Welcome to the Alefiya's blog!

Alefiya Akbarally is an award-winning Sri Lankan born photographer living in Houston, Texas.

With a passion for Fashion and Editorial photography, she has now combined both areas to influence her Wedding photography portfolio.

She would love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her at info@alefiya.com.

It’s been a long time since my last post, but there’s a good reason for that.  I gave birth to a precious baby girl Iman 3 months back.  We feel truly blessed.

After about a 6 month break from work, it was really lovely to photograph Nishy & David’s wedding last weekend.   This is a sneak peak of their Sangeet and their wedding pictures will soon follow.  Nishy and David are one of the sweetest couples I have had the pleasure of working with.  I got to know Nishy and her parents well throughout the last year, and they truly made me feel like a part of the family and not their wedding photographer.  This is priceless.  Her father would check up on whether I had a chance to eat at every event, which was just so sweet!
I was excited when I found out that David had a Lankan connection,  in fact his mother was born down the road from my home in Colombo.  His cousin and I went to the same school in Sri Lanka.  Wow, small world heh?
David is a perfect gentleman, kind and laid back.  Nishy, well where do I begin.  Effortlessly beautiful, is one way to describe her.  She lights any room, with her perfect smile and pure happy energy.  I told my husband, that you just cant help but feel happy when you are around her.  What a gift!  Needless to say, David and Nishy are in for a fabulous life together, filled with lots of love, happiness and adventure.  Thank you for including me on your special day and I wish you both a terrific life ahead.

Firstly, my warmest congratulations to Colin and Olenka who wed this past weekend at St. Anne’s Church, followed by a fabulous reception at the Petroleum Club in Houston organized by Occasio Productions.

Before I get to sharing their fab wedding pictures, I’ve been dying to share some images from her Bridal Session photographed at the one & only Chateau Cocomar.  Olenka looked fabulous, straight out of a bridal fashion spread in her Lazaro gown.  The soft pink chiffon Ball Gown with ruffles and beadwork belt looked perfect with Chateau Cocomar as the setting.  A combination worthy of a Princess!  A shout out to Sherry and Lorena at the Chateau for looking after us!


I had the great pleasure of photographing Rusty Arena of Arena Design this year as he celebrates 25 years in textile design.  A true artist and a wonderful soul.  Always love working with him and his team.  Not forgetting his four-legged companions Coyote and Rufus who keep me company!

Rusty has been featured this year in PaperCity, Houston Magazine and Texas Interiors.  To learn more about Rusty and see more images click on the links below –

PaperCity (March 2013)

Houston Magazine (October 2013) Page 57

Texas Interiors (October 2013)

8Z5A4364finalUntitledPhotographed for Houston Magazine in March 2013, Loya and Taghdisi at Loya’s Stablewood manse.


My gorgeous couple were featured in the Houston Wedding Blog by Weddings in Houston Magazine.  Read more about the wedding and the fabulous vendors at http://houstonweddingblog.com/2013/10/modern-silver-and-fuchsia-persian-lebanese-american-wedding-from-weddings-by-alefiya/.



Check out the full article on Miro’s blog –  http://miranthidole.blogspot.com/2013/02/exotic-bloom.html

Exclusively shot for Hi Magazine, many thanks to Editor Shyamalee Tudawe and Miranthi Dole.

Photography – Alefiya Akbarally www.alefiya.com  |  Text – Miranthi Dole  |  Statement Jewelry – Ezza Exclusive www.ezzaexclusive.com  |  Hair and Make up – Hues by Heather  |   Nails – Vicki Adams  |  Models – Nida Khurshid and Victoria Herrera  |  Assistant Stylist – Ali Levine  |  Swimwear – Moonshadow, one piece by Elease Donovan Swimwear  |  Location – Flamingo Gardens, Houston, Texas.

So excited to share one of several images which are featured in this month’s Hi Magazine Fashion Spread. Grab your copy now!

Exclusively shot for Hi Magazine, many thanks to Editor Shyamalee Tudawe and Miranthi Dole.

Photography – Alefiya Akbarally www.alefiya.com  |  Text – Miranthi Dole  |  Statement Jewelry – Ezza Exclusive www.ezzaexclusive.com  |  Hair and Make up – Hues by Heather  |   Nails – Vicki Adams  |  Models – Nida Khurshid and Victoria Herrera  |  Assistant Stylist – Ali Levine  |  Swimwear – Moonshadow, one piece by Elease Donovan Swimwear  |  Location – Flamingo Gardens, Houston, Texas.

Also a very special thank you to Iyendra Ratnanather for the fabulous NEW Alefiya Studios LLC LOGO design.  If you need to rebrand and redesign your company brand he is definitely the man for you!

This post is long over due.   I had the incredible pleasure of meeting Sheena’s mum first, Vijay.  She knew that we would be a good fit for her daughter and son-in-law Jon.  Shortly, after I met with Sheena, as she lives out of state.  We got along instantly.  We both share a love for old Bollywood hits.  Sheena especially loves Helen.  Over the course of two fun-filled weekends in November we captured some amazing memories celebrating Sheena and Jon’s new life together as Mr. & Mrs. Fitzsimmons.

Yesterday I was thoroughly touched when Sheena wrote this on my FaceBook wall “I just want to thank you Alefiya Akbarally for taking such magnificient shots and being so professional and friendly.  It really made my wedding celebration easier knowing you were behind the camera!” It’s times like this when you really do know that you have made the right choice in career.  

I also had the honor of working with some of Houston’s best wedding professionals, including the dynamic Therese Cole-Hubbs of Electric Karma.

Assisted by the beautiful Leslie Cervantez.

Planning & Wedding Coordinator – Electric Karma International/ Therese Cole -Hubbs |  Venue – Omni Westside | Decor – Decor One  | DJ – Indo Raja | Make up – Shilpa Koshy |  Videography – Tall Productions  | Catering – Bombay Brasserie |  Cake – Make Yummy



Been dying to share my recent shoot for Best of Houston 2012 with designer Jonathan Blake.  We photographed his jaw dropping red gown with 700 handmade roses at Chateau Cocomar for the January Issue of Houston Magazine.  For more on Jonathan Blake and the Best of Houston 2012, pick up the January issue of Houston Magazine.

A fun and very different engagement session for Uju and Nnamdi in Galveston.  Fighting the hot summer sun, we waited till early evening to start shooting.  Discovered some beautiful locations thanks to the lovely and talented Kara Mullins from Artsea Productions.  Discovered the newly developed Beachtown which just begs for a romantic escape.  Congrats to the gorgeous and super fun couple!

A sneak peak at my gorgeous bride Sheena from yesterdays wedding ceremony.  Looking forward to the Reception tonight!


“MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA transforms the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, into a multi-sensory experience.”

I was invited to capture the behind the scenes of “Wig Art” where local salons styled over-the-top wigs to be revealed in a unique presentation by Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Klosz Bonar with models from Neal Hamil Agency. Wardrobe courtesy of Dillards.

