In Yo Face!

25 02 2009

I’ve been trying to kick up my portrait game, take it to the next level nah’mean.  Anyways, here are some portraits of people I’ve been collecting over the past few weeks.

P.S. Please pray for my camera.  I dropped it and it broke.  It is in need of repair, pray for its speedy recovery.  Thanks.

 

Late Christmas

Under the Lights

Sarwar stands on a sidewalk, waiting to cross the street in Fairfax Corner.

 

Fresh To Death

Fresh To Death

I got this shot of Wali while we were waiting with our Youth Group to leave from a standup comedy performance by Dean Obeidallah, at American University.

 

Rouge

Rouge

Chillin at Fairfax Corner, with some green tea.

 

Daddio Coolio

Daddio

At my uncle’s house.  My dad was sippin on some chai.

 

Elegeance

Elegance

It was extremely cold that night, and my mom was very layered.  Here she is, enjoying the comedy show at AU.

 

Study Buddy

Study Buddy

My brother was supposed to be studying.  I’m pretty positive he was really just using Facebook…or Wikipedia.

 

Warm Reflections

Warm Reflections

Sami was over at our house, getting pwnd in Madden.  I managed to get a picture of him while beating him simultaneously.  Skillz.

 

Cold sarWAR

Cold sarWAR

At Borders, chillin wit Zightai.

 

The Dean

The Dean

Standup comedian, Dean Obeidallah, visits AU in DC for a show, following a screening of a film about Muslims Standup Comics.  

 

Iris Divine

Iris Divine

Farhaad and I hit up a local metal concert, organized by Iris Divine.  Check out their music, it’s great stuff.

 

Test

Test

I was trying to demonstrate to Mufti how the aperture works on the camera.  Looks like it worked out aright.

 

Antipatico(cake)

Antipatico(cake)

A little girl refusing to play patty cake…unheard of.  Seeing is believing my friends.

 

Happy Bday Pops

Happy Bday Pops

We celebrated my dad’s birthday at home a few weeks ago.  That cake rocked.

 

Jughead

Jughead

Kani was trying to shield himself from having his picture taken.  This only made the shot more entertaining.  Nice try.

 

Ohhh, Dwight.

Ohhh, Dwight.

Best show ever.





A New Approach

7 02 2009

I was finally able to upgrade to a DSLR.  One of the reasons I haven’t been posting up too many new pictures is because I’ve mostly just been trying to get better with it.  Alot of the shots that I have so far are like…whatever, but there are some that I liked alot.  I’ve been collecting them over the past few weeks, and I think I have enough to start making some more posts.  So, check it out, these are with the Pentax K10D.

 

 

Ba Ba Shop

Ba Ba Shop

My cousin came over, and my brother gave him a haircut.  

 

 

Stand Tall

Stand Tall

My brother and I went to visit my cousins.  Here we are in their basement, before gettin into some Madden.

 

 

Daddio

Daddio

Me and my parents went to Newport News to visit a family friend at his new restaurant.  I don’t really know what my dad was doing here…but I’m told he looks very Italian in this picture.

 

 

Supa Cru

Supa Cru

My cousin was representing, either his favorite dance crew, or his favorite gang sign.  

 

 

Line It Up

Line It Up

More haircuttin’ action.

 

 

Backstage Inspection

Backstage Inspection

My mother was in the kitchen at the restaurant we visited, checking out all of their equipment and watching closely how they were running things behind the scenes.

 

 

1, 2, 3...

1, 2, 3...

I was just messing around one day and took a picture of my hand.  I guess I had the number 4 in mind, no clue as to why.  I like the way the picture turned out though.





Wintery Retreat

19 01 2009

I spent the week after Christmas as a counselor at a MYNA retreat, on a campsite near Dallas, TX.  It was my first time in Texas, but not much really to report on how things are different.  It seemed just like any other midwest state.  The weather was pretty amazing though.  The first day we were there, it was like 80 degrees.  The entire week it stayed pretty warm.  

I had the opportunity to meet alot of really amazing people through the camp.  Of course, I had my camera along with me, so I put together some shots to share the experience.  Also, I just recently learned how to edit pictures, so I’ve been trying to touch up some of my shots to try and improve them.  I didn’t do it as much with these, but you’ll probably see it with even newer work.

 

Sparking A Movement

Sparking A Movement

Twice during the camp, we had bonfires.  It was alot of fun, everyone huddled around the fire and we sang songs and ate smores.  Nader was roasting some marshmallows early on in the bonfire in this pic.  Kudos to him for sitting so still so I could get this picture to come out right.

 

Canadian Moose

Canadian Moose

Yes.  The infamous Musa Syeed.  Musa was a counselor for the older group of campers.  Here, he’s with one of the campers from Canada.  And, of course, there’s the Germ-X…one of the staples of our week, lovely.

 

The Genius Gene

The Genius Gene

Zaki Barzinji, former president of MYNA, stands with his uncle, Musa, in the back of the room at one of the workshops during the retreat.  The program was focused around leadership building and training.  The workshops were a great way for the kids to learn useful ways to help them develop as leaders and community organizers.

