Yellow Wood

a few of my favorite things, Art, love, Poetry

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Windows from around the World- Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

a few of my favorite things, Color, travel diaries, Windows from around the World

Windows - Cinque Terre

I have a thing for windows and doors and all things rustic. (Would you believe me if I told you there are actually popular hashtags for what I just wrote?)

To feed the collector in me, I aim to photograph windows from all over the world. OK, maybe that’s wishful thinking but I do hope to photograph any windows and doors that catch my fancy. (Yep, I just said that like an old grandma)




The Peacock Room and Filthy Lucre- Freer gallery of Art, D.C.

Art, Museums, travel diaries

‘I want you to walk into Filthy Lucre and catch your breath a little bit,’ hopes Darren Waterston, the man behind Filthy Lucre at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

And it does indeed take your breath away.

Filthy Lucre or The Peacock Room Remix is in Waterston’s words a homage of a contemporary artist to Whistler’s beautiful Peacock Room. According to Julian Raby (Director)The Peacock Room is not just a decorative model but in fact ‘freighted with emotion. What Darren Waterston has done is to take that emotional element and write it large in a whole installation.’

Filthy Lucre is here only until January 2016 and if you ask me, a must see.

Here are some photos from my recent visit. Very little or no editing has been done, the lighting in both rooms is perfect to create the respective mood in the photos.

The Painting

The Peacock Room- Freer Gallery of Art

1-c Filthy Lucre- Syma K. Photography

The Wall with Peacocks

The Peacock Room

Filthy Lucre- Syma K. Photography

The Doors

The Peacock Room

Peacock Room

Filthy Lucre- Syma K. Photography

Another Wall

Filthy Lucre- Syma K. Photography

For more information on The Peacock Room, go here.

To learn more about The Peacock Room Remix, go here.

(Special thanks to the random art lover in the first photo, who refused to get out of my frame.)

Riomaggiore, Cinque terre – The Sunset

a few of my favorite things, love, travel diaries

Ever since I had seen some photos of candy colored houses perched on top of a hill by the ligurian sea, Cinque Terre had been at the top of my list of places to visit.

This past May, after a lot of persuading sessions from my dear Hubby, I was able to visit Italy. (Persuading was needed because I was leaving behind 3 kids for the first time in my life for 10 days! But that’s another story)

My sister was my travel buddy, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Our first stop was Rome, and I will be posting about Rome soon as well. For now, all I can say is I absolutely understand why people fall in love with the eternal city.

We hopped onto Trenitalia and had to change a few stations before getting to our home in Cinque terre – Riomaggiore. How sweet Romans are, and how they helped us throughout the way is for another blogpost as well.

Once we got to the Riomaggiore train station, my sister was still in a haze of the long train ride, I assume. Or maybe she was too focused on what to do next – how to call our host in Riomaggiore, will there be wifi available, are we getting there too late – which were all valid reasons to lose sight of, ‘We are actually here!’ for a while. So I quietly asked her to just turn around and take a look.

.Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

And this was the view. She took this beautiful shot. I only take credit for asking her to turn around.

We found wifi, contacted our host and were soon walking through the tunnel towards our town. We both had small carry ons and one bag each. And I’m sure if you’re planning to visit this part of the world, you have heard the advice to pack light. Trust that advice! When you read about the stairs, and lots of endless stairs, trust those blogposts.

stairs to our apartment

We were lucky to have found our apartment (through airbnb – highly recommend!) right at the harbor, so this is not a lot of stairs compared to other apartments…

But once in the apartment the view from our balcony made it all worth the hike up the stairs and the long train ride.

View from apartment

Once again photo taken by my sister, I seemed to have lost my camera or senses at the time. What a breathtaking view!

We wasted no time and headed to the rocky beach to wait for sunset.

It was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life.

