Who is The Redhead Baker?
Hi! I’m Coleen. I was born, raised, and still live in Philadelphia with my significant other (referred to in the blog as “The Mister”) our son, Liam, and our two rescued dogs, a pitbull named Carl, and an Australian Shepherd named Reese.
By day, I am a graphic design contractor for a chain of physical therapy clinics. In my spare time (if I’m not cooking or baking), I love to read, shop, trick-train with my dogs, and scrapbook.
About the Blog
I started baking at an early age, and loved it. I considered culinary school after high school, but ended up in college for graphic design.
When I was dissatisfied with my career, I entered the part-time pastry program at a local culinary school. I worked a few years in the food service industry — in fine dining, a bread bakery, and a wholesale bakery — but eventually returned to graphic design. I discovered that I loved to bake a cake or decorate a batch of cookies. I don’t like baking 25 cakes, and decorating 3,000 cookies, all exactly the same way. And I especially don’t like waking up at 4:00 a.m.!
Pennsylvania Cottage Laws prevented me from selling baked goods out of my home, so I established a blog as a means to share my love of cooking and baking.
About the Photography
I took one class in photography at the local community college. That is the extent of my formal training (and I’d say 90% of the photos on my site reflect that!). The rest I have learned from observing other blogs, reading photography tutorials, and the manual that came with my camera.
I use a (now-discontinued) Nikon D40 digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. I have two lenses, the “kit” lens (a 18-55mm), and a telephoto lens (55-200mm). I mount my camera on a Dynex tripod. I try to use natural light as much as possible, since I don’t currently have an artificial lighting set-up.
I generally set up my shots on either my breakfast bar, my Ikea kitchen island, a TV tray table, or the floor, depending on the angle of the shot. I use pretty much any kind of fabric I have for a backdrop: kitchen towels, tablecloths, bedsheets, bath towels, I’ve even used a sweater. I get props from the Target, the Dollar Store, craft stores, and thrift stores.
What products do you use in the kitchen?
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