Bring your camera—and your creativity–to life in beautiful Bristol. Let us help you find some of the best spots to photograph while you’re visiting. As inspiration, we asked local photographer, Regina Shinall, to share a few photographs taken in Bristol. At the end of this post, we’ll share Regina’s “top ten” suggestions for great photography locations in Bristol.
Cumberland Park, with its Veteran’s War Memorial is the perfect backdrop for this patriotic engagement photo.
While forward thinking with its lofts and refurbished buildings, downtown Bristol has the interest and texture that only time can deliver—contrasting perfectly with this youthful couple heading to their prom. This photo was taken in an alley near the Paramount Bristol, a completely restored 1931 theatre with art deco and Italianate décor. Be sure and visit the Paramount’s website and check out the many performances held there.
Our young man took a moment to pose with the bronze sculpture “Take the Stage” by artist Val Lyle. This life-size, interactive statute has two bronze musicians, one on each side of the centered microphone bearing the Bristol logo. Join in and you’ll be part of the perfect Bristol trio—a great photo op! This statue is also located at Cumberland Park – right across from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian. Be sure to stop in the Museum while you’re visiting to learn more about why Bristol is the Birthplace of County Music.
Heading over to one of Bristol’s parks, Sugar Hollow, the forest provides a mystic backdrop for this mother-to-be.
And because she’s just so stinkin’ cute…let’s head back to Cumberland Park where this little one shows that at age two, you can have your cake and eat it, too!!
Do we have you convinced that Bristol inspires great photography? Since Regina was kind enough to share a few of her photographs, we asked that she also share ten of her favorite sites for photography in Bristol.
Regina Shinall’s Top Ten Best Places for Photography Inspiration in Bristol*
- Bristol Train Station/State Street Area
- Giant Guitar at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce
- Cumberland Park
- Steele Creek Park
- Rooftop of the Bristol Hotel (only if you’re a paying customer)
- Sugar Hollow Park
- South Holston Lake
- Bristol Motor Speedway (right outside at the giant It’s Bristol Baby stand)
- Steps of Emmanuel Episcopalian Church
- Alley by Bank Street (near the Paramount Bristol)
*When on private property, always ask before you shoot and please be considerate of others in the area.
Photo credit: Regina Shinall. You may reach Regina on Facebook: @2camerasphotography by Bud and Regina Shinall
Submitted by: Eva Beaule, Adventure Mendota