On The Grind

In Eat, March 2020 by Lauren Kruchten

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A day in the life of a local food photographer and blogger. 

Foodies from all over Raleigh flood our social media feeds with drool-worthy photos of stretchy-cheese pizzas, thick bagel sandwiches bursting with fillings, colorful, loaded salad bowls and so many more tasty dishes that have us stopping ourselves from licking our phone screens. It makes you wonder how these Insta-foodies have the time, not to mention the appetites, to eat all this food, all day, every day. So we went straight to the source and asked Nancy Thapa—or @foodieteee as you may know her on Instagram—what a day in her life is like as a professional food photographer and blogger. Spoiler alert: Though the perks are delicious, it’s a lot of hard work—and she doesn’t get much sleep!

Nancy thapa
Nancy Thapa

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. I’m a part-time social media coordinator for a leading social networking app, so my workday begins with content creation, community management and developing brand strategy. At 2 p.m., I eat a small lunch.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Shoot new menu items for local businesses in the Triangle. 

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visit a new local restaurant that I’ve been wanting to go to, particularly one that isn’t being covered by media companies and has just opened. I take pictures during these visits as well—that’s where the majority of my content comes from.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Attend media events put on by local groups. I take pictures and videos so I can write about them later. 

12 a.m. – 2 a.m. I also work as a recipe and product photographer for a major supplement brand, so this is when I write, cook and photograph a recipe I have been told to create with the products that are being launched. I use this time to photograph for brand partnerships as well. 

2 a.m. – 5 a.m. Edit the professional photos I took earlier in the day. I usually have less than a 24-hour turnaround, so I need to get them out fast. I also spend a few hours editing the content I gathered from my day from the media event as well as my visit of choice.

5 a.m. – 6 a.m. Work on revamping my website, or other general housekeeping items. I also use this time to edit portraits and recipe photos.

6 a.m. – 10 a.m. My sleep schedule most nights, which is why my day starts at 10 a.m. Because I work remotely, I have the flexibility to work the hours I want to work. I try to catch up on sleep during the weekends, but due to the increased workload I have now, I work weekends as well.

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