Last year I did a post on some of my favourite spots in Birmingham to take my camera, nearly a year has passed and, there is no surprise that there are even more spots in Birmingham to snap! This year I haven’t really been out a lot due to CO-VID ( as the same for every one else!) isolating for two-three months wore my creativity down until I had the green light to go back to work in Birmingham. I spent one day just walking around Birmingham and I couldn’t believe there were so many locations that I have never discovered before…
From Digbeth to Chinatown, when it comes to photography, Birmingham is the perfect City to imagine and create. Some spots I found don’t even look like your in Birmingham but, more so you’re in Paris, Japan or maybe even a futuristic Birmingham, Yes Birmingham is a pretty fantastic city for creatives to CREATE and take imagination/creativity to the next level! Here’s just a few new spots that I have found that you may want to check out yourselves AND use them for photo opportunities!
I have mentioned quite a few businesses in this post that are great for photographers (very open to letting photographers in and doing shoots) HOWEVER please ask before you snap AND, don’t just snap and dash! I always ask permission and, I like to give back, buy a drink/some grub and remember to tag them in your photos!
CHINA TOWN/BATH PASSAGE
Located in China Town(right next to China Court takeaway) Bath Passage is full of amazing street art by the talented Gent 48. Bath Passage has become one of my favourite places to do photoshoots in the City! Making my photos POP and stand out!
VICTORIA SQUARE FOUNTAINS
Now covered in lavender blooms making photos pop with gorgeous lilac colours, victoria square over the years seems to be coming along quite nicely! I usually take many of the bloggers here for photoshoots and take photos against the lavender, also the architecture on the Town Hall is pretty cool to shoot against.
The Mailbox is a lovely setting for a photo shoot with beautiful interior and stunning view’s of The Canal and The Cube It’s especially beautiful at Christmas time when they put up all the lights and the Christmas tree, really gets you in the Christmas mood and creates beautiful festive photos!
Looking for somewhere to stop off for coffee? why about stopping off for coffee and tuck into a delicious brunch as well as getting in a few more photos? Located just underneath the bridge from The Cube to The Canals (on way to Brindley Place) you will find Cocoa By Ali. A very popular spot for bloggers to snap with all the beautiful pink interior and blooms but don’t just Snap and Dash, this place has some beautiful and delicious dishes on offer for you try too (definitely recommend the french toast :P)
TOP OF THE CUBE/HOTEL INDIGO
So you can either buy a room with a view for the night or head on up to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant on 25th Floor for a pretty cool panoramic view of Birmingham. Beautiful in the day and beautiful at night, take your pick! The shot is going to be awesome any time of day.
And let’s not forget about the bottom of The Cube where you can get some pretty epic low angle shots of the “uplifted” sculpture. At Christmas time The Cube’s Christmas tree appears and it’s a lovely sight to snap!
Home of the future creatives, an ultimate favourite of mine and I bet it is of soo many other photographers as well! It’s like the upside-down of Birmingham, endless possible shots to take in this colourful area full of talented street artist’s work, with exciting possibilities for all creatives. Everyone knows I love Digbeth, the one reason why I love it so much is it’s always changing, there is always something new around the corner. New artwork, new venue’s, new opportunities for creatives to get stuck in and exhibit their talents.
Of course, one of my favourite walls in Digbeth is The NightOwl, retro, cool and just makes a killer backdrop.
Let’s talk about the venues where you can get some awesome shots:
FloodGate Birmingham: Full of Neon, quirky artwork and rammed with photographers. I see photoshoots going on in there all the time so photographers are welcome to create!
NQ64: NQ64 to me is like stepping back in time, into the 80s, Stranger Things style. Glow in the dark, street art and retro gaming, what’s not to love?
Birdies Bar: Tropical vibes, fantastic for those cocktail photos!
Zumhof Biergarten: Quirky and different, Digbeths very only little Glastonbury, take a few photos here and convince your pals your THAT BITCH.
SELFRIDGES CAR PARK: TOP LEVEL
I am always on the hunt for views of the City, on the Selfridges car park I have view’s of Digbeth way and up-close views of the Bullring which is pretty stunning at night!
Take a walk amongst the canals towards the Utilita Arena and, you will come across bridges with floral just like the bridges in Amsterdam layered with bikes, Birmingham to Amsterdam and I didn’t have to get the EURO?!…BARGAIN!
The trees in Brindley Place by Ikon are a must in the Spring and Autumn, The beautiful pink blossom is to die for and, then in the Autumn the splash of orange from the Autumn leaves create’s stunning images!
THE BOTANICAL WALLS
These walls make fantastic backdrops for photoshoots and you will find them near Grand Central and Snowhill Station! I use these a lot with my blogger and couple photoshoots and they always make awesome photos!
GRAND CENTRAL TOP LEVEL CAR PARK
The car park for Grand Central is amazing to take photos of The Rotunda and John Lewis (RIP!) Its an open-top car park and its on the top level, and you can grab Grand Central and The Rotunda in one shot!
GREAT WESTERN ARCADE
In my last blog, I hardly touched on the Great Western Arcade and, for most of this year, it has been the number one place for me to do photoshoots. A very popular location for photographers and it’s perfect for a couple’s photoshoot especially engagement/wedding day photoshoot’s in which, the scenery is just simply stunning to capture!
A few new neighbours have arrived since the last blog post including the very vibrant Pineapple Club. Neon, botanical, and just oozing Beverly Hills hotel-style makes it a beautiful place for those blogger/model photos as well of course, for dining and having a cocktail or two with friends.
JEWELLERY QUARTER/ST PAULS CHURCH
Unfortunately due to CO-VID I had to cancel my family shoots in Birmingham, ST Pauls Church in the Jewellery Quarter was going to be the first location as it’s so beautiful especially in Autumn with all the leaves, just look at those beautiful Autumn colours! I always find it such a peaceful location to photograph and there is just so much you can do with it!
MOOR STREET STATION/EPIC SHOTS OF THE BULLRING
Moor Street to me is one of the most beautiful train stations I have ever stepped foot in, every time I am there my mind is flooded with happy childhood memories coming to this station. The beautiful victorian interior, the old school feel you get it almost transports me back to being a child thinking I was going on some amazing holiday (that holiday being just Solihull for Christmas shopping) and the amazing photo opportunities make its quite a fabulous location for photoshoots. I mainly come to Moor Street to catch the train to Leamington Spa(usually platform 3 or 4) but, I also come here to get some fantastic shots of The Bullring too!
EDGBASTON/ THE EDGBASTON HOTEL
The Edgbaston Hotel is well-known for its beautiful Art deco interior design and especially at Christmas, where many call it “The house with the Bow that everyone wants!” Around Christmas time I will often walk past and find people outside taking photos of this gorgeous house, however, it’s even more gorgeous inside! I would 100% recommend to book for Christmas and get into the Christmas spirit and snap some beautiful seasonal photos for the gram!
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