Tiny Bites: a visual Vancouver food blog
Welcome to Tiny Bites! I’m Karen Hamilton: techie by day, foodie by night. And day. All the time, really.
What is Tiny Bites all about?
This site chronicles my attempts to savour everything that Vancouver’s culinary scene can offer. All this food writing and photography took shape on my personal blog, karenhamilton.ca, and now has its own home here at Tiny Bites. I hope to help you not only decide what to chew on tonight, but to keep you abreast of what the community is doing to promote sustainable dining and local, seasonal produce. You may also see recipes from our own kitchen whenever inspiration hits.
How did you get into food writing and photography?
My obsession with food has its origins in my family’s love of food. My mother is an amazing and adventurous home cook; we were happy to be her guinea pigs whenever she found something new to feed us. Once a month, the extended family would get together to bond around a smorgasbord of dishes. Food became associated with notable conversations and happy memories. It was only natural to follow in my mother’s cooking footsteps and meet up with friends over my or someone else’s dinner table.
When I moved to Winnipeg in 2003, it was like cutting a cord not only from friends and family but from this life of cooking and eating that I had taken for granted. In an effort to keep in touch with the people we left behind in Vancouver, I started a personal blog documenting our new life in the Prairies. It was peppered with my first foibles in the world of baking. My techie job at the time happened to be at a digital photo lab, so I was endowed with an informal education in digital post-processing and unlimited use of a Canon Powershot A60 that got me hooked on photography.
Upon returning to Vancouver in late 2004, I kept up the blog, this time to stay in touch with the new friends and family that we were leaving in Winnipeg. My husband and I got into cooking gourmet meals at home and we started to explore the restaurants in Vancouver as if we had never eaten in the city before. When my husband gifted me with a Canon Powershot S2 complete with supermacro functionality, I went from being camera happy to being supermacro obsessed. My main subject matter was food. Sharing these photos on Flickr introduced me to an entire community of foodies that also took photos of their meals. Friendships were established and people began to suggest that I start a blog just for food.
I was reluctant to maintain a separate blog for food, so I put it off for a long time. It was mostly due to laziness. But a lot of it was committment phobia: I have so many other hobbies that it seemed unfair to place my love of food over my other long-established passions like swing and salsa dancing.
Since my upgrade to a dSLR in Fall 2007, I noticed that the food-related articles had started to take over my personal blog. My brother and select friends routinely called for restaurant recommendations. It also dawned on me that toting my giant camera to eateries had become second nature, and that our circle of friends have become so resigned to my frantic food photography that they already expect to starve a little while I set up the shots. When I won a local restaurant reviewing contest, and when Salt Tasting Room linked to my Flickr photo album from their home page, it was made clear that my obsession with food is more than just a passing fancy.
And thusly, Tiny Bites was born.
Can I hire you to do photography?
Why yes, you certainly can. Jump on over to Tiny Bites Consulting and take a look at my photography services overview.
May I borrow your photos for [insert reason here]?
You can purchase the appropriate rights to use my photography outside of Tiny Bites. This holds especially true for commercial use.
I’m not happy to find that my photos have been “borrowed” for sites and blogs without my a) prior knowledge and b) written consent. If you do want to use some of my work and want to see whether you can skip the usage fee, drop me a line. You may not need to pay if you ask nicely.
If you run a commercial site (one that makes money through the site or displays ads) and you use my photo without prior consent, you may hear from me in the form of an invoice. So be forewarned.
Are you open to trying a restaurant or checking out an event with me?
Of course! I’m up for taste testing anything in the Greater Vancouver area or buddying up for local foodie gatherings. So submit your questions, recommendations, or requests and I’ll do my best to accommodate.
Enough about me…what about you? Leave me a comment to say hi!