Marrakech Photography Workshop 1st – 6th March 2019

Marrakech Photography Workshop

Hosted by Rachel at Picturesque Photography Holidays

With Lydia Gough & Francesca Colombo & Maurisa Coleman

Tutored by Lahcen Mellal

1st - 6th March 2019


Marrakech Photography Workshop

Rachel Kate, founder and director of picturesque Holidays is very proud to introduce this fantastic photography workshop vacation. 

We have booked an impressive mansion set in acres of beautiful lush gardens where our photo shoots will take place and we have a magnificent, skilled creative team participating.  

This is a unique opportunity to be taught the fundamentals and more advanced photography techniques whilst shooting 3 international top models in a beautiful location in Marrakech, Morocco.  

We are very proud to announce that two amazing female designers have agreed to sponsor garments to be modelled on our workshops.

A massive Thank you to Irena at The Rose Powder for sponsoring her wonderful lingerie designs and also to Lucy at Tammam for sponsoring some of her stunning gown designs.  

We have a team of three skilled international models.

Lydia, Francesca and Maurisa all have many years of experience modeling and acting professionally and will work tirelessly to ensure that you go home with valuable additions to your portfolio.  

Maria Samuels is an acclaimed hair stylist and makeup artist and will be on set during our photoshoots to ensure that the models look fantastic.

Lahcen Mellal is a renowned photographer with many years of experience and will be your tutor throughout the workshop.

This workshop will give Lahcen the chance to help all photographers on an individual basis to suit your level of experience. You will be able to master some flash techniques  with flash equipment that Lahcen uses on location as well as balancing artificial light with natural light. Mastering natural light in all it’s forms will, of course be a part of the learning experience

Beginners will be welcomed as much as advanced photographers.

Your own creative ideas will also be encouraged as Lahcen wants all photographers to go away knowing that they can shoot on their own in the future with greater knowledge and confidence.


Three Day Workshop Tutorial

Three Photomodels


Sponsored gowns and lingerie

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist

Five nights luxury accommodation

Airport Transfers

Breakfast and evening meals


9 Spaces Available

The Villa

This breathtaking villa is located in the beautiful city of Marrakech, just a short fifteen minute drive from marrakech airport.

The villa is set in 15,000 M2 of grounds surrounded by rose bushes, olive, orange and date trees in a tranquil setting with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.

The interior of the villa is finished to the highest standards with traditional bejmat flooring, water features and tall arched windows; all decorated in the unique vibrant Moroccan style.

The villa has air conditioning throughout as well as wireless internet and satellite TV.

The first floor comprises of two spacious living spaces, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.

On the second floor there are 7 elegant bedroom suites, each comprising of a private ensuite bathroom and private seating/living area and also two standard twin bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

The grand outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable sun loungers for unwinding by the pool, numerous outdoor seating areas, a BBQ area and dining area for Alfresco feasts on balmy evenings.

If you decide to bring along a guest or if you decide to take some leisurely time in between shooting then you can make use of the villas many amenities; there is a tennis court, a gym, table tennis and even a massage room.

Aswell as full use of the beautiful villa, grounds and facilities you will also have full service of the villas staff; the housekeeping, the chefs and the gardener are all at hand to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. 

Enjoy the complete privacy and tranquility in paradise.


🔹outdoor swimming pool

🔹BBQ/outdoor dining area


🔹tennis court

🔹massage room

🔹table tennis

🔹air conditioning

🔹wireless internet

🔹9 bedrooms

🔹8 bathrooms

🔹fully equipped kitchen

🔹indoor dining area

🔹2X living spaces

🔹satellite TV and Netflix 

🔹towels/beach towels/beach blankets 

🔹bed linen

🔹beach umbrella

🔹snorkelling equipment




During your stay at the villa your breakfast and evening meals will be catered by the villas cooks. 

All meals will be prepared each day using fresh local ingredients; fragrant Moroccan spices, assortments of fresh fruits, salads and meat and vegetable dishes all cooked in the unique Morocan style.

Moroccan cuisine can be described as an extraordinary combination of savory and sweet and hot and cold. Most everyone will find something they enjoy at a Moroccan table. Traditional Moroccan cuisine uses fragrant spices such as cinnamon, ginger, saffron, cumin and caraway seeds rather than hot spices.  

The first three evenings of your stay you will be served a three course meal, consisting of starters, main course and dessert.

On the last two evenings of your trip we will be having an early evening barbecue with an assortment of meats, veggies and salads.  

Hot drinks, Soft drinks and water are served during breakfast, dinner and throughout the the day during the photoshoots. 

If you would like to collect any extra shopping then there is a fully equipped kitchen with an American fridge/freezer where you are free to store and prepare food and drinks if you wish. 

We can cater to all dietary needs and preferences so if you are a vegan, Pescatarian, vegetarian or have any food allergies or any food that you don’t eat then please let us know upon booking and we will be happy to prepare the meals to your needs. 

