Seattle is home to diverse landscapes — abundant nature areas, stretches of sandy coastline, metropolitan spaces that brim with landmarks and vibrant street art. Artsy trendsetters may decide to venture out to the gum wall beneath Pike Place Market or the glasshouse at the Seattle Center for the perfect photoshoot, while chic and sophisticated fashionistas might opt for a rustic space where natural light can pour in freely. Though known for grey skies and rainy days, this Pacific Northwestern city does experience its fair share of clear blue skies and pleasant weather. Regardless of the weather though, these fashion photoshoot ideas in Seattle will take your breath away.
1. Reach new heights on a panoramic rooftop terrace
Few places can top this bright and airy downtown rooftop that boasts a comprehensive view of the waterfront and cityscape. Atop a historic six-story building, this 2000-square-foot terrace is perfect for large photoshoots involving more than 100 crew members and talent. Rent this venue on Peerspace to capture breathtaking shots against a sunny urban backdrop. Better yet, wait until nightfall to take advantage of the relaxed lounge atmosphere and illuminated café string lights.
2. Get busy at a tried-and-true professional studio
Who says you can’t have it all, especially when you’re on a tight schedule? Swing by this gigantic full-service photo studio — complete with a loading dock, dressing room, and an 18-foot white canvas — situated just north of downtown in the neighborhood of Queen Anne. For your convenience, the studio has an in-house team that offers catering and digital editing services, as well as professional camera and lighting rental equipment. Numerous highly distinguished brands have booked this Peerspace venue, including Amazon, Julep Cosmetics, and Nordstrom.
3. Bask in nostalgia at a retro parlor and lounge
Get transported back in time when you step into this rustic, vintage-inspired venue in Greater Duwamish, nestled directly behind Jules Maes Saloon. Boasting kitschy décor from yesteryear, an antique bar area, and kitchen appliances from the 1950s, this pad radiates cool-cat vibes and is available for rent on Peerspace. When you need to take a breather from the main room’s awesomeness, simply step through the garage door to the cozy, garden-style patio.
4. Choose a sweet spot under Pike Place Market
Sure, everyone knows about Pike Place Market, but have you ever ventured underneath the landmark? Below the public market is Post Alley, which is home to the colorful Market Theater Gum Wall. As its name suggests, the unusual yet delightfully artsy gum wall consists of just that — chewed-up wads of the sticky, sweet stuff. Placing used gum on the alleyway’s brick wall became a tradition in the early 1990s, and it has become an oddball homage to Emerald City. To this day, the serendipitous art installation continues to evolve as visitors and residents alike add fresh gum to the wall.
5. Hit the vibrant streets of Pioneer Square
Considered by many as Seattle’s first neighborhood, Pioneer Square is where all the magic began. Famous for its Renaissance Revival architecture and trendy, artistic vibe, this distinguished area is full of classy, old-timey structures juxtaposed by imaginative murals and street art. Among the eclectic buildings in the square are the picture-perfect Occidental Mall and the city’s oldest restaurant, Merchants Café and Saloon, which is reportedly haunted. Set up shop in this historic district for an unforgettable photo session.
6. Keep it simple at a no-frills photo studio
When you only need the basics and nothing more, head on over to this quaint hidden gem in SoDo, offering 600 square feet of creative space. The windowless studio comprises painted white walls and an exposed white-brick wall, so you can easily take control of the lighting and appearance of your backdrops. Best of all, this practical Peerspace venue comes at a very affordable price.
7. Find your happy place outdoors at Discovery Park
Arguably Seattle’s largest park, the 543-acre Discovery Park is a nature enthusiast’s dream come true —and if you’re photographing summery garments or outdoorsy gear, this is the place to be. Bordering the coastal areas of Puget Sound, this picturesque area offers a variety of landscapes, such as a sandy beach, marshland, and almost a dozen miles of nature trails. One of the park’s most Instagram-worthy spots is the historic West Point Lighthouse, a landmark recognized by the National Register of Historic Places that overlooks a driftwood-strewn shoreline.
8. Achieve a timeless, cozy vibe in a downtown studio
What’s not to love about a classic setup involving soft, natural lighting and exposed brick walls? Get cozy in this 664-square-foot space in Pioneer Square that features charming furniture props, including a simple double bed and trendy chairs. Every clothing style — from chic and sophisticated to casual wear — will look fabulous when photographed at this timeless venue. Available for rent on Peerspace, the studio also offers a freight elevator that can be accessed from the ground floor.