Posts Tagged ‘2010’

© Tony Powell. April Rae Giangeruso. August 25, 2010

The time I got to spend photographing American Ballet Theatre ballerina April Rae Giangeruso was an afternoon I’ll never forget! Gracious, intuitive, and abundantly talented, are just a few adjectives to describe one of the newest members of ABT.

© Tony Powell. April Rae Giangeruso. August 25, 2010

© Tony Powell. April Rae Giangeruso. August 25, 2010

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A behind the scenes peek at my photo shoot with Donald Trump • August 19, 2010 • Trump National Golf Club

Tony Powell. Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of John Arundel/All rights reserved

One of the highlights of the summer was getting the call last week asking if I was available to photograph Donald Trump – on the grounds of his newly aquired golf course – for a Fall issue of Washington Life Magazine. The magazine’s Associate Publisher John Arundel was on hand to interview Trump and it all went off without a hitch. However, bad weather on the day of the originally-planned shoot very nearly put the brakes on the whole deal.

Tony Powell. Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of John Arundel/All rights reserved

Sunny skies prevailed over the greens of Trump National Golf Club in Loudon County, VA,  the following day, so once again all systems were go. Arriving early to the club, with my photo assistant Kate Leuba, gave us an opportunity to be fully prepared for Mr. Trump’s arrival – by helicopter! I was advised by a groundsman to hold on to my lighting equipment for dear life as he lands – that the high winds and flying debris might blow it all away. Glad I heeded his warning – I’m still finding grass in my camera bags!

"You're fired!" Photo courtesy of John Arundel/All rights reserved

Photo courtesy of John Arundel/All rights reserved

Photo courtesy of John Arundel/All rights reserved

Photo by Kate Leuba/All rights reserved

Photography and text by Tony Powell

Photo © Tony Powell. Ebong Eka, Lynda Erkiletian, Kate Michael

Photo © Tony Powell

Photo © Tony Powell. Dr. Ayman Hakki, Kate Michael, Christopher Reiter, Juleanna Glover

Photo © Tony Powell

Fans and friends of K Street Kate braved mid-August-in-DC mugginess and jammed into Dr. Ayman Hakki’s new cosmetics spa – Luxxery Express – to commemorate the online magazine’s 4th Anniversary. At the helm of it all? Kate Michael – arbiter of all things DC and one of the best hostesses in town! And those that came to get their drink on weren’t let down in the least!

Photo © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell. Kate Michael, Dannia Hakki

Photo © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell. Makeda Saggau-Sackey

The thirsty were treated to an open vodka bar with an endless list of mixers (many healthy options) and the East Coast debut of select Bordeaux wine, Brut and Rose champagnes by CPC Cellars. Some of those spotted in the crowd: Luxxery CEO Hiba Hakki, Real Housewife of DC Lynda Erkiletian with designer/boyfriend Ebong Eka, Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki, Makeda Saggau-Sackey, Angie Goff, Bianca Angelino Grimaldi, Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter, Angela Steever-Diba, Dr. Christine Warnke, on her way to Greece, and Ambassador of Yemen Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri.

Photo © Tony Powell. Hiba Hakki, Angela Steever-Diba

After raising many glasses to Kate and her crew at Luxxery the masses migrated to Mighty Pint for the official after party.

All images © Tony Powell • August 9, 2010 • Westwood Country Club • Vienna, VA

© Tony Powell

When a former dance student of mine, Emilia Burke (now Montalvo), called me up and asked if I would photograph her wedding I was beyond grateful. It’s about the most meaningful day in the life of a couple, and the opportunity to share their special day with them this past Monday was a highlight of the summer. Their wedding, on a golf course in Vienna, VA provided a unique opportunity to utilize a variety of natural backgrounds, and the carefully manicured greens at Westwood Country Club delivered in droves. Here’s a sneak peek at the wedding of Emilia and Alex!

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

Next up? I’m looking forward to shooting THE wedding of the Fall social season: Michele Seiver and DC Councilmember Jack Evans tie the knot this September!!

Images by Tony Powell • Words by Natalie Berk

© Tony Powell. Natalie Berk. May 17, 2010

I had the honor of being photographed by Tony Powell yesterday. Being my first artistic shoot, it was an enlightening experience. As a young girl on the threshold of a grown-up world, it’s sometimes difficult to shed anxieties and it’s scary giving yourself permission to just relax – but with my Mother at my side holding a big silver reflection board, and Tony cracking jokes, I slowly began to let go.

