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Leading A Travel Photography Workshop Across Morocco

In early October I partnered with TGL and the wonderful people at Open Doors Morocco to lead a travel photography workshop across Morocco. Here’s a recap of our awesome ten-day trek from Marrakech into the Sahara with our great group of 11 international guests and 4 tour guides.

An Introduction to Morocco

On day one, we met up with Creative Interactions for an introduction to Moroccan culture. Together we learned some delicious tagine recipes and practiced basic Arabic phrases and gestures.

Preparing tagine, a traditional Moroccan dish

Preparing tagine, a traditional Moroccan dish

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Learning Arabic with Creative Interactions

Volunteering in Marrakech

We spent our time in Marrakech partnered with the good people at El Fenn Maroc, a Moroccan NGO focused on bridging different cultures and supporting local artists. With digital cameras donated from around the world, we introduced a group of local Moroccan children to basic photography concepts before heading out on a photowalk to Jemaa el-Fnaa, the bustling main square in Marrakech.

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Teaching photography to local Moroccan youth

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Teaching photography composition basics to local Moroccan children

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Teaching kids is so much fun

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A selfie with one of our photowalk groups in Marrakech

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A photowalk at Jamaa el Fna in Morocco

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Shooting portraits in Marrakech

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Our group having fun on our photowalk in Marrakech

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Checking out our photowalk shots in Marrakech

On our second day in Marrakech, we met up with our young photographers to tour and photograph some historical sights in the city.

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Our team making our way through the very photogenic medina to meet with our young Moroccan photographers

Touring the stunning architecture of Marrakech

Touring the stunning architecture of Marrakech

Working with children in Marrakech

Working with children in Marrakech

Shooting in Marrakech

Photographing in Marrakech

Handing out photography awards to Moroccan children in Marrakech

Awarding certificates to Moroccan children in Marrakech

A Road Trip To The Sahara

From Marrakech we loaded up the team into three SUVs and made our way towards the Sahara, a multi-day trip with plenty of gorgeous sights on the way.

Cruising down the highway in Morocco with our friendly guide

Cruising down the highway in Morocco with our friendly guide

Visiting an ancient Moroccan Kasbah

Visiting an ancient Moroccan Kasbah

Our photogenic Moroccan guides with Open Doors Morocco

Our photogenic Moroccan guides with Open Doors Morocco

Making mint tea in the Moroccan countryside

Making mint tea in the Moroccan countryside

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Hiking around rural Morocco with our guide, Said.

Arriving in The Sahara

We arrived on the edge of the Sahara and prepped our gear for a trek into the heart of the desert. The whole team loaded up onto more than a dozen camels and rode into the dunes as the sun was getting low.

Sweeping views of the Sahara

Sweeping views of the Sahara

Camels making their way through the Sahara

Camels making their way through the Sahara

Trekking through the Sahara on a camel caravan

Trekking through the Sahara on camelback

Heading out of the Sahara after an overnight in a desert camp

Heading out of the Sahara after camping overnight in the dunes

The trip was stunning and so much fun with such a friendly group of guides and participating photographers. If you’re interested in joining us for an upcoming travel photography trip to Morocco, keep an eye on our workshops and photowalks.