Posts in category "Art and Design"

Featured Food Person: Tina of Nourish and Evolve

I love following fellow foodies and food photographers on Instagram and/or their blogs. Their blogs and instagram accounts give me inspiration for cooking and to better my own food snapping. Tina of Nourish and Evolve does both and makes veganism look doable and pretty.

Her Instagram account does an amazing job of convincing you that being on a vegan diet could be delicious and filling. Her photo feed is filled with colourful healthy dishes that make will surely make you feel guilty for having that burger the night before. Scanning her Instagram motivates me to try making healthier food choices..and also to try to make dishes look more presentable so I can take pictures of it lol

Her photo style is soft and simple; a style that is common among popular VSCO app users. The actual food styling of her pictures is also simple but smart in terms of varying her shots aside from the usual overhead ones. If you head on over to her blog, it’s an elegant site that provides more details of the food and dishes. What’s a rarity is that she actually links to the source of the recipe and not just claim it as her own. Real honesty…. who would have thought ;)

Here’s the kicker…she’s ONLY 15! Such a sophisticated eye for colours and photography at such a tender age. Colour me impressed. I hope this Australian teen pursues a career in food and/or photography as she definitely has the talent for it. I’m sure Bon Appetit will be knocking at her door in a few years

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I have an overly active mind that likes to juggle different thoughts and ideas all at once. In order for me to focus and concentrate on the task at hand, I go into ‘headphones mode’. There are two variations to my headphones mode: learning and music. When it’s a menial repetitive task, like organizing and scanning a gazillion lines of stats, it’s learning mode. When it involves a lot more of my brain neurons like analyzing and making presentations, it’s music mode. But there are times too when I need to be laser focus and remove all kinds of excess noise from entering my confusing mental vortex.

So today I want to introduce to you all


It’s an amazing all encompassing online learning center. It is like a live interactive school in the vast areas of technology, photography, design, entrepreneurship, and more.   But it does seem like they have more online workshops around photography and design.

Creative Live Staff

One of the founders of is Chase Jarvis, who’s an award winning photographer and holds really thoughtful interviews with well known creatives and influencers (will feature his site soon too). They live broadcast these sessions which are free and if you want to watch them later that’s when you have to pay a fee to get a download. They pretty much nailed it in lowering the barrier to entry to using their website and accessing the sessions. I actually stumbled upon the site when I was looking up articles and videos on food photography. Since then, when I’m not hustling from one meeting to the next, I’ve tried to catch sessions about interior design to DIYs to social media to being a better communicator.

If you have a break during work or need something to listen to while washing dishes, check out and learn something new at the same time :)

My Social Photography Experiment

With the popularity of Instagram and the many social tools out there to share pictures, we have more avenues to disclose our daily lives to the public. Communities and memes have been created and in essence new social norms have been formed. It’s ‘normal’ now to take pictures of your food before eating, it’s unfortunately acceptable to have your phone out while being in the company of friends and family and it’s fun to take pictures of every nuance of your day (ie happy face peace sign in the middle of nowhere street!)

I have started to re-evaluate what I share in the social media realm and assess what I share convey about me. If you go through my Instagram feed, you can see over 75% of the time is about food and drinking.

The other snaps are of ‘moments’ I experience at that very…moment.

But as I thumb through my feed, I started to cringe. I cringe that my stream is pretty inconsistent of the candid vs the creative. My Type A personality doesn’t like inconsistency and imperfections. My internal ‘ugh’ goes off when I see a pixelated picture, an image that hasn’t been cropped properly or a well-crafted image followed by a picture of some hilarious mistranslated hair brush I saw at a store.

In the last few weeks, I’ve decided to take a different direction of what I want to post and follow the initial intention of Instagram: to allow photographers of all skills to share their art. Unbeknownst to many, I have a design background which at times manifests itself in the forms of crafts, writing, and cooking. But I take true joy in photography and its indefinite possibilities of creativity within one snap.  I’ll continue to take drool worthy pictures of my eating habits and snap images of beautiful Vancouver but I’ll do so with more care and with my photography lessons in mind.

I’ll also continue to smile, envy, mock, laugh, like, and comment on candid photos of your feet at the beach, your empty dish that you just inhaled, your funny looking pets and your epic road trips to Portland.

For me, I want to be forced to learn how to take ‘good’ photos but at the same time have fun with it.  I’ve placed a process for myself and it would be a social experiment of where it would lead me.

- Don’t overuse filters
- If I’m with company, take only at most 3 shots of something
- Provide better description / caption of the photo
- Reduce my hashtags
- If I’m not 95% happy with a picture, I won’t post it
So here we go!