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Susanna Quinn, Norah O'Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Norah O’Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Over the weekend, Debbie Dingell and Susanna Quinn hosted a 40th birthday lunch for CBS This Morning co-anchor, Norah O’Donnell. Thirty of Washington’s most influential women came together to celebrate in Cafe Milano’s newly remodeled private, upstairs, wine room. Heart-felt toasts abounded from Susanna, Debbie and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Susanna’s daughter, Jocelyn, produced a five minute slideshow of photos from Norah’s childhood, wedding, family and work. Norah was presented with probably the largest birthday card I’ve ever seen – a specially-designed poster board featuring images from the slide show and signed by all those in attendance. The ladies left with party favors that included coffee soap from Natura Culina and mini porcelain “LOVE” trays, by Abrielle – hand-painted with the logo to represent how much Norah’s loved.

The guests included: Andrea Mitchell, Ann Compton, Elizabeth Thorp, Eun Yang, Grace Bender, Jamie Dorros, Jennifer Isham, Jennifer Tapper, Jocelyn Luddy, Mary Haft, Norah O’Donnell, Lois Romano, Robin Sproul, Heather Musser, Margaret Carlson, Gloria Borger, Mary O’Donnell, Stacy Kerr, and Valerie Jarrett!

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

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Party favors by Natura Culina and Abrielle. Photo by Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. CAfe Milano. February 15, 2014

Party favors by Natura Culina and Abrielle. Photo by Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Jamie Dorros, Elizabeth Thorp, Norah O'Donnell, Eun Yang, Stacy Kerr, Jennifer Tapper. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Jamie Dorros, Elizabeth Thorp, Norah O’Donnell, Eun Yang, Stacy Kerr, Jennifer Tapper. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Gloria Borger, Robin Sproul, Senator Amy Klobuchar. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Gloria Borger, Robin Sproul, Senator Amy Klobuchar. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Mary Haft, Lois Romano. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Mary Haft, Lois Romano. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Jocelyn Quinn, Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn, Jocelyn Quinn, Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Grace Bender, Norah O'Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Grace Bender, Norah O’Donnell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Norah O'Donnell, Valerie Jarrett. Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Norah O’Donnell, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Debbie Dingell. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Susanna Quinn. Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah's 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

Photo © Tony Powell. Norah’s 40th Birthday Party. Cafe Milano. February 15, 2014

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© Tony Powell. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer with Susanna and Jack Quinn

The most impressive and anticipated holiday gathering to date this season occurred last week on the entire roof level of the W Hotel.

© Tony Powell. Jack Quinn and New York Rep. Joe Crowley

© Tony Powell. Ed Henry and John Warner

When Susanna Quinn calls to say she’s having an event and wants it captured it MUST be important.

© Tony Powell. Susanna Quinn and Tommy McFly

© Tony Powell. Jocelyn and friend

Each party she throws seems to be better than the last and the Quinn Gillespie & Associates Holiday party she hosted was the best yet! (they got it to snow inside!)

© Tony Powell. Brit and Virginia Hume

© 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.

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Lindsay Kin © Tony Powell

Lindsay Kin wearing a vintage Bob Mackie © Tony Powell

Sunday’s fashion shoot at Meridian Hill Park and later – 35th & Reservoir in Georgetown –  was like a dream come true. I never really thought I’d be able to assemble a first-rate group of hair and makeup artists, or work with models and designers that I admire without having deep pockets or Leibovitz as a last name. But with lots of honest hard work and plenty of gentle begging I was able to do just that.