 

Lighted

Lighted

Adam Soliman, current VP of MYNA, hangs out in the back of the classroom during workshops.  It looks like we caught him texting…I’m sure it’s official MYNA bidness.

 

The Real Cameraman

The Real Cameraman

Asif was definitely the real photographer this week.  I was just a baby amateur compared to him.  Here he is, showin off his skillz.

 

Drawing Inspiration

Drawing Inspiration

The one and only, Raef.  He joined the group halfway through the week and was kind enough to share his musical talents and to give some talks to the campers.  The back of the room is a popular place.

 

Star Studded Crowd

Star-Studded Crowd

Ok, the real star in this picture is actually Nouman Ali Khan, not the 11 yr. old child/soccer-prodigy wearing the Ronaldinho jersey.  Nouman came and blew the kids away with his knowledge and teaching style.  If anyone ever has an opportunity to hear him, you should take advantage of it 🙂

 

007...ish

007...ish

Riz!!  Riz was part of a small group that attended the camp from England.  The kids won a competition hosted by the Muslim Youth Helpline, and got the opportunity to come to this camp.  Also check out the link for Muslim Youth.net, they’re doing some pretty amazing things for youth development too.  Hopefully, this interaction with other groups increases our own scope.

So, I should explain the picture, too…There were different recreational activities at the camp.  This was from the BB gun range.  There was also archery, wall-climbing, boating, sports, hiking, and of course…napping.

 

Face of the Future

Face of the Future

This is Na’eel.  I like to consider myself Na’eel’s unofficial co-counselor.  Our groups shared the same cabin, and had some very memorable experiences.  Na’eel was amazing all though, all throughout the week.  Very inspirational and hecka cool.  I didn’t realize how G he was at first, but as the days went by, I’d learn more and more about the awesomeness of Na’eel 🙂

 

The Good Book

The Good Book

I actually did not realize, until I started writing this post, that Monem Salam was in On A Wing And A Prayer.  He visited the camp for a day to speak to the campers and teach them a little bit.  I wish more mention would have been made of some of the amazing figures in attendance.  We also had Zarqa Nawaz, I don’t have any pictures of her, the creator of the Canadian sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie.  She came for a few days and spoke at the end about her experiences.  

 

Lemme Learn Ya

Lemme Learn Ya

Na’eel explains something to one of his campers before the workshops start.  I have no clue what they were talking about, but it looks pretty heavy.

 

Music Making

Music Making

Raef was putting the finishing touches on a song he wrote with Na’eem Muhammad of Native Deen, who visited at the beginning of the camp.  The song, about Gaza,  was performed at the entertainment session at the end of the camp.

 

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

All throughout the Dining Hall, there were quotes posted, reinforcing concepts of living peacably with nature and the benefits of being connected to the great outdoors.  This was my personal favorite.





2 Eids

18 12 2008

After Ramadan, there were some Eid festivities at Dar Al-Noor and at Six Flags.  There are also pictures from the more recent Eid that just passed, or rather from the DC Green Muslims Dinner #6, which was 2 days before Eid.   I also got a roll of film developed that had pictures in it from the summer, I threw in some of those shots as well 🙂

 

Flash

Flash

We were at the mosque for an Eid BBQ.  Tayeeb was chilling after waiting in line for half an hour to get food.

 

House

House

 

 

Ali was hanging out at a Halloween bash down in Richmond.  Guess who he’s dressed as?  (Hint: read the caption)

 

The Mufti

The Mufti

Mufti came down to visit for the Eid BBQ.  The smoke behind her is from the grills, this isn’t a protest or anything.  Just burgers and hot dogs.

 

Around The Bend

Around The Bend

This was at the Butler Center in DC, during the DC Green Muslims Dinner #6.  The room got so packed that some of us had to sit on the stairs in the hallway to eat dinner.  Sarwar was chillin on the steps afterwards.

 

Stairstory

Stairstory

Later on in the evening, everyone was mingling and networking.  I should mention, I took these pictures using NJ‘s camera.  She edited them and added the color effect, so she should def get credit.

 

Radiant

Radiant

This was from a program at the Islamic Study Center in Charlottesville.  Sheikh Ninowy was visiting and delivered an excellent presentation to a packed house.  

 

All Eyes On

All Eyes On

Ibrahim stood up to give a presentation towards the end of the program and captured the full attention of the entire audience.

 

Pardon Me

Pardon Me

Arafat was dressed up as a prisoner, next to Shakeeb who came dressed as Obama.  Here, they’re both teamed up in a game of foosball against two others.

 

Scholarly Advice

Scholarly Advice

Sheikh Ninowy receives some guidance about the program from Shaykh Nooruddeen during the lunch break.  This program at the Islamic Study Center was focused on learning from The Book Of Wisdom by Ibn Ata Illah.

