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Amaal Said

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I turn 23 today.🌻 Thank God for life & all the beautiful things in it. For the people that love me & for those that I love. And for the way the worst parts have kept my heart soft. Alhamdullilah. I’ll never not be grateful for all this love.


That time I got to photograph Kwesi Edman for the National Theatre! And I got to talk about my work. 🙏🏽 I hate hearing my own voice but I feel super blessed to have this to come back to when I forget why I’m doing this photography thing. The full vid is in my bio. ❤️


Marion ❤️


I’m wearing a combination of @miolanza necklaces that made me feel so glamorous. I remember telling someone that I enjoyed watching the women I’ve photographed recognise themselves in the picture. It’s the moment they say something like, ‘ahh, I look so beautiful!’ It’s a huge joy because I didn’t see myself. It felt like I was looking at someone else but I kept taking the selfies. And it’s a joy because the earliest conversations around photography were about imagining ourselves in galleries, on the walls, taking space, and being glamorous while doing so. Link to full story is in my bio! 🌹 #themakingofme #miolanza


Fatiimaa 🌻🌻🌻


This is my best friend Safia on the cover of the fourth volume of 😭🙏🏽 And if that wasn’t enough joy & happiness, my photographs are being exhibited in Accra, Ghana. Shout out to and to @nubuke_foundation. I’m truly so honoured!! And it’s alongside five other incredible African women photographers!!! 🎉🎉🎉


Sumia 💐❤️



Elsa James - I had the honour of photographing Elsa for her ‘Forgotten Black Essex’ project. It’s a beautiful engagement with the stories of two Black women from the archives, Hester Woodley & Princess Dinubolu. The work is showing February 22nd at Southend-on-Sea if you’re around! Swipe for the full address. ✨


Annina 🌿❤️


Elaine Castillo 🌿❤️


A portrait of Aisha from my 'Spaces of Belonging' series. | So glad that the work is finally out in the world! 🎉 I photographed, interviewed & spent time with six incredible women. The full series, including a short description, is linked in my bio. Have a read!! ✨#LightL16 #capturedbyLight



Desta Haile 🌺


Naeema ❤️