Posts Tagged ‘photography’

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


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


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!



First “Shutter Wars” winner is announced before even airing

05 Feb

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Marcus Wattz is the winner of first season of “Shutter Wars” which will start airing this February. As it was promised earlier, his personal exhibit was unveiled by Art Soiree this Friday in L2. Armin DeFiesta, founder and producer of the show, as well as 2 of 3 judges – Nicole Wolf and Douglas Sonders, and all 5 participating photographers attended the event.  Brick walls of L2 held tons of all kinds of art before, and now their space is granted as a prize for the winner of reality show! Congratulations to all the photographers taken part in this show as being pioneers is already a great benefit – Jessica Stoker, Jack Fleming, Katherine Klegin, Ivory Lawrence, Crystal George. Great thanks to Sandro Keresa and Tati Ana of Art Soiree for delivering yet another fantastic event.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to watch the show.

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Shutter Wars 1st winner’s exhibit by Art Soiree

23 Jan

Join us at DC’s most upscale evening establishment – L2 Lounge – as Art Soiree hosts a solo-exhibit for the winner of a new reality show SHUTTER WARS.
Shutter Wars” is an American challenge-based webisode show created by DC photographer and producer Armin DeFiesta scheduled to air February 2011. Photographers of all levels and styles compete alongside in an exploding market of photographers proving once and for all that beyond point-and-shoot lies a creative force within all of us.

Three judges, six photographers, one chance to create a photograph that wins them a sponsored prize of a solo-exhibit with Art Soiree.  Contestants draw on their talent, drive and business acumen to create the best image possible.  Meanwhile, faced with time restrictions, equipment, and themes, contestant photos go in front of a judging panel that chooses only one winner.  Join us February 4th as we reveal the winner at an exclusive solo-exhibit prior to the airing of the show!!!


Winter Wonderland at L2: First annual

15 Dec

Everything that Art Soiree does – it does at highest standards. Winter Wonderland, planned to launch on December, 23 at L2 lounge, fingers crossed, won’t be any exception.  There will be Ice sculptures, live performances and multi-artist photography exhibit, all combined by “Winter Wonderland” theme. Mark your calendar, this is an event to go to.

If you are unable to attend, then look for the coverage by DressHopper any time soon after the 23-d.