Emily Kemp is a self-taught food photographer and blogger at Inside The Rustic Kitchen where she works alongside her partner, Nathan, creating delicious Italian food.
Emily Kemp shares her passion for Italian cooking on her food blog, Inside the Rustic Kitchen. She loves cooking authentic and traditional recipes as well as putting her own spin on the old classics. Emily’s goal is to make her blog a ‘go to’ index of those glorious Italian recipes you can always trust to taste delicious and truly work.
Emily and Nathan lived in Italy for five years, steeped in Italian culture, history, language, (fabulous!) weather and of course, FOOD.
Emily also works as a food photographer creating beautiful images for other food blogs and a virtual assistant helping bloggers create SEO-friendly content.
Emily Kemp Show Notes
Inside the Rustic Kitchen
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Camera and Lens:
What did you do before you started blogging?
So that’s where you live now?
You can speak fluent Italian, right?
Why did you start blogging?
When did you start?
How did you pick the name of your food blog?
Did it take you long to figure it out?
When you decided to start it, did you go right to wordpress.org or somewhere else?
Did you do it yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
When did you transfer out of bluehost into a different hosting company?
When did you start to post more regularly and how many did you post then?
Do you have an editorial calendar?
How many drafts do you have in place to publish right now?
So how do you do the posting, do you write it and post it right after?
Can you talk about your ‘work’?
Do you do your own SEO?
Once you started, how long did it take for you to start making money?
Do you do sponsored posts?
You do VA work full-time, is it 8 hours a day or even more than that?
When do you have time to work on your own stuff?
You don’t have anyone helping with your blog, correct?
How many iterations of the website have you had?
Did you see a difference in your sessions or page views when you honed down your niche to Italian?
When did you get your audit?
How long did it take you to go through his list of things to do?
From start to finish, how long does it take you to photograph the average recipe?
Are you able to photograph the recipe and all the process shots in the kitchen or do you have to go to another room?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
What do you love about blogging?
What do you use for backgrounds?
What kind of camera do you have?
What is your most popular post?
Is there anything that you did that catapulted you to the next level of your business?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine to eat?
What would be your last meal?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
Do you have a favorite cookbook?
Are you taking more clients for VA work?
That was very interesting to get to know Emily better, I always thought that she had Italian origins too. I could relate to the long long days of food blogging, so much to do!
Emily was fun! We have known her so long through blogging, you feel like you know them! I was, though surprised to hear her Scottish accent. I knew she was in UK, but expected British, lol!
Jas @All that's Jas
What a fun listen, I need her VA services for sure! I too thought she was Italian, lol. I’ve been admiring her photos on Instagram, so talented!
I’m happy you found it fun, I did too! I totally agree Jas, she is talented!! Thanks for commenting, I do appreciate it!