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It’s that time of year again – the unveiling of the much-anticipated list – in the under-40 world it’s become THE MOST coveted list, on which to appear, in DC…The Young and the Guestlist! I’ve tackled this feature a handful of times in the past but this year’s photo shoot – due to the sheer number of participants – was by far the most challenging.

Cover Photo © Tony Powell. Maria Kirilenko & Alexander Ovechkin. 2014 February Issue

© Tony Powell. Maria Kirilenko & Alexander Ovechkin. 2014 February Issue

Shooting took place over the course of 3 days in December, in a cavernous suite at the Willard Hotel, and was a veritable revolving door of the most vibrant, talented and influential individuals from just about every sector of society! Even camera-shy, hockey great, Alexander Ovechkin, and his soon-to-be bride, swimsuit model, Maria Kirilenko, dropped by and scored the cover in the process!

To see the list in its entirety click HERE!

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Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

WASHINGTON LIFE MAGAZINE APRIL FASHION EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHER Tony Powell

MODEL Natalie Hockey

DATE Sunday, March 20, 2011

LOCATION Tudor Place, Georgetown

CLOTHING STYLISTS Krystal Ugo & Kristin Lyle

HAIRSTYLIST Warren Beautiful

MAKEUP ARTIST Leah Bassett

LIGHTING ASSISTANTS: Andrew Paterini, Daniel Gill, and Maria Plutz

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

My team! Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

Credit: Maria Plutz/Tony Powell Images

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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

Click here to see the entire photo shoot!

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© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. 9th & G Sts., NW. October 10, 2009

Shortly before photographing Barack Obama and Lady Gaga for Washington Life Magazine on Saturday, Carrie Miller and I were able to squeeze in our first photo shoot together. I’d seen her a few times with lawyer and night-lifer John Burns, while I was shooting over the summer at the W Hotel, but I never had a chance to introduce myself. I decided to ask her to shoot with me when I saw her again this past Thursday night at the grand re-opening of the W. My instincts were dead on. Carrie is one of the most naturally gifted models I’ve worked with to date. I normally leave a shoot with a handful of usable images but the portfolio Carrie and I created Saturday yielded dozens.

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Chinatown. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Chinatown. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Chinatown. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Chinatown. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Dupont Circle, NW. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Dupont Circle, NW. October 10, 2009. Clothing by Terra Boutique

Little did I know that time was of the essence if we were to make this work. She was heading back to school at USC Sunday night, so when I got the call on Friday that she could only shoot Saturday, I had to scramble to make it work. And work it did!

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Chinatown. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Chinatown. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. 9th & G Sts., NW. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. 9th & G Sts., NW. October 10, 2009

I didn’t  want to try to round up a few assistants in a day so I decided to shoot before and during the “golden hour” – the hour after the sun has risen above the horizon line or the hour just before the sun dips below it – a time of day when the shadows cast by the sun are least harsh. With the help of her boyfriend John, I was able to shoot, guerilla style, at a few different locations around DC.

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. 9th & G Sts., NW. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. 9th & G Sts., NW. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Dupont Circle, NW. October 10, 2009

© Tony Powell. Carrie Miller. Dupont Circle, NW. October 10, 2009

Backgrounds exist everywhere. Training the eye to make use of any location and deciding how to light it is the great challenge. The process of creating an image is as rewarding, if not more so than the image itself. The only way to surmount a new obstacle is to take a chance at thinking or doing something in a different way. I’d never grow in understanding if I always did what I’ve always done. Instead of canceling the shoot when it started to rain lightly, I went with it, taking advantage of the even, overcast lighting produced by the thick overhead clouds – the greatest of all softboxes….and it’s free! With a set of brand new White Lightnings and my new Canon 5D, we set out to create something that was never there before.

Click here to see all the photos!

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© Tony Powell

I went over to the new Midtown Loft for a fundraiser hosted by Taryn Fielder and Makeda Saggau-Sackey, members of Team Brunette – one half of the Blondes vs. Brunettes organization that has, since 2005, raised nearly $150,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

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© Tony Powell

This unique charity has brought some of Washington, D.C.’s most prominent young women leaders together to raise awareness about the disease – sometimes occurring in individuals as young as 30 – and funds for the Chapter so that it may continue to provide services and programs – at no or low cost – to area residents.

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© Tony Powell

Other notable Team Brunette members: Kate Michael and Angie Goff. Located on the south side of Dupont Circle, the Midtown Loft is a bright new addition to the local lounge landscape.

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© Tony Powell

Nowhere near as trendy as Fly or Spot lounges directly across the street, Midtown seems to relish in it’s homier, more user-friendly environment.

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© Tony Powell

With pool tables in the back and plasma screens on the walls tuned to sports – I felt more at home than as though I was out.