*alcohol is not included in the price*


We have seven bedroom suits available in the villa, including the grand master suite; all boasting en suite bathrooms and we have two twin rooms with a shared bathroom

All are finished to a high standard.

Prices include accommodation, the photography workshop, airport transfers and meals for one person for five nights.

Villa Rooms: £1050
(2 available-shared bathroom)

Villa Suites: £1200
(6 available)

Master Villa Suite: £1300
(1 available) 

Optional Morocco Guided Tour Day

Morocco Guided Day Tour:

24th November 2018, 10:00-16:00

£125 per space 

Includes Tour Guide, Air Conditioned Jeep and Driver

(Lunch not included in price)

On day one before the models arrive and the workshop begins we have arranged an optional sightseeing/photography outing which will be led by the wonderful experienced, local guide Adil.

Born and raised in the Sahara, Adil is the perfect person to guide around the hidden treasures that morocco has to offer. He will share his wealth of information of the beautiful locations and local traditions and of-course you will have plenty of photographic opportunities in some spectacular locations.

The day will begin at 10:00am by being picked up at the villa by Adil and your driver for the day in a large air conditioned jeep for your comfort.

You will begin your excursion in the picturesque area of Palmeraie which is a palm oasis of several hundred thousand Palm,date,olive and fruit trees located just outside of Marrakech.  

There will also be opportunity for camel riding through the palm groves.

You will then drive 90 minutes to the breathtaking lake Lalla Takerkoust, located on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains where Adil will guide you around this beautiful area, stopping along the way to give you opportunity for photographic captures.

Adil will then take you to a lakeside restaurant for lunch.

At roughly 14:00 you will set off for the dessert of agafay which  is nestled between city and mountains. This beautiful, wild, stony, barran landscape feels completely secluded and has spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. 

Adil will guide you around this final location and you will then be dropped off back at the villa at roughly 16:00 giving you a chance to freshen up and relax before our group evening meal.

Lydia Gough - Model

LYDIA GOUGH is a London based international photo model with over six years of experience modelling professionally, beginning her career at just 14 years old when she was scouted by Elite Model Management. 

Lydia has spent her career working primarily as a commercial model although she is also accomplished in various genres of modelling from fashion to lingerie and beauty.

During the course of her career Lydia has been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful brands, magazines, photographers and fabulous creative individuals.

Lydia’s expansive portfolio is a true testament to her many years of experience within the industry.

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Francesca Colombo - Model

Francesca was born in Genoa, Italy, on January 10, 1989.

At the age of just thirteen she began her craft as an actress and just four short years later at the age of seventeen she moved to Rome and began her modelling career.

During the course of these years she has worked in some of the biggest Italian theaters as a performer and she has acted for television shows as well as movies that have been nominated and won prestigious prizes at major world film festivals.

Francesca is a hard working, determined lady and is the protagonist of large advertising campaigns both in Italy and internationally. 

Whatever the project she is working on Francesca brings the benefits of her many years of experience and passion for her trade.

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Maurisa Coleman - Model

Maurisa S Coleman is a British-Trinidadian Entrepreneur, International Model and Actress.

Maurisa is an acclaimed icon in the British fashion industry. Over the past decade she has built a reputation as one of the most popular models at London Fashion Week and International shows through her dynamic, strong and fierce personality on the runway.

A regular recognised guest model at Budapest and Trinidad fashion weeks, Maurisa is always one of the first VIP names on the guest list at many high-profile fashion events.

A role model in the fashion industry Maurisa has always been on hand to help guide and shape the careers of younger aspiring models to follow in her footsteps.

However, her career has not just been limited to the runway, Maurisa is also a published international model gracing the cover of many an international publication, and being the subject of a multitude of articles. 

Watch this space for more from Maurisa as she continues to receive accolade for her continued success in her young but still blossoming career.

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Lachen Mellal - Lead Photographer

 Lahcen Mellal has been gifted by an ability of turning the unnoticeable into art. Being raised in the land of kasbahs, colors and storytellers influenced his photographic style and vision. 

After graduation in fashion design from the Vogue Academy in Amsterdam in 2000, he ventured into the photography and filming universe. It was his relocation to the sensual city of Marrakech in 2014 that affected the most his creativity and the insight he wishes to share with the world. While assisting famous photographers such as Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Matthias Clamer, Glen Luchford or Camilla Akrans, he draws on his roots and need for authenticity.

 Lahcen loves to repeat after Julius Shulman that the camera is the least important element in photography. It’s all about the people and their stories to tell. He uses the hidden gems of Marrakech to create spectacular settings for his photoshoots in order to provoke an extraordinary outcome for ordinary creations. He gave life to remarkable moments captured for Surface magazine, Brown book magazine or Phosphore magazine. His passion inspires brands from all over the globe.

