Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Mordaga.
Amy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Food has always been a big part of my life. As long as I can remember I have always had a love for food, not only eating it but cooking as well; I remember getting made fun of for always wanting to watch the Food Network. I started cooking for my family and making all types of foods, ones we would normally only have while dining out. My parents always encouraged me to explore many different types of foods.
We even had a family joke that my mom gave me my appetite and my dad feeds it. I started looking for “Instagram-worthy” foods as a hobby and would explore different areas trying to find rare and fun food items. I started taking better quality photos of the foods I would get and sporadically post them on my Instagram (this happened for a few years). It wasn’t until about 7 months ago when a friend suggested I start a “foodie Instagram”. I decided to make one, not expecting much, and share all of the cool foods I’d been eating.
Within the past months of creating @amayzingeats so much positive growth has happened beyond my expectations; I’ve grown to over 5,500 followers, have been asked to collaborate with brands and restaurants, and was able to take a sponsored trip to Taiwan with a group of foodies. The best part about being a foodie in LA is all of the variety and cultures of food in this forever changing city!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It is a constant struggle with social media, especially with the ever-changing algorithm on Instagram! Constantly trying to figure out the best time of day to post to maximize your posts engagement potential or simply deciding between two photos to post, are just some examples.
Keeping clients happy and making sure to portray their foods and businesses adequately are always something on my mind. One of the biggest struggles is always lighting, restaurants create an atmosphere for the optimal dining experience, which isn’t always the best lighting to showcase their amazing food, so getting the best photo, that requires minimal editing is always the goal, so that I can showcase the food without compromising the look of the actual product.
Lastly, as an insta foodie, I’m always doing research, not only in LA but in surrounding areas and in places I plan to travel to. I have to always be on top of food trends, new restaurants, buzz-worthy food items and the most Instagram-able food items coming out.
Amayzingeats – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is that I am a foodie Instagrammer/influencer. I partner with restaurants and brands and also independently seek out new and interesting foods and restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area, along with places I travel to; whether it be back to the New Jersey & New York areas to see my family, a vacation or most recently to Taiwan for the Lantern Festival.
Right now I’m looking forward to going to Hawaii this July, where restaurants and pop-ups have reached out to do some collaborations while visiting family in Oahu.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment with amayzingeats so far would definitely be going on a sponsored trip to Taiwan! It happened only after 3-4 months of me starting the page and something I definitely did not expect to happen so quickly!
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