LOCATION IDEAS

Here's a list of some location ideas for your session, but I also love discovering new spots so feel free to request a specific park if you have something in mind that's special to you and your family. 

  • West Side:

    • Washington Park Arboretum - lots of beautiful paths thru nature, with lots of great trees & flowers. During the winter, there are evergreen trees and a 'winter garden' with plants that bloom and color during the winter.

    • Magnuson Park - tall grass, grassy hill, docks over the water, low-hanging trees, paths thru wetlands

    • University of Washington - beautiful greens, flowers, and wonderful architecture provide a lot of variety of backgrounds.

    • Center for Urban Horticulture - a great spot in NE Seattle with a bunch of secluded paths along the wetlands area along the water. Some nice scenic trees, tall grass with wild flowers, and stunning scenery during that golden hour before sunset.

    • University Village - a shopping area with beautiful landscaping and interesting architecture which makes lots of great spots for photos, and they have Molly Moon Ice Cream to reward the kids after you're done.

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    • Lincoln Park - a beach area with nice logs along the water, paths thru woods with cool trees, and a playground.

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    • Carkeek Park - bridge over train tracks (trains go by fairly frequently so often fun for kids interested in trains), a beach area with logs and tall grass/weeds, a big grassy field, woods, neat playground structures (eg. a salmon slide). Great for kids of all ages.

    • Seward Park - huge park with lots of cool paths thru the woods, tall grass area, water, green grassy hills, wonderful trees, and a great playground. Great for kids of all ages.

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    • Golden Gardens - sandy beach, path over the water, rocks & tall grass by the water, tall trees, a favorite for sunsets. *Note: In the summer, the crowds make this a difficult spot for weekends so this location works best first thing in the morning.

    • Gasworks Park - view of seattle skyline and space needle, path along the water, lots of cool structures, open grassy hills.

    • Ravenna Park - playground, grass field, nice fences and path thru ravine/woods.

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    • Discovery Park - woods, wetlands, tall grass, lighthouse, beach area. Note: you’ll need to coordinate a ride for drop-off/pick-up if you want to do the lighthouse beach area (it’s a 25 min hike in if walking).

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    • Olympic Sculpture Garden - lots of cool structures, beach area with rocks, water fountain.

    • Pike Place Market / Downtown Seattle - covered spots and lots of fun options in the surrounding area.

    • Pioneer Square / Downtown Seattle - great neighborhood with green, brick buildings, interesting alleys, and delicious coffee.

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    • Kerry Park - great views of the Seattle skyline and lots of green. Great for maternity sessions or engagement sessions.

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    • Montlake Cut - path along the water and under the Montlake bridge, tall grass, lots of boats, totem pole.

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    • Volunteer Park - a huge park to explore with a pond, some large trees to climb, a tower to check out, etc.

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  • East Side:

    • Juanita Bay Park - (Kirkland) an open grassy area, low-hanging trees, climbing trees, boardwalk paths over wetlands with birds and other animals to check out, some nice stairs, and benches. Great for older kids (5+ years old).

    • Juanita Beach Park - (Kirkland) Lots of different terrain packed into a small area - tall grass, nice fences, bridges over wetlands with turtles and birds, a walkway over the water, sandy beach area, and a playground. Great for younger kids (1-5 years old).

    • Luther Burbank Park - (Mercer Island) Neat trees, docks over the water, red brick buildings, woods, large field, and small rolling hills that little kids like climbing over. Great for younger kids (6 months - 2 years old).

    • Kirkland Waterfront

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    • Heritage Park

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    • Bellevue Botanical Garden - Great spot with trees, stairs, and interesting architecture. Note that there may be a $25 fee required for photography here.

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    • The Park at Bothell Landing

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    • Gene Coulon Park - Renton

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  • Covered/Indoor spots that work in rainy weather:

    • Your House - Keep in mind a lot of the shots will be closeups where the kids fill the majority of the frame and the background is blurred so your house doesn't have to be super clean or interesting to make the photos look great. A large window works great for backlit photos, and I can often get great shots in kid's rooms, play areas, and we can do some fun playful family shots on a large bed with a solid cover or sheet.

    • Woodland Park Zoo - quite a few covered areas here if we're getting intermittent rain. Client responsible for Photographer's admission cost.

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    • Seattle Library Downtown - There are so many great photo spots here between the cool architecture and bright colors. According to the library staff, a $50-$75 donation may be required depending on the number of people present and how staged you'd like your photos to be.

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    • University Village - a shopping area with lots of great spots for photos, and Molly Moon Ice Cream!

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    • University of Washington - beautiful greens, flowers, and wonderful architecture provide a lot of variety of backgrounds.

    • Pike Place Market / Downtown Seattle - lots of covered areas here and fun spots to shoot if it starts to rain a little and incorporate some fun-looking umbrellas for a few outdoor in the rain shots.

    • Museum of Flight - lots of cool planes and wide open spaces for kids to explore; still waiting to hear back from the museum about their official policy though so there might be an additional fee. Client responsible for Photographer's admission cost.

    • Ferry Ride - We can do lots of fun shots on the ferry itself and make a little adventure out of your session. Client responsible for Photographer's ferry ticket.