You know how you can reside in a location for years (such as London), and walk past the same place every day without actually realising it’s there? I’m ashamed to admit that I must have strolled past Cleary Gardens on countless occasions, and never gave it so much as a cursory glance.
Until recently that is. Every now and again I like to set up pre-wedding sessions via Facebook, where I pick a small number of lucky couples to take part in their very own photoshoot. It’s a great way to meet new people, and it allows me to try out a few new things such as funky flash tricks (I’m rather partial to the odd funky flash trick now and again, don’t you know.)
One of those lucky (and very lovely) couples was Adeena and Luke, who met me one evening in the never-visited-before Cleary Gardens. For those of you who’ve never visited said gardens, they’re rather small but very charming – lots of nooks and crannies, lovely foliage and benches where you can take time out for a while away from the hubbub of the city.
Adeena and Luke were utterly fab, open to my ideas and entering into the spirit of the session with enthusiasm and gusto. This is exactly the reason why I love photographing pre-wedding sessions and weddings themselves – I get to meet lots of lovely people and make some new friends along the way too.