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!


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 :-)

A Taste of Indonesia in the DC Metro Area

Are you craving Indonesian food?  You never had some and would like to taste it?  Look no further! Satay Sarinah is a family owned little Indonesian restaurant, probably the only one in the DC Metro area, located in Alexandria, VA.  Both the wife and husband do the cooking.  So the food tastes delicious, and it is as close as you can get to a home cooking style.   

In addition, they have added two food trucks to go and serve lunch in Washington, D.C.  You can follow them on twitter @SateTruck to find out where they will be serving lunch, or visit their truck's website at

This is a must go to restaurant to try out and indulge yourself in traditional Indonesian food.  Below are some photos I took from my lunch last Sunday.  They are of their combination order, which is good if you are not sure what to order or if you want to try the different dishes they serve.  It is called Rijsttafel.


Hello everyone!

It has been quite some time since I last posted anything.  It's amazing how life works.  Gotten a little bit busy with different things that took me away from my photography a little.  But thanks to a friend who alerted me to the rise of the Supermoon!  The excitement and anticipation was as joyful as taking the photos, especially with a really cloudy sky in the DC area.  The photos were taken last night, Sunday the 10th of August, 2014 from in front of the Netherlands Carillon.  I was hoping for a shot of the moon rising behind the Monument and the U.S. Capitol, but the clouds just prevented that from happening.  Nevertheless, I still love these shots and I hope you do.


Sunrise From The Plane

This is an amazing shot of the sunrise from the plane!  One of life's beauty we take for granted.  Enjoy :-) and have an AMAZING weekend!

From The Plane

It always amazes me how planes can fly.  But what's most spectacular is the different perspective seeing things from a bird's eyes view.  Here are some shots I took from a recent flight.  Can you spot Manhattan, NY?

Cherry Blossoms 2014

Hello everyone.

Winter this year has gone a bit too far for my liking.  Luckily, there were some days where it was really nice to go out and catch some cherry blossoms.  Here are some of the photos I took this year.  Enjoy!

More Snow Photos

After cleaning the snow yesterday, I went on a little walk to take some photos.  I know I said I don't like taking photos of the snow, but there is beauty everywhere and I wanted to capture that.  But it was still so cold!! 

Here are some of what I shot:

My First Time-Lapse

Winter is not my favorite season of the year.  My photography slows down tremendously because of the cold weather.  Well, since it was a snow day today, and hopefully the last this year,  there was no escape from going out and clean the driveway from snow.  

To motivate myself, I decided to make a time-lapse video of the cleaning process.  It's my first ever.  I hope you like it.  I think it turned out good but very short, what do you think?  Here it is:

Winter Refuses to Leave

It seems like winter is refusing to leave this year.  Snow refused but to come down since 6 pm Sunday evening.  The forecast says that snow will continue falling until around 2 pm Monday afternoon.  There has already been many school closures in the area.  Despite all of this, they say it is not uncommon to have snow in March!  In fact, last year this time, it also snowed around this time.

As I mentioned before, I really do not like going out to shoot in winter.  However, this time, I grabbed my camera and headed out to take some shots with the idea of Winter Refuses to Leave!

Here is what I came up with.

Note: All photos taken by my new Olympus OM-D E-M10 and a 25mm (50mm equivalent) f/1.8 lens. 

Bisht Tour Documentary فيديو وثائقي للفة البشت

One of my great photo shoot experiences was the one I did for the Bisht Comedy Tour in DC.  It amplified how much I enjoy photographing performances and behind the scenes candid shots.  Also, not only the shoot was great, but I got to meet some pretty cool and funny people.  

A documentary YouTube video was just released recently documenting the tour in the US.  I was happy to see myself appear briefly in it at the beginning, but the most humbling and appreciative thing was the acknowledgment and credit for my photography at the end of the video.

You can read my post about the event by visiting my blog post Bisht Comedy Tour in DC - Exclusive Photos! And you can read my thoughts on the tour in this post BishtTour DC-Thoughts and Behind the Scenes Photos!

Thank you Time Agency, Hisham Khalifa, and the rest of the crew.

Here is the video. Enjoy!

A Walk in DC

The weather was nice yesterday.  It was a little cool, but not freezing.  So it was a good time to take a little walk in DC and search for photo opportunities.  Here are some of the shots I took.