Our Team

Joe Sassine
Professional Photographer / Partner
Fares El Jammal
Professional Photographer / Partner
Naim Chidiac
Professional Photographer
Timur Gafurov
Professional Photographer
Franck Boutonnet
Wedding Photographer
Angy Akly
Film Director
Bechara El Khoury
Director of Photography
Zeina Merheb
Film Producer
Lucia Muchova
Photography Producer
Myra David
Executive Secretary
Myrna Servinas
Jesse Magracia Jr
Senior Retoucher
Eric Magalued
Production Manager
Gerald Gesulga
Photographer's Assistant
Marcial Abad
Photographer's Assistant
Mao Listana
Joe Sassine
Joe is the co-founder of Shadow Professional Photography along with Fares El Jammal.

Holder of 4 Graduations from the British Institute of Professional Photography And The Master Photographer Association in the UK.

Graduated in Photography from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon.

Joe has 23 years of experience in professional advertising and commercial photography.
  • Winner of the London International Advertising Award in 1996 UK
  • Winner of the London International Advertising Award in 1997 UK
  • Winner of the London International Advertising Award in 1998 UK

Speaker at the international conventions of professional photography in Europe:
  • Euro Photo 92 PTO International Photographic Convention 1992
  • PTO International Photographic Convention Cyprus
  • PTO International Photographic Convention Malta
  • PTO International Photographic Convention Tunisia

Worked on projects in New York, Miami, The Kennedy Space Center in NASA USA, France, UK, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar.
Fares El Jammal
Based between Dubai and Lebanon, Fares is the co-founder Photographer of Shadow Professional Photography along with Joe Sassine.

Fares graduated in Photography from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik- Lebanon in 1992 and then became a teacher at the same university till the year 2002.

Fares is a Well known Photographer in the Middle East, a reputation he has earned for the past 15 years being the personal photographer for International Celebrities, Singers, Performers, Famous Politicians.

In parallel with photography, Fares has a passion for his city Batroun-Lebanon, and his commitment to the city's social and cultural development plans, becoming an elected member of its municipality (since 1998), and the president of the International Batroun Festival Committee (since 2005).

Fares' work has been displayed locally and internationally at more than 45 exhibitions�photos that have travelled the world from Beirut, to Dubai, New York, France, and Argentina�

His outstanding passion for Photography, and the constant maturity in his work has been crowned by becoming the Winner of international Awards such as:

International Photography Award (IPA) New York (Year 2010)/ United Nations Development Program, Beirut. �Media Prize award� for the Durable Human Development (year 2000), Photography Competition "Capture Lebanon's Beauty" AGFA, Beirut (year 1992), Photography Competition Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International, Beirut (year 1988).
Naim Chidiac
Naim joined Shadow Professional Photography in 2006 as a full time photographer. In 2010, he enrolled in the Red Bull Internship in Austria for a period of two and a half months, where he was sent to various European countries like Germany, Italy, Norway to cover events for the company.

In the same year, Red Bull made Naim one of their preferred photographers worldwide among "Red Bull photofiles" especially in the Middle East.

Naim is an extreme sports addict. He spends most of his free time in the sea, wake boarding, surfing, and kite surfing� And he's a 3-time ski champion in Lebanon.
Timur Gafurov
Born of Russian origins, Timur moved to Dubai with his family at the age of 12.

At the age of 16, he got his first job as a manager in a computer game center in Dubai.

Timur double majored in graphic design at the Dubai University and in law at the Krasnodar University in Russia.

At 22, he started working with Shadow Professional Photography as a graphic designer, where he discovered his talents for photography.

Timur is now responsible for Shadow's Time-lapse Photography, Motion Controlled Time-Lapse, High Speed Photography, 360 photography, Virtual Tour Photography, Aerial Virtual Tour Photography, Extra High Resolution (Gigapixel) Photography.

