Women Entrepreneurs

Beautiful Halima Jama!

Hey Beautiful people! Happy Friday! Welcome to another entry on my blog!  Today I am sharing images from a portrait session I did with a fellow photographer! I really could not wait to post this one!

Halima Jama is a well known wedding photographer in Toronto, Canada who has also worked nationally and Internationally! I was so delighted when she contacted me to take some images of her to celebrate her reaching the milestone of having over 25,000 followers on Instagram! How amazing is that! It is nice to see another Black, Muslimah and East African Canadian Photographer excel in her craft and she truly is an inspiration MashAllah.

It was freezing on this day and I can't for the life of me remember why I suggested Scarborough Bluffs as a location for the shoot fully knowing we would be by the lake and it would probably be windy and crazy cold! Which it most definitely was! Oh wait....... I remember now! It is because it is my absolute favourite place in the Greater Toronto Area! 

Bilqees of Zuhoor Designs who created the beautiful floral crown that Halima wore joined us for the shoot and I can't say enough great things about her! She made sure the crown stayed in place during the shoot and accompanied us on our crazy trek through the woods, trying to get to the other side of the bluffs including stepping over rocks to pass through a stream. Actually she almost ended up in the stream herself when she stepped on a patch of snow that was just hiding a hole close to the stream. Pretty dangerous stuff. 

I have to say however that even in the winter this location did not disappoint! I wish you could have seen the hues of the sky when we were by the water. It's too bad it was just too cold to stay by the water long enough to get some decent photos that would do it justice but alas check out the image of Halima jumping by the water in one of the shots below. Absolutely fantastic!

All in all even though it was crazy cold and I definitely started to feel like I was catching something when I got home (shoutout to Ginger tea though for rarely letting me down when it comes to zapping that just getting sick feeling hehe) I really enjoyed this portrait session and I am going to suggest that everyone wear a floral crown at least once in their lives! Then call me to take a photo of you wearing it! Go Ahead! You deserve it! :P

Enjoy the blog post!

Floral Crown designed and created by Zuhoor Designs www.zuhoordesigns.com

Halima's Hijab (Head Covering/ Scarf) is by www.amalscloset.co

If you would like to book me for a portrait session then get in touch HERE!

And now for some Behind The Scenes Images.......

Here is Bilqees of Zuhoor Designs Fixing Halima's Floral Crown

I just love these two very talented ladies MashAllah!

Bia-SHE-ara: Shanna Kay (life coach)

Hi Everyone! It's been a while but its also been busy busy busy. I am back with another installment of my photography profile series on rising entrepreneurs in the City of Toronto! Formerly known as "The Ascending" I am now changing the name of this series to "bia-SHE-ara". The word "biashara" in the Swahili language means business and so the spin here is the switching to bia-SHE-ara to emphasize women in business. This is also the name of the documentary I am currently working on that is following the stories of East African Women in the G.T.A that are business owners. The bia-SHE-ara series on my blog however will focus on women entrepreneurs in the G.T.A of various backgrounds. I have to give full credit of this name to my friend and co-documentary producer Christina Muia who came up with this brilliant title during a documentary brainstorming session.

So here goes the profile:

Portrait Location: High Park, Toronto Canada

Shanna is an aspiring life coach who is based in the G.T.A. I met Shanna during a networking event last year. Speaking with Shanna during our portrait session it was evident that she was passionate about bringing out the best in others and encouraging them to be their best selves. I am sure she is going to be a great life coach!

If you would like to have me take your portraits Get in touch HERE!

DEAL ALERT!!!: For the month of June I am currently offering mini portrait sessions for only $130 (that is quite a steal!) *Please note this offer is only for the month of June and terms and conditions apply*

What you Get: 45 minute portrait session at a location in Toronto, 20 fully edited images delivered to you digitally via dropbox (additional images (or USB) will incur an additional fee based on number of images desired by client), Up to two outfit changes permitted. 

BiaSHEara is a group founded by Christina Muia and Karimah Gheddai that works on promoting women in Business.