As a London Wedding Photographer, I love a good challenge and Jo and Frisco really delivered. When they contacted me, they had a very specific idea of what they were looking for from their engagement shoot. They wanted their Southbank Pre-Wedding Shoot to feature London, to showcase some of the city’s sites and to have the London feel, but without seeming like tourist photographs. Suffice it to say, this piqued my interest and had my creative juices flowing.

Thames pier Southbank pre-wedding shoot

A true-to-London non-tourist Southbank Pre-Wedding Shoot

On a gloriously sunny day, we met at Southwark station and after a few quick captures headed out from there.

I really like Southwark station. It’s a typical Jubilee Line station with modern minimalist design and heavy use of concrete and lights. I used to work just opposite and I always saw the blue wall when I passed on my daily commute. I really wanted to use it and I love the results.

Next, we headed to the Thames, where the tide was out and the piers were exposed. With about 20 minutes to spare before all of the beach would be flooded, and surrounded by rustic pipes and beams, Jo and Frisco joked around in the evening sun.

At the Tate Modern, where we took a new angle of Saint Paul’s Cathedral Jo and Frisco’s snuggled below the bridge while the tourists above walked, talked and looked over to Saint Paul’s. That’s often how London is in my mind – pockets of quiet and closeness surrounded by busy-ness and buzzing.

I love this Southbank pre-wedding shoot. It’s so recognisably London, and equally so about Jo and Frisco. And stumbling over that ‘shall we get married’ billboard was just the lucky accident of the day. A bit cheesy perhaps, but also funny and too good to pass up.

With the sun setting, the people disappeared and we managed to capture some last intimate night time shots ending this Southbank pre-wedding shoot at Millennium Bridge and the stunning view over to St. Paul’s Cathedral at night. What a difference a few hours make.

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Lovely shoot Maria and a nice variety of locations…most of which also remind me of my daily commute to South Bank in my former life. You’ve done them proud 🙂 I particularly like the escalator shots (were you there at the crack of dawn?) and love the reflection in the blue panels!

Ha! Thanks Nadine. No, we were there on a Sunday evening when the middle escalator was switched off. There were people whizzing up and down on both of the other ones, but we got lucky on ours 🙂

Excellent portraits along the Thames Path- I really like the one with the happy couple under Gabriels Wharf.

so creative Maria! and did you bring that “married” sign along with you in your kit bag?!

Haha, lucky find I know, but it works 🙂

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