Every once in a while the stars just seem to align. Thanks to the suggestion of a friend I got connected with Olaiya Land of Milly’s Kitchen a few weeks ago. Olaiya was creating a dinner to raise money for the ACLU and I volunteered to photograph the event for her. It was the most amazing experience. For those who know me, I’m a total nut about food, experiences, and spaces. I’ve been so longing to do more environmental portraiture (specifically of people who make magic with food and drink) and capture beautiful food. This was a total dream. Olaiya let me come over to her home earlier in the day to photograph the prep and we were treated to gorgeous light and there were phenomenal textures everywhere you turned including absolutely stunning flower arrangements by Marigold & Mint. The dinner itself was held at a super adorable cookbook store in Fremont called Book Larder. Seattle food lovers if you’ve never been you have to check it out. So many awesome books!! Olaiya’s dinner was inspired by the cuisine of Oaxaca in Mexico and one of the biggest perks of volunteering at this event was that I got to taste the incredible food she made. There were mole tamales, mezcal margaritas, and rice pudding just to name a few of the delicious treats. I’ve been incredibly inspired ever since and more energized than ever to continue to seek out food and people to shoot. Best news of all, the event raised over $3,000 for the ACLU!