28 June Learn Food Styling and Food Photography with Jemma Watts

Our first workshop was a great success and we have had quite a few requests to have more food photography workshops.

Jemma is busy into wedding season but she has managed to find a day to fit another workshop in.

This will be a full day hands on workshop from 10am to 5pm. You will be learning about how to style for a shoot, how to use natural day light to make your photos look amazing.

Jemma Watts Food Photography

Image by Jemma Watts

What you will learn: 

  • Understanding your camera and settings
  • The anatomy of a food photography shoot
  • Using textures and props to style your photos and bring them to life
  • Understanding natural and artificial lighting and much more.

Who should attend: 

  • Any blogger who wants to learn how to take better pictures for your blog, not just food photographers as the techniques you learn will be very beneficial even if you are taking still life photos of beauty products or fashion products too.
  • Food bloggers who wants to learn some professional food styling tricks
  • Any budding food photographer who wants to improve on their skills
  • Any restauranters or B&B owners who wants to learn to take great shots for their own websites or brochures.

Note: You need to bring along a DSLR or a proper camera to get the most out of this workshop. Smartphone cameras will not be appropriate. You can bring along a tripod too but it’s not essential.

About Jemma Watts

Jemma is a professional photographer and she specialises in food, lifestyle and weddings.

Learn more about Jemma and see her photography on her website http://www.jemmawatts.com/food/

When: Saturday 28th June 2014 (Note new date)

Venue: Central London (TBC)

Time: From 11am to 5pm,  to use the best of natural daylight

Tickets

Book Early!

Workshop Tickets £99 per person




 

TESTIMONIAL: This is what Tina had to say about the last food photography workshop:

“I found the session to be very useful, with Jemma being incredibly patient in answering all our questions. The day was a good balance between theory (without too much technical jargon!) and practice. 
 
Before the workshop, I was too afraid to use my DSLR, especially on the manual mode but Jemma explained how changing the aperture and shutter speeds can affect your shot. I liked that she gave us the opportunity to take the same picture on different aperture settings so we could see for ourselves how it can affect the shot. I also picked up useful tips on food props and styling. My photography has definitely improved since the workshop and I am having fun experimenting with my DSLR. 
 
I would definitely recommend this workshop for beginners, who are looking improve their food photography.
 
Thank you for organising the workshop.” Tina @TheSpicyPear, London
Neil Davey

Networking: Blog Writing Masterclass with Neil Davey

Words are very important in blogging. How you use those words can mean a larger readership, an increase in traffic, higher ad revenues and a successful blog.

At this month’s meetup, we are very pleased to be joined by Neil Davey, a professional food and travel writer and also a blogger (@DineHard). Neil will be presenting this Blog Writing Masterclass.

He will share with use his tips

  • How to write on a blog
  • How to find your voice
  • Writing styles
  • Overcoming writers blocks
  • Creating valuable content
  • Better writing structures
  • Habits and disciplines

Who should attend:

  • Bloggers who want to improve their writing on their blogs
  • Bloggers who need to learn how to improve their blog content and traffic
More about NeilNeil DaveyNeil Davey is a freelance writer who specialises in things you can do sitting down, such as travelling, eating, drinking, watching films, interviewing famous people and playing video games. The author of The Bluffer’s Guide To Chocolate ( published February 2014) and The Bluffer’s Guide to Food, Neil also writes / has written for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Metro, Square Mile, Delicious Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Escapism, MSN and Hello!. As well as this blog, Neil Tweets as @DineHard and will appear on other social media as soon as he’s thought of another bad film and food pun. Thanks to a karaoke machine in Montana, he once told a billionaire that he loved his sweet little pussycat nose and sang I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For with a Hollywood star, in the space of 15 minutes. He now generally stays away from karaoke machines in Montana.


Tickets: £15
Date: 9th June 2014
Time: 6.30pm

Venue :

Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar, County Hall Marriott Hotel
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Nearest tube: Waterloo or Westminster
Perk: All attendees will get a Gillray’s VIP card which entitles you to a discount on dining
Note: There are 2 entrances, one is the main hotel entrance and the other is on the South Bank, just past the London Eye, above the Aquarium which leads directly to the restaurant. 

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Workshop – Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers 3 May

Blog Monetisation is still a hot topic as we saw at our recent networking event.

There were a lot of questions about affiliate marketing and how to do this succesfully as a blogger.

