A change of pace: PhotoWalks Tours celebrates our local spirit
PhotoWalks is the only history and photography walking tour in Boston and has been going strong since 2002. Owner Saba Alhadi provides fascinating commentary of must-see attractions, and creative photo tips. On any given itinerary, groups explore charming neighborhoods, historical sites, iconic architectural landmarks and hidden gems off-the-beaten path. Alhadi teaches people of all ages and skill levels how to see creatively using their own camera or smartphone. Participants capture amazing pictures in ways they haven’t considered before and learn about Boston’s history at the same time. Each PhotoWalks tour is an eye-opening, transformative experience. It empowers people to confidently take their photography skills to the next level. In less than two hours, they develop lifelong observation skills and a renewed appreciation for noticing details in our surroundings. These lessons are what set PhotoWalks apart from other tour operators. Many clients have said to Alhadi, “You have changed the way I see things.” Below, Alhadi reflects on the pandemic’s effect on PhotoWalks.
How did COVID-19 impact your business?
The pandemic has had a significant impact on my business. I miss having visitors from around the world take my tours due to the travel restrictions. Tour operators were shut down in March of 2020 and were allowed to reopen four months later in accordance with Gov. Baker’s Phase 3 Reopening Plan. PhotoWalks has been operating steadily since then, but at a slower pace.
What are your thoughts on the “My Local MA” campaign?
The campaign is a brilliant idea. I tag all of my MA photos on Instagram with the #mylocalMA hashtag and include interesting backstories to entice visitors to explore the great destinations in MA. When beautiful pictures capture people’s attention and curiosity on social media, they often make plans to visit that destination. I’d be happy to partner with other businesses to promote MA tourism.