Why do you call the site Veggies By Candlelight?
Around the time I started the blog, I'd worked very hard to radically change my life. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. As part of the transformation, I started studying holistic nutrition and cleaned up my diet. Most of our meals are vegetable-forward. I'm also a hopeless romantic at heart, and really, doesn't everything taste better by candlelight?
I have a question about a recipe
Hopefully, I have an answer for you. Not that I mind getting emails, but it's best to leave the question in the comment section of the recipe. That way anyone else with your question (and there will be another person) can save themselves a bit of trouble
I have a blog, can we do a link exchange?
I only link to sites that I love to read and visit regularly. But, if you'd like to email me or leave a comment pointing to your blog, please do! It's fun to discover all of the amazing blogs, writers, photographers, and very cool people that are out there.
Why was my comment removed?
The Internet can feel like a good place to anonymously air one’s grievances, but such commentary is no more welcome here than it would be if we were sitting together in my living room. This site may be open to the public, but it's also an extension of me and my life. It exists because I have made it and because I pay for its hosting and maintenance. I ask that you post only words that you would say aloud to me in person.
I've noticed errors on the site
Thank you, yes, I'm sure there are, and they drive me crazy when I notice them as well. If you would, please send me a note through the contact form and I'll get it fixed.
I'd like to advertise on your blog. What are your rates?
The site is ad-free (by design). But thanks for asking!
Can I send you a free product to review?
I don’t do product reviews. But love to mention great books I've discovered.
Who designed your site?
I did (and it's gone through several iterations). Mostly because my career is in IT, and I'm a coding geek at heart
What publishing software do you use, and who hosts your site?
The site uses the Rosemary theme created by Solo Pine (their customer service is incredible). It also makes use of a cloud delivery network for performance optimization. It is privately hosted.
Who takes the photographs on Veggies by Candlelight?
Except where noted, I do.
What camera do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens for the majority of my photos and a Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens for close-up shots. All of the editing is done with a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop.
My advice if you're just getting started? Don't get too hung up on buying something expensive; any camera can take a good photo. I've come to discover your perspective is a hundred times more important than your equipment.
Where do you get your props?
They come from all over. Target, Anthropologie, IKEA, gifts from friends, antique stores, and Etsy Shops. The backgrounds I use come from places like my father's workshop, Erickson Woodworks, and Crate & Barrel.
What kind of lighting do you use?
I shoot exclusively with natural light. Nothing fancy. A white sheet as a light diffusor and a simple piece of foam board as a reflector.
Can I use one of your photos on my site?
The entire contents of this site are protected by copyright. Please do not use anything without my permission.
Do you have any advice for other bloggers/writers?
My best advice is to write. It sounds simplistic, but it’s the best advice I’ve ever been given, so now I’m passing it on to you. Write honestly and thoughtfully about what moves you. Start a blog, keep a journal – whatever works for you. Just keep writing, and try to have fun with it.
And work hard. Set high standards for yourself; that’s very important, and get comfortable with not always meeting them. Work hard to learn how to meet them. Read this Ira Glass quote. Try to always write better, smarter, tighter. Read good writing and figure out what makes it work. And when you get stuck, read books like Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. Or Ann Patchett's essay “The Getaway Car” in her book This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.
Above all, work hard. Keep going. Did I mention that it’s hard work?
What's your favorite food?
Greek Yogurt Pancakes. Drip Beef is a very close second