I’ve been to Marrakech many times over the past 8 years, but this was a visit with a difference – I was working at the American Society of Travel Agents Destination Expo conference. My friend Jennifer, who I met around 20 years ago, and haven’t seen for around 10 years, is the communications director, and she reckoned that the best way for us to meet up after she had flown all the way across the Atlantic, was to employ me! With the added bonus that my flights were cheaper than flying a photographer from the US, and that I already knew Marrakech and Morocco.
And so my 10 days in Marrakech began – with a free first morning which involved me showing some of the US travel writers around the bit of the Medina that I know, and continued into the conference. Every night there was a social event of some sort, which also had to be photographed, as well as all the speakers and exhibitors at the conference. Some very long days followed!
On the last day Jennifer and I joined others on a day trip to outside of the city, and then we had one last day together in Marrakech where Jennifer went shopping in the souks, and watched a craftsman actually make the pair of sandals she bought!
That left three days for me on my own and I explored bits of the Medina that I hadn’t visited before – the southern side, and particularly the El Badi Palace(with its famous nesting storks and selfie mirror) and the story-telling evening at Cafe Clock.
Finally, one last day of work photographing the area around the Riad Porte Royale (it’s in the very non-touristy north west of the Medina) and also of it’s newly painted terrace, to update their web-site.
I just love the mix of old and new in Morocco – the ancient crafts and way of life, mixed with excellent food, good communications (wifi!) and all the convenient modernities we take for granted in the UK. And there are now direct flights from Glasgow! I’ll be back…..
My first wedding of the year was a family affair – my cousin’s daughter was getting married in Manchester. That makes Kate the bride my first cousin once removed, and I think it’s possibly the first wedding I’ve photographed where I’ve also got photographs of the bride as a newborn baby!
Kate met Nat last year when they were both working for charities in Thailand, and it was, it seems, love at first sight. Waiting for theose ‘Look of Love’ moments was easy with these two!
There’s a few of my black and white photos here, but many more in colour can be seen on their online album page: <http://www.q-photography.co.uk/KNphotos/>
I’ve updated the wedding gallery on this web site, and it now contains my favourite wedding photographs from this year, all showing ‘the look of love’ in it’s many interpretations.
There’s a few other behind the scenes changes as well – so if you spot any errors or problems, please let me know. And extra points if you can add a comment naming any of the venues featured. As a clue, I can tell you that they’re in Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Borders and the Highlands.
Here’s a taster – there are a few here and many more on the wedding gallery page.