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Time and time again we have couples asking for location suggestions for their engagement session, wedding photos, or even new photographers asking for location ideas. We’ve shot all over this Magic City and have an inside scoop into some of the most popular, iconic Birmingham locations. So, we figured it was time to create a list of the top 9 most incredible photo locations in Birmingham!!

Railroad Park– There is so much to see in one space! Between the Birmingham city skyline to the lush grassy fields and beautiful ponds, this is a definite Birmingham staple for any photos you want! We recommend you aim for photos in the non-winter months for the best-looking fields there. 

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The Birmingham Botanical Gardens– A classic spot with tons of variety from its famous rose garden, Japanese garden, and greenhouse. You can’t go wrong with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for your photo session!! It is free to go into the gardens, but as a heads up, they do not allow props or animals of any kind on the premises. 

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Incredible Birmingham, Alabama Photo Locations - Birmingham Botanical Gardens Wedding

The Bridges Between Northside & Southside– If you’re looking for a stunning view of the city in downtown Birmingham look no further!! This is so gorgeous, urban, and easy to get to! There are also several of them to choose from. 

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Birmingham’s White Walls- There are thankfully multiple of them! Since white is such a clean, fresh and neutral color it’s a popular one. Easy ones to find are near Morris Avenue, Near Bromberg’s in Mountain Brook, and Railroad Park. These are great for Christmas card photos, save-the-dates, etc because it’s so easy to put text over a clean white background. 

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The Rainbow Wall- Located right off of Morris Avenue, this spot is so unique and fun! We feel like it’s the perfect spot for senior photos, influencer pics, and so much more. It’s a huge wall that runs parallel behind Morris so it is super easy to find. 

Luke's Downtown Birmingham, Alabama senior session with Katie & Alec Photography

Luke's Downtown Birmingham, Alabama senior session with Katie & Alec Photography

Rotary Trail– Just moments away from both Railroad Park & the bridges between North & Southside this is a prime location. Nothing says “Birmingham” like the Magic City sign at Rotary Trail!! Be prepared, you will need to step into the road/turn lane to get photos here. 

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Oak Mountain State Park– Only 30 minutes outside of the city this is the perfect option if you’re looking for a more natural or rugged location. It’s got everything from waterfalls to fields and scenic outlooks. Be prepared though, there is a fee to get in! 

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Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographers Katie & Alec Photography - Top 9 Birmingham Photo Locations Oak Mountain State Park

***NOW CLOSED**** Sadly, we regret having to say that Birmingham has officially stopped allowing photos at their public parking decks. They will call the cops on people for using this location and we wanted to do our part and share the news.

Birmingham Parking Decks– Pick one, anyone and you’ll find a different, more gorgeous view of the city. Public parking decks are the way to go if you want urban, unique  Birmingham photo locations! Be sure to check in with the city though, as now they are requiring you to do so before your shoot. 

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The “It’s Nice to Have You In Birmingham” Sign– Do we really need to say much about this one? Located on the wall of John’s City Diner this Birmingham mural is a huge photo destination! Our recommendation is to go right before sunset or early in the morning so it’s nice & shaded for you. The weekends are also the best as there is a parking lot directly in front of it for a local office building. 

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Vulcan Park & Museum- This is one of the most gorgeous overlooks in the entire Birmingham area. It’s free to go to the base, and there is a small fee to go to the top. It really is worth going up if you haven’t ever before and it’s such a great spot for photos! 

Vulcan Park & museum - incredible Birmingham, Alabama Engagement Session Locations

Vulcan Park & museum - incredible Birmingham, Alabama Engagement Session Locations

The Birmingham Federal Courthouse– Classic, elegant, and oh so stunning if you’re looking for timeless photos in Birmingham here’s your place! Bonus points: It’s also so close to the light tunnels & Railroad Park if you’re looking to use multiple locations!

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Linn Park- Close to so many spots right in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Linn Park offers a natural feel in the big city. It’s also got a gorgeous fountain that can add a ton of visual interest to your photos! Be warned though, this is a huge spot for the homeless population & you will probably be asked for money. 

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Jefferson County Probate Court- Yes, we’re talking about the spot where the DMV and licensing department are. It’s where most of the city goes to get their marriage licenses. The outside is actually gorgeous with the gold accents and clean-looking marble. Plus, it is right next to Linn Park which makes it so convenient. It also has an extra traffic light and wide walkway which makes for cute photos too!

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Birmingham City Hall - incredible Birmingham, Alabama Engagement Session Locations

Highland Park- This is a huge area in Birmingham that is full of adorable pocket parks. It has tons of gorgeous spots hidden all throughout it just waiting to be explored. It’s a refreshing area to use because a lot of photographers don’t take advantage of its beauty. 

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Highland Park - Birmingham, Alabama Engagement Session | Katie & Alec Photography 1

Highland Park - Birmingham, Alabama Engagement Session | Katie & Alec Photography 1

We hope you love these locations as much as we do and that your photos turn out amazing! Birmingham really does have some amazing photo locations so you can’t go wrong whatever you decide. If you’re looking for a little Birmingham inspiration check out our blog here!

Blessings,

Katie

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