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…..
Over the past 18 months I have been commissioned to take many more ‘non-weddings’ photographs than usual. So at the beginning of this year I decided to completely redesign my Grosset website to reflect this.
My work there is not so differnt from my work at weddings – I take the same observational approach, and I think that my pictures show the true story and atmosphere of the subject in an honest manner.
The highlight of the year was being commissioned to fly to Paris to photograph the Michelin starred restaurant Le Violon d’Ingres, although my other work for local East Lothian organisations such as Leuchie House, and local businesses such as Lockett Bros, is no less enjoyable! I even managed to fit in a quick fashion shoot for The Costswold Tailor in Woodstock, England.
Please visit www.grosset.co.uk and leave a comment here to let me know what you think!
I can’t remember the last time I had a summer holiday. After all, summer is the peak time for wedding photographers. However, some things are more important than work, and after meeting Charlotte and her two sons eight months ago, I quickly booked two weeks out of my schedule, at the beginning of the English school holidays.
They arrived two weeks ago in North Berwick and I was slightly apprehensive of what the boys would think. However, two borrowed bikes, beaches galore, a football and weather that was (except for a couple of days) perfect, seemed to provide enough entertainment for two teenagers. They even managed to meet a schoolfriend from Oxford on the beach! It was also Charles’ birthday, so that was an excuse for one of the two parties we had. (That’s Charles, grinning with his new laptop, in the second photo below.)
It was really great for them to see where I live and to meet my friends again (they’d last seen them in Marrakech.) I now see a flurry of Facebook activity going on between Seb, Charles, Neil and Callum!
Charlotte and I live 360 miles apart – a whole days travel whether driving or taking the train – and our conflicting work schedules mean that this was the first time she, Seb and Charles had visited North Berwick. In fact, it was the first time they’d been to Scotland.
I have plans for the next trip they make……