Andrew Paterini and Stefanie Ball © Tony Powell

Andrew Paterini wearing Andrew Nowell and Stefanie Ball in a gown by Carmen Marc Valvo © Tony Powell

Stefanie Ball and Andrew Paterini © Tony Powell

Stefanie Ball and Andrew Paterini © Tony Powell

With my website launching on my birthday – November 14th – I needed one more photo shoot to complete my fashion gallery (for the time being) in time for the launch. My good friends Susanna Quinn and Lily Mazahery were gracious enough to lend me current and vintage couture dresses from their personal collections just for this photo shoot. With dresses by Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, Bob Mackie, and Carmen Marc Valvo, I was entrusted with clothing worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Lindsay Kin, Brooke Monahan, and Courtney Caldwell © Tony Powell

Lindsay Kin, Brooke Monahan, and Courtney Caldwell © Tony Powell

The hair and makeup team for this shoot were all new to me but it felt like we’ve been together from the start.

Lindsay Kin, Andrew Paterini, and Brooke Monahan © Tony Powell

Lindsay Kin wearing Nicole Miller, Andrew Paterini, and Brooke Monahan in vintage Vera Wang © Tony Powell

I saw Shana Janelle Swain‘s makeup before I ever met her, at a fashion show I photographed at K Street Lounge over the summer. Eduardo Bravo is a very popular hairstylist in Georgetown, and hair & makeup artist Myken Garcia was introduced to me by styling wunderkind James Cornwell backstage after the Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP) runway show last Friday night! One of the most talented and kind people I know, clothing stylist Anais de Viel Castel, agreed to help me bring the clothes to life. We started at Washington Life at the exact same time 3 years ago and have been friends ever since!

Crystal Hannon © Tony Powell

Crystal Hannon wearing a dress by Studio D Maxsi © Tony Powell

Two other meaningful things happened that night, at FFP. When I saw through my lens, model Lindsay Kin, walk down that runway in the  Chinese Ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel, I knew right away I had to work with her. She was wearing clothes by Studio D Maxsi, and as soon as that set was over I left my camera (something I never do) to race back to meet both model and designer before being swallowed up by the next wave of outfits and models to go out on the runway. I had been waiting to meet the right model to wear the red Bob Mackie dress that leads this posting. When I met Lindsay I knew she was the one. She was kind enough to oblige and I can say that never has an idea in my mind been so easily transferred to the real World. I almost didn’t go the runway show that night…the organizers were very busy and I didn’t know if I had place from which to shoot. That’s the beauty of staying open, of moving towards fear, not running away from it. I went that night despite the fear I wouldn’t have a place to get a good shot. It turns out that FFP founders Sylvie Luanghy and Kadrieka Maiden not only had a place for me, it was the best center spot in the house…and I almost stayed at home.

Courtney Caldwell © Tony Powell

Courtney Caldwell © Tony Powell

Andrew Paterini © Tony Powell

Andrew Paterini © Tony Powell

Photos from the after-party are available at www.washingtonlife.com.

SeptVogue

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Last night’s E Street Cinema screening of the new behind-the-scenes documentary about Vogue magazine, “The September Issue,” and the after-party at the W Hotel were the places to be for anyone in DC with an interest in fashion. I’m grateful to my friend Jayne Sandman for squeezing me in at the last minute (I’d only heard about the screening and after party a few days before). There was just enough time to catch up with Gwen Holliday, Johnny Wright, Ashley Taylor, Lindsay Craig, Carol Joynt, and Hilary Rosen before the movie started and I was lucky enough to snag an open seat next to Tracy Bernstein. Centering around Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the production of the highly anticipated and coveted September issue of American Vogue, the film offers a – fly on the wall – glimpse into the world of high fashion: its editors, photographers, models, and designers. While Wintour comes across as an icy perfectionist, an unlikely heroine emerges from the film in the form of Creative Director Grace Coddington, below left, who started working at Vogue the same day as Wintour 20 years ago.

annawintour_wideweb__470x231,0Hailed as the greatest fashion stylist alive, Coddington’s prodigious gifts are apparent up on the screen. “September Issue” director Cutler has said, “Every billboard, fashion magazine spread, every advertisement we see today has been influenced by Grace Coddington.” Her 1st book – Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue – should be on every model/designer/photographer’s short list – even though Amazon is selling the hardcover for $400. The dramatic action of the film comes from the tension between the two powerhouses. Throughout the film, Wintour and Coddington are at odds over editorial content and we watch as the two women tacitly battle for control over what stays and what goes in the magazine.

