Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Mick Rock photography exhibit at W

19 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Those of you who appreciate music, rock & roll, the seventies, or just awesome photography are invited to living room of W Washington DC from March 2-31. Legendary Mick Rock, a.k.a. ‘the man who shot the seventies’, will have his exhibit open to public, with both old and new pieces.

Since 2008, Rock has captured intimate behind-the-scenes portraits and on-stage theatrics at W’s live music series, Symmetry Live, which offers W guests insider access to who’s new and next in music. These images, which include shots of past Symmetry Live performers like Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae and Ellie Goulding, will be displayed alongside Rock’s famed photos of rock and roll legends such as David Bowie, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop. In addition, the exhibit will include Rock’s latest photographs of some of music’s most acclaimed talents, including Bono, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.

Here is photo of Bowie and Ronson at lunch in 1973, by Mick Rock.


Giving is always in fashion by “W” of Worth in L2

30 Aug

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

As a side event to support 5th Annual fall fashion show in Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, Eileen Nelson (of Worth) and yours truly (of DressHopper) hosted a benefit trunk show in L2 on August 25. Beautiful models showcased fall and winter pieces of W by Worth line, and several local photographers had their art displayed on the walls. 100% of door proceeds, 10% of sales and selected percentage of photography sales benefited St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Enjoy some pictures here and don’t forget to visit whole gallery.

Models Tiffany Henschel, Sasha Hailey, Audrey Layendecker

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Giving is always in fashion trunk show

18 Aug

Can you imagine anything worse than pediatric cancer?

Join us on fabulous W by Worth Fall 2011 trunk show and multiple artist art/photography exhibit, all at once! Proceeds benefit St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital – most trusted charity in the Nation, the place, where no family is turned away because of inability to pay for their child’s treatment.

Enjoy watching our gorgeous models showcasing the pieces, try them on yourself,… and make your wardrobe ready for windy and chilly fall. Plus, browse fashionable art and photos all around the place. Light snacks and specialty cocktails, as well as energizing music will help you enjoy your evening even more.

Please come and bring your friends!
$10 cover at the door (100% proceeds benefit the organization)
Cash or checks only, please

Preview the collection:

Artists/photographers participating:
Dominique Fierro 
Phil Kogan
Samira Georgi
Antony Brice
Arnab Kar

If you can’t attend, but still wish to support St.Jude Hospital, please make your donation online here:

R.S.V.P. and media inquiries:


Jack Fleming’s “Route 66” by Art Soiree in Cities

14 Jul

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Art Soiree expands its grounds and now hosts artsy events at bigger venue – Cities restaurant and lounge. This time they presented ROUTE 66 photography exhibit by Jack Fleming. It was inspired by life experiences of Jack’s traveling between 27 states in 24 months. Once again, despite the bigger size of the venue, it was packed to success.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to visit whole gallery.

Jack Fleming and Art Soiree's Sandro Keresa

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“If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do” (c) Bill Cunningham

23 May

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

He ripped his first check (and many others) in pieces from New York Times because he wanted to stay artistically free. And he did.

He is one of the last tenants standing, along with Editta Sherman, of Carnegie Hall NYC.  He doesn’t care about celebrities, food, or romance. He is always sitting in first row on New York Fashion week, as well as Paris, where they once called him “The most important person in the world”. He is shooting film. He is wearing blue working uniform jacket for $20 because it has many pockets and doesn’t wear out so quickly because of the camera constantly rubbing against stomach area. This legendary New York Times photojournalist, Bill Cunningham, is the object of new documentary, privately screened this Thursday in Bethesda Row Landmark Theatre.

Great afterparty was held at Mon Ami Gabi.

Enjoy the pictures of the afterparty only, since, you understand, no photography allowed during screening.

New York street fashions captured by Bill Cunningham over the years

more pictures from afterparty, since, as you understand, no photography was allowed during the screening


Flowers helping Earthquake in Japan

16 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

L2 once again “arted up” to entertain and to help. On April 14, Don Patron and Ladies DC hosted an art exhibit benefiting Japanese Red Cross Society.  About 10 artists and photographers presented their visions for relief of recent (another yet) earthquake affected our friends in Japan. This is how Cherry Blossoms are paying back! 3000 trees, gifted by Tokyo Mayor in 1912, bloom annually in DC and have become National attraction. Now artists, capturing this beauty and reflecting it on their paper/canvases, return the favor by helping Japan in need. Beauty will continue saving the world forever. Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to see whole gallery!

