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Photography & History Walking Tours of Boston, MA

Explore Boston From A Different Angle!

Discover Boston on a history and photography walking tour. Capture amazing pictures of famous historic sites, iconic architectural landmarks and the most charming neighborhoods in the city. Inspiring photo tips will teach you how to see creatively with your camera or smartphone, whether you’re a newbie, amateur, or advanced photographer. 

Take a guided Boston tour with a local and enjoy fascinating historical commentary with insight into the city’s past and present. Each Boston city tour we offer is an eye-opening experience for photo enthusiasts, history buffs, urban explorers and Instagramers. Develop lifelong observation skills. Gain a renewed appreciation for noticing details in our surroundings. That’s what sets PhotoWalks apart from any other walking tour in Boston.

Choose a walking tour in Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the North End, along the Freedom Trail, the Esplanade, Seaport District or a custom-designed itinerary. Take great photos from a different perspective. We’ll uncover hidden gems off-the-beaten-path that are not easy to find on your own. Stunning images are just a click away!

This Boston tour company was launched in 2002 by Saba Alhadi, a photographer, tour guide and educator. PhotoWalks is Boston’s original photo walking tour company, specializing in interactive small-group tours, private tours, night tours, photo sessions, history tours, and photo scavenger hunts.

Visit the new PhotoWalks Blog for Boston-related posts and photo tips.

Picture Perfect Reviews!

Back Bay
Outstanding tours and tour guide stevensS919QE

Among the highlights of my recent vacation in Boston was meeting an exceptional tour guide/photographer: Saba Alhadl, founder of PhotoWalks. Saba is not only a superb visual artist and an excellent tour guide; her enthusiasm for Boston locations is irresistible, and so is her passion for helping guests find imaginative photo opportunities. I enjoyed our Beacon Hill tour so much that I signed up for a second walk with Saba during the same short trip, and it was equally delightful. Without a doubt, I'll be contacting Saba during future Boston visits, and I recommend without reservation that anyone interested in Boston history, photography, or both, do same!

So good we did it again! rachelpal18

I did my first photo tour with Saba 7 years ago with my aunt. We had such a good time and took so many beautiful photos, that we decided to do the tour again last weekend again. Saba helps you to see unique ways of looking at things through the lens. For me, I appreciate the ways in which Saba helps me to think creatively and learn new techniques I can imitate for a lifetime. She also creates a personalized experience, forming relationships with all in the group. We even made some pals on our tour and I am in love with how my photos came out. I highly recommend this to people looking for a new way to see Boston, a city I even thought I knew well. I also recommend it to groups looking to do something special and out of the ordinary, as this truly is a unique experience good for special occasions or just a day out and about. Well worth the money, hope you love it as much as we did the first time AND the second :)

Nighttime Tour Wrenthamite

I’m a repeat customer, repeat reviewer. For anyone who wants to see the city through a different eye, and through a lens, these tours with Saba are a must. Saba brings enthusiasm and knowledge to each customer. She wants you to be happy with your photos and she will guide you until you are. She will make a novice excited about photography and will help a more experienced photography with special effects, advanced camera settings, and tips on best locations to get a beautiful shot. I’ve done Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Bubbles, Zakim Bridge, Longfellow Bridge, and the Holiday light tours. Whether you’re a local, or a tourist, I’d highly recommend any of Saba’s tours. Not only will you learn something about the city and it’s history, you’ll come away with a handful of lovely pics to remember your trip, and a renewed enthusiasm for photography.

Five Stars!

My mom and I went to Boston to celebrate my 21st birthday and I’ve always been inspired by Boston’s architecture and intricate, charming beauty, so of course photography was a pinpoint of our trip. My mom had gifted me a private photowalk with Saba, and we had a fantastic time. Saba is so passionate about her stomping grounds and the fascinating architectural history at every corner. She is very well spoken and a very knowledgeable photographer!

– iamdawnnoelle | TripAdvisor
What A Great Experience!

Wasn't certain about this tour when I signed up, but I sure enjoyed my time with Saba! She loves her city and loves to teach. I learned some awesome techniques of photography and saw some incredible sights while learning historical details. I have lovely shots from our time together and I would recommend this highly to anyone, beginner, advanced, or on the fence. Thank you, Saba!

– o2bcre8ive | TripAdvisor
A Lasting Image of Boston

Having done similar photo walks before in other cities we were very pleased to book Saba! The tour was both informative and photogenic and Saba knows the local history and her photography with equal high standards. We had the pleasure of improving knowledge of Boston and architectural photography. In our case Saba was most accommodating to changing plans as we came in by cruise ship. This flexibility was hugely appreciated!

– TheInformedTraveller | TripAdvisor
A Memorable Way to Capture Vacations Photos

We had an amazing time on the Photowalks Tour! Saba provided great photo tips, excellent stories, and a wealth of knowledge about the sites we visited, including her booklet. There were a few icing on the cake surprises, including photos of secret hideouts of the underground railroad and photographing John Kerry's home. We hope to return to Boston and take another one of Saba's tours!

– Jacquelyne S. | TripAdvisor
Great experience!

If you like to learn more about Boston and to impress your friends on Instagram with awesome pictures there is no better choice than to spend two hours with Saba!

– 344KlausZ | TripAdvisor
Great Walking Tours with Photo Ops

This is the third photowalks tour that I've done. All were great. The guide will tweak the tour based on the interests of all the participants. Lots of interesting historical information and great ideas for photos. A way to see some the little, but more memorable, parts of Boston. Cannot recommend enough.

– Matthew H | TripAdvisor