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© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

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© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

© Tony Powell. Fulbright/DeJong Engagement. September 30, 2011

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

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

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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!

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© Tony Powell. Kate Michael, Dannia Hakki

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© 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.

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

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Washington Writing Group, LLC (WWG) celebrated its first anniversary and re-launch on Tuesday night. Bianca Grimaldi, WWG President and Founder, welcomed clients, close friends, and family to the celebration at trendy Co Co Sala in DC’s Penn Quarter.

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

While sipping on a specialty cocktail entitled “Writer’s Block”, guests dined on delectable Louisiana crab cakes, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese tarts, beet and goat cheese lollipops, and chicken tandoori sliders.

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

For dessert, party-goers delighted in Co Co’s signature parfaits of dark chocolate tiramisu and strawberry mascarpone. All departed with chocolate bars engraved with WWG’s logo. From Capitol Hill personalities and local DC and Maryland politicians to public relations giants, nonprofit leaders, and social-scene regulars, the room was buzzing with energy, laughter, and love. Even Grimaldi’s three-year old son reveled in the fun.

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

WWG, a DC-based writing services firm, serves the technical and development writing needs of nonprofits and businesses. WWG began writing state, federal, and private foundation grants for clients in December 2008. With Tuesday’s relaunch, WWG rolls-out four unique service lines tailored to the specific needs of higher educational institutions, businesses, national and community-based nonprofits (including healthcare delivery organizations), and trade and membership associations. Visit Washington Writing Group at www.washingtonwritinggroup.com.

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010

© Tony Powell. Washington Writing Group 1-Year Anniversary Party. CoCo Sala. February 24, 2010


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© Tony Powell. Philippe Cousteau and Kimball Stroud

© Tony Powell. Philippe Cousteau and Kimball Stroud

The Dupont Circle brownstone of Kimball Stroud, DC’s lady about town who knows just about everyone who’s anyone, was the place to be for the first big party of the new decade! I can’t remember a gathering where so many things were dead on; the people, the food, the atmosphere, and the conversations (I know how to keep a secret…or 2.) And did I mention the ART? Every wall was covered with something original and out of the ordinary. My kind of place! When Kimball sends a text asking you over you know it’s going to be a calendar clearing event. Her text specifically said,“no camera, you’re not working,” but seeing as though I keep a camera in my trunk, at all times, and with so many friends there (old and new) I couldn’t resist: Nora Maccoby, Kiki Ryan, Philippe Cousteau, Chris and Susan Koch, Shari and Jason Gold, Jill Straus, David Vennett, Jonathan Capehart, Karen Finney, Jake Stafford, Pamela Sorensen, Ingrid Zimmer, Jessica Yellin, Ray Regan, Nicole Backus, Darren Thomas, Mary Streett, Melissa Torres, Christina Sevilla, YouthAIDS founder Kate Roberts, and on and on. They were still coming in as I was on the way out. James Alefantis and best pal Septime Webre lucked up and got my front-of-the-house parking space!

© Tony Powell. Norah Maccoby and Scott Sanders

© Tony Powell. Melissa Torres

© Tony Powell. Pamela Sorensen and Kate Roberts

© Tony Powell. Tedd Evers and Ingrid Zimmer

© Tony Powell. Karen Finney, Jonathan Capehart, and Susan Koch

© Tony Powell. Jill Straus and Shari Yost Gold

© Tony Powell. Chris Koch

© Tony Powell. Catherine Frels and Jacquelyn Davis

© Tony Powell. Pamela Sorensen and David Vennett

© Tony Powell. Kirsten Good and Diana Davis

© Tony Powell. Jessalynn Medairy. 11.25.09

An unlikely set of circumstances led to my introduction to top-ranked pole dancer and Pole Pressure studio owner Jessalynn Medairy last week which culminated today in one of the most productive and meaningful photo shoots I’ve ever organized. Productive in that Jessalynn has a work ethic similar to mine and meaningful as it proved to be the right time, the right place, and the right person with which to attempt a fully bare-body outdoor shoot. I’m preparing new work for an exhibit, in the new year, of my large-scale photography, and some of these images are prime candidates for the show.

© Tony Powell. Jessalynn Medairy. 11.25.09

We almost didn’t meet. After a long night of shooting for Tiffany & Co. in Tyson’s Corner last Saturday, I remembered that my friend Lani Hay had invited me to Jayne Sandman‘s 30th birthday party at the The Rookery. I really wanted to celebrate with Jayne and also to hear (Lani’s husband) Mark T. Smith, Jay Scott, and (Jayne’s husband) Jeff Dufour‘s rock band, which headlined the B-day bash – but my body was asking to get some sleep. I’m glad that better thinking prevailed.

