Baby Beauty

I enjoyed taking these beautiful photos with this wonderful little family!

 

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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture these beautiful moments. 

Magnolias!!

Here are some photos of blooming magnolias I took at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.  I hope you like them :-)

Cherry Blossoms

Here are some photos of this year's cherry blossoms in DC.

Spring Is Here

Spring time... I hope I get the chance to photograph some cherry blossoms this year!

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Northern Virginia Photographer

Halloween 2015

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend.  As my annual tradition of going out to M Street in Georgetown to photograph people in their customs, I bring you some great photos.  This year I only focused on really good ones. These people took the effort in making their characters look good.  Whether they were scary, funny, beautiful, or just creative, you can tell they did their part. So I leave you with these awesome people!

I hope you liked them :-)

Have a wonderful time.

A Portrait Session

Hello everyone.

Shooting in a studio where you have total control of lighting and background is good.  But going out and shooting on location, is fun and exciting.  It's even more exciting when you do not know the location well.  You never know what you can find and what might work with you or against you.  Here are some photos from one of my recent photoshoots that was exactly just like that.  You just have to work with what you find.

Enjoy!

Malia's Makeup Artistry

Hello everyone.  Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing a local makeup artist in her studio.  On her Facebook page she wrote:

Makeup is my passion and to me there is nothing more exciting than the transformation of a face and the confidence boost it offers! Weddings are my specialty although I also offer makeup for photo shoots, special events and any other event you wanna be looking your absolute BEST!!!

For her services, you could find her information on her Facebook page Malia's Makeup Artistry.  You could also follow her work on instagram @MaliasMakeupArtistry.

I leave you with these photos.

Thank you for passing by.

I like the next photo as a portrait with her studio.

I hope you liked it!

Huda's Sweet Bee Bakery

Do you enjoy home baked cakes and pies? Or may be some yummy cookies or cupcakes?  Then you have to check Huda's Sweet Bee Bakery's Facebook page.  This is a small business where homemade baked goods are made with love and passion.  Her creations taste as good as they look.  I got the pleasure of photographing some of her goods.  I leave you with a taste of what she makes.

You could also follow her on Instagram at HudasSweetBeeBakery.

Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by!

Pistachio Cake

This is homemade pistachio cake by my lovely wife.  It was really delicious and not too sweet.  The frosting is also pistachio flavored. 

Enjoy it and have a lovely week.

Coffee Bread

A friend of mine made us a coffee bread to try.  One of the main ingredients is cardamom.  This thing is AMAZING!  Here is what it looks like.  I wish you could've tasted it!

Enjoy!

Headshot and Portrait Session

Here are samples from my latest headshot and portrait session.   It was a great photoshoot.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy :-)

And my FAVORITE shot of all or what I refer to as the "Million Dollars Shot" is:

As always, comments are highly appreciated.

Thank you!

Around Old Town Alexandria

Hello everyone.  I hope you're all doing great and getting ready for winter.  Here are some photos I shot while walking around Old Town Alexandria Harbor in Virginia.

I hope you like them.  Feel free to leave a comment or send a message.  Have a great week :-)

The Amish Transportation

Hello again.  Continuing my posts about my visit to the Amish land, I dedicate this post for their mode of transportation.

As I mentioned in my last post, The Amish House, the Amish people do not own or use cars.  They only ride cars in extreme necessity and they would be in the passenger seat.  Instead, they're main mode of transportation is the buggy pulled by a horse.

I noticed there are several types.  Some are closed and some are open.  Some are big and some are small.  But what's unique to them is a little triangle placed at the back of the buggy telling veihcles behind them that this is a slowly moving veihcle.  These buggies don't have special roads, instead they share the streets with cars.  These buggies are also equipped with turn signals that are powered by car batteries.

Another interesting thing I learned was that they don't use bicycles, instead they use scooters.  These scooters are physically pushed by one leg while the other leg is on the scooter.  They actually look pretty cool.  I think part of not using bicycles because the tires are made of rubber and they are not allowed to use rubber.

Well, I think this will be my last post on the Amish world.  I hope you found them enjoyable and somewhat informative.  If you like to know more about them, I highly suggest you visit Lancaster County in Pennsylvania if you're in the area.  You should also try their foods, it's very good, especially the desserts.  For more information, you can visit the Lancaster County website.

I leave you with these photos.  Enjoy!

The Amish House

Welcome back.  I hope you're interested in seeing more photos of my visit to the Amish land.  If you haven't read my previous post, please visit My Visit To The Amish Land.

In this post, I will show you photos of what a typical Amish house looks like from the outside.  There are some photos of indoor photos as well.  Typically the house is very simple.  It has a little garden outside where they grow their own corn and vegetables.  There might be a little barn where they have their horses, sheep, goats, chicken, or any other live animals for the house.  An interesting fact about the Amish, they do not use electricity or cars.  So each house will have a huge gas tank next to the house to supply them with energy.  For transportations, they use buggies pulled by horses.  This will be the topic of my next post.  So, you'll also find garages for their buggies instead of cars.  Another distinct feature of the house, is a simple pull-down green curtain on each window.  They won't use any other design because it is considered to be a luxury that's unnecessary.  So they'll install these pull-down green curtains just to simple prevent the heat of the sun from entering the house.  

The most interesting thing I really enjoyed looking at was how neatly groomed each house was.  All of them had beautiful colored flowers neatly grown around the house.

I'll leave you with these photos.


My Visit To The Amish Land

In search of something new to photograph and a story to tell, I decided to explore the Amish land.  On one Sunday morning during the summer, I grabbed my little camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10, and hit the road to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.  I honestly, didn't know what to expect.  All I wanted was something new to photograph.  

The first thing that struck me as I opened the door of my car, was the distinct smell of farms!  That smell that makes your face goes "eewww."  But as time passed, you get used to it.  Since I didn't know anyone there and where to go and see things, I decided to look for a guided tour.  I ended up at The Amish Village.  The tour guide was great.  She was very knowledgable and thoughtful.  She herself was not Amish, but she lived in the area and had many Amish friends.

I really enjoyed the tour and learned so much about the Amish.  However, during the tour I felt kind of weird and awkward.  I realized we were taking a tour to watch people live their normal life.  It felt kind of creepy!  Interestingly, it seemed like they didn't mind at all.  In fact, many of the Amish people were very nice.  They waived their hands with big smiles, especially the older folks and the little ones.  There was some kind of mutual respect.  I think they were probably used to seeing these tour buses.

To learn more about their lifestyle, you can visit the Lancaster County website.

I leave you with some of the photos I took of the land.  In a later post or two, I'll show you more photos.  Thank you for visiting :-)

Less Guilt With Lettuce Wrapped!

Burgers are one of the most wide spread meals around the world.  From fast food to gourmet burgers and from petite to one pounders or layers, different styles to satisfy different taste buds.  This sandwich packs a large amount of calories, which would affect your health if eaten irresponsibly.  One way to decrease the number of calories is to replace the buns with lettuce.  Inspired by my lovely wife, I decided to wrap my Five Guys' burger with green sheets of fresh leafs of lettuce for tonight's dinner.

Here it is :-)