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Verity Milligan's favourite pictures of Birmingham

Lecturer and photographer trawls through her portfolio to showcase some of her own favourite pictures

Verity Milligan's favourite photos of Birmingham - in her own words

Has Birmingham ever looked more beautiful than through Verity Milligan's lens?

The Acocks Green photographer has built up a following on social media with a series of stunning landscapes of the city.

Originally from the Northamptonshire countryside, Ms Milligan is a late-comer to city photography but says Birmingham has got under her skin.

She said: "Birmingham is interesting because of its architecture - there is always something. I have fallen in love with the city and it is great you can share stuff and it actually helps to create a positive image of Birmingham as people can see what a great place we have.

"In a way, Birmingham made me because the way people have reacted to my photos has been so incredible."

Ms Milligan is one of a growing army of talented photographers sharing images on social media.

She works as a university lecturer but has landed photography contracts on the back of her online following.

So what is the secret to unearthing Birmingham's beauty? Patience and light, she says.

Ms Milligan can often be found at 5am on a Saturday morning on a car park roof, waiting for the ideal chink in the clouds for a shot.

"The skill of getting a good photo is patience," she said. "It is about being prepared to revisit a place and keep going back until you get the perfect conditions.

"A photo can be a long time in planning. I am always checking the weather report for light and when it is going to be sunny in the morning. But the truth is you can't predict it and that is why I love it so much."

A rising social media following has led to lots of job offers like weddings, commercial photography and charity work but she has no plans to become a full-time snapper.

She said: "It is all-consuming. I wake up thinking about it but I love teaching. I wouldn't ever want to give it up. I have been teaching since I was 25 and I have no plans to stop but I might look to do a PHD in photography."

The gallery above showcases Ms Milligan's own favourites and the stories behind them.

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