 

On My Coaster

On My Coaster

Six Flags hosted the Muslim Family Day, in celebration of Eid.  The park opened early and had a special section set aside with Halal food vendors and prayer areas.  All in all, it was a fun day.  I went with my cousins and had a great time, would def recommend something like this in the future.

 

Life Coaching?

Life Coaching?

Tariq (right) speaks with Esa after the Green Dinner.  Tariq is a Life Coach by profession, but Esa is a teacher.  Hmm, I wonder who is schooling whom?

 

Semi-Accessible

Semi-Accessible

The grass around Dar Al-Noor was strictly taped off during the masjid’s Eid BBQ.  I guess they really wanted to protect the lawn…with caution tape.





So Caught Up

26 11 2008

Congratulations, to me.  With this post, I’m officially caught up with all of the backlogged pictures I’ve been trying to put up.  These pictures are from recent trips I’ve taken down to Richmond to visit friends at VCU.  It was interesting being back again, seems like so much has changed.  I guess that’s just how it is when you’ve been out of it for a while.

 

Bathing in the Sunlight

So Sharp

09/2008

Nadder was hangin out with us in the Commons and I took this picture of him while he was talking to someone.  The lighting was amazing around this time and this was my favorite picture from that weekend.

 

Dilated Peoples

Dilated Peoples

10/2008

This is my brother’s eye.  He just came back from the eye doctor, who gave him something to dilate his pupils.  It was so ridiculous that I had to take a picture.  You can see out my window though, through the reflection in his eye, it’s pretty crazy.

 

Lookout Point

Lookout Point

Sarwar and I visited the City Hall Observation Deck in Richmond.  From there, we could see most of the downtown area.  It’s a pretty amazing view, check it out if you ever get the chance.

 

Freshman

Freshman

Zafar’s a great guy, one of the many new freshman at VCU.  He has having a good laugh in the Commons while a group of us were hanging out.

 

Go Hard

Go Hard

Sarwar was trying to act hard while we were hanging out in the Commons.  That softie couldn’t even hold it, and started to crack a smile anyways.

 

Resurrection

Resurrection

The Cary St. Gym is being completely renovated and rebuilt.  Because of it’s status as a historic building, the school can’t tear down it’s walls.  Instead, they left the original brick walls up and completey gutted and emptied out the insides.  Now, they’re rebuilding the entire thing around the walls, it’s a pretty interesting sight.  Too bad this is going to become the supergym across the street from 123 Cherry after I already graduated.





It Is, Na?

26 11 2008

Labor Day weekend, some friends and I took a road trip to Columbus, OH for the annual ISNA convention.  It was a decent trip, Columbus was surprisingly tight.  The conference was fun, all in all I’d say it was a good getaway.  

 

 

Footsie

Footsie

09/2008

Frog was chillin in the hotel room as we waited for everyone to get ready so we could head to the Convention Center.  

 

 

Diva

Diva

To his credit, Frog does not actually own that shirt, it belongs to his younger, more flamboyant brother, and he apparently grabbed it on accident before leaving for OH.  This meal was aight.  Nothing to rave about.

 

 

Keep On Rollin'

Keep On Rollin'

Ali wheels his luggage to the car on our last morning at the conference.  

 

 

Hey, MR!

Hey, MR!

Amir, aka Mujahideen Ryder, is a well-known Muslim blogger and a friend.  We got to meet up at ISNA and I ended up sitting behind him in one of the main session lectures.





The Open Water

19 11 2008

For Father’s Day, our community organized a fishing trip out in the Chesepeake Bay.  My dad was super excited and me and my brother were like, eh…whatever, but we were with it for my dad.  At the last minute, he bailed out, cuz he hurt his ankle, and…for some reason…me and my brother ended up going anyways.  I’m seriously not a fan of fishing, but, the boat ride was pretty nice.  Here are some pictures of the shenanigans at the fatherless Father’s Day Fishing Trip.

 

Ready For It

Ready For It

June 2008

Somebody came super prepared…Billal’s dad was chillin with the uncles and enjoying a good laugh while we waited for the captain to drive us out into the deep water.

 

King of The World

King of The World

I was having a Leonardo DiCaprio moment at the front of the boat, while the captain drove out into open water.  You know what I’m talking about.

 

Chameleon

Chameleon

Jawad’s dad was blending in surprisingly well with his surroundings.  Even his hair was flowing at the same angle as the fishing poles…those fish didn’t stand a chance!

 

REM

REM

Yousuf was catchin some hardcore nap action on the boat.  We were out there for a pretty long time, starting really early in the morning.  Everyone was a bit tired…

 

Personal Guard

Personal Guard

My brother wasn’t really keeping guard, Ayyaz just happened to fall asleep on one of the only benches in the boat, so we had to sit around him.  Later, my uncle held a fish up under his nose.  It made for a pretty funny picture, but sadly, it didn’t wake him up.

 

Ridin' th Waves

Ridin' The Waves

Sami was chillin with the shades while we headed back to shore after a long day of fish hunting.

 

The Catch

The Catch

There lies half of our catch, the other half was in another cooler.