Marrakech photography tour in Morocco
Description of Marrakech photography tour in Morocco
On this Marrakech photography tour in Morocco you値l polish your photography skills over a long weekend under the direction of professional travel photographer Stephen Studd, along with a small group of fellow enthusiasts. Stephen is an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic. He has visited Morocco on numerous occasions, forging friendships and business links as well as discovering the best places to shoot.
You値l spend three full days in Marrakech, exploring the city with cameras at the ready. This is just enough time for all the sights and sounds of the city to soak in, and you値l photograph busy souks, ornate gardens and the intricate patterns of Islamic art, making the most of the patterns of light and dust, as well as the atmosphere at dusk when the light fades and food stalls send puffs of smoke and steam up towards the sky.
You値l be based in the ancient walled Medina in a traditional Riad, which offers stunning views from its rooftop out over the city towards the Atlas Mountains. The perfect spot from which to appreciate Marrakech's unique position as a crossroads between sub-Saharan Africa and Arabic North Africa.
Your final 2 nights are spent in the Atlas Mountains, in the village of Imlil, where you値l have lunch in a Berber family home and walk through almond groves to a waterfall.
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PlanetWe provide authentic, real travel photography experiences for small groups of guests (maximum 6 people), supporting local projects and charities where we can. In Marrakech we mainly have walking tours to the photography locations, visiting local markets and artisans getting a real feel for the area at street level. We go to Jardin Majorelle by taxi.
Free safe drinking water:
In Morocco you need to drink plenty of water due to the hot conditions. To minimise the use of bottled water we recommend all guests bring with them a water bottle filtration system, made from BPA free plastics. These filtration systems convert tap water into safe drinking water, eliminating the need to use countless plastic water bottles. We have a discount code for the Water-to-Go bottles, please enquire.
Our accommodation in Marrakech was sourced by Stephen so that there are great photo opportunities straight outside the front door and within easy walking distance to local restaurants, bars and markets. We like you to be the centre of it all.
In our office we use a 100% renewable energy supplier. We buy organic and fair trade goods, as well as growing our own food. We use A+ appliances and power saving computers and hard drivers. We use very little paper as we don't send out brochures, the paper we do use is from recycled sources and we also recycle.
PeopleBefore the start of the trip we email an information sheet which details, any dress code, or other etiquette that is required to respect the local customs and traditions. We also include the words for hello and thank you in Moroccan Arabic and French to encourage our guests to use these phrases as a starter. We also hold an orientation session on the welcome evening to remind people of the particular sensibilities of the country we are in, which reiterates dress code, appropriate behaviour in public and religious buildings, and includes such things as where to find local services, appropriate tipping (by giving an insight into average local wages) and bartering. Further to that on a daily basis guests are advised what they can expect to encounter that day with regards to dress codes, visiting religious sites etc.
Stephen and Rachel have been travelling to the area since 2008 and have forged strong links and friendships with local people and businesses. Stephen on each visit is constantly looking at new projects and community projects to support.
Stephen sources all accommodation himself and for transportation we use is independent people and companies, benefitting local people. We pay our drivers a fair price.
By encouraging our groups to sample the local cuisine and eat at local restaurants our trips also aim to benefit local businesses and individuals by putting our money into the local economy. We also encourage our guests to buy local handmade crafts and products as this gives confidence and pride to the local artisans, keeping traditional crafts alive by supporting them economically.
We recommend buying books from local sellers about the local history, culture and customs.
Our trip to the Atlas mountains visits a local Berber women's Argan oil cooperative which helps improve the economic status of the local Berber women.
Our local Berber guide in the Atlas mountains was born and raised there. Our guide is a personal friend of Stephen through his visits in the past. The trip to the Atlas mountains includes tea in a Berber home and also a Berber lunch at our guides family home.
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