Engagement Locations in Seattle: City Edition
Today is the continuation of a little series on engagement photoshoot locations in the Pacific Northwest! And today we are going to be talking about some of my favorite engagement locations in Seattle, City Edition! If you are interested in a list of places I have yet to shoot, go check out my Pacific Northwest Photo Wish List here! And don’t forget to check out my other engagement location posts featuring hiking locations, or also beach locations!
PIKES PLACE MARKET
Pikes Place Market is one of those very popular and iconic spots in Seattle bustling with people and attractions. It is a location which provides a lot of variety with hallways, Windows, the gum wall, alleys, overlooks and lots more! The only downside is it is usually very populated with people which means we need lots of patience! But it is also a great spot for a shoot during a drizzly day as it provides lots of coverage options.
Alki beach is a beautiful spot to grab a gorgeous backdrop of Seattle! Since the beach stretch is so long you can get a variety of shots with docks, sandy beaches, rocky beaches, a city backdrop, a direct sunset and could even run across the street and grab an ice cream cone!
Pioneer Square is another one of those iconic locations in Seattle with the beautiful brick buildings, ivy growing up the side, historic architecture, gorgeous trees framing the streets and more!
OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
Olympic Sculpture Park is one of those locations most people do not even know about as it’s slightly hidden. But provides gorgeous backdrops with artwork, views and usually gorgeous sunsets.
Although this is a little trek from Seattle it does provide that city feel with artwork scattered around the Glass Museum, brick architecture all over the place and gorgeous views. The University of Washington Tacoma is also just a block or two away!
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
The University of Washington is one of my favorite spots as it is where I went to school! On a weekday Suzzallo Library is open which is a gorgeous spot to shoot (although you have to be very quiet!) with bookcases, hallways and the gorgeous staircase. In the right season The Quad is blooming with cherry blossoms. And on a clear day Mount Rainier is visible behind Drumheller Fountain. It is also a great spot for when it is drizzly outside as we can shoot both indoors or in the cute little overhang on the architecture.
There are so many adorable coffee shops scattered around Seattle that you could not go wrong!
PIER 66 & THE GREAT WHEEL
I love the waterfront in Seattle! Although at the moment some of it is under construction, Bell Pier Harbor or otherwise known as Pier 66 still provides a gorgeous overlook of Seattle and The Great Wheel and is a perfect viewpoint for sunset as well. Once Pier 63 opens back up again, that is another great spot nearby!
Lincoln Park is across the water from Downtown Seattle and only a few minutes from Alki Beach. It is a beautiful hidden gem with gorgeous tall trees and also beach access with a direct view to watch the sun completely set! There is also a great view of the ferry boats coming in and out of the harbor.
Discovery Park is a local favorite with so many options! Rolling hills, old growth trees, a white chapel, yellow old homes and also beach access with a gorgeous Lighthouse! It really does have it all.
THE WASHINGTON ARBORETUM
The arboretum is another spot with endless options and numerous types of gardens, waterfront access and bridges. Just be careful not to get lost!
Gasworks is also an iconic location with their architecture and old rusted buildings. It has a beautiful overlook of Downtown Seattle!
VOLUNTEER PARK & THE CONSERVATORY
Volunteer Park is another spot with a small overlook of Downtown Seattle and the Space Needle. Lots of gorgeous gardens and rolling hills. There is also the Conservatory which makes for a gorgeous background or (permit required) photos inside never fail to be epic.
I love the old school feeling of Downtown Ballard and all the fun little nooks and alleyways you can find there! It is fun to simply explore together.
BONUS LOCATION IDEAS:
The Seattle Library, Golden Gardens, Carkreek Park, Juanita Bay Park, Kerry Park, Canoeing on lake Union, Ritzal Park, EMP, Ballard Lochs, Downtown Fremont & The Fremont Bridge, Myrtle Edwards Park and MOHI.