The name of her blog says it all: Will Bake for Shoes. Hearter Brandy Saldana has taken her love of footwear and cupcakes to the next level by turning her obsessions into an online space that’s both beautiful and mouth-watering to look at. Check out our Q&A with the baking blogger below to find out where she gets her inspiration.
First of all, love the name of your blog, Will Bake for Shoes — so creative and fun! How did you come up with that?
Thank you! My blog’s name “Will Bake for Shoes” came about before the end of my first year of blogging because I started sharing a lot of my cupcake creations on the blog and wanted to incorporate my interests of baking and clothes in one place. The title comes from a cup I labeled “Will Bake for Shoes” that I placed next to cupcakes I brought in to work as a joke that donations would go towards a pair of new Manolo Blahniks. I did eventually buy the shoes, but did not sell nearly enough cupcakes for them!
Your photos are amazing and don’t have that “re-touched” feel that many bloggers seem to favor. How did you become such a skilled photographer and what type of camera do you use? Is there any editing software or apps you prefer?
My boyfriend will be happy to hear that. His name is Armando and is the one that actually takes a majority of my outfit shots now. When I started my blog, I took most of my photos on a tripod with a timer or asked family or friends to take my photos until he moved in with me. I do take photos for my blog every now and then using my Canon T2i Rebel while he likes to switch between my camera and his Canon 7D. He taught me everything I know about photography and I like being able to take photos under manual mode and be able to adjust the settings so I can get the picture I want without needing to edit it later.
The only editing I have been doing on photos is reducing their quality through a script in Photoshop so they can load faster on my site. That was also created by Armando. Other than that, I prefer to just leave the photos as they are.
What do you think is the most rewarding part of blogging and promoting yourself via social media? What keeps you motivated?
The people and friends I have made have been the most rewarding part of blogging. Blogging is not just something you do on your own – it requires some networking and community. I love that I have met like-minded who love fashion, are passionate enough to write about it and are not afraid to put themselves out there. I am always happy to see when others love something I share or post – and the support I receive from the blogger community is really sweet.
I stay motivated thanks to the people I have surrounded myself with who are also dedicated to their blogs, but also from the support from my family and Armando. I truly love to blog and it I want to keep doing it as long as I can. I am proud of what has been posted so far on Will Bake for Shoes and look forward to keeping it up so I can look back on how my style has evolved.
Do you have a favorite user on We Heart It to follow? What types of images does he or she post?
I enjoy following Manners and Moxie (Manners and Moxie) and Adiel (Triplyksis) heart. Manners and Moxie hearts beautiful fashion photography and travel destinations. Adiel does a fantastic job collecting nail art inspiration and the fashion photography she hearts is also really inspiring.
What’s the first image you hearted? What was the most recent? Any fun stories behind these?
I cannot remember my first We Heart It image I hearted, but I do know it happened when I was on a bus in Japan. It was late and I had Wi-Fi on the bus, and I had joined before I boarded my plane. I was addicted during my entire vacation, and spent most of my nights on the app. Lately I have been interested in hearing images of inspirational women on my collection Inspiring Women. I recently attended the LUNAFEST film festival and was inspired by the stories about women made by female filmmakers.
What’s a fun and easy DIY or baking project someone with a free weekend might want to tackle? Feel free to link to a Heart on your canvas or back to your own blog!
I think an easy baking project anyone can do is making beachy Hawaiian theme cupcakes. Fall has begun, so I think it would be a great idea to say Aloha to Summer with these easy to make cupcakes. All you need aside from cupcake liners, cake mix and frosting are tropical umbrellas, cocoa powder, and crushed graham crackers. I use a Wilton 1D tip to make swirls of frosting on my cupcakes, but a gallon ziplock bag with a snip at the edge of a corner can also get the job done.
Finally, what is your favorite thing about We Heart It?
I love being able to Heart things that I can use as inspiration later for an outfit or for cupcake decorating. It is also helpful that I don’t have to explain why I like something, I just do. I have really enjoyed the Inspirations feature lately – it narrows down to the things I am interested in seeing, letting me Heart more than I would just on my feed. I am excited to see what else We Heart It comes up with and look forward to sharing more images from my site with other hearters.
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