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Manchester Photoshoot Locations

I feel your pain - you’re dying to shoot but you just can’t find the right location. Scouting for new photoshoot locations is a big part of my job and a location can make or break a shoot. It goes without saying that you can use photography studios, but if you like shooting in natural environments and pulling in the world around you, you’ll be keen to avoid that.

Castlefield

One of my very favourite spots in Manchester, Castlefield has an array of industrial backdrops with a ton of different angles to work with. The crisscross of metal bridges, mirky brickwork and canal junctions go a long way to give you a multitude of backdrops. There’s castle ruins here too, along with a famous red iron stairway.

Best for: Industrial vibes, mostly complex backdrops
Start at: Duke St, Manchester

Northern Quarter

Ok, here’s the thing; the Northern Quarter is an amazing, brilliant part of Manchester. It’s full of what makes Manchester great - friendly, expressive arty vibes and great food. The cool buildings, grafitti and unique backstreets make excellent backdrops but beware, they are very overdone. Generally speaking, I avoid shooting here - there's so many people shooting this space it feels a little overused. Seek out those unique spots and angles.

Best for: Arty, scruffy, colourful feels
Start at:
Stevenson Square, Manchester

Chinatown

Manchester’s Chinatown is the second biggest in the UK and the multiple streets and back alleys are perfect for shooting. By day, it’s full of colourful shop fronts, by night it’s beaming with neon light, adding an extra dimension to those night shoots. My favourite shoot here was with Sarah Catherine on our Blade Runner homage.

Best for: Neon-lit streets
Start at:
Nicholas St, Manchester

 

Vimto Park

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Best for: Leafy trees & flora
Start at:
Granby Row, Manchester

Media City & Salford Quays

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Deansgate

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Media City & Salford Quays

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Media City & Salford Quays

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Stockport / peaks?

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