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noorphotography  Beautiful souls make for beautiful photos ~ noor al-mosawi. Visual artist. Toronto-based Wedding, Portrait & Lifestyle photographer.

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A shot of the lovely Bushra & Aamir from their bridal portrait session yesterday afternoon. It was heart warming to see them again and to capture the festivities!
Bridal hair and makeup by @glowinggoddessmuah
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A smokey shot of the fabulous @ruaelkasheef a couple of weekends ago following her session for Beyond A Label. Being the writer and poet that she is, Rua shared beautiful reflections along with this image: "Reflecting on this smoke bomb I remember that the only thing we have control over is what we release into this world. What we give will grow and perpetuate just like this smoke did. Just like this smoke it becomes a permanent part of the environment, subject to all the elements. Just like this smoke, we may try to plan its trajectory but it's ultimate destination is one very much out of our hands.
The smoke was beautiful! Let us try to beautify amidst all the mess. Let truth surround and engulf our world and infect everything it can. Let us inhale it deeply and let the love recycle and recharge our spirits....and when you we are recharged, let out this beautiful fire again...and again...and again 💜

Allahu Akbar!" #portrait #photograph #smoke #smokey #smokegrenade #torontophoto #photography #art #artist #bethelove #muslimah #blackmuslimah #blackgirlmagic #blackandmuslim #hijab #hijabi #sisterhood #community #connect #create #inspire #toronto #tdot #the6ix #poet #writer #goodvibes #reflection

Another shot of the fabulous @ruaelkasheef from Sunday's session for Beyond A Label. She was the perfect fit for the 70th and final session of the series, masha'Allah!
The more opportunities I have to meet and connect with Muslims from ethnic and cultural backgrounds that differ from my own, the more I realize that we each will experience our Muslim-ness differently depending on how we appear to the world, especially when aspects of one's social identity intersect with gender and race. Those of us who are privileged in those categories have a responsibility to not only check our privilege but also hold space for our brothers and sisters who experience racism and erasure of the faith-based aspects of their identity on account of their race.
I pray that we all develop a genuine capacity to connect with, learn from and love one another, insha'Allah.
www.beyondalabel.com
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I’m delighted to share a shot of @ruaelkasheef from this afternoon's session for Beyond A Label, marking the 70th and final instalment for the series. After coming across one of Rua’s Facebook posts a few days ago, I reflected on the negative impact of labels/categories when they painfully exclude certain people from a group that they might otherwise identify with. As a black Muslimah (Muslim woman), Rua expressed that “One thing I learned early is that, yes, people do associate a hijab with Islam - when it is on a nonblack body…but they honestly don’t always have that same association when it comes to someone like me. It just doesn't click, they think it has some other meaning.” While my goal with this series is multi-layered, one of the main objectives is to highlight the diversity amongst visibly Muslim women; coming from various ethinicities, cultural backgrounds and walks of life, Muslims are anything but a monolith.
It has been a beautiful experience to work on this project and I am ever-grateful to each of the participants for their time, energy and enthusiasm. I hope to put together an event later this year that celebrates the sisters that made this project possible, so be sure to keep an eye out for those details.
www.beyondalabel.com

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A pre-Beyond-A-Label shoot selfie with the delightful @ruaelkasheef earlier today. It was an honour to photograph her for the final session of the series! I also had the pleasure of connecting with and spending part of the afternoon with the lovely @shahzia.a who attended the meet-up after the shoot.

Ever-grateful for the beautiful souls that I've been able to connect with through my craft, alhamdulillah.

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A shot of my dear friend @rahmashere from the first session for Beyond A Label back in June of 2014. Tomorrow afternoon will mark the final shoot for the series (the spot for which has already been filled) and to celebrate, I'll be holding a casual meet-up from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Queen and Spadina in downtown Toronto. I'll also be giving away 1 accessory each to the first 4 people that I connect with, so be sure to drop by if you'd like one (Check out my IG story if you'd like to see which ones I'll be giving away). www.beyondalabel.com

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I'm excited to share that I will be photographing the final instalment for Beyond A Label this Sunday, July 2nd. I began the series in June, 2014 and have had the pleasure of connecting with and photographing some fabulous sisters, so wrapping up this chapter of the project is bittersweet.
As a way to celebrate the final shoot (the spot for which has already been filled), I'll be doing a casual meet-up (and perhaps a photo walk, weather permitting) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm that day by Queen & Spadina in downtown Toronto. I'll also be giving away 1 accessory each to the first 4 people that arrive, so be sure to connect that day if you'd like one!

Thank you to all of the sisters that participated in this project and for allowing me the opportunity to contribute positively to the narrative surrounding visibly Muslim women. This series would not possible without you.
Graphic by @itsweebs of Ninety Six One

Pictured from top left to right:
Medea Rasheed @medea.rasheed (May, 2016), Pauline Pan @thejadehijabi (May, 2015), @aishathepoet (December, 2015), Mushkat Salloum @_mushkat (October, 2014) Huda Idrees (September, 2015)

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Wishing my Muslim brothers and sisters a joyous Eid al-Fitr. Sending love, du'as and healing energy to those who are hurting during this time. May we all have the opportunity to see the next Ramadhan insha'Allah/God-Willing.
Happy Eid Stickers by @honeylemonevents
Truffles by @thecakep0pkitchen
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Brush script by @lifeofmyheart
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A throwback to a shot of the fabulous Shadiya Aidid from a collaborative editorial shoot last year. It's always a delight to get her in front of the camera, masha'Allah!

Model, wardrobe and styling by @shashafunk
Make up by Amani Al of @amanitosa
Floral headpiece by Bilqees Quick or @zuhoordesigns

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