Don Patron, Maggie O’Neill,  Collander Malone, Walter Grio,  Dominque Fierro,  Aaron Craven,  Junelle Cavero,  Anna Davis,  Rodger Shultz,  Deidree Bennett, Alejandro Martin, Lindsey Mask, Leah Dyrud, Nina Snow, Wendy Gordon, Donna Donella, Alexa Holcombe, Ky Walker, Zara Corutz, Sam Kavenchy, Yulia Mikhalchuk

Wendy Gordon, Deidree Bennett and Donna Donella holding Deidree's triptych

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Don Patron and Ladies DC host Hanami: Flower viewing

14 Apr

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Join artist Don Patron and Ladies DC for Hanami: Flower Viewing in L2 tonight! Art and Photography exhibit, featuring our special DC Cherry Blossoms captured and interpreted by following artists: Maggie O’Neill,  Collander Malone, Walter Grio,  Dominque Fierro,  Aaron Craven,  Junelle Cavero,  Anna Davis,  Rodger Shultz, and Deidree Bennett. Also film feauture by Alejandro Martin will be showed. Not to mention DC finest crowd and one of the best locations.

$20 donations at the door, proceeds benefit Japanese Red Cross Society.


The Zusmans – zoomed in

06 Apr

Questions and Photography by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Make up and hair style for Ashley – Valentina Gretsova

Photographers are mostly hidden behind the cameras… But today we are going to reveal one and have the lens (and ears) aimed at him and his family. Please give a warm welcome to Moshe and Ashley Zusman, their son Noah and cat Baba.

DressHopper: Please tell me about your lives before you met, and how it changed when you did.

Moshe, Ashley: We actually met on the Jewish dating site  We used to be embarrassed to admit this, but we actually have a ton of friends that have met their spouses on JDate, Match, etc. so but the stigma is
wearing off.

Our lives completely changed after we met.  I (Ashley) was in graduate school at American University at the time. Moshe had just moved here from Israel after spending some time in LA, and we were both smitten with one another and literally after our first date, we were inseparable. I was living with my roommate in Bethesda, and Moshe had
just found a place to live in Germantown, and let’s just say we put a lot of mileage on our car that year, driving back and forth to see each other.

DH: Moshe, was photography always your passion or it came on the way? What was your first camera? First experience – were you happy with the results? First models? First wedding? First paid job?

M: No, it wasn’t my first passion, but once I started taking pictures, I couldn’t stop!  I used to take photos of my dog, and I wanted more performance out of my point-and-shoot, which led me to buy my first DSLR. As soon as I bought it, Istarted taking nightlife photos at some of the local clubs in my hometown of Haifa.  Then I started second shooting weddings with a photographer I admired. I was hooked. When I decided to move to the U.S., I knew that I wanted to pursue photography, but photographing full-time felt like a pipe dream! My first paid job in the U.S. was second shooting with a photographer friend.

My 1st pro camera was an Olympus C4000.

DH: Moshe, what qualities, do you think, are the most important for professional photographer? Is it technical knowledge or artistic vision?

M: These days I think that you need to have both in order to really be a talented photographer. You need to not only have an artistic eye, but you also need to understand the fundamentals of photography before you can then be creative.

I believe the most important quality is to be a professional human being before being a professional photographer.

DH: Ashley, is it difficult to be Moshe’s model? Does he “set” a lot or just let you be yourself?

A: I actually hate to be photographed so I’m very rarely on the other side of the lens. Now that we have Noah, I’m definitely in my share of photos, but I’m okay with that since people aren’t even looking at me – they’re smiling at Noah (note from DH: yes she is also modest as well as beautiful)

DH: Moshe, how your hectic schedule weaves into more stable family schedule, and how do you work it out?  ………. Ashley, now tell your side of the story.

M: I’m not going to lie – it’s a challenge, but one that we’re figuring out. Given my irregular schedule, I’m not always there for typical family time, but we make adjustments. Plus, I try to schedule around the important things – the doctor trips, the birthday parties, and I always try to be around for dinner. I’ve never been much of a morning person, but Noah loves climbing around in the early hours, so my personal clock is adjusting.

A: I’m used to the hectic and irregular hours by now, but we still do manage to schedule the day so that we spend a good amount of time together.  Now if only Moshe wouldn’t go to bed so late, we could get up an have breakfast together in the morning.