The Salons included Houston’s best –

Azur + Azur West
Bella Rinova Spa & Salon
Ceron Salon
Cut Loose
HUES by Heather
K Renee Salon
Kharisma Hair Salon & Studio
The Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue
SHȲN Salon
Tre Spa

Images courtesy of PIX; New Delhi.

Extremely excited to be a part of Metamorphoses organized by PIX, New Delhi.  A special shout out to Tanvi Mishra and the entire team at PIX for putting so much work into the exhibition and publication.

The PIX Team in collaboration with The Goethe Institut will be having an exhibition of the featured works at the Harold Pieris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo 07.

The exhibition opening will be on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 6.00 PM.

Exhibition will be on display
13th to 19th October 2012
Daily 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM

Come see us on Sunday 1-5 pm!  Very excited to be a part of this years Weddings in Houston “I Do Soiree” at the Hotel Zaza.  Love, love shooting at this venue.  Please get in touch with Weddings in Houston  if you would like to attend.


As Pakistan goes head to head with Sri Lanka in today’s T20 semi-final, I look back at some images I took for The National Newspaper of U.A.E.  I teamed up with Pakistani Journalist Abid Shah for this piece on “Diversity before wicket“.  This was not long after the National team had visited Lahore in 2009.  What I remember most about shooting for this piece was the utter joy and sense of being Cricket brought to everyone.  It was as though it was the blood which seeped through the veins of our Nation.  I really miss watching cricket.  I’ll be tuned to my Ipad.  God bless our Nation.

Original Post – http://alefiyaakbarally.blogspot.com/2009/07/we-dont-like-cricket-we-love-it-beach.html 

Article – “Diversity before wicket” by Abid Shah

Something for Cora.  Auntie Alefiya.

  • ZAKIR says:

    FANTASTIC!!! BRAVOO!…really tremendous!!!

    (August 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm)

Had a bit of an Elliot Erwitt moment with their cutie Phillis.

  • ZAKIR says:

    Wow! Amazing, Colors, backdrop, Lighting and the composition – PERFECT! Bravo!!!

    (July 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm)

I was introduced to Jennifer and Rishi, through Pam Sparks at En vogue Events.  We literally “clicked” from the first meeting. Jennifer a classic southern beauty (my Nephew Imran insisted she looked liked Taylor Swift) and Rishi a charming Scotch connoisseur with his off beat humor.  I mentioned to Jennifer that its ALWAYS helps to have a great location for a photo shoot.  I believe it takes the images to another level – artistically and emotionally.  Needless to say, Jennifer and Rishi aced the requested with the help of Pam, who had recently toured the newly refurbished Julia Ideson Library in Downtown, Houston.  It was a photographers dream.  Beautiful wooden details, breathtaking colors, wide open spaces,  gorgeous defused natural light and of course a stunning couple.  This is the first part of a three perhaps four 🙂 part Engagement Session.

  • Rama Sharna says:

    Hello Rishi and Jannifer
    Congratulations on your engagement. I really liked the pictures. Thanks for the Save The Date. I am really looking forward to attend the wedding. If you guys need any help please let me know. Rishi can you e-mail me you phone no. so that I can contact you. By the way Jannifer I am Rishi’s aunt from Canada.
    Rama Sharma

    (August 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm)

Xiomarra and Mike got married at The Gardens Houston on the 16th of June 2012.  Loved the thought they had put into all the detail.   Really enjoyed photographing the children, who just loved to be in front of the camera.  The music by DJ’s Unlimited was phenomenal, it reminded me of my time in Colombo. Thank you to Laurel Hanz for joining me on the day.

  • goldie says:

    Loved this set of pictures! You really are so creative with your pictures.

    (July 12, 2012 at 1:24 am)
  • Masu Haque says:

    Gorgeous! I would definitely love to have you photograph our girls sometime — please let me know how far in advance to book for a holiday card!!! Masu

    (June 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm)

When I met Xiomarra for the first time, I knew she would be a gem to photograph.  Gorgeous flowing hair, striking eyes, and a soft and luring smile.  She told me that she would love to do a Boudoir type engagement session coupled with a few nice outdoorsy shots.  So on a relaxed Sunday afternoon, soaking in Houston’s  hot summer, we enjoyed a few hours of photographing in her home town in Manvel and then headed to the Historic old town of League City.  Looking forward to shooting her wedding next week. Congratulations Xiomarra & Mike!

  • inayet says:

    beautiful photos

    (June 6, 2012 at 12:21 am)

When you combine stunning interior design, great music, a talented mixologist and a scrumptious gourmet snack menu, you have a sweet cocktail for success.  Most of you who know me, know that I seldom step into a bar.  But this was so so different.  The Eighteenth Bar located at 2511 Bissonnet, is just an experience for the senses.  I was working, sure, but I had such a great time.  Amir Ansari one of the owners’ was supremely hospitable, chatted to Omar for the whole duration of the shoot.  The place had hints of the Hotel Zaza‘s Conspiracy Room and a Restoration Hardware winter catalog.  Needless to say I loved it.  I wish Amir and Erick every success. For more see this month’s Houston Magazine.

  • Leslie says:

    Oooo, this looks nice. I love the ambiance! Great shot.

    (June 4, 2012 at 7:25 am)

Emmie won the Engagement & Bridal package at the Houston Brides “Evening of Modern Luxury Show”.  She is getting married this weekend in Napa Valley and wanted to take some pictures of her and Elliot before they officially tie-the-knot.  She wanted a mix of Bridal & Engagement pictures done.  So we roamed the streets of Riveroaks, dropped in at the fabulous Epicure Cafe and finished up for the iconic Houston views from Sabine Street.  I wish them the very best for this weekend.

I had the great pleasure of photographing baby Vivian at 10 days old.  I had photographed Mum & Dad for their Engagement and Bridal Portraits sessions.  It is so beautiful seeing a family grow.  Baby Vivian welcome to the world!

  • inayet says:

    best weding and baby shots i have seen in a long time inayet

    (September 27, 2012 at 12:42 am)

Come visit Weddings by Alefiya | Photography at the Omni Hotel on Thursday, the 22nd of March at 6:30pm.

I am quite new to Infant and Baby Portraits, but I could not resist after speaking with Mercedes Perez, the grandma of these gorgeous twins!  Looking forward to seeing them in their next trip to Houston, I am sure they will be all grown up.  Assisted by the one and only Nyah McConnell of Photobutterfly.

  • Goldie says:

    so cute Leafs! I love the baby pics xx

    (February 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm)
  • Kristen says:

    Great job! Especially love the one in the basket 🙂

    (February 9, 2012 at 9:21 am)

For the “Best of the City” 2012 feature, I had the privilege of shooting U of H star quarterback Case Keenum, 23.    Despite missing the Heisman Trophy there was no doubt that his performance lead to one of the most celebrated years in the history of the Cougars.  We wish him all the best, no doubt the NFL has lots in store for him.

Read the full article here.