© Tony Powell. Natalie Berk. May 17, 2010

© Tony Powell. Natalie Berk. May 17, 2010

© Tony Powell. Natalie Berk. May 17, 2010

Working with Synetic Theater has taught me that each body holds its own individual story. Tony, as a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, shares this frame of mind. It’s unbelievable to have an established artist like Tony collaborate with a young artist such as myself. And I am so incredibly lucky to have him to give breath to my artistic visions.

© Tony Powell. Natalie Berk. May 17, 2010

Today I watched some of my own stories come to life through the moments captured by Tony’s lens.

© Tony Powell. Between Time. March 28, 2010. Dancers: Devon Teuscher, Junio Teixeira, Se-Yong Kim, and Enton Hoxha

It finally happened! My 120th ballet, “Between Time” (no longer “In Between Time,” I dropped the “In”) was successfully given its World Premiere last night at Baltimore Ballet‘s 10th Anniversary Gala. Originally slated to have its first go February 6th, the Gala was postponed until March 28th – the result of last month’s snow storm of epic proportions that we all unwittingly endured.

© Tony Powell. Between Time. March 28, 2010. Dancers: Devon Teuscher, Junio Teixeira, Se-Yong Kim, and Enton Hoxha

To top it all off when it came time to reassemble the original members of my cast (8 dancers) I was informed that 2 of them weren’t able to get released from their contracts to perform on the new date, and another was struggling with ankle problems. Instead of throwing in the towel, I chose to remain optimistic and zeroed in on the middle movement of the ballet as a point of departure. It made sense to re-work this section – a pas de quatre or dance for four – and transform it into a work that could live on its own. I’d originally chopped off a minute and a half of the music, by much in-demand composer Max Richter, to balance the flow of the ballet but returned the score to its original length which provided an opportunity to add to the dimension of the pas de deux that opens that section. With each of the four dancers working in and around New York City – ABT, Met Opera Ballet, and New Jersey Ballet – I knew I had to go there  (twice last week) if I wanted to bring the piece back to life after the 7-week hiatus.

© Tony Powell. Between Time. March 28, 2010. Dancers: Devon Teuscher, Junio Teixeira

© Tony Powell. Between Time. March 28, 2010. Dancers: Devon Teuscher, Junio Teixeira

It was worth EVERY minute! Just after the curtain came down on me bowing with the dancers I left the stage only to be thrust into the arms of a female stagehand that was crying after having watched my piece. We bonded in that moment as we cried together. Who could ask for a greater compliment than that? I realized – maybe for the first time – that I’d been able to translate something very personal to me into something meaningful to others.

© Tony Powell. Between Time. March 28, 2010. Dancers: Devon Teuscher, Junio Teixeira, Se-Yong Kim

© Tony Powell. Impact Dance Company. March 20, 2010

My first experience – last Saturday – shooting at Sly Horse Studio in Rockville was a great success! I’m giving my first “Capturing Motion” Master Class there April 4th from 1-4pm with top DC dancer Delphina Parenti as the model for the live shooting portion of the workshop. My wife Kellie co-directs a dance company called IMPACT, with fellow dancer and choreographer Candra Preshong. Their need for new promo pix for an upcoming concert provided the perfect opportunity to try out new studio digs. What a relief not to have to lug around a trunk full of equipment for a change. Every piece of equipment I use on a regular basis (except my camera) was available, on-site, for the asking…strobes, soft boxes, reflectors of every stripe, grids, flags, V-cards, etc.

IMPACT Dance Company. Photo © Tony Powell. March 20, 2010

IMPACT Dance Company. Photo © Tony Powell. March 20, 2010

© Tony Powell. Impact Dance Company. March 20, 2010

The most convenient aspect of the studio’s setup is the complex overhead rail system! The way in which the strobe lighting system (White Lightning) is affixed to it is ingenious. Each mono-light can be moved up/down/sideways/diagonally to achieve nearly any angle required. Each of the 4 strobes has been wired to lead directly into one commander which allows for light adjustment in one centrally located place. No longer do I have to run back and forth to each lamp adjusting intensities of light. This ability to quickly adjust light levels and light positioning increased my workflow and gave me the freedom to experiment with a wide range of lighting setups.

© Tony Powell. Impact Dance Company. March 20, 2010