December 25, 2010 | Different

Merry Christmas!

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Jazz, Hip Hop Nutcracker

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Merry Christmas!



I covered two shows for Momentum Dance Theatre’s presentation of the Jazz, Hip Hop Nutcracker. A very eloquent, energetic, fun and unique rendition of the Nutcracker.

























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stephanie: What a fantastic after Christmas treat Mike! I love all of your work but I think you know I that performancephotography holds a special place in my heart (eyes??). Absolutely wonderful work Mike! (December 26, 2010 11:25 am)

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December 8, 2010 | People

Frankie Lynne – Sleigh Ride

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Christmas CD Cover



I had the wonderful opportunity to work on a CD cover for the phenomenal jazz singer known nationally and internationally as Karen Francis and now presented to you as “Frankie Lynne.”


We had a wonderful time! And while it is all about the music we had fun creating a few images too…


Listen and buy the CD here: http://bit.ly/htEueH


And check out her fan page here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Frankie-Francis/87256398782









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November 18, 2010 | People

Model Mashup!

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This past Tuesday I went to a meet and greet for photographers and models at Union 206 Studio in Alexandria, VA. I met some great people, had a lot of fun, took care of business and had an opportunity to shoot… One light, one camera and a great mix of people and attitude…



Model: Tiffany McLean




Models: Tiffany McLean and Christian Werge




Models: Tiffany McLean and Calvin Washington



Model:  Calvin Washington






Model: Leah Padilla






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November 15, 2010 | People

Momentum Dance Theater

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I had an opportunity to work with some of the dancers from the Momentum Dance Theater recently as they get ready for this seasons production of the Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker. This was really a fun and energetic shoot. They also allowed me to interrupt one of their rehearsals and it was amazing! I’m looking forward to checking out this fresh unique take on the Nutcracker… Wow!



Dancer: Chris “Skip” Williams



Dancer: Summer Briggs



Dancer: Tyra Jackson




Dancer: Annie Yates




Dancers: Damien Carter, Tyra Jackson and Chris “Skip” Williams




Dancer: Kevin Clanton






Founding Artistic Director: Roberta Rothstein



Roberta Rothstein with Damien Carter



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November 4, 2010 | Different

FotoWeek DC 2010

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CORRECTED DATE: November 11 2010 7:00pm – 10:00pm



I’ll have some images on display during FotoWeek DC 2010. Come and check them out…




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September 24, 2010 | People

2nd Annual Fashion Photography Exhibition

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Carriage House Studio




This picture was selected as one of the entries for the 2nd Annual Fashion Photography Exhibit at the Carriage House Studio. Work was selected by the three judges Abigail De Casanova, Li Jing, and Mandy Strong.


Models:


Josie Akinmolayan


Melissa Dsouza


Makeup:


April Alexander - studio54makeup


Some images from the original shoot are here: http://michaelavilez.com/blog/fashion-with-attitude/ and I’ll post some additional images from this shoot shortly…



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September 15, 2010 | People

DC Fashionistas Present: Daisy Lewellyn

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The DC Fashionistas hosted Author, Celebrity Stylist and TV Personality Daisy Lewellyn at PR at Partners Salon & Spa – Metro Center Washington DC on September 14th.


Daisy Lewellyn discussed and signed her new book, “Never Pay Retail Again.”










l to r. Models: Macy Nicole, Oriana Layendecker and Angie Alvarez


Hair: Jacqui Davis

Fashion Styling & MakeUp: Abigail de Casanova





l to r. Carmen Lopez (Current Boutique Owner), Bonnie Love-Douglas (Marketing Coordinator for PR at Partners), Jacqui Davis (Owner of PR at Partners-Metro Center), Daisy Lewellyn (Author, Celebrity Stylist and TV Personality) and Abigail De Casanova (Founder, DC Fashionistas)



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September 13, 2010 | People

Ajay Shoot

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A portrait session for a friend…










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August 30, 2010 | People

Amber Revisited

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Model: Amber Frazee-Twigg


I had a brief opportunity to work with Amber earlier in the year and we got back together to do a shoot. Here are some of the looks we captured.












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August 20, 2010 | People

Shapes In Space Part II

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Featuring Stormy Budwig



I also had the pleasure of working with dancer Stormy Budwig… She’s a very strong and expressive dancer. Both serious and fun…













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August 18, 2010 | People

Shapes In Space Part I

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Featuring Kelly Mayfield Contradiction Dance



In addition to the dance exhibit this past weekend, here are images taken as part of a Dance Workshop at the Carriage House Studio in Washington, DC as part of a weekend focusing on Dance Photography.


Part I features Kelly E. Mayfield founder of Contradiction Dance in Silver Spring, MD








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August 17, 2010 | People

The Dance Exhibit

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It takes a team…



Here are some images from the Dance Exhibit at the Carriage House Studio in Washington, DC and some behind the scene shots of the images I submitted.  It took a team for me to get the images for the exhibit…



Makeup by Rickya Dodson…



Hair Dionzae “D” Boyd



The Team pressed into action…



Model: Sarak


Here are some of the exhibit entries…



Photographer Damon Hunt’s work



Photographer Chris Maxwell’s work



Photographer Ben Madden’s work



Photographer Stormy Budwig’s work



Dancer Stormy Budwig



Photograper Paulo’s work



My work…



That’s Ben talking with juror Michael Kellog, Owner of Bella Photo Art Gallery




Sarak with Sarak…




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August 12, 2010 | People

Preview Contemporary Dance Exhibit

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Featuring Sarak



Model: Sarak


Makeup: Rickya’ Dodson


Hair: Dionzae Boyd


Here’s a preview of the images that will be on display at the Contemporary Dance Exhibit at the Carriage House on Friday, August 13th 2010. I’ll share some other photos from the shoot in a later post. We all really enjoyed the shoot. Additional info on the show can be found here: http://bit.ly/b0p5Cj







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August 6, 2010 | People

Oshanti Shoot

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Model: Oshanti Hinds


Makeup: Shanerii with www.HautelyKissMe.com


I worked with Oshanti recently at a workshop at the Carriage House and we got lots of different looks… Check it out…











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August 4, 2010 | Different

Urban Exposure Exhibit

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Street Photography Exhibition



I had two images selected recently for the Urban Exposure Exhibit at the Carriage House Studio and Gallery in Washington, DC. Both of the images had been featured here on the blog in the past. The first is an image of Chinatown (DC) through a bus moving through the intersection and the second an image of a skateboarder at Freedom Plaza in DC.


The Opening Reception was Friday, July 30th 2010 7-10 PM


Thank you to everyone who came out (and wanted to come out) to the exhibit!



Chinatown by Bus



Capitol Flight



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July 28, 2010 | People

Sarak Shoot

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Model: Sarak


Makeup: Shanerii with www.HautelyKissMe.com


Worked with Sarak recently on this all natural lighting shoot…










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stephanie: Your model shoots are fabulous but this series is outstanding!! I guess you'll put those speedlights away. (July 28, 2010 8:45 pm)

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July 16, 2010 | People

Skateboarding @ Freedom Plaza

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Met Brian at Freedom Plaza in DC and he let me take some shots of him practicing in the shadow of the Capitol.






About to stick the landing?  :-D


Thanks Brian!



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June 29, 2010 | People

Liz Shoot

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Model:  Liz Guidara







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June 19, 2010 | Different

POP SHOW JAPAN: KATANA

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I worked with Pop Show Japan and DJ Asu Rock at Cafe Japone in Washington DC to capture the crowd. As you’ll see it was big fun…




Now follow the hat…
















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