Downtown Birmingham AL Architectural Photography Part II / by Tommy Daspit

One of the great things about my business is that I get to make a living out of my hobby. I truly love what I do. Kelly can testify that I get up early every morning excited to get to work. For me though, it really isn’t work, it’s fun. 

Still, there are times when I like to shoot just for me. Most of the time I’m photographing buildings, businesses, or homes for clients. It could be a real estate agent, builder, architect, home owner, business, or property management company. I never know from one month to the next who my clients will be. Of course I love all of these jobs, and they all give me an opportunity to be creative, but there’s something to be said for complete freedom to do what I want.

So there are times when I just go out and see what I can find. There are times when I may be out on a shoot for a client and see something that catches my eye. I think it’s important as a professional photographer to keep a balance between client work and personal work. I think it helps keep me fresh and challenges me artistically to stretch in ways I might not have in the past. 

These are a few images of downtown Birmingham that I captured last week. I was leaving an American Marketing Association luncheon when I decided to do to the top of the parking garage (across the street from the Harbert Center). The light was perfect and I wanted to see how the city looked from that vantage point. I’m very glad that I did! Take a look at what I found. Be sure to tell me which one is your favorite and why in the comments section. A random comment will get a signed 9x13 print of their favorite one!

 In the Shadow

In the Shadow

 Straight Lines

Straight Lines

 Four Buildings

Four Buildings

 Fire Escape

Fire Escape