Aty and Jean-Marc Baby Bump

August 2013

It is a time of new beginnings. I am new to London, and my friends Jean-Marc and Aty are about to bring their first baby into the world.

J-M and Aty realise that they have been living in this glorious city for years and haven’t documented a significant part of their lives here – ie the privilege of dwelling amongst array of historic buildings and landmarks.

So in an attempt to appreciate the city in a new way, we decide to do Aty and J-M’s baby bump shoot amongst some of these grand structures.

Starting at Waterloo on a sunny Sunday morning in August, we walk through the bustling station, head down the station steps, and out to the London Eye. We wait patiently for people to stare and then move off so that we can get an unobstructed image of the enormous eye. We then stroll down South Bank, and stop to marvel at the majestic golden Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. We admire the serenity of the river gliding below, oblivious to the hubbub of activity above.

Westminster Abbey is next up, and after battling the crowds to see the glorious front facade, we spot the classic red phone booth and use it as a prop. Time is running out so we tube it across town to visit my now favourite building in London, Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

We shoot this inspiring edifice from all angles, incorporating Millenium bridge into the shoot, a path which J-M knows well from his morning commute.

Back on the south side of the river we refresh ourselves with a summery cider and reflect on an enriching afternoon. Each of us has come away with a new appreciation of the city and some wonderful images of the place where we work, play, sleep, laugh, and love.

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