Sunset Riomaggiore

Sunset Riomaggiore

DSC_4516-1-aSunset couple Riomaggiore

Sunset Riomaggiore

Sunset Riomaggiore

Sunset Riomaggiore

More on Riomaggiore, the other 4 towns that make up Cinque Terre and other travel stories to come soon.

the Giant and the Bird

Black & White, freedom, love, travel diaries

Ah! to soar through the winds,

to fly,

to have wings.

the Giant and the Bird

the Giant and the Bird

the Giant and the Bird

Built from concrete in 1910, the 14 meter high image of Neptune was once a symbol of the town of Monterosso al Mare on the Italian Riviera. After losing not only its trident and the seashell that it once held up high, but even its arms to allied bombing and the rough sea over the years, the Giant now stands defeated, perhaps waiting for a miracle.

#CinqueTerre #Italy #ThingstoseeItaly #thingstoseecinqueterre

2 Options. You Choose!

Fall, family photography, Family Portraits, Season, Uncategorized, What's new?

I have been getting requests and there isn’t enough time in the beautiful month of November to accommodate everyone for regular sessions! So *drumroll*

Holiday Mini-Sessions are here!! Last chance to get those family photos for holiday cards!

2 Locations. 2 Dates. 2 Prices. You choose what works best for you!

There will be very limited slots, so please contact me now if you’re interested!

Mini-Sessions Holidays Facebook Cover Photo |Syma K. Photography

Here are the addresses for the two locations:

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

5040 Walney Road

Chantilly, VA 20151

Stone House Manassas Battlefield Park

6511 Sudley Road

Manassas, VA 20109

I hope to capture the love, laughter and life of your family!



(you can read why mini-sessions might be a good fit for you here)

Why Mini’s? Why not!

Being Mama by Syma K. Photography, Black & White, Children Photography, family photography, Info for my Clients, Uncategorized

Baby Lifestyle | Syma K. Photography

Baby Lifestyle | Syma K. Photography

Baby Lifestyle | Syma K. Photography

Here are a few reasons why Mini-Sessions might work for you:

PRICE: They are almost always going to cost less than the regular sessions.

TIME: They won’t take up as much time as regular sessions.

So, you can squeeze them in between your friend’s baby shower and your doctor’s appointment. Just saying.

Being Mama mini-sessions |Syma K. Photography

Being Mama mini-sessions |Syma K. Photography

GET TO KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER: If it’s your first time with this photographer, mini’s are a great way to get to know their style of work. Instead of committing to a full regular session, you can try them out with a mini and see if you fall in love with their work.

FOR QUICK UPDATES TO YOUR CHILDREN’S ALBUM: They grow up so fast! Each new season they are a little taller, wiser, missing a tooth or getting a new one! Quick mini-sessions can help you keep their albums up to date.

Children |Syma K. Photography

Children | Syma K. Photography

Children Portraits | Syma K. Photography

Children Portraits | Syma K. Photography

Children Portraits | Syma K. Photography

Are there any other reasons you can think of?

Why should you think before choosing where to order prints from | For my clients

Info for my Clients

A session- be it a newborn, family, an event or any other – takes quite a bit of an effort and time not only on the photographer’s part but also on yours.

You make sure you are dressed nicely. You get your hair done. You take time out of your day to drive up to the location. You get the kids in the right mood, noses wiped, hair combed.

You turn your heater on a sweltering 80 degrees so the baby stays comfortable during the session. You keep the siblings quiet. You feed the baby on demand during the session just to help them go back to sleep.

You make sure all the details are perfect.

I try my best to give you the best possible results, not just photos but preserved memories. I strive to make each photo into a unique work of art that you can display in your home for years to come. It takes a lot of dedication, passion, love and time. I love doing this.

But here’s what happens when these photos are printed at local drugstores.

lab prints are best | Syma K. Photography

It is my request that you order your prints from the online gallery that I provide you with. You will receive the best quality prints, the quality that you deserve, the quality that these photos deserve.

Please and thank you!

Much love,


p.s. fyi the watermark seen on the images will not be seen on the prints when you place your order.