Beyonce’s Photographer Leaves Tour After Cancer Diagnoses [Photos]

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By: Sharifa Daniels / October 14, 2013

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Being apart of Beyonce’s team is a career dream come true, just ask Yosra El-Essawy, a former wedding photographer turned Beyonce’s tour photographer.

“Beyonce specifically is the only celebrity that I’ve ever vocalized wanting to photograph, ever,” Yosra reveals in a youtube post. “It was never because of her outward beauty, I mean, that’s obvious to any person who has eyes. It’s her inner beauty – there’s just something she emanates.”

Yosra El-Essawy was recently diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. It wasn’t cancer that broke her spirits but the sacrifices she had to make once her brother—who’s a doctor—told her she couldn’t return to the tour, “just hearing that…it crushed me more than being told I had cancer.”

This once in a lifetime opportunity was a blessing that the photography is grateful for, “I have never felt more grateful in my life,” she says. “This is a gift to me. This period is happening for me, not to me, to the point [where] I don’t even feel sick. I feel incredibly, incredibly blessed.”

Since her tour departure, the tumor has reduced 30% and her health is much better she posted on Facebook.

Press play to watch the full video and flip the pages to see her capture Beyonce’s best moments.