and the tools used to make it. I am asked quite frequently about the appliances I use to make the recipes I share, so I thought it would be helpful to add them to this page.
Cuisinart Food Processor
[Click the image] This is what I use to make nut butter, pesto, hummus, and more.
[Click the image] Each donut recipe you see on The Blissful Balance was baked using a donut pan! I can’t eat fried foods, and I love donuts, so this is a wonderful solution! I use this thing maaaybe way too much.
NutriBullet Pro 900
[Click the image] This is what I use to make smoothies (note: not smoothie bowls… smoothies! More on that soon). I get why it’s called a ‘magic bullet’ because it seriously works like magic. I used it to make this smoothie, and it got every molecule of greens blended perfectly!
Springform Baking Pan
[Click the image] I use this puppy to make cakes seamlessly. It’s the best way, in my opinion, to bake a cake without any mess getting it out of the pan. I used it for this cookie cake, and this lemon olive oil cake!
[Click the image] I like to use this blender for smoothie bowls because it allows you to get that thick consistency you strive for when eating a smoothie in a bowl. It’s almost like sorbet or ice cream. In general, blenders or food processors are optimal for smoothie bowls.
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