A Moroccan Photo Safari

camels in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

For almost a year now I’ve been searching for the words to write about my experience with the Helicon Arts Moroccan Photo Safari last October. The best way I can think to sum it up – I have been lucky enough to travel so many places in this world and to meet some amazing people; this was the best trip yet.

Morocco ended up being my destination of choice because it was on a new continent (Africa), had a safe reputation, and had always seemed magical to me. All of these reasons turned out to be totally justified – particularly the magical atmosphere! I won’t go so far as to say that Morocco is my new favorite country, but I did really enjoy my time there. I think part of my problem was how similar the landscape was to the southwest, but I will say that the culture and the people more than made up for any of my reservations on the similar landscapes. For that reason and so many others, the country will always hold a special place in my heart.

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I knew when planning this adventure that I wanted to go on a tour. I opted for a photography tour for the experience and to meet like-minded people. I researched so many companies before I found HeliconArts, but as soon as I read the photo tour description I knew it was the one for me! It’s a British company and the groups are typically small (usually no more than 8 I believe, including the professional photographer). The price was good and the customer service was fabulous! I would definitely consider booking with them again if they decide to expand their photography tour destinations!

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My group ended up  being incredibly diverse – 3 Americans and 3 Brits of various backgrounds ranging from 18 to 60+. We all had different levels of experience with photography, but no one felt left behind thanks to our amazing pro. It’s an incredibly rare thing to find 1 other person you get along with on a trip like this, nevermind 5, but that’s exactly what happened here. For that week, we were a family. Those awesome people made that trip, and they also make it difficult to talk about. I miss them, but hopefully we’ll all meet again on future travels…

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I’ve posted some of the photos here and there on the blog, but haven’t really directly addressed the trip as I had planned. I’ve decided that in lieu of formal posts, at least for now, I’ll been posting photos with mini-stories on my Instagram instead. The tour goes back to Morocco this October 1-8 and as I understand it, there are still a couple spots left. If anyone’s interested, be sure to check out HeliconArts. If you have any questions, I’m always happy to answer!

As a bonus, here’s the end of trip video we shot on our last night. I think it does a pretty good job summing up just how much fun we had – and it’s likely the only video you’ll ever see of me on here! 😉

P.S.
Don’t forget to check out my Instagram for more Moroccan fun!

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8 thoughts on “A Moroccan Photo Safari

    • Thank you!! 🙂

      I really did get lucky with this group. Maybe a little too much – it makes it difficult to think of doing another photo group trip without them! Ah well, all treasured memories and quite a few lessons learned along the way!

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  1. Amazing photos and you are a natural on camera. Seriously you do and should have more videos. But then I’m one to talk as I rarely even get in a photograph, let alone a video so completely understand if you don’t.
    This sounds like it was a great trip. I love the idea of it being a photo safari as I can imagine with everyone working on their photo skills there were lots of opportunities to learn from one another and nobody rushing anyone that wanted to take that one last shot. 🙂

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    • Lol – Thank you!! That video is one of those rare moments when the stars aligned and everything worked in my favor! I think it helped that we were all just having a good time 😎
      I really enjoyed being on a trip with other photographers – I never felt rushed taking photos and I learned so much from the others’ input! Having the pro along was also incredibly helpful for reviewing different techniques as well as the different post-processing options. He was also a big proponent of portrait/street photography which was totally out of my comfort zone, but ended up being a lot of fun. I think I learned more during this one week then the whole semester photo course I took after!

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    • Lol – thanks! It’s one of those rare times where I actually don’t mind how the video turned out. Proof that it was just one of those trips where all the stars aligned! 🙂
      If you ever get the chance to create a chance to go – always go! There are just so many things to see, I worry sometimes I won’t get around to it all o_O

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