Liverpool is my favourite urban photography location
Every city, town and village has its own photo opportunities but Liverpool is abundant in its sheer range of amazing locations and backdrops for location portrait portrait photography. Every part of the city centre has so much variety that you’re spoilt for choice. For this session we chose Hope Street. It stretches from the Anglican Cathedral at the southern end to the Metropolitan Cathedral at the northern end.
Along the way there’s LIPA, The collection of suitcases which serves as a memorial to all those who left these shores in the 19th and 20th centuries in search of a better life in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Africa; beautiful pavement cafes, the Philharmonic Hall, The iconic Philharmonic Dining Rooms, the Everyman Theatre and numerous little corners which make amazing backdrops.
All this is packed into just 600 yards, one third of a mile of paradise for the street photographer and urban portrait photographers like me. The other thing is the people in Liverpool are so supportive and helpful. Sometimes they join in too which gives an urban portrait a whole new dimension.
When we were talking about where to do this family portrait session, Phil and Liz were initially thinking about their back garden in South Liverpool which is lovely but when I showed them some examples of urban portrait photography they were really up for it. When I mentioned Hope Street they told me that they’d met for their first date at the cafe at The Everyman Theatre. A quick ten minutes into the city and we were ready to go. Phil’s mum, who was 81 when we did this session, came too and that was fab because we could capture all three generations together, and get some photos of Phil and his mum, and grandma and granddaughters together.
We spent maybe an hour or so wandering along Hope Street and picking locations for a series of group portraits, portraits of each person on their own and various pairs. We could also mess about a bit so the photos weren’t too formal. That’s the thing about urban portraiture; it gives you the opportunity to be creative, to experiment, try something different and create unique and personal portraits. You can see more examples of my urban portraits in th Urban Portraits gallery.
After the shoot, Phil and Liz choose six photographs to have framed. Each one was different and I designed the frames for the places they were going to hang. Some were quite large, 40″ and others were much smaller and designed hang together as a group. We also produced a Queensberry album using most of the rest of the photos so they can enjoy the photographs for decades to come.
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