10 Places to Photograph in Seattle

Our fifth Weekend Intensive coming up in 2017 happens to be taking place in a little town that we here in Missoula refer to as West Missoula. Sure it’s about 500 miles to the west, but that still counts, right? Of course we’re talking about Seattle! And no, I am not going to make any references to coffee, Nirvana, or guys throwing fish (although all three of those things are pretty great). While I’ve had a crush on the Emerald City since I could talk, I stepped aside and let local photographer and RMSP Career Training graduate Phillipa Dugaw guide this photographic tour of the city she calls home. Here are her suggestions for places to photograph in and around Seattle. Have other hidden gems you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below.

1. Ferry Ride: Taking a ferry ride is totally worth it, even if you have no reason to hop on board! If you only have a day or even half a day, I recommend heading over to Bainbridge Island where there’s plenty to do and great places to eat. Make sure to plan your return when it’s dark since the view of the city is breathtaking. But beware that photographing a nightscape, with a tripod, on a boat, well … I’ll just say “good luck!”

801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


2. SAM Sculpture Park: Back in 2007 the Seattle Art Museum created this free space for the public. It’s a 9-acre outdoor sculpture museum and beach. You’re not allowed to touch the art but it sure is fun to walk amongst it. After walking through the park you can walk enjoy the Seattle waterfront. This park is just one of the attractions that makes Seattle the city it is. Outdoor art = always awesome.

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


3. Green Lake: Nestled in a neighborhood in North Central Seattle is a magical little lake with a 2.8 mile loop. As if having a lake exist in the midst of a city isn’t fantastic enough, walking your dog, taking a run or photographing the birds found here will solidify this location as a Top 10 spot for sure. Grab a cup of coffee and check it out!


4. Fremont: Also known as the Center of the Universe, here you can visit the troll, ponder the statue of Lenin, and find out all about the story of the rocket. This all may sound cryptic right now, but you’ll understand when you get here. Plus, you’ll have access to the Burke Gilman Trail, shopping and really good restaurants. Zing!


5. Gasworks Park: The former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant is located on the north shore of Lake Union. This park has a beautiful view of the city and is always a location for fun community events. Not to mention, it looks like it has been plucked out of a Willy Wonka movie. And really, what could be better than that?

2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
Check it out on Google Maps here.


6. Pike Place Market: If you aren’t familiar with this location, you really need to watch more movies, or at least several seasons of Frasier. This market has been around since 1907, and I’m sure you’ve all heard that they like to throw fish. Well, visiting the market is a must. Not only is it the best people watching around but there is TONS to photograph. From the gum on the wall to the gorgeous fruit and vegetables to the guitar-playing dude to the mime eager to entertain anyone willing to stop for the show. Here, you are in the heart of downtown Seattle, so take a walk and enjoy the sights!!

Check it out on Google Maps here.


7. Discovery Park: Looking for a few different hikes with some spectacular views within the city? Then you need to visit Discovery Park to, well, discover how incredible this place is. (See what I did there?  HA!) But seriously, grab your camera and prepare for a breathe of fresh air. Literally.

3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
Check it out on Google Maps here.


8. Pioneer Square: Once the heart of the city, this place is overflowing with character. Boasting a memorial of fallen firefighters, a totem pole and even some ping pong, you’d be hard pressed to find a more vibrant and diverse heartbeat at any location in any other U.S. city. Tons of character, and characters, here too!

219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Check out this location on Google Maps here. 


9. The University of Washington: Welcome to Husky Nation, or U-Dub, or even better, the Dawg Pound. This campus is worth a visit! In the Spring when the trees are in full bloom your camera will thank you and so will your senses. Check out the new stadium, the Burke Museum and guess what? That trail from Fremont connects to the university too. It’s in the University District so you know there is plenty to do and see.

Check out this location on Google Maps here.


10. Arboretum: Foster Island, the Union Bay wetlands, the Japanese Garden and Azalea Way in the Spring time are just a few of the reasons why you want to check out this place. Plus, just imagine how fantastic it must smell there! Run, don’t walk to the Arboretum. But wear sensible shoes since you’ll be here for a while!

2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


Seattle is such a photogenic city!

Improve your skill and technique with us at our
Seattle Weekend Intensive on April 1 – 2, 2017.

Your camera will thank you.



One thought on “10 Places to Photograph in Seattle


If you go to Fremont you should travel on to Ballard. This is the Scandinavian capital of Seattle. Great shopping district, in May there is the Norwegian Constitution Day parade, the Ballard farmers ‘ market is tops and the Chittenden locks are here. Also, a number of those fishing vessels from the Deadliest catch moor in the area and at fishermens terminal. Keep going down the road past Ballard and you’ll end up at Golden Gardens park with the puget sound and Olympic mountains as back drop. Amazing place for sunsets and sail boat races.

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