Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you get your recipes?
The simple answer is that I get my recipes from all over the place. I have a growing collection of  cookbooks which I will reference, but I also read a lot of blogs and foodie sites. As I go along I will be making a master-list of all of these resources, but in general I will link to where I get each recipe along with each post. If I’m missing something, feel free to drop me a line.

I have a recipe that I think you’ll like. Can I send it to you?
Yes! I would love to try your favorite recipe. I can’t guarantee that I’ll make all the recipes that are sent to me, but if I make your recipe and love it, there’s a pretty good chance it will make it onto the site. If I do publish your recipe I’d be happy to link back to your site, so make sure to include your website URL when you send me your recipe.

Dude, I just read your post about [some recipe] and you are totally making it wrong. What’s up with that?
I’ll be honest, there are probably going to be a lot of mistakes on this site. I’m a photographer, not a cook, which is kinda the point of this site. It’s all about me learning how to feed myself something other than instant mac ‘n cheese. I would love to hear your suggestions on how I can do better with the things that I’m cooking. Feel free to correct me in public in the comments section on each post, or send me an email privately. Just try not to be a tool.

Are you available for hire?
Yup, I am a working photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. My central location allows me to work all over the country. I’d love to talk to you about your project. You can find out more about my photography work at jonathangayman.com.

Can I use your photographs on my site?
I make my living by licensing my photography, so unfortunately I cannot allow free usage of my images on your site. However, most of the original photography on this site is available for licensing either through GettyImages or through the Shoot to Cook Food Photography gallery. If you have a specific question about my photography, or licensing an image, feel free to contact me with the form on my about page.

What kind of gear do you use to make your photographs?
I use a wide variety of lenses, lighting equipment and techniques to make the images featured on this site. I’ve put together a Gear page, which is an ongoing list of the stuff I use.

I notice you have some ads on your site. Wuzzup with that?
Yep, you will find the occasional ad on Shoot To Cook. And in the interest of full disclosure, any links that go to Amazon.com are tied to my Amazon Associates account and I get a couple of pennies if you happen to purchase something after clicking through on from this site. And it literally is just a few cents here and there. I’ve made so little in advertising revenue that I have never actually accrued enough of a balance to receive a payout.

So why have the ads? Because there are hosting and bandwidth costs to run this site. Currently, there is isn’t enough traffic to break any of my minimums, so the costs are pretty low. But when the world finds out about the awesomeness that is Shoot To Cook (hint: tell everyone you know to read this site) then I could get smacked with overage charges etc.

My basic theory is that the ads that I’ve implemented now will pay off in direct proportion to the amount of traffic that the site receives. The more traffic I get, the more return I will have on the ads. This income will be used to keep the lights on in my kitchen and my studio, and will also allow me to (hopefully) add more features and great content in the future.

So how do you maintain journalistic integrity if you’re selling ad space?
While no one in this world is 100% unbiased, I’m going to do my best to offer full disclosure about my motivations. I am not going to endorse products that I don’t use and I am not going to say I like a particular product just because a company sends me free stuff to try out. If I review any products I’ll let my readers know why I’m reviewing it. Which isn’t to say I DON’T want free stuff. Seriously, send me free stuff.

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