Many moons ago, I worked as a travel agent. I had a fabulous time traveling around the world and taking pictures of just about anything that caught my eye or represented a destination I was visiting. Eight years later, my globetrotting days came to an end. I quit my job. I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. With trepidation, I took a flying leap of faith into the unknown without a clue of what to do next. On a mild December day in 2001, inspiration struck unexpectedly.
Walking along the meandering pathways of the Boston Common with my camera, I was in awe of the beauty around me: the Public Garden nearby, Beacon Hill’s 19th-century architecture and a kaleidoscope of colors on Frog Pond as ice skaters glided by. There were photo opportunities everywhere I looked! I wondered, do locals and visitors take the time to really observe the details in our historic city? Or, do they just keep walking and overlook their immediate surroundings? All of a sudden, I had an epiphany: I am going to start a photo walking tour business in Boston and include fascinating, historical commentary too!
That serendipitous walk in Boston Common changed my life. Long hours of research, planning marketing strategies, building a website and mapping out itineraries followed. Six months later, my entrepreneurial dream became a reality. PhotoWalks, Boston’s first photo tour business, was launched on May 1, 2002, with only two tours on the calendar: Beacon Hill and the Public Garden. Today, there are a variety of tours, workshops, and scavenger hunts in Boston and beyond. In 2016, Private Photo Sessions were added to capture visitors’ experience in Boston in front of the camera. It’s a great way for clients to explore the city and have professional pictures taken of them at scenic locations with historic and iconic landmarks in the backdrop.
One of my greatest joys is meeting many wonderful people from all over the world. It’s so exciting for me to see how surprised clients are when they discover that they might have a hidden talent as a photographer!
A PhotoWalks tour will give you confidence and empowers you to take your observation and photography skills to the next level. It is an experience unlike any other in Boston.
Hope to see you on tour!
Saba Alhadi, Founder