How the Lack of Social Housing Impacted on a Pre-Wedding Shoot


Charlene and David’s recent pre-wedding shoot in central London was definitely a case of “the best laid plans of mice and men”.

I am shooting their wedding story in Luton next month and when they said they’d love a central London “touristy” pre-wedding portrait shoot I couldn’t be more excited.  After all, as a London wedding photographer I’d be on my “own turf” and know there are so many places that would provide a fantastic backdrop for their pre-wedding images.

So we agreed on meeting in Trafalgar Square – with it’s fountains, lions and Nelson himself you couldn’t get a more iconic London start to a shoot. What’s more, the spring sun was shining brightly when I woke that morning, so I couldn’t wait to get started.

Thankfully I got to Trafalgar Square an hour earlier planned, and discovered that it was the day the annual Mayor of London St Patrick’s Day parade was taking place with the Square itself set aside for all the celebrations.  Yes, David himself is a proud Irishman – but I doubted they’d want to be posing for portraits in the Square with a few thousand drunken revellers surrounding them!

So after a few hasty texts, we agreed to meet at Charing Cross instead.  Across from the station are a row of 4 iconic red telephone boxes which I thought would make a good starting point instead.  My alternate plan was to then head on down to Waterloo Bridge, via the pretty Embankment Gardens, to then get portraits of them on the bridge with a sweeping vista of the city behind.

Except, when we finally did reach Waterloo Bridge a political demonstration against the lack of social housing was in full flow across the bridge – on exactly the side of the bridge I was planning to get the city vista shots!  You really couldn’t make it up – I never ever thought I’d have a pre-wedding shoot interrupted by a political demonstration. I even jokingly said to Charlene and David, that I could now at least have a blog heading of “How The Lack of Social Housing Impacted on a Pre-Wedding Shoot”!!!!

Still, the great thing about central London for a pre-wedding portrait shoot is that you are never too far from the next great photo opportunity – and being a London based wedding photographer, I know exactly where to go. So unperturbed, we took a number of shots around the South Bank, including in the Jubilee Gardens with the London Eye in the background, along to Albert Embankment for some Houses of Parliament and Big Ben backdrops before ending up at the magnificent Somerset House back over on the Embankment on the north side of the Thames.

So after exhausting the pair of them with quite a bit of walking, we end ended up with me buying them a well deserved tea and coffee.  Despite all the hitches and walking we certainly had a great and fun time – and I really felt like I get to know Charlene and David even better ahead of their wedding day, next month.  And to be honest, that’s the real point of a pre-wedding portrait shoot – getting to know one another – the final images they received are just a bonus.

So if you are getting married and interested in also including a pre-wedding shoot as part of your wedding photography package, then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

I’m sure you’ll agree, Charlene and David make a lovely couple, based on this very small selection from the portraits they received that day.

Charlene and David pose by iconic red telephone boxes, opposite Charing Cross station, during their central London pre-wedding portrait shootThe couple pose in Embankment Gardens during their pre-wedding shoot in central LondonA romantic moment as David cuddles and kisses Charlene during their central London pre-wedding portrait shootDavid and Charlene pose by some impressive shadows on Waterloo Bridge, during their pre-wedding shoot in central LondonCharlene and David kissing in front of some street art on the South Bank, during their central London pre-wedding portrait shootCharlene and David cuddle up, during their pre-wedding shoot in central London, beside the Thames and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament oppositeDuring their central London pre-wedding portrait shoot, Charlene and David pose by a fountain opposite the Houses of ParliamentIn the forecourt at Somerset House, Charlene and David pose for a portrait during their pre-wedding shoot in central London

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