Big Wins with BlogJam Sponsor, Sunwing.ca

This year BlogJam was so thrilled to have the support of Sunwing.ca as a Keynote Sponsor. For us that was a DOUBLE WIN because it also included an afternoon keynote featuring the wise words of Candace Derickx aka the force behind the stellar blog, Life in Pleasantville.

Candace provided some valuable insight on the life of a travel influencer. She had the audience laughing at her confessions of how to capture the perfect beach shot and gave some great tips on what travel businesses like Sunwing.ca are seeking when they work with bloggers.

Of course, BlogJam attendees were on the edge of their seats when it was time to announce the winner of a trip for 2 to the IFA Villas Bavaro Resort and Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The lucky winner of the Sunwing prize was Lori Byrne. North Shore farmer and friend to all, Lori’s blog Farm Fresh Style is a BlogJam favourite. She was a presenter in our first year and took the stage again this year with another amazing woman, Heather Clarke of Heather’s Handmade Life.

In Lori’s words:

“We’re so excited and appreciative on winning this trip! We’ve never been on a trip south like this before and can’t wait to bask in the sun and skip a little of a Nova Scotia winter! Thank you Sunwing and BlogJam!”

Big thanks to Candace and Sunwing.ca for providing their invaluable BlogJam support and this incredible prize.

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Pre-Conference Food Photography with BlogJam Sponsor, Fujifilm

This year BlogJam was so excited to offer a very special pre-conference workshop on food photography, lead by the extraordinary Michelle Doucette of East Coast Food Stories, and hosted by the delicious and generous, Gio restaurant at the Prince George Hotel.

While all levels of photographers were welcome – including smart phone photographers – we also had help from our very special sponsor, Fujifilm.

Gathered together on Saturday night, 25 bloggers tasted bites of delectable scallops, shrimp, vegetables, and amazingly fresh and fun salad ingredients.

The group was treated to a fun cooking demonstration, which included some beautifully prepared ingredients – perfect subjects for food photography!

These vibrant reds and greens were captured on a Fujifilm X-A3 camera.

Then the ever-skillful Michelle answered photography questions while teaching participants some tricks of the trade, including how to set up food for a flat lay, what types of lighting to use, and where to find some killer props.

Insider tip: You can brush dull and matte food with some canola oil to help provide an appetizing sheen for the dish!

We wrapped up the pre-conference event with some extra special foodie Jam Bags and a few bonus prizes from our generous sponsors like Fujifilm. It was a great way to kick start BlogJam and nice bonus chance for bloggers to meet before a full and busy day of sessions on Sunday.

Big thanks to those who came out to the first ever BlogJam Food & Photography workshop. Remember to share your snaps from that night so we can all remember the tasty fun!

Fujifilm generously provided prizes to be awarded to BlogJam attendees throughout the event, including an Instax printer, Instax cameras and film.

 

 

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BlogJam Official Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors who help make this event possible.