  • Teresa says:

    In Case Keenum’s 3 games (all wins) against Big 12 and SEC cmitepotion this year, Keenum has averaged 412 passing yards/game, 2.66 TDs, 0.66 INTs, 0.66 rushing TDs. Facing the same teams as Colt McCoy (Okie State, Texas Tech, UTEP) Keenum has roughly double the passing yardage, touchdowns, and less than half of the interceptions of Colt McCoy. Wake up and smell the coffee – Keenum is MUCH MUCH better.The argument that his numbers are because of a lower cmitepotion level is just wrong. If you are arguing that Keenum’s numbers are just because of a “system”, you’d also be just as wrong. Houston rushes the ball for about 140 yards per game, and if Keenum were not the QB, Houston’s offense would go to hell in a hurry. He has single-handedly brought Houston back to win games in ths final seconds against numerous opponents over the last two years, notably against Texas Tech and Southern Miss this year. Did Bradford get punished for running the SAME OFFENSE THAT KEENUM IS NOW RUNNING AT HOUSTON? (Sumlin was the o-coordinator at Oklahoma before becoming head coach at Houston). To reply to one other ill-informed opinion, Keenum has a cannon for an arm (I’m not sure why one of the previous opinions would even question his arm strength). This was the knock against him two years ago (as a freshman), but he now has incredible arm strength, and can accurately throw the ball 60+ yards downfield.Just watch one Houston game, and you’ll see the brilliance of Keenum. How he buys time in the pocket, makes amazing reads, checks into the rights plays time after time (without consulting the sideline, as many “no huddle” teams do now), and just plain wins games without making mistakes. He makes passing for 500 yards and 5 touchdowns look easy. Has anyone else even had a single game with numbers like that this year? Keenum has had several. Heck, just last week he threw for 560 yards and 5 touchdowns against a fairly stout Southern Miss defense. Keenum is quite simply, the best player in college football. And no amount of ill-informed message board responses can change that fact.

    (May 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm)
  • Mustapha says:

    Hi Case Keenum, yr damn lucky our baby from Sri Lanka photographed you. Good luck to you.

    (January 31, 2012 at 11:59 am)

I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing Kent Dorn at his studio in Houston.  He was preparing for his exhibition sampling his most recent work “Dweller” at the Bryan Miller Gallery.  He had an uncanny resemblance to Leonardo Dicaprio.  Although a little camera shy, he was so incredibly accommodating until we got THE shot we needed.

If you like to soak in some art please visit his wonderful exhibition at the Bryan Miller Gallery on view till February 18, 2012.

Read the full article here.

A stunning wedding with an awesome family who welcomed me as one of their own.  Thanks to Shawn Rushing of En Vogue Events, Memorable Events, Hotel Zaza and of course the beautiful couple Shuchi & Ari for making our evening so much work!

  • Goldie says:

    Wow wow wow! The colours blow me away!

    (February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm)
  • Haley says:

    Amazing photography! You and your team were such a pleasure!

    (January 4, 2012 at 11:49 am)

A fab engagement session ending at the Magnificent BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, Houston.

I have been wanting to post these images for a while now, and finally got to it on the weekend of Shuchi and Ari’s wedding.  The festivities begin today.  Very excited to be honored with the task of photographing their BIG day!

The Loggia dei Lanzi – Restoration on  Giambologna‘s The Rape of the Sabine Women

The serenade. It is common for the man to serenade the woman before he proposes marriage to her.  He either performs the serenade himself or enlists the help of his musically-inclined friends.  Often he will ask her father for his daughter’s hand in marriage before proposing to her.

Paolo & Paola, our friends from Roma, took us to their friend’s Serenade.  It was in a small town, about an hour from Rome.  While the Groom serenades his Wife-to-be, with classic Italian tunes, a friend takes up a single red rose to her.  When she throws the rose off the balcony to her love below, she has accepted his proposal.  Ahhh Love…

Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band

If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s time you did.  Never usually put music up, but couldn’t resist this one.

Denise & Kenneth, Hotel Zaza, Houston, Texas.

Just joined Getmarried.com have a look and please pass it on!


It was my second shoot with Crystal & Carlos before there wedding. Had a fun filled day first at the Cockrell Butterfly Center and then at one of the few remaining drive-in Cinema’s in Texas.


Photography – Alefiya Akbarally
Location – Helga’s Folly; Kandy
Designer – KT Brown

Make-up – Jacquie Mei (The Make Up Box)
Hair – Nimal Abeysiriwardana
Models – Harini Jayaweera & Shelomi Obeyesekere

  • Tavish says:

    Fantastic subtlety with the lighting.. just perfect! your blog is such a treat!

    (November 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm)
April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

March 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

So its rarely I walk past the magazine racks at Target and gets stopped in my tracks. But this red headed bombshell just got me going. Was it the picture or the subject? I think it was the perfect marriage of both.

Annie Leibovitz photographed Rihanna for this months issue of Vogue. Her images were so manufactured yet raw. Much like Rihanna. I love how Annie, who emerged with The Rolling Stones in the 70’s can become so intimate with someone who is defining the pop-culture of today. A career spanning 40 years, so consistent and brilliant.

Of course its an ode to the photographer and the photographed. The camera almost seems non- existent.

I need to find my rolling stone…

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  • Ruki says:

    Stunning photo shoot Alefiya…

    (March 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm)

A historical Sixth Ward home hosts “Women’s Voices: Honoring Alice Valdez and Sheema Kermani”.
For more see – http://www.vbbarts.org/calendar.shtml

The Mitchell Center, in partnership with artist-in-residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the Living Word Project and Youth Speaks, Inc., hosted Life Is Living Houston, a hip-hop-based environmental justice festival. Focused primarily on Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood, the festival further connects University of Houston with its surrounding community and celebrates the extraordinary people who sustain the cultural life in and around the Third Ward.

t-b (1) Emancipation Park; Houston. (2) Aquaponics display by Keba Armand Konte (3) Live graffiti display on 20 car-hoods

Dig deeper – http://www.lifeisliving.org/

t-b – Logan, (centre) Jason. Inflatable pumpkin/ghost chocolate dispenser.

October 27, 2010 in Travel

t-b – Dolphin’s Cay, Atlantis – The Lost World of Atlantis; Paradise Island, Bahama Mama Memorabilia; Paradise Island, Art for a Cause; Habour Island, Bahamas.

A photo of a portrait at Graceland.

Watch Oprah’s interview with Lisa Marie –
1/3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LngoYj4ML4&feature=related
2/3 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diA9ochtq6I&feature=related
3/3 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2C5nPLc6_I&feature=related

Elvis Presley’s 14 acre mansion.
top-bottom – Living Room, Billiards Room and Media Room with white monkey.

Please Visit – www.WeddingsbyAlefiya.com

September 15, 2010 in Portraits, Travel, Uncategorized

September 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!


Model – Romanthi Maria Colombage

Client – Buddhi Batik

  • Hash M says:

    Great shot/s! for some reason looks a bit air brushed no?

    (September 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm)
April 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

  • ip says:

    Is this the deanne that I know??!!

    (October 24, 2010 at 8:14 am)
  • Harini says:

    gorgeous, love her!

    (April 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm)

  • dyanna says:

    Your blog is very interesting.I'm waiting for your new post.Have a nice day.

    (January 14, 2010 at 11:58 am)
  • Dee says:

    wow 🙂

    (January 5, 2010 at 10:16 am)

  • Dee says:

    oh la la indeed 😀 lovely!

    (December 31, 2009 at 3:27 pm)
November 29, 2009 in Travel

Nothing can steal happiness, peace away from you: if anyone does make you angry, you are the loser; if someone can allow you to lose peace, you are the loser

Bikram Choudhury


POKE! explores the inter-personal intentions of social media technology and the nature of modern internet-mediated relationships with work that references and uses source material from popular online social media websites such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Craigslist, and YouTube.

Penelope Umbrico, Suns from Flickr, 2006-2007

Christopher Baker (Minneapolis, MN) compiles a wall full of personal, diarist messages by teenage users of YouTube and Facebook. The wall-sized video installation is a cacophonous monument to the individual’s voice and the confessional nature of self-made video.

Penelope Umbrico (New York, NY) obsessively appropriates images from Craigslist, where merchants selling second-hand televisions make unwitting self portraits of themselves. These images of TVs, branded with their owners faces, are reproduced life-sized and sold for the same price as their real-life counterparts, questioning the worth of the consumable (the TV) and the original (the photograph).

  • Anonymous says:

    It was extremely interesting for me to read this blog. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

    (November 20, 2009 at 9:26 pm)

If you haven’t heard of them, well its time you did. Powercut circus is one of the most original bands I have come across. I just wish they would come out with an album… Their lyrics are quirky yet profound. Visit them at – http://www.myspace.com/powercutcircus listen to their music! If you can get a hold of this months Serendib Mag, there is an feature about them “Circus at the Folly”. Thanks to Helga Folly’s again for the generous hospitality. Thanks guys for letting me SHOOT you! & Feroze and Sonali for the attire!

  • Anonymous says:

    Keep on posting such stories. I love to read blogs like this. By the way add more pics 🙂

    (January 23, 2010 at 9:29 am)
  • well, you gave them space on your esteemed blog that is really great.

    (September 12, 2009 at 6:47 am)

wearing KT Brown

  • Aamina says:

    Interesting woman..great shots

    (August 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm)

For the complete scoop pick up the latest issue of Hi Magazine!
Adam Flamercaldera and Chulpamedra model for Buddhi Batik.
  • Dee says:


    (November 4, 2009 at 6:02 am)
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    (August 2, 2009 at 4:05 am)

It was time to do something for the family. Here’s my contribution. There are 45 such images! Nothing quite like a cup of tea.
  • Beautiful stuff! One word of maybe caution — the crossed chopsticks are a sign of bad luck.

    (July 18, 2009 at 8:14 am)
  • Anonymous says:

    Lovely shots, nice soft lighting.

    (July 13, 2009 at 4:45 am)

Another year or so has gone by and it was time to update www.alefiya.com with some of my new work.   I hope you enjoy viewing the images.  Thank you all for your support, comments, feedback and constructive criticism during my blogging years!   I am now more or less based both in Houston, Texas and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Happy Clicking!

Amongst a packed audience, a lone dog enjoys the precision sounds of The Chamber Music Society of Colombo as they give a special concert at dusk at the newly restored Dutch Reformed Church in Galle.
  • Great observation, captures the moof of the place…

    (July 13, 2009 at 8:12 am)
  • Preveen says:

    That first shot is just …. wow.

    (May 27, 2009 at 8:04 am)

My first Astros and Brewers game… not gonna be my last!

Stanley next to his mural “The Wedding at Cana” at the Cathedral of the Living Saviour, Colombo; 2007. (Trinity)
March 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

  • Tavish says:

    Alefiya everytime i come back to your blog i’m breath taken! lovely shot here this is fantastic! love how you approached this portrait! More More More!!!

    (January 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm)

  • Anonymous says:

    It truly was a magical evening, and you’ve captured some fantastic moments from it. So glad to have seen genuine artistes at work, instead of the usual rubbish that passes off as Sri Lankan dance.

    (December 31, 2008 at 1:21 pm)
  • wow!! simply amazing…

    (December 29, 2008 at 5:10 am)
December 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

Celebrating Upeka’s 50 years of Dance presented by the Chitrasena-Vajira Dance Foundation.
  • Anonymous says:

    Dying to see the rest of your photos of the performance. What a cracker of a show!!!

    (December 24, 2008 at 6:43 am)

  • Tavish says:

    wOw finally you’re back! amazing shot! that pp is amazing 🙂

    (December 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm)
September 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

AJ wins ICC award for emerging cricketer of the year in Dubai.

  • Nice, "the age of innocence"…The higlight in the eyes works well too to show his boundless spirit.

    (July 13, 2009 at 8:14 am)
  • Ajantha… you legend… rock the world brother.. gd luck

    (September 17, 2008 at 12:04 pm)

September 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

Red Ivory presents Tamanna; a woman’s desire. 
12th – 14th Sept at Goldfern, 17 Abdul Cafoor Mw, Colombo 3.
September 1, 2008 in Uncategorized

  • Another nice one, captures this athlethes long hard fought journey and the strong, tough and indomitable spirit. Contrasts well with the Ajantha shot.

    (July 13, 2009 at 8:19 am)

I feel as though I have been left behind in the frenzy which has made its way to Hikkaduwa. Well in the least its given me time to revisit some of my old work and relive its old vision. This was a series I began through a workshop at the Goethe Institut Colombo about a couple of years back. A dear friend has been reminding me to restart this work… which I hope one day will find it’s place in a book of sorts.
The images try to tell the story of a place (country) with the clothesline ever present; Off the Peg. I know I could put that better… (this is why I am not a writer).
The 3 images were taken at different times (from top to bottom) 1. A communal hanging centre (?I just invented that name) on the Kandy-Peradiniya Rd, 2. The Christmas Star; Ragama 3. The Race Course; Nuwera Eliya.
  • Tavish says:

    Wow love that first one! You’re right about that Hikka frenzy as well! keep this going i know its gonna be good! brilliant work!

    (August 5, 2008 at 6:42 pm)
  • great work. glad you recommenced it. simply fabulous and awesome. am overwhelmed by democratic visual language you adopted as opposed to that of highly charged and polemic. this is, in fact, the strongest differentiator in this essay which is free of visual rhetoric. It, i believe, will open a new window for a viewer to see the sri lankan society close to reality or give a closer authentic view. am sure, your terms of reference would have played a major role in this. good luck my friend.

    (August 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm)

  • Are they all from one family or cousins together? I wish I a large family. I only have a sister. I wish I had many brothers and sisters.

    (July 29, 2008 at 11:11 am)
July 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

  • chaarmax says:

    She’s hawt.. and she knows it..

    (July 17, 2008 at 11:59 am)

  • Rivi says:

    Nice play with light. I like the mood of this picture

    (September 30, 2008 at 4:12 am)
July 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

The beautiful faces of I have a dream, a part of Colombo Pride 2008!
  • Tavish says:

    Wow i love this so much! brilliant work! Mirrors their soul really, fantastic shots Alefiya!

    (July 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm)
June 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

Michelle Perera for the Leisure Times. For more get this months LT :).

  • Superb picture. Love how the lighting makes the wall paper match her skin tone. Very nicely captured.

    (June 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm)
  • lovely pictures of michelle. im going to get my copy now 🙂

    (June 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm)

  • Media says:

    this is a cool shot..you have actually made michelle look awesome on this shot. Creates a very 60’s type of a feelin.. at least for me.. cheers.

    (June 26, 2008 at 11:10 am)
  • eukaryote says:

    My eye doth behold thy beauty,thy smooth crisp skin,Thy glance, a shadow of thy aching heart,hidden to all, except human eyes.

    (June 17, 2008 at 7:52 pm)
May 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Chula for Sonali White’s Haddai
  • Tavish says:

    Wow! i love the mood of this shot! love the light and tones! amazing shot Alefiya! cheers!

    (June 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm)
  • Awesome picture. I would have liked a little more focus on the un-shadowed part of her face though. Also, you have been tagged. http://yusuf.asgerally.com/?p=164

    (June 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm)

  • Tavish says:

    nice and desaturated! lovely shot of that dress too! great work! although that power line is a bit out of place! hehe! cheers!

    (May 4, 2008 at 11:36 am)

Nadeeka and Maria model for up coming designer Nishika Samaratunga.
  • Tavish says:

    wow amazing work! learning so much here! would never have thought of showing those dresses off in that way! so refreshing and creative! lovely work! cheers!

    (May 2, 2008 at 9:13 am)

Described as the “Sirens of Style” I had a lovely time meeting with and photographing Darshi, Purnima, Sharmini and Yoland.

  • Tavish says:

    wow i agree with you there! i especially love the second one! great lighting and look! brilliant work!

    (April 28, 2008 at 11:03 am)
April 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

The beautiful Shaheena gets her Nikkah taken with Rehan. How time flies…
  • Tavish says:

    wow brilliant work here! this is stunning! i can tell this a 50mm just by looking at it! i love em too! hehe! beautiful idea and angle! cheers!

    (April 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm)
  • I wish them all the very best!! :DLovely pic btw..

    (April 22, 2008 at 9:12 am)

  • amen. this is beautiful. 🙂

    (April 24, 2008 at 3:08 pm)
  • Tavish says:

    simply beautiful…speechless

    (April 17, 2008 at 7:52 pm)

Get your copy now!
  • Tavish says:

    wow, this is brilliant work! i love your perspective!so refreshing! gonna get my copy now! cheers!

    (April 13, 2008 at 7:24 pm)

Inspirational music from an inspirational place – the eclectic sounds of the Hikkaduwa drummers; Rainforest by Elephant Foot – OUT NOW!

  • Thanks Tavish. You got the house right, it is the house down Queens rd!

    (April 10, 2008 at 2:59 am)
  • Tavish says:

    wow wonderful work,you’ve really captured this rainforest well! really awesome! i love your ‘the Blow-Up’ post, is that the house on queen’s road by any chance? really good photos anyway i’m a huge fan! will check back for sure! cheers!

    (April 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm)

Philip Jones Griffiths: 1936 – 2008

Note: The obituary below has been taken from the Magnum website. Please visit the Magnum to view photographic work by Philip Jones Griffiths

By Stuart Franklin

The world that I grew up in will be, from today, a poorer place. It is with great sadness I have to write that Philip – a monumental, irrepressible force in photography and in life – and a courageous fighter against the cancer that finally defeated him – passed away early this morning.

Philip’s passing is an enormous loss to us all at Magnum, and I am sure to everyone who knew him. It was a privilege to have brushed, even lightly, against his charm, his brilliance and his passion for photojournalism. Those who only know him through his work will have missed his skills as an orator, raconteur, wit and polemicist. He remained the lovely man that he was – graceful and welcoming – especially to young people trying to make a start in photography. He had much to pass on, not just about the importance of “real” photography, but about the art and craft of picture-making.

Philip was born in Rhuddlan, near Rhyl in Wales on 18th February 1936 and it was there, at the age of 16, that he learnt an early lesson about photography – from Henri Cartier-Bresson: “The first picture of his I ever saw was during a lecture at the Rhyl camera club. I was 16 and the speaker was Emrys Jones. He projected the picture upside down. Deliberately, to disregard the subject matter to reveal the composition. It’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten.

“It was Philip’s consummate skill as a picture maker, carefully able to draw the viewer closer and closer to his subjects through his emotionally-charged compositions that lent such power to his work. Philip was always concerned with individuals – their personal and intimate suffering more than any particular class or ideological struggle. And the strength of his vision, that inspired so many of us, led Henri Cartier-Bresson to write of Philip: “not since Goya has anyone portrayed war like Philip Jones Griffiths.

“Philip’s iconic work on the Vietnam War, an unprecedented work, published in 1971 under the title ‘Vietnam Inc.’ is arguably the most articulate and compelling anti-war statement made by any photojournalist ever. Indeed it led Noam Chomsky to comment that: “If anybody in Washington had read that book, we wouldn’t have had these wars in Iraq or Afghanistan”.

Indeed, it was Philip’s passion for peace that led to greatness in his later work. In 2005 he published “Viet Nam at Peace” a 25 year study exploring the long term consequences of the war. The first Westerner to travel by road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City after the war, and later the Ho Chi Minh trail, he amassed an unparalleled photographic record of the post-war transformation of this country.

Thoroughly industrious and tenacious to the end, Philip had just completed a new book of his less known studies of British life in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, entitled ‘Recollections’, and in the last few weeks before his death, Philip became thoroughly engaged in compiling his life’s work documenting Cambodia.

Philip enriched all our lives with his courage, his empathy, his passion, his wit and his wisdom; and for many he gave to photojournalism its moral soul. He died as he wanted so passionately that we should live – in peace. In his last days he was together with his loving family and friends at his side.

He leaves behind his loving family, Fanny Ferrato, Katherine Holden, Donna Ferrato and Heather Holden.

March 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

for Buddhi Batiks
  • Niro says:

    Nice one..

    (March 25, 2008 at 12:22 am)
March 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

With a little help from a friend…
March 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

The elusive Natasha Thompson behind the scenes at the House of Mannequins fashion show.
  • Niro says:

    Wow.. Impressive..

    (March 11, 2008 at 12:44 pm)
  • Neat shot – but couldn’t figure out how to resolve her left shoulder and arm! Part of the trip, I guess!!

    (March 10, 2008 at 9:54 am)

  • Julie says:

    Cool blog!

    (January 14, 2012 at 7:17 am)

Gorgeous, beautiful and a delight to work with!

Needless to say I have just seen Phil Borges present his work to us at Barefoot and I feel a little awakened and somewhat inspired. I feel quite strongly about the recent work I have began… this time its more about the people than the work. Perhaps that’s how it always should be.
The Cancer Hospital, Maharagama is in a sorry state. While its got its handful of brave doctors and caregivers, it needs so much much more. I hope this works helps… somewhere, someway… To view the entire set please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/alefiyaakbarally/sets/72157603916930479/.
  • I had to spead a night in this hospital as the Doctors thought that I needed chemo to treat my cancer. Later they decided I needed rey treatment and I was treated on a daily basis which has helped me.The worse that I experienced was the toilets. Actually its very,very,very bad and u cannot blame anyone as each ward has double the number of patients than they could handle. There are no seats at all, no wash basins in many and getting close is not possible.But you are compelled to use the toilets.There are a lot of organizations that come and provide meals and clean the place up on a reguler basis, but I feel the problem is that it is not a coordinated effort so each person is doing a bit and it does not help the whole hospital in a very significant way.The new OPD has helped the out patients in a great way since its more spacious and gives a more relaxed feel in a big way. I hope you or some organizations could bring some attention to the hospital, its many patients and its great and wonderful staff who are doing a great service so silently.Thanks for shedding some light on this unspoken but tragic and silent illness.May GOD BLESS you in your journey.

    (February 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm)
  • N says:

    Those are some pretty strong, amazing pictures. Has anybody suggested perhaps drawing a fundraising campaign around them?

    (February 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm)
December 23, 2007 in Uncategorized

Blow-Up (1966) is writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni’s view of the world of mod fashion, and an engaging, provocative murder mystery that examines the existential nature of reality through photography. Antonioni’s first film in English, it quickly became one of the most important films of its decade, and a milestone in liberalized attitudes toward film nudity and expressions of sexuality. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards (with no wins): Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay (Edward Bond, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Tonino Guerra).
A desensitized-to-life, nihilistic, high-fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) in London, who lives a mid-60s life of excess (riches, fame, and women), becomes bored with his lucrative career of glamour photography. So he resorts to photographing, in documentary style, the seamy and sordid side of life in London, in flophouses and slums.

Innocently, he takes candid photos in a deserted park of a lover’s tryst-rendezvous between a kerchief-wearing woman (Vanessa Redgrave) and a middle-aged, gray-haired man in a light-gray suit. She pursues him to ask for the illicit photos, as he imagines that he has witnessed a scene of sexual intrigue – never thinking that he may have accidentally obtained visual, criminal evidence of a murder.
For Dilly’s Fashion store, Colombo.

Model -Mika
  • Chamil says:

    Nice pictures… love the colors.btw did u notice some thing about the camera lens on the second shot 😀

    (December 24, 2007 at 6:30 am)
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    (December 24, 2007 at 6:30 am)
December 16, 2007 in Uncategorized

Working with Tashy, Tanja and Dilani was an absolute delight. Great thought introducing the birdcage in Tanja!

  • Superb shot honey. absolutely perfect. gosh i think it’s prob the best portrait i’ve ever seen. great stuff.

    (December 29, 2007 at 11:01 am)
  • Alefiya,That is a super picture!

    (December 14, 2007 at 12:45 pm)
December 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

November 30, 2007 in Uncategorized

Under the creative direction of Dhanushka Amarasekera this was probably one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling shoots I have done to date. As for Venuri, there are no words to describe her, so I won’t even try. There are 12 such images with different jumps, i will try and post them all…eventually.
Agency – Liquidmedia
  • what a combination of creative talent in this !!!

    (December 8, 2007 at 3:53 pm)
  • anushan says:

    damn alf….. that is amazin

    (December 3, 2007 at 4:53 am)

Charlie says and I agree, indisputably the best cupcakes, love cakes and milk toffee in town! If you haven’t come across products from the Cake Factory its time you did! Their products are available at Dwellings, Odel and Barefoot. One cup and you won’t stop! (ok ok… that was a little sugary!)

  • sigh@ decadence staring me in the face…aaaaahhhhhhhh!

    (November 12, 2007 at 9:44 am)
  • yum yum yum!!

    (November 12, 2007 at 9:16 am)

November 9, 2007 in Uncategorized

This has been a while in making but is finally up and ready. If you have some spare time please visit www.alefiya.com. Please feel free to pass it on as well. Thanks for all the comments, feedback and support. Happy Clicking!

  • Anonymous says:

    i am nilantha naturephotographer from sri lanka i have see you photography web sit nice photography good sound i think your profisionalphotographer i like to sered with you my photography this is my photography web sit http://www.nilantha.com thnks nilantha

    (January 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm)
  • Stunning site Alfus…proud of you!

    (November 9, 2007 at 6:01 am)

  • N says:

    Interesting image…I’m just finishing off Maximum City by Sukhetu Mehta and this is like some of the pages brought to life.

    (November 8, 2007 at 5:18 am)
November 5, 2007 in Uncategorized

Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई Mumbaī), formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. With an estimated population of about 13 million, it is the largest metropolis in India and one of the world’s most populous cities within administrative limits. With the population of 19 million, Mumbai Metropolitan Area is also world’s 5th most populated. Located off the west coast of India, the city has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai handles over half of India’s passenger traffic and a significant amount of cargo.
(c) Wikepedia – http://en.wikipedia.org
  • Indyana says:

    oh home…sigh!mumbai meri jaan hai!

    (November 9, 2007 at 8:11 am)

I could be stepping out of Stefordville… but interestingly enough it was our very own Pettahville, and an age old iconic store which has by far the best display of wedding couples, i mean the ones that go on top of cakes; wedding ones i hope. Ever Parr might have considered it a worthy find. What a spitting image of us Lankans… 🙂

September 29, 2007 in Uncategorized

Naeem is an old friend and a great artist who has returned to Colombo to open his exhibition at Paradise Road Gallery. Accomplished in the technique of fine art and miniature painting, this is not an exhibition to be missed by anyone, let alone an art-lover.
There is a solitude and calmness to his work which he says can only be accomplished with great effort. The exhibition is on for 2 weeks… so hurry and escape to his mystic world.

  • R says:

    Off the topic;Those glasses are sexy. I should buy one myself.

    (September 30, 2007 at 3:24 am)

I am a shamed to say that it was the first time I had ever experienced the wonder of the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya, but you can be rest assured I won’t miss another production. As Sanjana quite aptly noted in his account of Kumbi Kathawa when he had the task to write about it (http://www.groundviews.org/2007/08/23/a-brief-glimpse-of-kumbi-kathawa-ant-story/) its was both daunting and humbling, I shared similar sentiments taking pictures! If pictures only could do justice to the details, dance and drama… the magic of Kumbi Kathawa transports you from this world to quite another. Afterall even Einstein said “Dancers are the athletes of God.”

  • Sanjana says:

    Sanjana is actually a “him” not a “her” 🙂

    (September 26, 2007 at 7:48 pm)

Thaji lights up the stage

The beautiful and talented Thaji

  • Chamil says:

    Hey,Nice pictures. I have a question and it is a little off topic :)What lens did u use to take these pictures? Was the cam tripod mounted? Asking coz I am doing a comparison between the 70-200 L and the Tamron 28-75 in low light :DChamil

    (September 27, 2007 at 2:29 am)
  • Wonderful images – really does justice to Thaji’s performance.The other photos from the ballet were also great.Niiice work!

    (September 27, 2007 at 2:17 am)

My mum loves to play Scrabble. In fact her friends do too. They belong to the Sri Lanka Scrabble League. Dedicated to the New Collins Word Book, they know every 4 letter, 3 letter and 2 letter word in sight. The Galaha challenge was an experience for Dad and I. We were overwhelmed at their commitment to the game. They called the toilet a winderloo; a hot curry of sorts and I was duly informed that the newest addition to the world of words was Ageusia.

  • apuhey… that was Uncle Pratap with your parents right… he was a good family friend.. he will be missed 🙁 Amrita Hapuarachchi

    (October 26, 2007 at 5:59 pm)
  • senejay says:

    now i understand where your creativity was formulated. your mum must have understood the word Neuroplasticity long before we ever thought of it.keeping brain cells active stops the brain cells from disintegrating by making new connections and pruning the unwanted. Winderloo after vindaloo ? who needs Sudoku?

    (September 14, 2007 at 4:46 pm)
September 3, 2007 in Uncategorized
It was one of those average trips back to Galaha, taking the short cut through the Peradeniya University Campus. Perhaps one of the most beautiful University Campuses in the world; when we came across a huge gathering of Uni students, at least that’s what I presumed. I got Karunadasa to stop the van, in next to no speed assembled the camera and started firing away at this strange spectacle. There were close to 500 women dressed in sari, all with their heads covered and made to walk down this steep hillside stairway.

I had barely managed to figure out what was happening when 5 guys surrounded me, and started questioning my intentions on taking the pictures. I said it looked interesting and wanted to photograph it. They said no photos allowed. “I have a right”, public road, public access, what’s the big deal? They said no way. No pictures. Then Karunadasa came to my rescue, “Baby, appi yamu, wadak ne“. Then the leader of the pack “Ow baby yanne, Appi hondate kewaneda?”
Afraid more for my driver than myself, we left. Can anyone shed light?
  • Weird…I guess the joys of ragging.

    (September 3, 2007 at 2:14 pm)
  • Anonymous says:

    It must have been a ragging session but the audacity to stop you photographing something which could have been newsworthy is what is galling.. pity peradeniya has such ignoramuses studying for a BSc in Ignorence!

    (September 3, 2007 at 1:53 pm)

The Ther Chariot festival of Mayurapathi Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. See this happening every year on top of my lane, but yesterday was the first time I took my camera out.

  • R says:

    Love the contrast of the last pic. His body, necklace, the weight, and the sarong seem to compliment each other.

    (August 19, 2007 at 4:20 am)

Agency – Liquidmedia
Creative Director – Dhanushka Amarasekera

Aura Bridal Campaign
Agency – Liquidmedia
Creative Director – Dhanushka Amarasekera

  • Anonymous says:

    Alefiya must be a great camera person to make such a girl look as stunning as her. I mean have you seen the photos when she was a contestant for miss world. Totally different.

    (August 25, 2007 at 2:14 am)

Well done Nadeeka!
Aura Bridal Campaign
Agency – Liquidmedia
Creative Director – Dhanushka Amarasekara

  • Ayesha says:

    Salaam, I happend to stumble upon ur blog looking for a website to Adoh. Love your photos.Mind if I send u a face book invite?

    (August 11, 2007 at 2:35 pm)
  • Just Mal says:

    Highly doubtful. Haven’t seen an independent third party source yet.

    (August 8, 2007 at 5:54 pm)

Taken backstage at the Wednt, some many moons ago. For more awesome Koluu make it on the 8th of July to the Oak Room at the Cinnamon Grand!

“Maryam is the 19th sura of the Quran. It is named after Maryam the Semitic name for Mary, Mother of Jesus (Isa).

This sura begins with two narrations of ‘miraculous births’ of God’s Elect: Yahya (John the Baptist) and Isa.

The Bible and the Quran are complementary and serve to illuminate deeper spiritual meaning of Yahya’s advent and spiritual mission.

A further matter of interest is that this sura numerically matches — i.e., Sura 1 is paired with last Sura 114, 2 with 113, etc. — Sura 96, Al-Alaq, which begins with a short discourse on the ‘miracle of life.'”


  • Hee hee. I think I looked the same too.. pulled out an old photo of mine and part from the 70’s hair style there really aint no difference. 🙂

    (June 25, 2007 at 2:56 am)
  • sach says:

    Wow. I looked almost exactly like that around the time I was about 5. The face, the expression and the attitude except I had/have very round cheeks and I used to walk around with my hands behind my back, supervisor style. Lol.

    (June 24, 2007 at 12:15 am)
June 20, 2007 in Uncategorized

SO HOT shot SHE for BURNS machang! 🙂
  • Yanik says:

    Nice shot Alefiya..great control with that light..

    (July 7, 2007 at 1:47 pm)
  • Chamil says:

    lol you can say that again 🙂

    (June 26, 2007 at 2:37 am)

  • Anonymous says:

    the light contrast was absolutely amazing and the second degree apature was greater than the first. The boy holding his mothers hand symbolizes peace.

    (May 10, 2007 at 10:49 am)
  • Anonymous says:

    Like this one. The look of hope,innocence, caution & reluctance in the small one’s eyes, needs no captionJP

    (April 28, 2007 at 3:53 am)
April 4, 2007 in Uncategorized

  • Hena says:

    Like this shot a lot.. I like the fact that it’s taken from the top and you have a slight glimpse of the sheesha.. Super Work! I know you’re destined for great things!! 😉

    (March 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm)
  • Chamil says:

    Great lighting. When looking at the bigger version the makeup looks a bit dodgy.

    (March 24, 2007 at 8:09 am)
February 17, 2007 in Uncategorized

Spectacular in front of the camera, a dream model. Shot originally for In Vogue Magazine

  • chinsen says:

    hey its my old best friend from school! nice shot!

    (February 20, 2007 at 7:55 pm)
  • Chamil says:

    She is amazing in front of the camera. Haven’t seen one where she is just giving a blank stare before. Nicely done. BTW i guess this means that you have given up on the idea of using Flickr more…

    (February 18, 2007 at 3:16 am)

  • Anonymous says:

    i loveeeeee ur work!!!!

    (April 1, 2007 at 6:13 am)
  • Chamil says:

    The soft back shot is amazing. She looks so fragile in it.

