My Love Affair with Marrakech

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

marrakech polaroid

I recently got back from our 2nd Instant Love Polaroid retreat and am still coming down. We had such a great week shooting with Polaroid cameras in our gorgeous Moroccan villa. Peacock Pavilions is such an amazing place to teach at, to stay, to experience and photograph. Maryam, Chris, their family and staff make the week so special, it’s hard to ever leave.

Jen and I had such a ball with a fine group of ladies and loved every minute we got to spend with them. Despite the Moroccan genies casting spells on some of our cameras, the group produced some amazing instant images and we were thrilled with the works of art our ladies went home with.

I was really caught up in soaking up time with our guests that I didn’t shoot a lot this time around (most of my images were taken with my iPhone!) but I did sneak a few here and there that I was happy with.

instant love retreat 2013

A big thank you to Maryam and Chris at Peacock Pavilions. You did an amazing job again! Jen and I are starting to feel like part of the Peacock Pavilions family now. A big thank you also to Michelle at PP who was a lifesaver and kept our ship running very smoothly all week long. And of course, all the incredible chefs, kitchen and house staff, our wonderful driver, the kitties and Scout!

To the people of Marrakech who made our stay interesting and fun with a big thank you to our own personal souk guide, Abdul! If you ever need a great rug seller in Marrakech, email me and I’ll hook you up with our friend, Abdul. The ladies (myself included) scored some great wedding blankets and Beni Ouarain rugs from him. Abdul was one of the stars of Instant Love (his portrait taken by Susannah can be seen in the book) and is now part of the Instant Love family too.

To our amazing group of participants, thank you for making it such a memorable week. We had a dinner at PP with these ladies that may go down as one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had. Janis Nicolay has a great post on her blog about her experience with us. Check it out. We miss you and Wendy, Janis! You can see the wonderful images our group took here on their websites and instagram pages. Thank you Janis, Wendy, Nicole, Marissa, Leigh, Kathy, Cara, Carole, Danni and Patti!! Jen and I miss you all so much!

And as always, thank you to the amazing Lady Jenifer. I love you!

All images photographed with a Polaroid 180 Land Camera and Fuji instant film.

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  • Katarina

    I love them all…but that portrait…oh my god! So beautiful.
    Great work as always, Amanda. I wish I could attend one of your retreats one day.

  • nikki

    i have been away from Amandaland for far too long now but pleased to find you in continuous travel-creative mode. i’m sure your experiences there were so very lovely and i am glad you are having such wonderful adventures, my friend.

    • Amanda

      Oh, hello my lovely cowgirl. I’ve been away from the interlands in this way for a long time too!
      Any trips to France planned lately?

      • nikki

        malheuresment, no trip to France anytime soon. airfair is too much. i’m taking a road trip in april, though. don’t know where yet. hopefully someplace cheesy and fun.

  • Chanel Jibal

    I absolutely loved Marrakech when I went. I’d love to go back one day. Your photos in this post are beautiful.

  • Dan Speicher

    Absolutely a place that I cannot wait to visit. While my travels have taken me to Europe and the central and western parts of Africa, outside of layovers I have not been in the north. One day soon I hope

  • Bonnie Mieth

    *Sigh* Such a nice treat to visit and see that you had posted to the ole’ blog fairly recently. Your retreat sounds like such a dream – please keep me posted if you decide to do another one. Hope life in Sydney is treating you well and hope you are still taking photos! xoxo

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