“One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Thomas Wolfe
The Cab Ride
This past Saturday night I had the opportunity to work with Dannia Hakki of Moki Media once again to photograph a party at Eden, one of the hottest night spots in DC. The party was poppin’, the dance moves were crazy and they couldn’t even blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. R&B star Ginuwine and his wife, hip hop artist Solé, hosted the event in honor of their daughter Cypress’ 16th birthday.
As you’ll see, they have a beautiful family and the event was a huge success. In lieu of gifts, Cypress asked the party-goers to make donations to the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit charity committed to ending modern day slavery and human trafficking in North America and around the world. The party raised over $2,000. In a time when sweet sixteen parties are ruined because the Escalade is the wrong color or the Gucci Couture Chanel Coach Prada handbag is the wrong size, Cypress asked that money be donated to help those less fortunate. Not that I count for anything, but I was very impressed. And they had cupcakes…so, you know…boom.
Paul Wharton, the local DC fashion guru and television personality stopped by too. It was a great night with fun people and Ginuwine even had a bit of a dance competition…Success!
All photos ©2011 David Phillipich
A while back, the Smithsonian held their 44th annual Kite Festival on the mall. I was there early, before most of the kite runners…but not all.