Living in the Twin Cities, I am fortunate to be part of such a diverse, multi-ethnic population that is home to people from all over the world. Over the years, I've watched the local Somali community grow and thrive at an inspiring rate, and it has been so wonderful to see especially the first generation of immigrants find a wonderful balance of integrating into American culture while still retaining some unmistakably Somalian roots.
I had the pleasure of doing a documentary photo shoot for Amal, as she prepared for a big Western-style wedding reception after a long day of traditional Somali wedding ceremony actitivies. Amal and her group of ladies were so fun and beautiful and incredibly cool- I had a great time hanging with them as they got ready for a night of eating, mingling, and dancing. I have so much admiration for these strong women who have made their way between cultures despite what I'm sure is daily adversity, and I apprecaite how they welcomed me right into their fold. The soundtrack to these photos: a little Kendrick Lamar, a lot of laughter, and every so often a random joyful ululation!
Thanks and congrats to beautiful Amal and her new husband Osman, and thanks to Camelot Photography for bringing us together.