If you want to convert that traffic to your blog into an income stream, come and learn how to do affiliate marketing.

What you will learn

  • How affiliate marketing works
  • Where to find affiliate programmes
  • How to pick a niche
  • What products to promote
  • How to do keyword research
  • Some tips and tricks on how to convert blog traffic to buying customers

Who should attend

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to generate affiliate income from their blogs
  • Anyone interested in adding another income stream

Date: Saturday 3 May 2014

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Central London (TBC)

Tickets 

If you come with a friend, there is a discount to the joint tickets.


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Bloggers – How to protect your content – Copyright, IP and Plagarism

This month’s topic is all about Protecting your content, your words, your images and any other creatives on your site. If you are a budding web startup or have an idea to create a unique product, we’ll also talk about Intellectual Property, what it is and how to secure it.

Do you know what your legal rights are with regard to copyright?

Come along and be informed about these issues and more. Our guest speaker is a lawyer who specialises in these issues and more.

Tickets: £15
Date: Tuesday April 8th 2014
Time: 6.30pm


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Venue :
Avista Restaurant, Millenium Hotel Mayfair
39 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair, London W1K 2HP

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Networking Event: How to monetise your blog

This months topic is an oft requested topic and one of the questions that I get asked most.

Blog monetisation is one of the aims of many hobby bloggers. It’s the next step from turning your hobby into a solid source of income.

This month we will feature a panel of experienced bloggers who can talk about the steps you can take to prepare your blog for monetisation. Some of the topics we will cover are all the different ways you can monetise your blog:

  • sponsored posts
  • advertising
  • affiliate marketing

If you have any specific questions, do forward them prior to the event.

Tickets: £15
Date: March 4th
Time: 6.30pm


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Venue :Avista Restaurant, Millenium Hotel Mayfair
39 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair, London W1K 2HP

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Krisitian Lorenzon Head of Social Media O2

Jan 2014 Networking Event – Kristian Lorenzon from O2

Happy New Year!

Here at Ladies In Blogging HQ, we are kicking off the new year with a bang. We are so very lucky to have the Head of Social Media for O2, Kristian Lorenzon as our first guest speaker for the year. He will be sharing with us “How O2 uses Social Media and tell us more about his role as the Head of Social Media for a big brand.”

Krisitian Lorenzon Head of Social Media O2

Krisitian Lorenzon Head of Social Media O2

How will this benefit bloggers?

  • Bloggers can learn a lot from big brands and their social media strategies.
  • Bloggers can learn about developing their own social media strategies
  • Bloggers will be able to pick up useful and pracical tips from Brands to use on their own blogging and promotion strategies
  • Bloggers can learn how they can work with big brands and how they can get big brands to work with them

 

More about Kristian

Kristian Lorenzon works in Communications at O2 Telefónica UK as the Head of Social Media.  Kristian oversees O2’s central social media strategy, governance and the delivery of commercial and customer engagement activities.  Areas of particular interest include consumer responses to new media, and social media’s role in omnichannel retailing. @krislorenzon on Twitter.

Date:

Time : From 6.30pm

Tickets : £15 including a drink and canapes


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Please email us at hello [at] LadiesinBlogging.com if there are any questions.

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Venue :Avista Restaurant, Millenium Hotel Mayfair
39 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair, London W1K 2HP

 

Christmas Networking Dinner Event 3 December

Come along to our Christmas networking dinner event to meet other Ladies who blog or do Social Media. Instead of the usual format of a speaker we will have a lovely meal instead.

Dates: Tuesday 3 December 2013

Time : 6.30pm til late

Tickets: £25 for a 3 course meal


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Note: A portion of the ticket sales will go towards a donation to a charity for the Typhoon Haiyan.

Venue: Galvin Bistrot de Luxe Baker Street

Secret Santa

If you are coming, do bring along a gift of up to £5 for the Secret Santa.

Blogger Interview: Ceri Jones of Natural Kitchen Adventures

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones

1. What’s your blog called and what’s the URL?
Natural Kitchen Adventures / https://naturalkitchenadventures.com

2. What do you blog about?
I blog what I cook. Good, honest, healthy food – designed to make you eat and feel better. Based on the paleo nutrition concept – sugar and gluten free.

3. How often do you blog?
About 3 times per week

3. When and why did you start blogging?
2 and a half years ago I blogged my way through my first (and last) marathon – I enjoyed the blogging process as much as the marathon! When it was over I needed a new project to focus on. Since I had spent the last few years cleaning up my diet, submerging myself in nutrition and health alongside making an actual scrapbook of my new recipes – I decided the new project was to publish the recipes on line in a blog.