As the September issue gets closer to being finalized, more of Coddington’s editorials get axed. The climax of the film, so to speak, is watching the fallout from a near disastrous cover photo spread of the actress Sienna Miller by Mario Testino, which then gets trumped by the reinstatement of Coddington’s once canned photo spreads. The film is worth seeing just to watch the photographers – Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, and Testino – work their magic. After the screening most of the audience made their way over to the W Hotel to join a hundred, or so, others for a party hosted by GILT Groupe founders Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Alexis Maybank.

The fashion conscious crowd included Sharon Dougherty, Anais deViel Castel, Carolina Furukrona, Amy Baier, Jamie Dorros, Darcy Jones, Nat Fogg, Susanna Quinn, Sassy “Sassanova” Jacobs, Katie Rost, Ellen Chube, Pamela Sorensen, Ebs Burnough, Elizabeth Thorp, Mona Sutphen, Tina D’Souza and David Sutphen, Will Thomas and Andrew Noyes, Mary Barth, Joelle Myers, Dondi Dahlgard, Alicia deForest, Holidae Hayes, Omar Popal, Paul Wharton, Lindsay Czarniak, Matt Landsberg, Shelly Galli, Amanda Polk, and Nicki Kalokerinos. Author on the verge of stardom, Walker Lamond, was there promoting his October release: “Rules for My Unborn Son.” A nice departing gift was created by an on-site photographer – a photo keepsake superimposed with the Vogue logo so that each person went home with his or her face on the “cover” of Vogue magazine. A really nice touch!

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Susanna and Jack Quinn © Tony Powell

Susanna and Jack Quinn © Tony Powell

The recently completed backyard pool of Jack and Susanna Quinn provided the perfect backdrop for one of the more memorable parties of the summer. Mai Abdo, Gwen Holliday, Page Evans, Jocelyn Greenan, Kristin Solheim, Darcy Jones, Amy Baier, Kristin Mowry, Jamie Dorros, Amy Argetsinger, and Betsy Fischer, were just some of the many that beat the heat last night by sipping made to order mojitos, whipped up on the spot. I finally got to meet my friend John Cecchi‘s girlfriend, Kristin Rae Irish, Sassanova owner Sassy Jacobs, Alison Kenworthy, Sarah Canova, and Elizabeth Lowery. Although I was there to photograph what was billed as a ladies party, a dozen or so men showed up, too, including Nathaniel Fogg, Manny Ortiz, Brett Baier, Dave Tafuri, Josh Tuerk, John Coon, and Michelle Obama‘s Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough. I also met celebrity stylist Johnny Wright (who moved here on Valentine’s Day to be on-call for Michelle Obama) there and we hit it off right away. He made my year by agreeing to do the hair for my upcoming fashion shoot at Dumbarton Oaks. Well-known makeup artist Carl Ray, also said yes last night to working with me. My dream team is in place!! Carl attended with his partner, Rick Raines, who coordinates the George Salon at The Four Seasons. Somehow a small group of us (Ebs, Johhny, Susanna, Jack, Gwen, Kristin, Elizabeth Thorp, and Emily Miller) ended up in the Quinn kitchen – where everything seems to happen – long after most of the guests had gone. We could have stayed there all night so much was going on. But today is a new day and tonight there are two more parties….

Darcy Jones and Nathaniel Fogg © Tony Powell

Darcy Jones and Nathaniel Fogg © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

Jack Quinn, Amy Baier, Jamie Dorros, Brett Baier, Kristin Solheim © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

Ebs Burnough © Tony Powell

Amy Argetsinger and Celebrity Stylist Johnny Wright © Tony Powell

Amy Argetsinger and Celebrity Stylist Johnny Wright © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

John Coon and Mai Abdo © Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell