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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.

Archive for 'Houston Magazine'

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.

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.

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.


“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

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.

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

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.

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.