4 How has blogging changed your life?
Other than always eating my food cold because I’m waiting for the steam to pass before I can take a snap, blogging has enabled me to meet so many new and interesting people. It has also made me realise networking with new people is easy when you are passionate about your subject area. This has given me, personally a huge confidence boost.

5. Do you follow any blogs regularly?
Yes – some I read regularly, and others I dip in and out of from time to time, depending what the blog post is about.

6. What three tips would you give to someone just starting out in blogging?

  • Don’t compare yourself to others. ever.
  • Don’t get carried away and blog everyday – you’ll never keep it up
  • Do enjoy everyminute. Otherwise what’s the point!

7. How do you find things to blog about?
Inspiration to write and cook comes from everywhere – a good meal I’ve made up – a meal out, or something ‘Ive seen in a cook book, on another blog or on a TV show can spark a related idea.
8. Do you blog full time?
No, though I wish I could!

9. Where you like to take your blogging?
I hope in time it will be a platform to take me to a new career in the world of healthy food. It would be my dream to write and have published a hard copied recipe book!

You can find Ceri at https://naturalkitchenadventures.com

Food Styling and Photography Workshop With Jemma Watts

Join us for a hands on Food Styling and Photography Workshop with Jemma Watts.

As it is coming up to Christmas, we thought that it would be apt to have a Christmas themed shoot. Jemma will be bringing a lot of props for the group to photograph. If you are coming along, feel free to bring your own props too, like Christmas decorations, cakes, biscuits, etc.

Jemma like to work with natural light and she will show you how to get the most natural shots without the use of extra lighting.

You will also get a lot of tips for styling your shots to make them look like magazine spreads.

At the end of the workshop, you would have learnt to style, compose and photograph lively, vibrant food photos.

Jemma Watts Food Photography

Image by Jemma Watts

What you will learn: 

  • Understanding your camera and settings
  • The anatomy of a food photography shoot
  • Using textures and props to style your photos and bring them to life
  • Understanding natural and artificial lighting
  • and much more.

Who should attend: 

  • Any blogger who wants to learn how to take better pictures for your blog, not just food photographers as the techniques would work if you are taking still life photos of beauty products or fashion products too.
  • Food bloggers who wants to learn some professional food styling tricks
  • Any budding food photographer who wants to improve on their skills
  • Any restauranters or B&B owners who wants to learn to take great shots for their own websites or brochures.

Note: You need to bring along a DSLR or a proper camera to get the most out of this workshop. Smartphone cameras will not be appropriate. You can bring along a tripod too but it’s not essential.

Learn more about Jemma and see her photography on her website http://www.jemmawatts.com/food/

When: Sunday 17th November

Venue:

Millenium Hotel Mayfair

44 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair
London, W1K 2HP

Nearest tube: Bond Street

Time: Sunday morning until lunchtime to use the best of natural daylight

Tickets: £48 which includes breakfast, teas and coffees (note discount if you book to come with a friend)

 


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This workshop is open to everyone, you don’t have be a member of Ladies in Blogging to attend.

 

Top Photography Tips for Bloggers With Jemma Watts

For this event, Jemma Watts, a professional photographer, she will be sharing some of her top tips on how to capture stunning images for your blog, which will cover food photography, travel and still life. She will also demonstrate how to style a Christmas shoot for your blog with some props and dishes.

More about Jemma Watts

Jemma is a freelance food, travel and lifestyle photographer and she has worked with some big names in food and fashion. She likes to work with minimal equipment, preferring to photograph her subjects using daylight, where possible.

 

Christmas Roast Duck Jemma Watts

Christmas Roast Duck by Jemma Watts

This will be a comprehensive show and tell session where she will bring props and share her top tips on how to style and take great photos for your blog. You don’t need to bring your camera along to this one but if you want a more in depth session on food photography come along to our food photography workshop instead.

You can see some of her work here http://www.jemmawatts.com/

Date: Monday 11 November 2013

Time : From 6.30pm

Tickets : £15 including a drink and canapes


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Please email us at hello [at] LadiesinBlogging.com if there are any questions.

Hashtag: #LadiesInBlogging

Venue :Avista Restaurant, Millenium Hotel Mayfair
39 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair, London W1K 2HP