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Life and Work with Emily Chan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Chan.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I initially created my food Instagram @emchaneats while studying abroad in Copenhagen in 2015. It was incredibly fun to travel, try different types of food, and share those experiences with my friends on Instagram. After graduating from Hamilton College, I moved back to Boston to pursue neurology research and hoped to revitalize the food Instagram. To give my Instagram a more regional focus, I changed the handle to @bostonfoodgram last September. At the time, I was only followed by around 400 of my closest friends. After a continued effort eating at restaurants, sharing content, and engaging with other food bloggers, the reach of my Instagram naturally grown! I feel so grateful to be able to work with amazing local restaurants and engage with other bloggers. In addition, this summer, I began dental school at Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is definitely difficult to initially grow a following! Getting to that first 1000 followers was very challenging for me. I suggest spending a lot of time trying to consistently post high-quality content and engage with other influencers in your niche. Hopefully, other influencers will begin following you and will engage with your content in response! After reaching 1000 followers, growing became much easier. I began getting invitations to collaborate with restaurants and brands! For those of you trying to grow your Instagram, I would also recommend prioritizing quality of content as opposed to frequency of posts. If you only post photos you are proud of, your grid will be a representation of your best content.

I am currently trying to manage dental school while maintaining the Instagram and blog. It is almost impossible to attend as many events now, compared to when I was just working. Time management will be critical in maximizing study time and the number of Instagram collaborations I can participate in!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with bostonfoodgram – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I usually visit restaurants and photograph their dishes and cocktails! Normally, the restaurant or associated PR firm invites me in to eat and photograph their food to share a restaurant’s new menu, promotion, or upcoming event with my followers. Connecting with all of these awesome people in the Boston restaurant industry has been one of the most rewarding parts of having this Instagram and blog.
I am most often known for extremely colorful, bright, and fun pictures. Frequently, my photos are action shots of scenes like a syrup pour over pancakes or bursting an egg yolk. My goal is to give my followers an exciting yet informative visual experience! All of my photos are taken with a Canon EOS Rebel t6i, a super friendly camera for beginners! I also try to only shoot in the indirect natural light.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
Honestly, I get a lot of inspiration from the Explore page on Instagram! I love getting to see what people are photographing outside the people I follow!

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