Updated: Jan 2
I was delighted to be invited on behalf of TD Active to join in on a photography trip to Morocco with Dublin Photography School this October. I had previously visited Morocco almost exactly a year prior, visiting Taghazhout & Marakesh which I loved and I couldn't be more excited to explore even more of this vast landscape and everything Morocco has to offer in four days.
We started in Marrakesh, which didn't feel half as intimidating this time around as I knew my way around the souks. It's a tough place to photograph because shop owners don't like you taking photos of them or their products unless you buy something, so if you see a beautiful shop - spend a little something and get your photo.
The next day we embarked on a journey through the desert. I was so looking forward to this - and the landscape was my dream. It's so vast, and beautifully barren. It makes for some really cool photos. I asked our driver to drive past me as fast as he could (while still being safe!) to whip up all the sand and dust to get some epic shots and I am pretty delighted with how these photos came out.
I changed outfit while there when we explored the old Berber towns. We also saw the loneliest tree I ever did see, which was so picture perfect.
After a few hours in the desert with a tea break in-between, we headed towards the Atlas Mountains.
We visited a cute little village called Imlil which is a small village1,800 metres above sea level, and the views are pretty spectacular. There is also very little light pollution so you can really see the stars at night, which is just so beautiful and humbling. I know this sounds like stoner talk, but it does make you feel so small and insignificant in the most wonderful way.
After a night in Imlil it was time to drive 5 hours back to the coast where we visited Essaouira. I loved it there and would have really enjoyed another few nights to explore this gorgeous little surfer town. It's also much cleaner than Taghazout where I was last year and felt a lot more relaxed. It was also cat heaven. SO MANY CATS. I loved it, but if you're not a cat person (what is wrong with you?) it may annoy you that they are free to wander and lounge wherever they want, including restaurants. My kinda town.
The next day we headed back to Marrakesh to catch our flight home. It was a pretty jam-packed short but sweet trip but it really was photography heaven. I was so happy to be invited on this trip because when I was in Morocco last year flying home and looking at the mountains I thought to myself, damn I must come back here to see more of that.
A few things about the trip - there were 20 of us on this trip with one main photographer who guided the trip. I felt like the group size was too big as there were lots of periods of waiting around. When a trip is this short, you want to make the most out of every minute. Having been on a few of these types of trips over the last few years, I would have preferred 10-12 people and feel it would have run a lot smoother this way.
This was a wonderful trip and I met some very interesting people and saw places I wouldn't have otherwise. The age group varied from 24 - 60s so it was a lovely mix of people. It is a great way to learn more about photography and how to use your camera to get the most out of it. Steward the head photographer is incredibly knowledgable and is on hand to help if you have any questions.
For the price, I think it's a pretty great deal.
Here's a little video of our trip on my insta. Hope you enjoy!