TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAYS FOR INTERMEDIATES | ESSAOUIRA

Hip Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, is an enchanting, laid-back alternative to the frenetic melting-pot of Marrakech. The town’s name means “little picture” in Arabic, and it’s a painter’s dream location, with a vibrant blue-and-white medina, enclosed by fairy-tale, sand-coloured ramparts and imposing stone gates.

Join us for five days exploring Essaouira’s 18th-century UNESCO-listed Game of Thrones set; and see why its chic whitewashed, blue-shuttered houses, thuya wood workshops, art galleries and French meets Moroccan cuisine are quickly making this the style pick for travelling creatives.

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“Creative Escapes are a good option if you want a dedicated learning holiday. Group sizes are small, meaning there’s more 1-on-1 time with tutors, less competition for spots to shoot from and plenty of supportive group critiques.
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Travel Photography Holidays for Intermediates | Highlights.

The tiny enclave of Essaouira juts out into the Atlantic like an island about to break free. In fact, people here describe it as not like Morocco at all, but rather a place dancing to its own languid rhythm: open-minded, free-spirited and curiously separate from the rest of the country. Come discover Morocco’s low-hassle hippest coastal town, wander through the spice-scented lanes and palm-lined avenues of the fortified medina – head inland to a luxury oasis – and craft a collection of perfect contemporary travel photographs.

For aspiring travel photographers, you’ll …

Exclusive private shoot with local fire dancers as the sun sets over the citadel ramparts
Experiment with reportage-style black and white photography in the souk, to give your piece an edge
Reveal the textures of 200 years of sea and sun in the myriad alleyways of the medina
Learn how to shape sunlight to add polish to your portraiture and documentary shots
Shoot cover shots of locals artisans at our pop-up outdoor studio
Get the inside track from planning through production to print
Learn to maximise your shooting, and get the shots you want every time
Try out techniques used by pro travel photographers to make your work stand out from the pack
Learn how to bring together single images into a cohesive series
Sequence your shots, so you can do this every time you visit somewhere new

Essaouira Photography Holidays Intermediates : Itinerary.

Just 10 minutes from the airport lies the UNESCO-listed city of Essaouira, once home to Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens, now to a heady mix of locals and artisans, artists and entrepreneurs across Europe, drawn by it’s unique styling, chic chilled lifestyle –  and more than 300 days of sunshine each year. It feels more Ibiza than Morocco, and from myriad tiny passageways and fragrant souks, to small boutiques, bars and delicious eateries, there’s something here for everyone.

On arrival, you’ll sip your first of many mint teas, spread out in your riad abode, and join us on a tour through the backstreets to get your bearings, lunch on the freshest catch in the quay; a fine introduction to this laid pack part of Morocco.

We’ll start our journey to travel photography superstardom by getting an insight into techniques used by some well known travel snappers, discovering how they make their work stand out from the pack, what tricks they use to get there, and formulate our own recipe to shoot the coming days.

There’s just time for some sundowners on the rooftop of the Taros bar, before sampling the first of many crazy quality meals in this secret seaside retreat.

We’ve already scouted the best locations in the medina for your travel series, so we’ll sneak away from the main trails and show you the real city, introduce you to the oh-so-friendly locals here, hitting the markets, barbers, hammams and fishing boats to source that killer story.

You’ll start with the opening shot, setting the scene and revealing your location, but from different perspectives – bringing new quality to your work. Along the way, you’ll ‘free shoot’ so the story develops naturally, allowing you to create plenty of options to make it easier to construct your final piece.

Come dusk, we’ll set you up in one of our fave locations for that perfect sunset shot, the cornerstone of any great travel story, and give you 1-to-1 guidance so everything you’ve planned actually happens.

The trend in print media is to intersperse more reportage, edgy style to editorial series, we’ll explain what that means, what it looks like and how to bring contrasting styles together so they look like one. You’ll program your camera into B&W mode, with an edgy visual balance, so the shots look timeless, perfect for capturing gnarly textures, real scenes – the authentic view of Essaouira.

Towards lunch, we’ll escape out to the plush Jardin des Douars, a luxury hotel cum lunch/swim spot, with fab hammam. You can relax here all afternoon, nestled in crafted botanical gardens, take a swim in the pool and catch some of the 300-days of rays that befall this Atlantic resort.

There’s just time for a cocktail in the bar designed by famed architects then dinner at Umia, reserved 3 months in advance to guarantee a table!

The light here, mixed with fine sea spray gives an almost painterly effect to your shots; this morning we’ll head off to multiple locations to teach you light shaping, with the stunning natural light, huge reflectors and shoots, and finally master that flash you’ve been carrying around. These light effects add a quality to your image, and can be used for still life, portrait, documentary styles.

Come afternoon, we’ll have a number of ‘appointments’, pre arranged shoots at various locations, to try out your new lighting and polish your portraiture skills further. We’ll reveal the art to the cover shot, and guide you at every step. Towards dusk, we’ll head to the beach and shoot long exposure fire dancers, as the sun turns scarlet before it disappears off the horizon.

Our flight leaves late today, so this morning we’ll sequence our images to complete our series, discuss options for post production, printing, and review as a group in a grand final show. There’s just time for lunch at our favourite lunchspot, a spot of shopping to get fine leathers, silver, handmade jewellery boxes and the ubiquitous spices, then a short hop to the airport for the flight home. Essaouira is quite unlike anywhere you’ve been too, almost stands in a country of it’s own, and guaranteed to have you coming back for more.

Morocco Photography Holdays Intermediates : Details.

13 – 17 October, 2020
Spaces Available

5 days. 4 nights. Starts and ends in Essaouira.

£1475 / £195 single supplement

Price includes 
4 nights accommodation at listed hotels (or similar), including breakfast
5 full days tuition from our UK-based professional photographer
All airport transfers, plus all transportation around the area
Day pass entrance to Jardin Des Douars
Multiple 1-on-1 tuition sessions

Price excludes flights, lunch and dinner.

 

Ryanair fly direct to Essaouira twice a week, with prices starting at £67 each way. The transfer into town takes about 10 minutes and most days shoots are withing walking distance, so there is almost zero travelling on this trip.

"Thank you for an amazing adventure! I learnt so much and had such an incredible time! Creative Escapes is a fantastic company, the whole experience was excellent - from initial queries about the trip, throughout the booking process, and of course - the days away. Great balance of photography, learning, and having fun!"


Sophie Bradley, Southampton