Born in Ukraine, a naturalized Canadian, and currently residing in New York City, Olena Hassel is a passionate mum of two little girls and an impressive photographer. Her multicultured background inspires her a lot and her husband is a source of impression for her with his different aspects. She states in her bio “I am married to an English Gentleman, speak English with a slight Eastern European accent, look Scandinavian, but dance like a Puerto Rican!” She was trained as a scientist, worked in Biotech and human Vaccines, and, after having her first baby, discovered the joys of Instagram and developed a new passion for photography. She says “Like everyone else, I’m influenced by my background and life – for me, the vibrant folk culture of the Ukrainian people, family celebrations involving generous helpings of delicious food and a beautifully arranged table. Also by a love for endless sunflower fields, gardens and orchards, nature, relaxed living and all things handmade.” She creates delightful compositions generally placing a cup of tea or a slice of cake as the main object of her captures. Flowers, fruits, cinnamon sticks, knitted blankets, vintage items like a typewriter, an old compass etc. are the other complementary objects of her foodscapes. She has a magnificient Instagram account which is updated almost daily with awe-inspiring and dramatic photos. Now feast your eyes with some of her shots presented below. Hope you like them as much as we do.