DH: Ashley, tell us about your work?

A: I’ve been the communications managers for the the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization based in DC for the past 4+ years. I manage media relations, PR efforts, communications, etc. Since returning from maternity leave, I’ve been much better about not being as glued to my Blackberry, which makes a work/life balance much more achievable.

DH: Moshe, Ashley, have you ever worked on a project together? Not meaning Noah, of course! What kind of project was that?

A: The photography business is our ongoing project together – we both play a part. Of course Moshe plays the major role, I do support in many ways, especially with the opening of the new studio.

DH: Moshe, you see so many families being started… Madly in love, romantically, beautifully getting married… However, according to the statistics, about 40% of couples end up divorced in the US. Would you happen to have an advice for couples, how to preserve love in marriage (which you seem to have at great level in your family?)

M: Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously.

DH: Moshe, have you ever had the same client  hiring you again?
M: Yes, I’ve had many wedding clients that have invited me in their life many times post-wedding — for maternity photos, family portraits and events, etc. I even have clients that Ashley & I have maintained as good friends!

DH: Moshe, what is the most common mistake among emerging photographers? Why, do you think, many of them “deflate” and give up, saying it is a “bad business and it is impossible to make a living out of it”? Didn’t they push hard enough, are they just unlucky or what?

M: Sometimes, photographers jump in head first and call themselves professional photographers before they master the craft and know how to run a business.  You  really need to train as an assistant for a long time and not  immediately jump into making photography your full-time career.

DH: How strong is religious aspect in your family? Will you teach Noah the same?

M,A: We’re both connected to our faith, and we will definitely teach Noah to be the same.

DH: Does photographer’s family get enough photographer’s attention? I mean, are you being photographed a lot? Sometimes, I know, families miss that attention since “they are not going anywhere, next time, next time…”
M, A: Not nearly enough!

DH: Have you ever been involved in charity and what kind?
M: Yes, I try to donate my services when I can. Washington Humane Society, Got Your Back Network,  Chris4Life. This year I’m an official sponsor for Fashion For Paws.

DH: Ashley, tell us some secret about Moshe that you (and him) don’t mind to share?
A: He watches an episode of Seinfeld on his laptop each night before bed.

DH: What is your favorite entertainment? You like to stay in or go out?
M, A: We love going out to the movies, concerts, restaurants and just exploring the neighborhood!

DH: How you want to expand your business, what are your plans and dreams?


M: The opening of the studio in DC will hopefully help expand the business.  We’ve already begun renting the studio to the professional community and offering workshops – something I never would have been able to do if I had continued working from home.


Whole gallery of pictures is HERE

Make up and hair style for Ashley were kindly provided by

Valentina Gretsova


Night of recognition by Arts for Autism

10 Mar

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

On March, 9, L2 in Georgetown was filled with framed pictures, those who are on the pictures, and those who made those pictures happen. Arts for Autism hosted a Night of Recognition – to honor the fund raising models, who helped to raise more than $57,000, and photographers and videographers, who helped to cover the annual Gala on November 6, 2010.

Spotted: Paola Quiroz, Brianna Shelley Tidmore, Polina Goubanov, Donna Donella, Wendy Gordon, Claire Angela Welsh, Joseph A Colao III, Lauri Tamney, , Fabiola Kastenhuber, Lynni Lengyel Megginson, Carmen Mason, MarQuies Willis, Kate Herling, Leah Dyrud and many more!

Enjoy the pictures.

pictures and guests

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Color Burst photo exhibit benefiting WHS

12 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Tired of cold, gloomy winter? It is time to spring up! Bright colors are like vitamins for your mind and soul, they charge you with cheerful energy that will help you through unpleasant times.

Come enjoy the last hours of the weekend, complimentary sips and bites from Peacock Cafe and artsy photopieces by yours truly. You can buy ones you like right off the wall to benefit Washington Humane Society. Arts for Animals!

$20 suggested donation at the door and it provides you 1 raffle ticket with a chance to win spa treatments, gym memberships, jewelry and more! Also, there will be artistic silent auction items you can’t get anywhere else!

If you can’t come, please consider helping WHS by going to , click on “Support Yulia” below the picture to purchase tickets for “Fashion for Paws” show or make a contribution.

Exhibit will go on for 3 weeks starting March, 6, welcome yourself into this wonderful venue – “Peacock cafe”, just off M street in Georgetown, and have some food&color therapy!