As one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolises, Seattle is full of vibrant energy. Unsurprisingly, it’s an exciting, invigorating place to live. In addition to its cultural diversity and strong LGBTQ+ presence, it’s brimming with lots of creativity emerging from its music and arts scenes. Seattle is also an economic powerhouse — its tech industry is rapidly growing, attracting lots of new residents. Another draw to both new residents and tourists: the region’s natural beauty. The Pacific Northwest is a gorgeous, lush, verdant area overall. Best of all, Seattle is home to Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier National Park, among other breathtaking, world-class landmarks.
All of these features add up to a city that’s full of locations ideal for photography, and we’ve assembled our favorites into a list of 10 good places to take pictures in Seattle. All of these spots would make for stunning work. However, even if you don’t end up choosing one of our picks below, you’ll find plenty of Seattle inspiration as you begin to plan your photoshoot!
1. A stunning storybook Tudor house with water views
Built in the 1920s, this home is rich with history while simultaneously feeling timelessly light and airy. Outdoors, you’ll find two brick patios, one with a gas fireplace overlooking the glorious Puget Sound. This home’s immaculate, beautifully decorated, and inviting 4,550 square feet have been home to quite a few magazine shoots, with photographers drawn by its abundant natural light. Your photoshoot, too, will benefit from the place’s beauty and warm ambiance.
2. A modern industrial loft in Ballard
Reviewers call this space “absolutely stunning” and “unique,” as well as “bright, beautiful,” and “sparkling clean”! Located above the workshop of talented craftsman Michael Marian, it includes 12-foot ceilings, a large and comfortable lounge, an open kitchen, and, most crucially, plenty of sunlight streaming in its windows. An unusual and visually appealing location, this loft is one of our top picks among good places to take pictures in Seattle.
3. An airy and charming space with exposed brick and timber
This classy space was constructed in 1907. Our favorite feature of this space is the wide and dramatically curved staircase shown above. The warm, relaxing lighting is another great element, and the exposed brick and timber add a rustic feel to the space of 3,000 square feet, speaking to the long history of the building.
4. Snoqualmie Falls
Just a 45-minute drive from Seattle, you’ll find Snoqualmie Falls. The falls are a major attraction in the region, with more than 1.5 million visitors each year, and with good reason: they’re eye-poppingly impressive. The majestic falls are roughly 270 feet high and are easily viewed (and photographed) from the observation deck. For anyone seeking natural beauty, the falls are worth the drive.
5. A rustic loft space inside Capitol Hill open-air indoor market
One reviewer summed this space up when they commented, “This is one of the most unique spaces we’ve come in contact with.” It’s a private loft inside an open-air market in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood — a center of nightlife as well as of Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community — so you’ll hear the hustle and bustle down below while also being separate from it. This makes a perfect combination for a cozy and intimate, yet energized photoshoot.
6. A refreshingly modern waterfront houseboat
Talk about unique! This 1920s houseboat is that and more. Set on Portage Bay, the two-bedroom home opens out onto a deck right on the water. This is the ideal place to take advantage of Seattle’s stunning waterfront location. You’ll have perfect views of the bay, as well as the mountains, Montlake Cut, and the University of Washington. And never fear: unlike with most boats, you won’t actually have to worry about getting seasick, as the boat isn’t floating — it’s built on pilings.
7. Kerry Park
From Seattle’s small Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill, you’ll have a perfectly panoramic view of the city skyline, including the world-famous Space Needle, as well as the vibrant blue waters of Elliott Bay, all backed by the magnificent Mt. Rainier. If you’re looking for iconic and quintessentially Seattle imagery, this is the place to visit.
8. A bright and breezy Queen Anne retreat home
This home is set apart by its tasteful mid-century modern aesthetic, as well as the unbelievable views outside its many windows. Both indoors and outdoors, it offers breathtaking views of Elliott Bay. The bright blue water and a sweeping panorama of the horizon make it another standout among good places to take pictures in Seattle.
9. Alki Beach
Located on Elliott Bay, Alki Beach is a local favorite made famous by Tom Hanks in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. Wonderful views abound — you’ll be able to see the skyline, mountains, and, of course, the sparkling water — making it a great location for photography. Just keep in mind that it tends to be quite busy on sunny days, so you might want to go at a less-popular hour to avoid the crowds. Sunsets are especially fabulous here.
10. A majestic, historic house in Central District
Built by a timber baron in 1905, the history of this home is a big part of what makes it such an impressive location. But it’s more than that: the decor is tasteful, luxurious, and soothing. With so many windows on all walls, natural light fills the whole home. One reviewer who did a photoshoot here commented, “The house is spacious, [and] has beautiful architecture and great light.”