    (February 15, 2007 at 7:01 am)

Simply stunning… delighted to have photographed her.
  • Thanks Sands. Long time no see…

    (February 11, 2007 at 6:43 pm)
  • ahhhhhhhh oh i’m calm honey. Love the shots…. 🙂

    (February 11, 2007 at 6:11 pm)

  • Anonymous says:

    Loving all of this! The colours.. the empty chair in the center.. looks almost eerie! his cross legged position with his foot tucked away while he smokes.. brilliant! this is what i call a photograph…

    (February 1, 2007 at 9:21 pm)
  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, like this one. Actually like the series. Thanks for the comment on my blog.Thareef

    (February 1, 2007 at 1:37 pm)

January 31, 2007 in Uncategorized

  • Do you shoot as well? Pictures I mean..

    (April 21, 2007 at 1:35 pm)
  • Styles says:

    Stunning pictures .. love the choice of subjects. I think like you I like Blue as well. It a color with a hundred meanings … will b watching u!

    (April 21, 2007 at 1:26 pm)

Never had so much attention given to my images before. If only it were the talent and not the subject!

  • Anonymous says:


    (January 8, 2007 at 7:11 pm)
  • Anonymous says:

    Stunning photos, daring whilst retaining class. (That much controversy, really?) Overall, love your work, coming to Aus anytime soon?TSL

    (January 8, 2007 at 4:35 pm)

  • Anonymous says:

    Hola, wow these look fab hon.

    (January 6, 2007 at 1:08 pm)

  • Electra says:

    really beautiful, alf. these look so tender and intimate, i love it. i’m a regular visitor on your blog although this is possibly the first time i’m making my presence known.keep it up.

    (January 8, 2007 at 3:59 pm)
  • Parthi says:

    just came across your blog…wow the pictures are splendid..i like the unique touch you have on every pic and the different ideas you put in…keep up the good work

    (January 4, 2007 at 7:26 pm)

I consider Darshi Kirthisena, the Satya Paul of Lankan design. Her modern spin on the tradional art of Batik is truely inspiring. One to watch out for.

  • Anonymous says:

    Lovely pictures Alefiya (sorry, Annie..) and the jewelry is superb too.

    (January 6, 2007 at 2:12 pm)
  • Anonymous says:

    So this what you are good at…hmmm…amazing girl. Keep up the good work. I am glad that I have got to know someone like you:)…

    (November 22, 2006 at 4:31 pm)

  • Anonymous says:

    I keep saying WOW everytime i visit this blog. starting to sound like a broken record. hon where on earth did u find that cool wall? ROCKIN!!!

    (December 7, 2006 at 10:55 am)

  • Anonymous says:

    Amazing, really like it.

    (September 24, 2006 at 11:54 pm)
  • Trippy man….trippy.

    (September 11, 2006 at 11:42 am)

  • Thank you for your kind words. Trying to break into Fashion reportage photography. Let’s see how it turns out!

    (August 10, 2006 at 5:16 am)
  • No words to define the artistic posture and the captivity on lens. Just brilliant photography and nice choice of subject.

    (August 9, 2006 at 9:12 am)

  • Thanks Yanik.There were 15 outfits I shot in this very old house. Very relaxed and unplanned shoot. The location proved to give some very interesting light…

    (July 27, 2006 at 5:15 pm)
  • Yanik says:

    Great series…really like it…:)

    (July 27, 2006 at 1:31 pm)

  • Asvajit says:


    (August 9, 2006 at 3:03 pm)
  • Anonymous says:

    Alefiya,This has to be the best! Great. Dom

    (July 28, 2006 at 2:36 am)

  • Yes Maan! But I keep missing you!The picture at the bar on Seb’s blogspot is of you right? with the camera?

    (July 26, 2006 at 5:53 am)
  • Yanik says:

    Ahh this is great Alefiya…were you at Barefoot Sunday night?

    (July 25, 2006 at 7:48 pm)
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July 25, 2006 in Uncategorized

Clothes dry on our roofs, they hang on our chairs, fences, bushes, trees, wells, and on the very rare occasion on a clothesline! They hang while a dog pees, while a child weeps, while a boy hits a six, while a priest prays, while a mother gives birth and while a soul passes away. They hang while everyday goes by and merge with our landscape and what we forget to see everyday.

In The Prophet, Gibran writes; “Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain. Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment, For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind. Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes we wear.” And I say, Ay, it was the north wind, But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread. And when his work was done he laughed in the forest. Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean. And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind? And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. “

The Off the Peg series is a study of scenes and environments which tell a story of our land. The symbolism of clothes and a clothesline is a reference to what makes the essence of living so simple, subtle and serene. The passing of time, the changing of our state, the water, the dust, the air and the sun.

  • “If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.”

    (June 22, 2006 at 1:26 pm)
  • Saad says:

    khalil can be such a badass with words, is he the one playing with the soccer ball in the photo ? :>

    (June 10, 2006 at 10:48 pm)

  • I love the Off the peg series. Wish I was closer to the subjects though, sort of a like El Perro in Stills…

    (December 11, 2006 at 11:36 pm)

  • Thanks. Its amazing the moments you find within the walls of your home…

    (May 7, 2006 at 2:53 pm)
  • This one’s sweet, and I really liked the hands of time one. Black and white looks good!

    (May 6, 2006 at 3:24 am)

  • For sure hon… bring him to colombo!

    (August 4, 2006 at 11:20 am)
  • Goldie says:

    i love this picture…its so innocent and captivating. please take some photos of my son when you see him!

    (July 31, 2006 at 10:16 am)

  • such a lovely picture of romesh! am at present enjoying ‘the match’

    (August 24, 2006 at 5:46 am)

  • Anonymous says:

    Stunning angle of the Press box at Lords-very cool- akram C

    (July 29, 2006 at 6:20 am)
  • Anonymous says:

    Stunning angle of the Press box at Lords-very cool – akramC

    (July 29, 2006 at 6:17 am)

  • Thanks Miro! I guess takes one great artist to recognise another? Hee hee 🙂

    (May 7, 2006 at 2:51 pm)
  • Miro says:

    Wow.. its truly breathtaking.. the sea looks like one of your mosaic masterpieces..

    (May 3, 2006 at 3:51 am)

  • Thanks Charlotte…Had a look through your site and trying to find out which school you come from?

    (May 7, 2006 at 2:50 pm)
  • Charlotte says:

    WOW… your photography absolutely amazing.

    (April 4, 2006 at 8:30 am)


I have caught you
at this perfect time
the end of your innocence
the rebirth of mine

When your past lies behind you
your future an open road
born at the right time
born with an old soul

I still see that
mischief in your eyes
a well of secret laughter
a woman of endless suprise

Not yet at rest in yourself
no longer a girl
afraid of what’s inside
no longer afraid of the world.

from China Bay Blues by Afdhel Aziz

  • Anonymous says:

    They make and amazing apple pie….and your photographs are astonishingx

    (February 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm)

  • boycy says:

    Reminds me of pettah

    (March 1, 2006 at 11:25 am)

  • Chamil says:

    That is an amazing shot. Love the lighting and the composition.

    (January 9, 2007 at 5:12 am)
  • Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing shot. Much editting done ? superb stuff !Thareef

    (December 13, 2006 at 1:00 pm)