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.

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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!


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!

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

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.

September 15, 2010 in Portraits, Travel, Uncategorized

September 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

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wearing KT Brown

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

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.

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.

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

December 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

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

September 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

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

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

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.

July 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

July 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

The beautiful faces of I have a dream, a part of Colombo Pride 2008!
June 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

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

May 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Chula for Sonali White’s Haddai

Nadeeka and Maria model for up coming designer Nishika Samaratunga.

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

April 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

The beautiful Shaheena gets her Nikkah taken with Rehan. How time flies…

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

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
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.

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/.
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
December 16, 2007 in Uncategorized

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

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

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!)


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!

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

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.

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.”

Thaji lights up the stage

The beautiful and talented Thaji

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.

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?

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.

Agency – Liquidmedia
Creative Director – Dhanushka Amarasekera

Aura Bridal Campaign
Agency – Liquidmedia
Creative Director – Dhanushka Amarasekera

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

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.'”


June 20, 2007 in Uncategorized

SO HOT shot SHE for BURNS machang! 🙂

April 4, 2007 in Uncategorized

February 17, 2007 in Uncategorized

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

Simply stunning… delighted to have photographed her.

January 31, 2007 in Uncategorized

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

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.

July 25, 2006 in Uncategorized

July 25, 2006 in Uncategorized

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.


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

For Leisure Times, Hybridmedia, Sri Lanka.

Those who have seen your face
Draw back in fear
I am the mask you wear
It’s me they hear

The Phantom of Opera

For Leisure Times, Hybridmedia, Sri Lanka.

Sing once again with me
Our strange duet
My power over you
Grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me to glance behind
The phantom of the opera is there
Inside your mind

The Phantom of the Opera

November 29, 2005 in Uncategorized

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminishedby a nice cup of tea.
Bernard-Paul Heroux – 1900s Basque philosopher

I smile, of course,And go on drinking tea,’Yet with these April sunsets, that somehow recall My buried life, and Paris in the Spring,I feel immeasurably at peace, and find the world To be wonderful and youthful, after all.’
T.S. Elliot, Portrait of a Lady

November 26, 2005 in Uncategorized

And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams, Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams – In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams. (Edgar Allan Poe)

November 26, 2005 in Uncategorized

November 26, 2005 in Uncategorized

November 26, 2005 in Uncategorized