© Tony Powell. Jessalynn Medairy. 11.25.09

When I arrived, the band was already in high gear and the place was a sea of familiar faces and friends: Holidae Hayes, Winston Lord, Amanda and Curtis Polk, Susanna Quinn, Cindy and Evan Jones, Lindsay Czarniak, Jessica Gibson, Patrick Gavin, Lee Brenner, and Alexe Nowakowski.

I spied an attractive blonde woman hanging out with Sharon Yang and something about her seemed special…but I didn’t know what. I later discover that she was none other than Sharon’s pole dance teacher, Jessalynn Medairy, among the top 12 pole dancers in the US for 2009 and in the top 15 for 2010.

© Tony Powell. Jessalynn Medairy. 11.25.09

The woman has NO inhibitions – and that distinction shone through, lending the resulting images we created an immediacy that only authenticity can provide. She IS her art and, at least for the 4 hours we were together, we breathed as one. I can’t remember a time when I was more in sync with the person in front of my lens than with Jessalynn. Shooting started early in the afternoon – indoors at the Carriage House Studio, home of the DC Photographers Coop – near 9th and O Sts. The 9.5 foot tension-based pole she brought with her was securely erected within minutes – snugly fitting between floor and ceiling, providing the necessary support for the myriad moves she executed over and over again.

As luck would have it the rain stopped as soon as we finished in the studio so we headed over to Rock Creek Park to a secluded area near The Nature Center. We were able to get in a hundred shots of what I really wanted to shoot: the bare form in space, outdoors, in nature. We erected her portable stage and 10 foot pole right there in the middle of the woods. My strobes were being powered outside by one of two sine wave inverters that I own, which gives me roughly 300-400 full power bursts of light with as many lights as needed, attached. The only disadvantage of working with an inverter is not being able to use the modeling light on a strobe head for any length of time, as the battery will deplete quickly or worse yet, the inverter can become damaged.

© Tony Powell. Jessalynn Medairy. 11.25.09

An additional sign of support from the Universe came in the form of the Sun – it showed it’s face the second I was set up and ready to take my first shot. That bit of Sun changed everything for the better so the portable lighting was repositioned to allow the Sun to be my rim light. We’ve planned our second shoot together once she returns from an International pole dance tour of England and France.

She’s heading to Europe today for a week of competitions, teaching, and workshops. A dancer, choreographer, and teacher of dance myself, I found the newness of her very specific movement style intriguing, forever expanding my limited conception of movement and portraiture.

© Tony Powell. Juelles Chester. 11.23.09

You never know who you’ll meet or where it might lead when staying open to all possibilities! Choreographer and dancer Kate Jordan invited me to the most recent open house at the Carriage House Studio, just before Halloween. The loosely knit group of photographers (pros and hobbyists) that comprise the DC Photographers Co-Op come together there once a month to share ideas and also to work with a variety of models, in the studio, and throughout the adjacent alleyways in the historic Logan Circle corridor of DC.

© Tony Powell. Juelles Chester. 11.23.09

© Tony Powell. Erica Dudley a.k.a. Model Keka. 11.23.09

The models that night a few weeks ago were dancers on loan from Kate’s dance company – they also rehearse there as part of an exchange. The stylist was a newbie seamstress and Booshie Design founder, Ginger Carlin – she only started sewing a year ago. What I first noticed about her was an overabundance of energy – she bounced around from model to model adjusting clothing (all her designs), applying makeup, and touching up tresses of hair, here and there. A veritable one stop shop for models, she seemed like an ideal partner for a photo shoot.

© Tony Powell. Vanja Simovic.11.23.09

© Tony Powell. Juelles Chester. 11.23.09

We hit it off right away. A casting call went out and we had 3 great new faces with which to work – Vanja Simovic, Juelles Chester, and Erica Dudley a.k.a. Model Keka. Makeup artist Carl Ray, Hairstylist Shannon Greene, and my photo assistant Kevin Smoot, rounded out the team.

© Tony Powell. Erica Dudley a.k.a. Model Keka. 11.23.09

Fast forward to the day before yesterday! Our grand plan for an all-day shoot at the Carousel, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park came to a screeching halt when Mother Nature showed us her plans for the course of the day! The steady downpour of rain forced us inside and thanks to Ginger we were able to get the Carriage House studio on short notice. After a long day of shooting and some homemade chicken and steak fajitas back at Ginger’s Q Street crash pad we were ready for round 2! But where? Still raining, Ginger, model Juelles, and I drove all over NW DC looking for a quirky indoor location. A gas station? Safeway? The nightclub Heaven and Hell? Tryst? At midnight I finally decided to try the lobby of the Donovan House on Thomas Circle. After a series of emails and phone calls to the director of PR and Marketing, we got the green light. The PR director remembered my name from the summer when I would come up to shoot parties on the roof by the pool each week.

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