September 2014 – Photoshoot for La Maison Blanche Riad Hotel, Tangier, Morocco
La Maison Blanche is a luxurious boutique hotel (Riad) situated in the heart of the Kasbah (old town) of Tangiers. Opened a year ago, it has just nine rooms, with a roof terrace offering spectacular views over the city.
The owners, Pilar and Aziz, take a very hands-on approach to the running of their business with enormous attention to detail.This can be seen throughout the hotel, from the locally-sourced Moroccan hand soaps to the hand-crafted, mosaic-tiled floors.
This was a three-day continuation shoot from the initial one in December 2013,to add to their image library. The shoot included shots of the solarium, the welcoming hospitality and the picturesque entrance hall, as well as the rooms and bathrooms.
The photos were taken using HDR and ‘strobist’ techniques. Detail shots of Moroccan teapots, glasses, cakes and water feature were also included. It was a very successful trip and one that Michelle always enjoys.
To look at the website, click here: www.lamaisonblanchetanger.com
September 2014 – Vendimia Festival, Manilva, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain
The Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival) takes place all over Andalucia every year during the month of September.
This year, Michelle attended the festivities in Manilva, a village in Malaga province, where she experienced the blessing of the grapes, possibly the most important event of the festival and then took photos of the treading of the grapes, marking the beginning of the harvest.
She also took photos of the drinking of the first juice, which brings good luck to all who take part!
September 2014 – Preparation work for Historic Hotels Speech
In May 2014, Michelle was honoured to be invited to deliver a keynote speech on the importance of photography for historic hotels at the Historic Hotels of America Annual Conference in October, taking place at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, USA.
Michelle will be delivering this speech with the title: ´Consumers Crave Visual Stories: Increase the revenue from your hotel website with strong visuals.´ During the speech, Michelle´s key points will be:
Upgrading photography at least once every two years is essential for hotels.
Consumers are more likely to book rooms, pay higher rates and stay longer when drawn by quality photos.
How to get more from your photographer (as a hotelier). This will include Michelle´s personal predictions on future trends of hotel photography.