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Portrait Shoot - 'Autumn in St John's Lodge Gardens

  • Nov 18, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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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.

http://www.royalparks.org.uk/docs/park_maps/RegentsPark_English_Map.pdf

Shoot Duration: 11.00am-1.00pm

Shoot Level: all levels

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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.

The Garden of St John's Lodge, Regent's Park

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.

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  • Elena

    Hey guys why don't we meet wed 19 dec at the social evening organized by photographs?it is in soho. It would be nice to see u again!

    December 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,

    Uploaded photos are looking pretty good. If you need some more inspiration for photography..

    I am going to the Ansel Adams photography exhibition. I haven't decided the time yet. Let me know if you guys want to join me. You can find the details here.

    http://www.timeout.com/london/museums-attractions/event/243943/ansel-adams-photography-from-the-mountains-to-the-sea

    Cheers,
    Bhaskar

    November 22, 2012

  • Penny

    I had a good time with you all on Sunday. First time in several months, and with my SLR too. I got some photos that I'm happy with but I'm a bit late because I can't upload directly from iPad.

    November 21, 2012

  • Julia

    Thank you Chessie for this great meetup! I definitely learnt a lot needless to say behind and in front of the camera ;) Overall really lovely afternoon with a great location , people and photography ! Looking forward to the next one!

    November 20, 2012

  • Chessie

    Hi Michele, thanks for your kind feedback and glad you enjoyed the brief tutorial. However as per the shoot's description, the event was a SHOOT not a tutorial or workshop, hence the brief tutorial was complimentary, meant to give you guys some ideas. I will set up a proper hands on tutorial on 'How to shoot' for beginners where I will explain more in depth if you'd like to attend, I'm sure you'll find it more useful. Cheers

    November 19, 2012

    • Michele R.

      Hi Chessie,

      November 20, 2012

    • Michele R.

      thanks for your answer. You are right, it was not a tutorial.... Hope to join you again, it was a lovely experience

      1 · November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking back at my photos I m pretty satisfied. Which was due in no small part to Chessie's great direction and guidance

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great way to spend an Autumm day! I learnt lots of things both modeling and shooting and definitely feel inspired from the shoot. As a beginner I was very comfortable and found it so helpful, thanks Chessie, you are very skilled and to all for being so friendly and welcoming

    November 19, 2012

  • Michele R.

    nice people and good opportunity to improve photographic skills. I liked when we had a small class together. I think it should have been done at the beginning of the day with a bit of other tips for beginner.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had very good time and learned quite a few tips from Chessie. I quite like how Chessie shows making simple changes can show a huge impact to the pictures. Well they seem simple once you know them but lot of thought must have gone into it. Thanks to all the girls in the meetup for being wonderful models.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first for this group, there was some delays at the start but otherwise the shoot was fantastic on a fabulous day! Chessie gave some good pointers and is a great tutor!

    November 18, 2012

  • Chessie

    Great autumn session with some very enthusiastic photographers; thanks everyone who came along and brought some inspiration to our shoot.

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Guys,

    There seems to be an inconsistency between meetup time(12pm) and time in the summary(11am). Could you please adjust this? Looking forward for this meetup. Don't want to miss this time.

    Cheers,
    Bhaskar

    November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Chessie.

      November 17, 2012

    • Chessie

      Pleasure.

      November 18, 2012

  • Penny

    I'm at the gate :)

    November 18, 2012

    • Chessie

      Hi Penny we are still in the bus but should be there shortly. Stuck in a traffic jam.

      November 18, 2012

  • Julia

    Me and Lauren are in the park and on the way

    November 18, 2012

    • Chessie

      We are stuck in traffic Julia but will be there shortly. It's a gorgeous day so perfect for shooting

      November 18, 2012

  • Julia

    Me and Lauren are in the park and on the way

    November 18, 2012

  • Vipul T.

    Hi guys, running a bit late. Should be there in 10-15 mins

    November 18, 2012

  • Vipul T.

    My contact number, in case the network holds steady is[masked]

    November 17, 2012

    • Vipul T.

      Please be there on time so we can avoid missing each other this time

      November 17, 2012

  • Vipul T.

    Hi guys,
    look forward to meeting you all tomorrow at the gorgeous St Lodge Gardens.
    There seems to be some problems with the network around the area, but I'll be outside the entrance of the gardens. In case you cannot find us, please follow the signage posted all across the park.
    Hoping for a great shoot tomorrow.
    Regards
    Vipul

    November 17, 2012

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    Event Host
  • Vipul T.
    Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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