Follow Lahcen on:  


Instagram: @lahcenmellalstudio

The Rose Powder - Designer

The Rose Powder 


Born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Graduated in 2008 with the Bachelor’s Degree in History from Oxford Brooke’s University (Oxford, UK), where studied the World & Fashion History. During and after her university years Irena worked for the luxury Brands, such as: Victoria’s Secret, Rigby & Peller, Hobbs, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Zegna, Guiseppe Zanotti, Michael Kors, Valentino and Louis Vuitton. Had a brief career in journalism. She has learnt sewing technics by her mother who worked as a professional seamstress during her career. Irena is the designer and Founder of Rose Powder lingerie and currently working on her 3rd collection due to be launched in December 2018.  


British label Rose Powder offers a fun, fresh and flirty take on lingerie, accessories and swimwear. Products celebrate all different types of femininity and are hand-crafted in the UK from the finest British fabrics, including lace, silk and velvet in vibrant colours. Rose Powder launched in 2014 at London’s Fashion Festival showcasing their premier swimwear line, and in July 2017 the Brand launched one of their most exciting collections to date featuring over 20 must-have SS17 styles for lingerie.



Lingerie Blog:

Lingerie Journal:

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Tammam - Designer

Lucy, creative director and founder of Tammam and Couturier to the stars, dresses and styles icons

 Jenny Agutter to Eleanor Tomlinson, even cited as a designer in the running to create the wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge.

 Lucy places equal importance on sustainability, innovation, cut and style to courageously work towards changing the way we regard our clothing.

A pioneer of ethical fashion, Ms Tammam personally researches local ecological fabrics and yarns to cultivate and reinvent perishing techniques traditional to each region, from: 

Assamese hills to rural villages in Andhra Pradesh,
living between Bloomsbury and Bangalore for over a decade. 

Follow Tammam on:


Instagram: @houseoftammam

Twitter: @HouseOfTammam

Maria Samuel - Stylist

Maria is a UK based, internationally published makeup artist and hair stylist with over eight years of experience within the industry.  

During the course of her career Maria’s work has been featured in various books and magazines and has recently had the accolade of having her work featured front page of a prestigious photography magazine.

Some of Maria’s clients include The Telegraph, Pandora, Fabulous magazine, Peacocks, Hasselblad as well as other celebrity clients.

Maria has extensive experience in various styles of hair and makeup from bridal to editorial; Having worked on sets of various music videos, fashion shows, and photo shoots she is confident that she will always produce the highest standards of work to ensure that you achieve the best possible results from your photo shooting. 

Follow Maria on:



Instagram: @memesamuel


Please note that these are all a rough guide as to times of when we will be shooting and holding group meals. 

Arrival Day- 1st of March  

🔹pick up from Marrakech airport and check in at the villa 

🔹evening meal whatever time applicable (depending upon flight arrival times) 

Day Two- 2nd of March

Option for full day location photography outing with Adil or free day

🔹breakfast between 7:00-9:00

🔹pick up at 10:00 (if attending the location outing)

🔹drop off back at the villa at 16:00 (if attending the location outing) 

🔹evening meal 19:00 onward

Day Three- 3rd of March

Shooting at the venue

🔹breakfast between 8:00-10:00 

🔹morning shooting 10:00-14:00

🔹 refreshment break 14:00-14:30

🔹afternoon shoot 14:30-17:00 

🔹evening meal 19:00 onward

Day Four- 4th of March  

 Shooting at the venue

🔹breakfast between 7:00-9:00

🔹morning shooting 9:00-13:30

🔹refreshments 13:30-14:30

🔹afternoon shooting 14:30-16:30

🔹BBQ 17:00 onward 

Day Five- 5th of March 

Sunrise location shoot

🔹breakfast: self service

🔹journey to location 6:00-6:45 

🔹sunrise shoot 6:45-12:30

🔹free afternoon 

🔹BBQ and entertainment 18:00 onward

Day Six- 6th of March

🔹checkout and transfer to Marrakech airport

Bring a guest:

If you would like to bring along a friend or loved one to enjoy your free vacation time with
then we welcome you to bring along a guest. 

£650 per guest  


5 night stay in villa suite/villa standard room (shared with lead passenger) 

Breakfast and Evening Meals

Airport Transfers

Does NOT include the photography workshop


Picturesque's Mission

Need assistance with anything? Nothing is to much trouble.

If you’d like to extend your trip after the workshop and would like help looking for reasonably priced accommodation? I’m happy to assist! 

Looking for the best deal on flights and would like help searching? Feel free to ask me and I’m more than happy to help.

Advice on the area? 

Or if you would like to bring along a friend or loved one to enjoy the experience with you then please ask as this can be arranged also.

From the time of booking until the end of your stay in Marrakech I am on hand to assist you in anyway that I can and ensure that your experience is a wonderful one