As photography becomes more of a second career than just a hobby [check out my work here], I have had the opportunity to expand my portfolio by working a variety of jobs. From weddings in French chateaus to surf trips in Mexico, I am finally starting to feel comfortable with just about anything thrown my way.
Last week, I got to work the Summer Solstice dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown. The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the changing seasons and embrace the foods, flowers, weather and nostalgia that only Summer brings. With the temperature settling in the mid 70’s, and the sun staying above the horizon late into the evening, the ambiance for this event couldn’t have been more appropriate for the first day of Summer. The lighting was truly stunning, as you can see from the photos below. I have always been a fan of the natural late afternoon lighting we get here in Southern California, but this particular day was even longer and prettier than any other.
The culinary conspirators over at Campine catered the soiree, putting together a family style spread of succulent peppered steak, roasted fingerling potatoes, crunchy cauliflower pasta and a vegetable platter that was every color of the rainbow. The colors of the dishes were only out-shined by the vibrant color scheme of the tablescapes, set against the backdrop of a custom neon graffiti piece lining the fence separating the museum from the downtown train station. The warm orange, cool turquoise and hot pink and green accents were the perfect palette for this contemporary space on the first official day of Summer.