Frequently Asked Questions

Blogging

What kind of camera do you use?

I have a Nikon D7000. I love it and highly recommend it. I waited a long time for a DSLR camera, and it whoops the heck out of my old point-and-shoot. I’ll never go back.  I primarily shoot with my 30 mm lens.  But I also love my 50 mm lens.  I wrote a post on my favorite photography equipment that I’d recommend for the newbie.

I also use my iPhone 6s a lot and process my pictures with A Color Story.

What platform are you on?

I use WordPress. I’ve been using WordPress for years, and I love it. I am using WP Engine to host my site, and I love their service.

Can I link to your blog and pin your photos?

Yes, please! And please link back to me.

Can I send you products for you to review on your blog and/or podcast?

I love learning about and sharing new products. Please email me at sarah@bagley.org to discuss to make sure we’re a good fit.

What do you use to record your podcast?

I record my interviews via Skype. I find it pretty reliable, and most people have a Skype account. If not, I can call a cell phone or landline via Skype.

For The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast, I record with a big sounds board, a Tascam, and an Audio Technica microphone. It’s kind of a big operation.

If you’re starting out, I suggest a Blue Yeti Microphone. If you’re on a PC, there are a few software recording options I’ve used…with mixed results. One is Pamela and the other is MP3 Skype Recorder.

I use Adobe Audition to edit my shows.

Can I be a guest on your podcast? Or recommend someone?

If you want to be a guest on the show, please apply here. If you would like to recommend someone, please email me the person’s name and why you want to hear him or her on the show. You can reach me at sarah@bagley.org.

What kind of computer do you have?

I work on a Dell Latitude E6520 laptop.  I love it.  It’s a hardworking machine that lets me run multiple programs at once and hardly puts up a fuss.  I use a docking station, so when I want to sit at my desk, I dock it, so I can work on my two 24 inch monitors.  Once you get used to two monitors, you don’t go back.

What photo editing software do you use?

For photo editing, I use Photoshop.  But I don’t doctor my photos much.  My goal is to always get it right in the camera.  If I do edit the photos beyond cropping, I edit them to enhance the photo.  I don’t Photoshop my thighs, my eye crinkles, or my messy hair.  I don’t Photoshop the kids, either.  What you see is who we are.

Personal

Where do you live?

I live in Vienna, Virginia. It’s a suburb of D.C. I’ve lived in Northern Virginia almost all my life. As a native, I’m rare around here!

What do you do?

I work for a local home builder doing a whole host of things like social media, marketing, PR, process, client services, etc…

I also teach group fitness classes, produce two podcasts, write this blog, and I’m working on a book.

You can learn more about my services here.

I'm interested in becomming a group fitness instructor. How do I get started?

I am certified through Les Mills.  I hold a BodyStep, BodyPump, and RPM certification, and I am a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor.  I am not familiar with other types of certifications, but I can’t speak more highly of the Les Mills program.  In my opinion, it’s the best.  If you are interested in Les Mills, email me, and I’d be happy to chat more about it.  It’s a wonderful program and has completely changed my life.  My best advice is to take as many classes as possible in the fitness area you are interested in and meet with an instructor you admire to get some one-on-one coaching and advice.

I am also earning my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. I decided to take my training through a yoga teacher who hosts the training out of her home; I picked this route over a studio because she offered the most flexible and intimate setting. I suggest using the search on the Yoga Alliance website to find a training that will work for your life and your schedule.

I'm interested in tearing down my house/interested in building my own home. What company did you use? And would you recommend the process?

I wrote about our home building process quite a bit, so check out that series on our home building process. But the short answer is: yes, I’d do it all again, and I recommend it. We used New Dimensions, Inc., and, yes, I highly recommend NDI. Dan and I completely trust NDI, and we felt we were working with people of integrity. The thing about building a house is this: something (or a couple of things, or many things) will go wrong. So decide who you want to deal with when things go sideways. No matter what company you select, issues will come up. So the most important thing is to select a company you want to work with when those things happen (and they will happen!). We opted to build rather than renovate for several reasons (The major one being cost. It would have cost more to renovate than to build), but one of the main reasons was to get the house we wanted with the fewest compromises. And we truly believe that’s what we got.

Did I miss something?  Do you have a question?  Please email me at sarah@bagley.org with your question(s) and/or comments.

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