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© Tony Powell

The 3-story walk up reminded me of tenement houses in New York City, but once upstairs, the open layout and comfortable environment made me soon forget the generous climb. I’m always amazed at how many paths are crossing at all times.

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© Tony Powell

I found out, only tonight, that my friend Wendy Gordon, who was there with Charles Adler, is the President of Hisaoka Communications, an organization that was once headed by Joan Hisaoka, the recently deceased sister of Robert Hisaoka, whose October 24th “Make a Difference” Gala, I get to cover for Washington Life Magazine.

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© Tony Powell

According to the Blondes vs Brunettes website, “Sports is not exactly their thing. Sure, their hand-eye coordination is superb – when it comes to painting their toenails. But when it comes to fundraising, these women never fumble.”

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© Tony Powell

To donate on Makeda’s page, visit: http://alz.kintera.org/bvbdc/makeda

To donate on Taryn’s page, visit: http://alz.kintera.org/bvbdc/taryn_it_up

To make a general donation to Team Brunette click here!

 

All of the money raised will support Team Brunette’s fundraising efforts before going head-to-head against Team Blonde on Saturday, November 14!

Tea time with Sheila Johnson and Fran Drescher photos can be viewed and purchased at www.washingtonlife.com!

Fran with Angelina Jolie, who lost her mother to ovarian cancer photo courtesy of www.cancerschmancer.org

Fran with Angelina Jolie, who lost her mother to ovarian cancer photo courtesy of http://www.cancerschmancer.org

The wide sphere of people I get to meet and the various causes I get to learn about are two of the greatest advantages of working for Washington Life Magazine. I was given the assignment to photograph a tea time party hosted by Washington Mystics owner and philanthropist, Sheila Johnson, in the owner’s box at the Verizon Center, before the start of the Mystics/Minnesota Lynx game on Sunday. I also knew that comedienne Fran Drescher would be there, but what I didn’t expect to hear was the TV star and guest of honor, Drescher, talk so openly and honestly about the brave battle she waged and won, nine years ago, against uterine cancer.

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So dedicated is she to the cause of early cancer detection (especially the 1st stage) she founded The Cancer Schmancer Movement in 2007.

Jennifer Lopez with Fran at the 2008 Democratic National Convention photo courtesy of www.cancerschmancer.org

Jennifer Lopez with Fran at the 2008 Democratic National Convention photo courtesy of http://www.cancerschmancer.org

Utilizing her celebrity status and famous friends, she’s not only raised huge sums for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, she was also instrumental in having The Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act signed into law in 2007.

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Fran with various politicians courtesy of http://www.cancerschmancer.org

In an excerpt from Drescher’s “Fran Plan,” she writes,

“Too many women are being told that they have cancer today, when they should have been told yesterday.

I am a uterine cancer survivor, but was misdiagnosed and mistreated for a peri-menopause condition I didn’t have. It took me two years and eight doctors before finally being told that I had a gynecologic cancer. I swear I got in the stirrups more times than Will Rogers!

As the result of this experience, I wrote the NY times bestseller Cancer Schmancer with the hopes that in telling my story I would prevent what happened to me to happen to others. But when I went on my book tour, I realized that what happened to me had happened to millions of women like me. And so it was then I realized the book was not the end but rather the beginning of a life mission to improve women’s healthcare in America. Toward this end, I have started The Cancer Schmancer Movement.

Our mission is to ensure that ALL women’s cancers are diagnosed in STAGE 1, when it is most curable. Early detection equals survival. It’s as simple as that. Through education, legislation, and social reform, we will not stop until the very landscape of America’s women’s healthcare consciousness has been replanted.”

Tony with Fran - photo by Eric Kemp

Tony with Fran August 30, 2009 photo by Eric Kemp

To join the Cancer Schmancer Movement so that you can help revolutionize women’s health history and ensure that all women are diagnosed with cancer in Stage 1 click here!

© Tony Powell - Bo Derek and Tony Powell March 2008

 

Growing up I had the biggest crush on Bo Derek in the movie “10.” Dudley Moore had nothing on me, in my mind. One of the best parts of being a photographer at Washington Life Magazine is not knowing who, what, or where, I will be asked to photograph.

I received a call, in March of this year, to shoot a possible cover for the magazine that involved Charlie Rose and Bo Derek. Couldn’t believe it! The shoot took place on the second floor of the Embassy Residence of Kuwait during the cocktail hour before the Kuwait-America Foundation 2008 Gala Dinner. President and Mrs. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Marvin Hamlisch, as well DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, were in attendance. While photos from the shoot didn’t make the cover, it did give me an idea of where this road could take me. Bo (who looks great by the way) was nice enough to take a few pictures with me after we finished the photo shoot. A real PRO!