We did it! Our First FOODIE BOOTCAMP! A… “BATCH YOUR CONTENT. GET INSPIRED. Create up to 16 Original Posts for your Food Blog in one Intensive & Inspiring Weekend Workshop.” And now I can’t wait to share the recap and future plans to come! Warning, picture and food overload is about to happen! Mmm k?
On July 31 I posted a picture on Instagram. This picture HERE to be exact. I share our big news, the first ever, Foodie Bootcamp, yes, but also I talked about the fear and self-doubt and the mental script that goes on in our head.
That exact thinking that can stop us from doing our best work, from moving forward, from pursuing BIG ideas, from being FULLY present…..
And …. we put it all together in less than three months, knowing it would be anything but easy.
So away we went, grinding away at work in hopes to put on a bootcamp/workshop that was magical and beyond perfect for our fellow hard-working entrepreneurs.
This was definitely a challenge for us, and we’re crazy like that to like challenges. Sure, we knew is going to be hard. But we also knew it would be wholeheartedly rewarding. And I mean wholeheartedly in a way that it connects your whole heart to a bigger vision! A new sense of purpose, inspiration, and creativity was birthed! As well as new friendships and partnerships, thanks to our attendees, mentors, sponsors, and lovely volunteers!
WATCH THE FOODIE BOOT CAMP RECAP
Yep, the first foodie bootcamp turned out to be spot on to our core purpose
“A FOCUSED INTENSIVE WEEKEND of community, work, and growth!
Because together we can GET THINGS DONE, WE CAN BUILD UP our BUSINESSES , WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER and BETTER EACH OTHER. WE CAN FIGHT the FEAR of MOVING FORWARD. .
And we can do it all while feeling INSPIRED and seasoned with grace. .”
Okay okay there might have been a few hiccups that made our cortisol levels sky rocket, but we got through it with determination and wonderful help!
As the co-founder (and a mentor) of the first Foodie Bootcamp, I had the amazing opportunity to help so many talented influencers and food bloggers with their food photography and styling. I loved connecting with all the brands that made this happen and the mentors who graciously gave us their time and energy!
It truly was a unique boutique style workshop experience driven by HARD WORKING humans! EVERYONE (our team included) WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF! Almost over 230 recipes were created and photographed within 2 days! Heck, Holly (happy food healthy life ) was able to create, photograph, and write 15 recipes in one weekend!! That’s batch your content work like no other!
Each day our attendees showed up for their call time ready to recipe create and photograph! 8 different recipe stations all filled with products! Produce galore! Props and Backdrops of all sorts. And volunteers that hustled like no other, whether it be to cleanup, rotate ingredients, or just be there while our attendees needed help with and shots, pour shots, etc.
Did I mention that they also did the dishes like champs, and did it with such joy? Fueled by samples of all the delicious food of course! And good food it was! Gosh I love it!
Our mentors in the upstairs photography room, walked around helping people with food styling, more hand shots, tips and tricks with photography, and just anything they really needed another eye for. I have to say, I don’t think I sat down once the whole event and I loved it so so much. To be in a room with such creative is full of passion and determination.
Our other crew of mentors worked in the library. This cozy spot was where all the attendees went after they did their recipe development and photography. There they had a set up of mentors to help with Lightroom editing, SEO, Pinterest, Copywriting, etc. That is where they got the CONTENT PLANNING work done. Work fueled by motivation as well as a room stocked with coffee, tea, and healthy snacks of all kinds.
All this to say we could have done it all without each and every person lending a hand, a heart, or word of encouragement.
Thank you to our mentors, thank you with all our hearts! Your skill set is appreciated more than you’ll ever know!
- Kate from Simple Pin Media
- Rebecca Clyde for Lightroom Editing
- Jackelin Slack for photography
- Tye Kilgore for SEO
- Stacy Corvidae for Copywriting
- Lindsay Nielsen for Recipe Development
- Maria for Blog Business and Cookbook creating tips
- Jane, former KSL NBC Studio 5 producer; for being our video content creator and storyteller!
Thank you to We olive, Winc Wines, and WHERE WOMEN COOK for one fabulous welcome and cocktail party!
Thank you to our Table sponsors who filled our recipe stations
- Hope Foods
- Valley Fig Growers
- Nature Nate’s
- Emmi Roth Cheese
- Melissa’s Produce for our Beautiful produce (as seen above)
- ENJOY LIFE FOODS for all the Snacks to fuel us in the Library and late night WORK-A-THON. Not the mention the delicious vegan chocolate spread across the recipe stations!
- Mann’s Nourish Bowls – The official LUNCH BOWL SPONSOR!
- Bob’s Redmill and Love Grown Foods
- Chobani Yogurt
- Winc Wines, 1907 Water, and Mamachari Kombucha
- Torani Syrups
- And the many other donation sponsors who graciously gave us plenty of stock!
And a special thank you to Jo Packman of Where Women Cook Magazine for taking a chance on Brook and myself. Jo truly believes in women entrepreneurship and letting your creative outlet shine through your passion!
To Casey and the crew at Ember Studio, thank you for quickly making adjustments and providing us with the most perfect unique studio space!
To my husband for being so hard working with this! And my parents, who literally drove up all the Winc Wine from Texas! Haha. There’s one fun story for you.
Thank you to the FBC TEAM — > ALEX, ANDREW, MEGAN! You guys… seriously made this happen!
To dearest Brooke, thanks for being one of the best business partners and pineapple loving friends! I adore you! Let’s keep this thing going! COMMUNITY over COMPETITION!
What now? What’s next?
Stay tuned! Because we have more plans and Foodie Bootcamp events coming in 2019! In fact, maybe 2 more bootcamps!
Get ready! BE THERE!
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