This past weekend, was one of the busiest for Shadi Boulos Photography. An anniversary session, back to back weddings, with one out of state, it was an exhaustive but absolutely fun weekend of shooting. One of the couples who got married were Christy & Magdi. Christy, a Dallas native, and Magdi, a Clearwater native decided what better place to have their engagement session than at the best spots Clearwater can provide, Safety Harbor and Clearwater Beach. A bright and sunny day with a few white clouds in the sky, the day was perfect. After we finished at Safety Harbor, we headed to the famous Clearwater Beach. Soft sand and beautiful sunset hues made the session even better. I was honored to photograph their wedding this past weekend! Look for their images coming in the next few weeks! Here are some of my favorite images from the session! As always, I hope you enjoy them!
In just a few days time, I will be traveling again to Europe, one of my favorite places to be. On each trip I have taken to Europe, no matter which specific country, I have been overwhelmed by its history, beauty, and, of course, the photo opportunities. A little over a year ago, I was in the beautiful region of Tuscany and ready to embark on a Tuscan tour I had booked. I recall speaking to world renowned event planner,Jill Lafleur, at the Sylvie Gil Workshop, and she mentioned that I have to visit the beautiful town of San Gimignano. Despite my trouble saying its name, I was persuaded to go. Fortunately for me, it was included in the tour! Upon arriving in Tuscany, I could see San Gimignano in the distance and it looked enchanting. We finally arrived in town and its charm pervaded every nook and cranny. Narrow streets, little shops, Italian couples zooming by on Vespas, clothing hung up to dry outside small balconies – everything you would imagine a small Tuscan town to be. Not to mention the world’s most famous gelato shop. Its claim to fame is the recent visit by President and First Lady Obama. Take my advice: Grab a gelato and find your way to the highest point in town to take in the breathtaking views. I loved photographing here and hope the photos do San Gimignano justice. Here are a few of my favorite images. As always, I hope you enjoy them!
It has always been a desire of mine to visit Lake Como, Italy. Seeing it in movies and photographs led me to include it to my must visit list. Last year, while attending a workshop in France, I decided to make the most of my time in Europe and planned a multi-city tour; 12 cities, 7 countries, with Lake Como being my final stop. I figured it would be the perfect place to relax and end my trip, seeing as how I had been traveling non-stop for 6 weeks. After arriving at the Como train station and walking to the ferry, I was immediately in awe. It was truly everything I had imagined and more. The green of the mountains and the blue of the lake were so vivid. I did a lot of research and even contacted another photographer/friend of mine, Johnny Patience, whose travel and blog post about his trip to Lake Como helped me find all the right spots. I visited the 3 major towns to see: Bellagio, Mennagio, and Varenna. Each place was as charming as the other, but each with it’s own flavor. Lake Como certainly has a place in my heart and I will surely visit again. As always, I hope you enjoy the photos!
A few months ago, I had the privilege of participating in a workshop hosted by the amazing photographer, Sylvie Gil. When I saw that it would be held in the countryside of France, I instantly signed up for it without any hesitation. I have always loved France and its culture, since I was young. Having gone once before, but only to Paris, I was extremely excited to see what else France had to offer. In a previous blog post, I showed you images of an engagement session we did on the chateau grounds. These new images are of the bridal preparation at Bruce Castle. The grounds, the dress, the hair, the make-up, the bouquet; everything was flawless. This certainly wasn’t surprising when you are working with international vendors. As always, I hope you enjoy them!
One of my greatest joys is sharing one of life’s special moments with close friends. A few months ago, my friend Tony approached me to help him with a wonderful proposal idea for his girlfriend, Sherry. Both Tony and Sherry share an appreciation for cooking and dining out. There’s no other way of saying it – they love food. Over the course of their relationship, Tony and Sherry dined out a lot and there were a select few meals that left an impression on them. So, Tony’s proposal idea: Tony contacted restaurants in Jersey City, New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles where they had their most memorable meals to compile a book of recipes containing his and Sherry’s favorite dishes. The restaurants loved the idea! Not only that, but Tony commissioned me to photograph some of the dishes he chose to include in the cookbook.
Tony and I worked hard to keep Sherry unsuspecting. You see, Sherry and I previously planned to do a photo session of her donning a beautiful ivory tulle skirt by up-and-coming designer, Alexandra Grecco. What Sherry didn’t know is that these photos were also to be her engagement pictures! As far as Sherry knew, Tony “reluctantly” agreed to make an appearance in some of the photos. I met the couple at The High Line in New York City where they had their first NY date, and where Tony had planned the proposal.
Tony decided that he wanted to propose to Sherry privately, so I called the couple and pretended I was running late. With a basket of “props” in hand, the scene was set for Tony to propose.
As they “waited for me to arrive,” Tony suggested to go through the props, which included the cookbook, a bottle of champagne, two champagne flutes, and a beautiful diamond ring. Upon seeing the book, Sherry said “Oh, Shadi got us a cookbook to take photos with!” As she started flipping the pages, Sherry slowly came to the realization that all of the restaurants were ones she’s been to before and that the recipes were some of their favorites. She continued until the last recipe; a recipe for their story:
The Perfect Pairing
For the Michigan girl:
1 package of Canadian Bacon
¾ cup of Yellow Maize
Bake in California sun for 2 years
For the Jersey guy:
4 blocks of Swiss Chocolate
2 cups of Kenyan coffee beans
Heat in a Jersey City melting pot
ONE | Thoroughly whisk 1 Michigan girl and 1 Jersey guy at a destination wedding in California for 5 hours. Follow by seasoning with countless hours of Facetime.
TWO | To add in East Coast flavor, move mixture to Jersey City. In a saucepan over low heat, pour in 2 unhealthy obsessions with food, 1 instant camera, 50 new friends and a generous amount of love.
THREE | Let sit until the 27th of September. When ready, add the following: 1 tulle skirt, 2 champagne flutes and 1 fake cookbook. Cover entire recipe with an abundance of God’s blessings. Top with 1 diamond ring.
FOUR | Propose and serve.
As she finished reading the final recipe, she looked up to see Tony down on one knee. After many tears and a resounding “YES,” I arrived to photograph the newly engaged couple.
I took them to one of my favorite locations and began photographing. The beautiful scenery, Sherry’s stunning outfit, and their happiness made for an outstanding proposal session.