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The 9 Best Fine Art Photographers in Seattle

Seattle is one of the most iconic and photogenic cities in the United States. So it’s no wonder plentiful talented photographers call the Emerald City home. Cityscape photographers in particular create works showcasing landmarks, such as Pike Place, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, and more. In addition, nature shooters explore the Pacific Northwest, capturing vistas perfectly suited for wall prints and bookshelves. If you’re looking for the top Seattle fine art photographers, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

1. Scott Rinckenberger

Having worked with commercial clients like REI, Patagonia, Apple, and Red Bull, Scott is a fine-arts landscape and adventure photographer with a ton of experience. His adventure work focuses on people pushing themselves to their limits in nature, as well as the environment itself. Flying snow, beating sunshine, raging rapids, and stark mountainsides all compete for our attention, with monochrome and color both strongly represented. With additional images of native plants and abstract takes on landscapes, his portfolio is an homage to natural beauty as much as outdoor adventures.

2. Erica Sterling

A maternity and boudoir photographer who works with an analog camera, Erica boasts work that puts a strong emphasis on the beauty of the female form, expressing it in styles ranging from whimsical to traditional. With a BFA in fine art photography under their belt, they shoot nostalgic pieces with smoke-filled rooms, mountain views, or darkened bedrooms that absorb us into the story being shown. They also do maternity shoots in studio or on location, as well as couples’ photography.

3. James Lorentson

James is a fine-art wilderness photographer, mountaineer, and photography mentor based in Seattle. His work is the culmination of years’ of experience exploring the Pacific Northwest. Water, air, ice, rock, and plants show up in most of his work, with the occasional animal as well. His work is a mixture of subtle tones, as well as vivid, high-dynamic range images. Best of all, to our eyes, the color grading is true to life. James certainly knows his stuff!

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4. Peggy Washburn

Peggy explores notions of balance, order, and disorder, with references to classical literature and mathematics. Many pieces are akin to Renaissance sketches while other portrait-style photography works dive into themes like youth, growth, maturity, and old age. She uses media that includes paper, silver gelatin, lith prints, and more. Peggy works on both the East and West Coasts, and she’s open to commissions and portraiture by request.

5. Art Wolfe

Art is one of the most successful and well-known travel, wildlife, and documentary photographers in the world. He has dedicated his life to promoting conservation efforts, educating viewers, and presenting a rapidly vanishing world in detail. His Human Canvas prints are stunning works that draw the eye into a clashing mix of organic curves and inorganic textures. Art’s wildlife and nature photography are also world-renowned, covering every continent and biome on Earth.

6. Sigma Sreedharan

Sigma uses a stunning mixture of photography and post-processing to create vivid works showcasing the city of Seattle. She often showcases the city at night, taking advantage of the contrast in the dark skies and city lights to show neon-lit avenues, as well as fog from above as it spreads between skyscrapers. While Sigma dabbles in a few photography genres, her strengths are in cityscape and landscape work. Her photography is available as framed and metallic prints — the latter of which is the best medium for her presentations.

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7. Sarah Carpenter

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As a photographer covering fine-arts boudoir, motherhood, dancer and artistic portraits, travel photography, and more, Sarah is a well-rounded creative. She aims to create imagery inspired by her clients and does so using a delightfully muted color palette. Sarah’s portraits have a very nontraditional feel, with expressions and eyes everywhere but the typical “canned smile with eyes forward” pose. She’s one of the very best at displaying the individuality of each subject she photographs.

8. Jack Harding

Jack’s landscape photography is absolutely stunning, especially with his regular use of human subjects that give immense scale to the scenes he shoots. Interestingly, he usually chooses anonymously posed subjects, even when close, knowing full well how distracting the human face is to viewers. The cooler color tones and realistic grading creates a sense of place and wonder that transports us right to the environs.

9. Jeremy Echols

Bird, nature, fine art, and wedding photographer Jeremy boasts an awe-inspiring portfolio that comprises a mix of expansive canyons, city lights, and tightly cropped bird snapshots, making for a diverse spread of fine-art wall options. He uses bold, vivacious colors that breathe life into scenes, such as NYC and Horseshoe Bend. He’s constantly scanning his environment for new ways to present the natural beauty of the world, and he’s inspired to share his vision of what takes his breath away. 

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