With the official first day of spring falling in March, it’s time to shake off the frosts of winter and organise your spring photo shoot! Nothing gladdens the heart quite like feeling the long-forgotten warmth of sun on your skin and the first flashes of colour emerging from ground, so a spring photo shoot is perfect for fresh, uplifting and gorgeously positive portraits.
Here’s my pick of the best places in London for the perfect spring photo shoot:
You can’t beat Kew Gardens for spring blossom splendour. The riot of spring colour begins in late January/early February when thousands of delicate snowdrops cover the green with white. Carpets of crocuses start to appear from late February and are in full bloom throughout March. From April, the cherry trees throw their pink and white confetti skywards, while May brings our native blue bells out en masse.
St James’ Park
Make like Wordsworth and wander lonely as a cloud—or with friends and family—down to St James’ Park where you’ll find that crowd of golden daffodils ‘Beside the lake, beneath the trees/Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.’ And what a sight they make! St James’ park receives the lion’s share of the 1 million daffodil bulbs planted in London’s Royal parks each year, so you won’t lack picturesque spots for your spring photoshoot. Just mind you don’t get upstaged by the famous St James’ Park pelicans!
If you’re yearning for the orderly beauty of a formal garden, take the Bakerloo line to Regent’s Park and head for the Avenue Gardens. Here, April brings the cherry trees into bloom and turns the Avenue Gardens into a froth of pink blossom. Don’t forget the cherry tree avenue along Chester Road, either. Originally planted in the 1930s, this avenue was restored in 2015 with the planting of 100 new trees. The large, pale pink flowers of the variety ‘Sunset Boulevard’ are sure to make a fabulously romantic backdrop for your spring photo shoot.
Richmond Park is one of my favourite places for a woodland walk, especially in late April to early May, when the Isabella Plantation is ablaze with thousands of azalea flowers. Established in the 1830s, the Isabella Plantation boasts 40 acres of Japanese azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, which intermingle with native plants and other exotic and rare varieties.
London’s City Farms
The animal lovers among you will definitely want to visit one of London’s city farms for your spring photo shoot! Springtime is synonymous with comically fluffy chicks and ducklings, and adorably knock-kneed lambs. Rather incongruously located in the middle of Tower Hamlets, Stepney City Farm is a
Tiny rural idyll in the midst of the grey urban sprawl. Here you can even bottle feed the lambs for that perfect family photograph.
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