Great photographers just see things differently. Through their lens, a party comes alive. That was the case with longtime Houston photographer F. Carter Smith, who trained his camera on CultureMap's Fifth Birthday Bash and came up with these unposed photos that captured the spirit of the party that people are still talking about several days later.
This guest agreed it was a swinging party.
At times, guests could barely move amid the JW Marriott Houston Downtown Hotel gallery level art space.
Hats off to these guests who displayed their party spirit.
Crave cupcakes spelled out the birthday fun.
The IDT band, which bills itself at "the greatest cover band in the world," rocked the night.
What's a party without power couple Sue and Lester Smith?
Can you tell who was the big birthday sponsor? Thanks Cadillac!
Celebrate good times!
CultureMappers were on the front party lines amid paintings from Esperson Gallery.
Ain't love grand? CultureMap editor-at-large Shelby Hodge and Shafik Rifaat.
In each corner of the room, artists created paintings right before our eyes.
Members of the Fly Boys troupe took a break between some fantastic break dancing moves.
Tripping the night fantastic to the sounds of the IDT Band.
Ismael Rifaat and the ageless Joanne King Herring were among the partygoers.
Reflections of a good time!
CultureMap's Grace Odom strikes a model pose.
CultureMap fans had a lot to smile about.
Are you taking a picture of me?
Dancing the night away.
There was lots of good fashion, too!
Sirens on the party scene.
It sure is loud in here!
Friends of CultureMap joined in the celebration.
Making the party scene.
This lead singer from the Dallas-based IDT Band told us that Houston really knows how to party. She's right!