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How To Improve Your Food Instagram

So you want to be a food blogger with a cool Instagram and a ton of followers? Cool. Get in line. There’s hundreds, if not thousands of new food blogs and food-based Instagram accounts popping up on the daily. Standing out from the rest of the fray is high-key goals AF if you have plans of succeeding.

But fear not, we’ve gathered some top notch intel from the industry’s best of the best. Thanks to crucial advice from successful food bloggers and Instagrammers like The Naughty Fork, Try It Or Diet, The Vulgar Chef, Stir and Style, and Cheat Day Eats, we’ve put together a quick video that drops gems of knowledge and truth on y’all aspiring foodies.

So pay attention and take notes, unless you are about living that struggle IG life.

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Meet The Woman Who Gave Up A Career In Law To Blog About Food And Couldn’t Be Happier

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I chose happiness.

It was 2 in the morning at the law firm and June was in day three of a weekend-long project. As she looked out the window of her office, she saw two futures for herself.

The first was that of a thousand office windows staring back at her. Like the one she stood behind, those windows kept lawyers like herself missing entire weekends of their lives.

Upon looking down, she saw her second future. One of empty streets, free of clutter, and ready to embrace a new day.

June took out her phone and began to dial.

You may know June Quan as the popular food and fashion blogger @stirandstyle. Y’know the one with the signature #StirandSmile pose where she holds food in the foreground and flashes a big smile right behind. Once upon a time, however, she was an overworked lawyer. Before she had her face in a mountain of burgers, June was buried in Himalayas of legal documents.

So how did she go from Esquire to wood-fired? Let’s go back to that night a year-and-a-half ago.

As she dialed, a million thoughts raced through her head. The one thought that kept resurfacing was how she didn’t want to be in an office at 2am any longer. She didn’t want to be one of the countless people spending thankless nights working towards something she didn’t love, that left her unfulfilled. She didn’t want to sit idly by and complain about her unhappiness.

So she decided to walk away.

While some think walking away from a cushy paycheck and a pretigious profession was ridiculous, who were they to judge?

By no means was June a bad lawyer. She was winning hearings and writing meticulous briefs during her time practicing law. Having passed the dreaded California Bar Exam on her first try was a impressive feat in and of itself.

Alas, the heart wants what the heart wants.

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Late night at the office. #TiredandStarved

June quit her job at the firm in Winter 2014. Since she was a teenager, her career path seemed to be set in stone: go to college, go to law school, pass the bar, become an entertainment lawyer, make money.

Entertainment Law was something she had always found fascinating and glamorous. Ever since she took her first internships at both MTV and Lucasfilm, June had wanted to work in the entertainment industry.

I tried to mold my life around a profession in law, to create a life where I’d be happy working as a “professional [in the field].” At the end of the day, it wasn’t the right thing for me and, you know, that’s OK.

The life of a lawyer was a difficult one. Aside from countless late and sleepless nights, there was also the unpredictability of her schedule. June never made plans with loved ones because of her schedule. It was even difficult to plan to go out to eat, something June obviously loved to do.

Giving up a bi-monthly paycheck and downsizing everything in her life to make ends meet was a major sacrifice for June. One of the few good things about staying so busy in the world of law, however, was that it gave her so little time to spend her money that she had enough saved to provide for and support herself through her transition.

Before anyone even picked up, June had made her decision. June was walking towards a life that made her happy. A life that gave her something to look forward to. 

After leaving her firm, and taking some time to figure things out, June started her blog: Stir and Style.

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Photos first, then eat. #HappyButHungry

The name Stir and Style first came to June during a lunch break. She had been shopping at the plaza her office was located in when she came upon a brown leather skirt (the style). She was immediately reminded of steak and ended up seeking out steak for lunch (the stir).

From there, she began to associate food with fashion. As if the two were one. This brown leather skirt inspired her first post on steak fajitas.

Since she was a child, June loved to eat. Before the advent of camera phones, June fondly remembers carrying around a Polaroid camera taking pictures of food rather than people.

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Triple-scooped ice cream with extra sprinkles. #StirandSmirk

Her first official tasting event was at Savor Santa Ana this past summer. From there, it’s just been nonstop for June.

