Photography Holiday Essaouira

From £999 pp


8 Days

Small Group up to 6 People

Enjoy outstanding photo opportunities in the Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira on this unique 7 night photography holiday; stay in a stunning Riad and photograph the vibrant North African landscape and culture taking your photography skills to a new level.

Your Local Host:


British photography tutor Darren has been a photographer and filmmaker for over 25 years. With over 25 years’ experience working as a professional photographer, Darren has taught photography at all levels from beginners to degree level with a Masters in Photography and Filmmaking himself. Darren’s passion and understanding will help you expe.. Read More

Experience Itinerary


– You’ll be collected from the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Essaouira
– You will have time to settle into your charming Moroccan Riad and soak up the atmosphere as you meet your tutor and the rest of the group

– The riad of Maison du Sud is located 300m from the sea
– It’s a beautifully restored 18th-century hotel in the heart of the bustling medina
– Decorated in a tasteful Moorish style with modern comforts
– There are many quiet salons to relax in plus two large rooftop terraces where you can enjoy breakfast or a mint tea
– WiFi is provided on the ground floor
– All rooms are en-suite

Walking shoot of Essaouira & sunset photography

– Your course starts at 10am after breakfast with an introduction to camera fundamentals followed by a wander around the beautiful town of Essaouira, the home of your photography tutor and famous the world over
– Essaouira has stunning architecture, fishing ports and labyrinths of souks and bustling markets
– In your first day you’ll have 2 workshops either side of lunch on camera fundamentals (camera controls, exposure – ISO, shutter speed, aperture and histograms)
– In the late afternoon, you will have the chance to shoot some sunset photography
– Evening meals are not included but you’ll be given the option of different local recommended restaurants which will be reserved for you


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Abstract workshops

– Your course starts after breakfast
– The focus of today’s tuition will be on 2 abstract workshops in the medina and port, focusing mostly on using depth of field and composition whilst building on the previous day’s learning
– You will also benefit from a group image review during the day to assess your progress, providing feedback on your images and taking your understanding a step further


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Portrait workshop

– Your portrait photography class starts early at 10 after breakfast with a mixture of classroom and fieldwork
– Your host will take you to see Essaouira‘s traditional workers, friendly faces Darren knows, who you can practice your portrait photography skills on
– As well as some one to one tutorial time with your tutor, enjoy some free time this afternoon to practice your new found skills or if you prefer, head to the beach or to the souks for some shopping or if there is anything you wish to focus on in the remaining photography sessions


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Visit to market & Argan co-operative

– Today will be given to exploring and photographing the Berber people at their weekly market and photographing Argan women workers at a countryside Argan co-operative
– After lunch you will have the afternoon free to explore, relax, visit the beach or practise your photography independently or you can take part in optional afternoon activities such as a cooking class(extra charges may apply)
– Take the opportunity of photographing the camels and horse riders on the beach at sunset


Essaouira off the beaten track

– Following breakfast your photography tuition will start at the Riad, with a review of the previous day’s images followed by today’s workshop which will be based on documentary style photography with a guided tutor led tour of the port
– After lunch there is a short trip outside the medina to see another side of Essaouira away from the tourist trail
– A group image review will be a chance to see where how you have progressed during the week and to showcase your work to rest of the group
– As on previous days you will have the evening free to dine as you wish


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday

Practise skills & free time

– You will also have free time to practice your photography before lunch (lunch is at an extra cost)
– You will have the afternoon to photograph or relax independently and your tutor Darren has a host of suggestions of what to do in your free time
–  Depending on how much energy you have you can perhaps try a cooking class, horse riding, a spot of shopping, visit a hamman, exploring the locals arts scene by visiting the galleries, take a music class in bongo drums, see how local silver and wood products are made and more or if you prefer, just relax on the beach


beautiful riad accommodation in Morocco on photography holiday


– Before lunch you will check out of the Riad in time to be taken to the airport for your return flight

Reviews (3)

F Harper

Thursday 20th June, 2019

R Jones

Tuesday 16th April, 2019

Because I have been taking photographs for over 60 years I was not sure exactly what to expect as well as how much I would actually learn, from my week in Morocco. I need not to have concerned myself as tutor Darren was marvellous (very knowledgeable and a nice chap too!). I learnt a lot about using 'Lightroom' the photo manipulating software (plus other things) and because of Darren's help in 'opening doors' to many local people I was able to come home with lots of super pictures, many of which I would not have obtained without this help and encouragement. Also, his advice about the local places in which to eat each evening meant that we all enjoyed our restaurant foods, and some of us (me!) put on weight. Because he was so patient, enthusiastic and well informed I would recommend a week with him to anyone of any level from novice to the more advanced/accomplished photo enthusiast. The booking and travel all went smoothly too.

S Stinchcombe

Sunday 3rd March, 2019

Lovely riad hotel. Great location with fantastic settings for photography. Good individual tuition.

Location Info

This holiday is set in bustling Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast just 2.5 hours from Marrakech. Essaouira is a safe and friendly coastal city with a small town feel.

You’ll stay in an enchanting boutique Riad in the centre..

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Moroccan Riad, the Maison du Sud
  • Single travellers will have a private twin/double room with NO additional single supplements
  • 5 days of photography tuition (approx. 5 hours per day starting on day 2)
  • Your photography tuition includes 2 one-on-one sessions with your tutor
  • Photography activities include, sunset photography, visit to a countryside market, tour of the Souks and fishing port, a women’s Argan oil production cooperative
  • Photo genres include: Abstract, architecture, street photography, seascapes and portraits of local people
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunch is taken out on location and is not included in the price (but should be inexpensive)
  • All transport (where necessary) to each photography session
  • A return airport transfer to your accommodation from Essaouira at any time or Marrakech airport if you arrive between approximately 6-8pm (a supplement applies for arrivals and departures outside of these times)

Photography Holiday Essaouira