Newly married Philadelphia-based Shannon & Jonathan took a short vacation with a small group of friends and asked for some Marrakech portraits during their stay. They had rented the privately owned small, but wonderfully chic Riad Bayou in the heart of the medina on one of the tiniest passageways ever.
Marrakech is great winter get away destination with its near to year round sunshine and warm climate. It is also the ideal place for a portrait shoot with a divine morning light that reflects off the buildings and onto skin giving to die for luminescence. Proof of its captivating beauty are in the 38 rolls of film I shot there!
Unsurprisingly we had trouble finding each other for our early morning shoot (easily done in the labyrinthine Medina!) We chose early morning as the light is more gentle and flattering plus you’re also able to get more efficient shooting done without dodging motorbikes and donkeys in the road. The souks at 7am are a quiet place and a little unsettling as it’s the complete opposite to how they are at 11am. GPS maps spin around uncontrollably as soon as you’re under the cover of the souk’s roof and you’re not even sure where you are, let alone where you’re supposed to be going!
However, we eventually found each other, almost by accident and had a great time exploring a little around the Ben Youssef Madrasa before going inside to shoot under its magnificent arches and intricate Moorish design. Being there early in the morning is the best as wait just an hour and the great courtyard will be full of people.
If you’re interested in taking a trip to Marrakech, watch out for my new travel & food blog Silk Atlas, where there’s all kinds of information on where to stay and what to do.