She currently has more than 44,000 followers on her Instagram account, an account that has grown considerably in the last year. June even hosted Foodbeast’s recent PattyPalooza event.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my favorite part about a tasting wasn’t the food. Of course it’s the food, but to me, food has so many layers that doesn’t boil down to just the act of eating, tasting or savoring meal.

Eating food is an experience in itself. The experience includes going to new places, trying new things, meeting new friends, spending time with old friends, taking photos and just being grateful for the opportunity! I never take tastings or food events for granted because I know it’s a privilege to even get an invitation.

Every invite I receive is humbling

This was the life that made her happy.

Her parents answered. June told them her decision.

All she asked was for their moral support. She always wanted to make them proud, but she realized that she needed to make herself proud first. There was no point prancing around impressing everyone when you don’t love what you’re doing.

June explained that if she had to be at work most of her waking hours, then she should love what she’s doing during those hours. 

She was going after what she wanted and her parents were proud. 

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Pepperoni Pizza, please. #StirandGrin

While June no longer practices law in the traditional sense, she still uses the skills she learned every day. She earned her real estate license and uses her legal knowledge to help her clients buy and sell homes in LA and The Bay Area.

When hearing her story, some would consider all the time she spent in school a waste. For her, it was far from a waste.

I’m thankful for the time I spent in the legal profession. I don’t regret a single thing. I not only learned what I want in life, but also what I don’t want. My legal training has opened doors for me that I otherwise probably would not have the opportunity to walk through.

If there’s not a real estate contract in front of her, you can find June at many Los Angeles and Orange County-based food events. There, she’ll be taking photos (many, many photos) in her signature pose; food held out majestically to the camera, a grin from ear to ear:

The stir and the smile.

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This extra-bacon breakfast sandwich makes us #StirandSmile

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2015’s Best Instagram Food Porn Creators And Curators

If you have an Instagram account, first of all, follow us, if you’re not already. If you’re already rolling in the deep with the #foodbeast Instagram fam, however, you probably know most of the Instagrammers on the list. It’s been a great year for food porn and no one does it better than these guys.

  1. Dude Foods

You’ll never find a more elegant Spaghetti and Meatball Cone, or a Tomato-Soup Stuffed Grilled Cheese Ball so divine. Hell, his Bacon Weave Taco is straightup exquisite. Dude…FOODS. 100% reason to remember the name.

  1. There She Cooks

 

Imagine this honey gingerbread dough ferments for six weeks in the fridge before it gets baked A photo posted by Monika Walecka, San Francisco (@thereshecooks) on

Just look at those textures! Each of Monika Walecka’s photos has a romantic, intimate sense— she could make you tear up with just an image of a single bread slice!

  1. Tym Bussanich

The king of the deep fryer. Who is this man? Where did he come from? Where did he go? All we know is that he gets right to the gore of food with his quick condensed how-to videos—the oozing, gushing, beauty of food that the food world is slowly beginning to better appreciate. Your arteries may get clogged just by looking at Tym’s bready body of work, but I’ll be damned if that White Castle Pizza isn’t worth it.

  1. A Brown Table

Nik Sharma isn’t taking just any ordinary photos, he’s telling culinary stories. Using black and heavy shadows to his advantage, he strategically spotlights elements or details on his subjects that one might not notice otherwise: the deep crack of a freshly baked cookie; a sprinkling of pixie dust-like powdered sugar; the waxy exterior of multi-colored tomatoes… Cooking is an art form, and Sharma captures this fact perfectly.

  1. Stir and Style

Based in LA, you’ll find June Q. at all the best food events in town: openings, tastings, hot spots, the works; all for the sake of chomping down and slurping up the best grub. Lucky for us, she snaps food pics along the way so we at least can dream.  

  1. Miss Foodie Problems

She got 99 problems, but is food really one? A quick browse through Corey’s—aka Ms. Foodie Problems’—Insta will give you your answer: absolutely not! This lady both snaps and cooks, and no two photos look even slightly similar. The praise hands emojis tell no lies.

  1. Culinary Brodown

Here’s the lowdown on the Brodown: he cooks. He writes. He participates in Grilled Cheese Sandwich competitions. Any questions? You’ll find your answers at instagram.com/culinarybrowdown.

