Cashel Palace Hotel published in National Geographic

Cashel Palace Hotel published in National Geographic

An annual round up of travel and hotel photography assignments, hand-picked highlights from spring, summer, autumn and winter to share with you here on my website.

January 2023 – Fairmont San Francisco shoot photo editing

The photoshoot itself is only the first part: next, the editing begins. January was dedicated to editing the Fairmont San Francisco Christmas Campaign for 2023.
Obviously we can’t share any of the images yet, until the campaign is launched later this year, but suffice it to say that the team at Fairmont were delighted with the results.

“Many thanks Michelle, Absolutely stunning. I so appreciate your artistry! Well done.”
Michelle Heston, Executive Regional Director of Public Relations, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

“Hi Michelle, The photos are stunning! Thank you again for all of your hard work.”
Courtney Hanaway, Marketing Manager, Fairmont San Francisco

All images were delivered on time. Now it’s over to the designers to create the campaign and work their magic.

January 2023 Isla de las Palomas, Tarifa, Andalucia

This tiny island, the southernmost point in mainland Spain and continental Europe, is linked to Tarifa town by a causeway. Holding a strategic position between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and close to Morocco, it is now open to the public for guided visits.

Tarifa © Michelle Chaplow

Tarifa, Spain

February 2023 Exposición Fotografía Malagueña

An image taken by Michelle in the Louisiana swamps was exhibited in the Exposición Fotografía Malagueña, marking the 40th Anniversary of Colectivo Imagen in Fuengirola. The exhibition is open until March 2023.


Cashel Palace Residents bar © Michelle Chaplow

Cheers to Cashel Palace on their 1st Anniversary!

March 2023 The first anniversary of the reopening of Cashel Place, Tipperary, Ireland

On 1 March 2023, Cashel Palace Hotel celebrated its first birthday since the reopening of this newly refurbished historic property (see March 2022 news). Hotel Essence Photography was proud to create a comprehensive portfolio of images for the new opening of this landmark five-star heritage hotel with only 42 rooms, situated in the very heart of Ireland.

Cashel Palace Hotel, Bridal Suite © Michelle Chaplow

Cashel Palace Hotel, Bridal Suite

2023 Photography highlights

The images that Michelle and her crew of stylists and assistants took for the new opening of Cashel Palace have now been published in a number of national newspapers, magazines and books: The Times, The Irish Times, National Geographic Traveller, Ireland´s Blue Book,  and Conde Nast Traveller, to name just a few. A hotel with high-quality photography is more likely to get press coverage, since an archive of excellent images is very appealing to travel and picture editors alike.

Cashel Palace featured in The Times of London © Michelle Chaplow

Cashel Palace featured in The Times of London


March/April 2023 Photo shoot for The Rock Hotel, Gibraltar

This assignment is booked for late March/early April. Built by John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute, the iconic Gibraltar hotel has been described as “one of the Mediterranean‘s most famous hotels”. The art deco building is situated in an elevated position on Europa Road, with views of the Botanical Gardens, and across the Bay of Algeciras to Spain and over to North Africa. Hotel Essence Photography will be providing the new visuals for advertising and promotional purposes. This legendary hotel, which has hosted scores of dignitaries and celebrities from Sir Winston Churchill to John Lennon and Yoko Ono (who got married at the British Consulate), has a magical charm.

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