He is always trying to develop new techniques and perfect them.
Franck Boutonnet
I have been a documentary photographer for 14 years, and I divide my time between my family, my personal long-term projects, my wedding photo-reportages, and “item”, the photography agency I co-founded in 2001, dedicated to concerned documentary photography. Over the years, I joined international structures such as WPJA, ISPWP, BOWP or Fearless. Until now my work has been regularly rewarded (100 awards) and recognized at an international level through contests organized by these organizations or others like Junebug Weddings. In 2009, I received the WPJA Photographer of the Year 2008 award. In 2010, the Italian magazine Just Married put me in the top 5 best photographers of the year worldwide. In 2011 and 2012, I was ranked in the top 15 Fearless photographers. In my photographic approach, I feel close to the tradition of humanist photography. For my personal projects like weddings, I try to tell a story or different stories with a highly personal vision, trying to have a lyrical and poetic strength in my images…
Angy Akly
Angy Akly is a Dubai Based Producer-Director, who has been working in the creative filming field for the past 10 years.

Angy started working as a part time editor at LBCI since her university days, until she earned in 2005, her Bachelor Degree in Communication Arts-Radio Tv, from Notre Dame University Lebanon.
She then moved to Dubai-year 2005-, to become a full time Creative Producer at Dubai Media Incorporated (Dubai Tv, Dubai One, Sama Dubai, Dubai Sports...)

Angy spent her three years there creating concepts, producing, directing, and editing most of the major shows' promos, participating in different workshops, Seminars and International Competitions all of which contributed in shaping her talent, and spreading her local and international Media social network.

Year 2008, Angy moved on to become the Launching Creative Manager for Nickelodeon TV in the Middle East.
In charge of the Graphics and Promo Departments, she contributed in giving Nickelodeon Arabia its new Arabic Identity, Creating its Media Campaigns, Tv idents, and channel bumpers, until successfully launching one of the Top Kids Channels in the world.

Year 2009, Angy started her full time Freelance Creative Producer-Director Job, working with Different Local and International Production Houses (Barcode Productions, Firehorse, Shadow PP�) directing Award winning Corporate Videos (such as Abu Dhabi Municipality Greenery Film that earned them an award in Qatar greenery competition), Documentaries shows -such as Abu Dhabi Tv' "Juthour" and Dubai One Tv's "Emirati" shows, then Qatar Economy Project Film(where she interviewed Ministers and CEOs of Qatar Government and Qatar Gas Companies); Masar Printing Press Film; RTA Corporate Video, EIBFS Institute Corporate films for three consecutive years, lately the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Corporate Film, Orimix Ready Mix Concrete Corporate Film, Dubai SME TVC-Corporate Film, Music Videos (The latest is for the famous Lebanese singer Rami Ayach; and Royal Hotel chains Project (Filming its branches in Tunisia, Luxembourg, Morocco, Jordan and Beirut)...
Aline L Baker
Aline Lahoud Baker is a Lebanese Producer since 2003 and has been the agent of SPP for the past 4 years.

Aline started her career 11 years ago as a Casting Director for a TV commercial with renowned Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki and worked her way up to the position of Executive Producer in reputable Production Houses in both Lebanon & UAE. Over the last decade, she built strong experience in all production arenas which makes her role as agent today more sincere and convincing especially when meeting with clients from different fields of interest.

As a producer, Aline has worked with a variety of clients including Pepsi, McDonalds, Dove, Betty Crocker, Americana, Danone, Mobily, Almarai, Coca-Cola and others; and on music videos with famous artists such as Carole Samaha and Ragheb Alama as well as documentaries and photo shoots.

She met with Photographer Joe Sassine on a shoot one day and an opportunity offered itself. As a mother now, Aline realized that being an agent would better match her lifestyle than the production career she was pursuing for so long.
Zeina Merheb
Zeina joined Shadow Professional Photography in February of 2014, bringing diverse and extensive experience of the media production industry. Her experience goes back to 4 years of solid and hands-on strategic, business, production and technical knowledge in the field of media production from new business start up to successful turn-around of established operations of diverse TV Production & Broadcast business. Previously Zeina was Business Operations Manager at Charisma Group, where she played an instrumental role in leading the team in producing programs for various channels in the MENA region, and establishing its efficient operation structure. Her record includes managing the overall production and execution in Beirut and Abu Dhabi.
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