  1. No Garlic No Onions

A wonderfully diverse mix of Middle-Eastern and foodgasm-inducing eats, NGNO will lead your tongue to book the next flight to Lebanon, Dubai, and beyond. Bismillah!

  1. Peep My Sneaks

Deep fried Big Mac. Deep fried lasagna rolls. Pregnant goldfish? Yup, that’s him. If you’re not peeping these eats, you’re sleepin’ on eats. Wake up! Getcha head in the game. This Sneakerhead is going to save us all with nothing but a handful of cheese and some canola oil.

  1. Cheat Day Eats

Not sure if all of these eats were technically eaten on “Cheat Day,” but also, who cares? As long as Ms. Jessica Cheat Day keeps posting gorgeous ‘grams like these, we can postpone the gym just a wee bit longer. Because it’s Cheat Day.

  1. Josh Elkin

One of the most ingenuitive in the food scene, Josh’s creations have included a s’mores cone, a cup made of cheeseburger, and a timely R2-D2 poutine. AN R2-D2 POUTINE. And when he’s not cooking and concocting, you can find him hosting Sugar Showdown on the Cooking Channel. It’s po ssible Josh doesn’t need sleep.

  1. Try It Or Diet

Mac and cheese burger #tryitordiet | 📷: @devourpower | 📍: @theainsworth

A photo posted by Try it Or Diet | #TryitorDiet (@tryitordiet) on

Harbingers of screen-lickable photos (hellloo, milky buns) and co-owners of Afters Ice Cream Scott Nghiem and Andy Nguyen have a few Instagram accounts between them. Instead of pitting them against each other, one of their collaborative accounts, @TryItOrDiet, swoops into the top 10.

  1. Food with Michel

Michel’s account is truly gift from the Instagram gods. All of his images consist of a plain white background yet are somehow always able to illuminate the food at hand to the point of holiness. Whether he’s focusing on an exquisite multi-course meal, or a fat, trendy burger, he has a way of making all his meals look heavenly.

  1. Food Baby NY

If you haven’t heard, Mike Chau and his son Matthew (lovingly known as Food Baby NY) are taking the Big Apple and soon the rest of the country by storm, one nibble at a time. Now that there’s another food baby in the mix named Sam, their account is twice as great. Not going to lie—just a smidge jealous that these kids are eating are eating better than we ever will.

  1. Devour Power

The duo behind Devour Power are doing an excellent job of getting Instagram their regular protein fix. That is, if your idea of a protein fix is mile-high sandwiches, some drippy, juicy meats, and fried finger foods that require napkins by the double-digits. Ohhhh yeeeeeeahhhhh.

  1. Foooodieee

Apparently the username “@foodie” was taken by a no-good Insta-ghost, but Tess of @Foooodie definitely does her handle justice. Her curated pictures of sprinkles/icing/candy/cream-covered everything are going to set your teeth on fire (assuming that’s possible). No complaints though.

  1. Donuts Cookies and Cream

Sweet sweet victory! You won’t be able to take ten seconds of this account without a getting a hankering for sugar-coated everything. Fortunately, the trio that runs DCC makes sure to tag every location.

  1. Daily Food Feed

Peeping Daily Food Feed’s Instagram, you’ll find a colorful assortment of edible items, many of which happen to be trending in food media. Rainbow-encrusted donuts, sprinkly ice cream tacos, red-bunned burgers—Jed of DFF is there for it all, and he makes sure that with each photo, the food subject is practically in your face. Try not to lick your screen.

  1. The Vulgar Chef

The Vulgar Fucking Chef, encouraging us to #eatlikeshit since God knows when, and we’re loving every second of it. The caption says it all—Kyle Marcoux always lets his freak flag fly when it comes to playing with his food, and that’s how we received such delicacies like French Fry Burger Tacos, Mac n Cheese Pulled Pork Cake, and Pizza Meatloaf.  

  1. Dennis the Prescott

 

Sunday night snack time. A photo posted by Dennis The Prescott (@dennistheprescott) on

Yep, all of Dennis’s pictures look this great, even when it’s simply “snack time.” Dennis gives an honest, approachable look at his many culinary indulgences, just go see for yourself. Like, now.