We invite you to take your camera for a walk, bring on some colorful woolies, umbrellas, hats and clothes and have a fun day out taking some stunning portraits of each other in a beautiful venue.
The shoot is all about : LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE expressed in some fresh and colorful AUTUMN PORTRAITS
The best thing about our portraits shoots is that they are fun, they give you an opportunity to practice your directing skills on another photographer/sitter with no pressure, understand the relation between the photographer and the sitter and go home with some great new photos of yourself.
Meeting Point: 11AM St John's Lodge Gardens. The gardens are located on the inner circle in the Regent's park. Nearest tube stations are Baker Street / Regents Park. The link below gives you a full detailed map of the Regent's park, also highlighting the location of the Lodge Gardens.
Shoot Duration: 11.00am-1.00pm
Shoot Level: all levels
Every once in a while it happens that there's a place you've visited many times, thinking you know it well, and then you realize that there's something you've missed all along; that there's more waiting to be discovered.
I'm sure every Londoner has experienced this before. This city just loves surprises like this, doesn't it? And so London surprised me with the Garden of St John's Lodge in Regent's Park. It's also known as The Secret Garden, rightly so, I guess; I'd been to Regent's Park many times before, and never knew this garden was there until recently, when I read more about the history of the park.
About the St John's Lodge Gardens
When John Nash designed Regent's Park in 1811, he envisioned a residential development with a summer palace for the Prince Regent and several villas for his friends. Much of this scheme was abandoned, the palace was never built and only eight of the 56 planned villas were completed. Two of these original villas remain today–St John's Lodge and The Holme.
St John's Lodge was completed in 1819. It was in private hands until 1916, when it was used as a hospital; later it was used by the London University. It is a private residence again today, belonging to the Sultan of Brunei.
About the garden:
The grounds of St John's Lodge had an informal layout until the 3rd Marquess of Bute purchased the lease in 1888. Lord Bute commissioned Robert Weir Schultz to design a new garden 'fit for meditation'.
Weir Schultz landscaped the garden by arranging shaped spaces on the axis of the villa; he created a sunken lawn which extended from the villa's forecourt to a circular garden, with an oval tennis lawn beyond. These gardens were connected by a stone loggia, while a nymphaeum stood at the end of the oval garden.
This is still very much the layout of the garden, which became public in 1928, today; some features, such as the stona loggia and the nymphaeum were lost during a recline between the wars in the last century. A statue of St John the Baptist, the central point of the circular garden, was also lost and was replaced by the statue of Hylas and the Nymph.
As you enter the garden from the entrance off the Inner Circle, there's a pergola walk leading to the large circular garden, which has a pond with the statue of Hylas and the Nymph in the middle; to the left, there's the sunken lawn with St John's Lodge beyond, while to the right, there's an arbor through which you enter the secluded oval garden. The arbor replaces the stone loggia.
At the end of the oval garden, there's a covered seat where the nymphaeum once stood, forming the focal point to the axis of the villa. There's another smaller circular garden, with a circle of lime trees around a stone urn, and a gravel path, linking this smaller garden to another statue, the Shepherdess, off the larger circular garden.