Here are a few common questions I get asked from time to time. If you’re curious about anything else, feel free to ask!

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Q: What theme do you use?

A: I recently started using Shay Bock’s Foodie Pro Theme via Genesis Framework on StudioPress.  If you’re interested in switching to the Genesis Framework, I highly recommend this Genesis Guide for Beginners PDF.

Q: What kind of camera and lenses do you use?

A: Currently I’m in love with my Canon 5d Mark ii. I have several different lenses but tend to use my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and Sigma 24-70 f/2.8. For super up-close shots, I use this Canon EF 85mm 1.8.  Back in the day I started with a Nikon D50 (many of my posts from early on were shot with this). Although it was a great camera and I have extreme gratitude that it allowed me to experiment with food photography, I found that the quality and image size wasn’t exactly cutting it. To see more of my camera equipment, go here.

Q: Do you shoot in natural light?

A: Yes, always! I have one window in my tiny apartment kitchen that my small dining table sits next to and I set up my studio there. But I would love to invest in an artificial lighting setup sometime soon since I work a typical 7-5 job most days of the week, and it’s a challenge to take photos in the usually dark Pacific Northwest.

Q: Why did you move to Portland? How long have you lived there? 

A: Growing up in central California, I was initially and naturally interested in moving to the nearest big city: San Francisco. After years of visiting the awesome city to see some of my favorite indie bands (The Shins, Sonic Youth, Iron & Wine…very fond memories!), I realized it 1) was too expensive, and 2) wayyy too intense of a lifestyle to fit my needs. After visiting Seattle in my late teen years, I was convinced that was where I wanted to move after college. Until my good friend/coworker at the time convinced me to visit her after she moved to Portland. I fell in love immediately–it was a no brainer. The food, the culture, the music, the good vibe of the people, the houses, the streets, the shops, the outdoors, the proximity to Seattle and not being that far away from my family… most importantly, work-wise, I needed a job in dentistry (since I’m a hygienist) and literally every corner seemed to have a dental office. Once I moved here, it took me a solid year to find steady employment, but it was worth it. I was determined and worked really hard to get where I am today. I’m coming up on my 3rd anniversary living here in June 2015.

Q: I’m visiting Portland soon. Where should I go, and most importantly, where should I eat?! 

A: I absolutely love recommending my favorite restaurants, hot spots and places to stay in Portland. My friends and family always joke I need to open my own “The Best of Portland” tour guide taxi. I’m currently working on an e-Book Portland Guide that I can’t wait to share with you! In the meantime, you can check out my somewhat outdated favorite spots here.

Q: Can I use your recipes and images on my site? 

A: Like all of us creatives, I work hard to create quality recipes and images. All content is copyrighted–you need permission to use them. However, if you want to share or modify a recipe, please only repost one image and link back to thebakingbird.com or to the direct post. Thank you!

Q: How can I contact you? 

A: Email me right here!