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10 Best Outdoor Photoshoot Locations in Seattle – Part 1

As many of you may or may not know that I am relatively new to Seattle and the state of Washington! With a fresh pair of eyes, an open and adventurous heart, and many weekends out hunting for locations for outfit photos, I have got to say I have discovered quite a handful of cool ‘photogenic’ locations right in the heart of the city. I think it would be a cool idea to share along with some of my outfits that I’ve shot there, so hope this helps you whether you’re new or native to discover some new places for your next outfit photos. Sometimes, great photography spot is just around the corner, and you’ve just got to look harder and be creative in the way you shoot and pose!

1. Memorial Stadium

401 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

We were also lucky to be able to sneak in twice for two outfits here before people started collecting tickets for those who went in to see the soccer game. This huge creamy white flower bush (did I say it was huge?!) was just right next to the side of the playfield, and the cool rusty looking wall located near the back entrance.

2. Volunteer Park & the Conservatory

1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112

Besides the gorgeous spring flower scene everywhere around the park, my favorite spot has got to the conservatory, the cactus section. For those who have a DSLR camera, I am pretty sure you have to pay a few dollars fee to enter. We went in for free since it was wide opened for some reasons on Mother’s day Sunday. Since the park was so packed that day, we ended up shooting the second outfit ‘on the tree,’ like literally, I had to jump so many times to get-the-shot regardless of many stares. People were probably thinking that I was either crazy or looking too cool in the Outdoor Voices set, hah! Luckily, there were quite a few cool trees with huge branches, and the sun did us a favor there too!

3. Seattle Center Skatepark

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 *permanently closed as of fall 2019

Skateparks are locations where they are often associated with street styles with casual sweat and hip vibes. As you can obviously tell, that is not my style. I’d never think of shooting my outfits here since it’s always occupied by skaters. The walls were kinda dirty from bird’s poops and uneven paint job, but a few photoshop touches to smooth them out really did the job! But notice how my outfit and this background magically worked out nicely? It’s because I was wearing an earthy green jacket that is in the same earthy tones of the walls there, sort of. I did a few running shots in the back wall, and skaters did not mind that at all as they gave us some space to shoot.

4. Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Located in the Space Needle area, the below location is right next to the ticketing area near the entrance of the Pacific Science Center. We wanted to go in but could not without purchasing tickets, but that also sparked another creative opportunity using the given architecture as the background, playing with light and angles. Except I really need to work on my facial expressions and poses, hah! Also, don’t forget to try the back entrance near the parking lots as well. Notice my white and green outfit pairing matched the greenery and white walls and white metal fences and rails here?!

5. Freeway Park

700 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101

We have shot here twice now! One was in the fall, and the park looked so dark and boring. Spring days with sun in at its full-force is a completely different light game! My boyfriend shot me in the below outfit standing further outside utilizing the light reflection from tall glass buildings that bounced off and right into the Brutalist fountain area. That was the spot for the perfect ‘soft’ light setting of many photographers’ dream. The tip is to make sure your face gets the light!

6. Chophouse Row

1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

I went in here to check out the shop Moo-young on its opening day per their owner’s invite couple of months ago, and that was how I knew of this cool little-hidden photo spot. This outfit was shot in the winter on a typical rainy and cloudy day, but I am sure it gets good lighting here in the spring and summer! Make sure you walk towards the deck area in the back and check out all of the shops on the way! I love it here!

7. King Street Station

303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

We are going back in time when my hair was so long and that I was able to throw it in a high bun. King Street station is another iconic location here in Seattle. Parking is tricky I have found, but once you find a free spot on Sunday, your day is golden! I have seen many people shooting inside of the station, but I find it gets very crowded in there. Below photos were shot outside in the back of the station. I thought it was a nice breaker. Notice that that color of my outfit also was similar to the background?

8. Harbor Steps & in front of Lecosho restaurant:

89 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

We love stairs! This area sorts of remind me or makes me think of Japan for some reason.

9. Rooftop Garage on Pine and 3rd St.

And this particular one I have gotten so many DMs on Instagram from you guys asking about this location, so here it is: at Pine street and 3rd ave. We love shooting on rooftops of garages for plenty of reasons, such as: free to enter anytime, no crowd, wind moments, and really good lighting. One thing that you should always be aware of is urination issue as I’ve set my jacket on it once. Ugh!

10. Chelsea Apartments (Queen Anne)

620 W Olympic Pl, Seattle, WA 98119

This architectural gem is my personal favorite. Set aside those fancy iconic apartment buildings in Seattle, this one particularly gives me that vacation vibe, Mediterranean-styled resort, very similar to Korakia Pensione located in Palm Springs I once visited! Of course, we could not afford to stay there, so we just came for the photos. You can check out that location and my outfit shot at Korakia, here. Again, the tip is to be aware of people, act natural (as if you stayed or were guests there!), and be fast! Meanwhile, check out this cool apartment building as I am sure you would not believe that it is in Seattle either!

I hope that you took some notes on the locations I have suggested above. I’d like to keep a good mix of different types of locations, some popular and not-so-popular ones, and of course, I would love to have you back next time! I was thinking of doing another blog post showing you how you can scout for cool locations regardless of where or which city you live at using this one iPhone app. Also, a part 2 of this 10 Best series is already in the making, so stay excited! Other highly requested ones are lists of hiking trails, flower fields photo locations, food spots and restaurants, and I have already noted them in my journal, under the to-do list!

I am going to Painted Hills, Oregon this coming Memorial Day weekend!!! I will maybe stop by other cool places along the way and for sure downtown Portland! Do you have any recommendations for food as well as cool places to visit in Portland? And do you have a few favorite photo spots that you think I should check out? Please leave them in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading!

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6 responses to “10 Best Outdoor Photoshoot Locations in Seattle – Part 1”

  1. Emma says:

    Oh my gosh I need to shoot at the Pacific Science Center! Thanks for all the recommendations girl. We should shoot together after I finish up spring quarter. I would love to meet you! 🙂

    xo, emma

  2. Giulia says:

    Love all these tips! I lived in Seattle for over a year and never even heard of most of these!

  3. Allison Wolf says:

    Love all of these locations! Thanks for scoping them out!

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