Spring is right around the corner and the question I am getting asked by my clients right now is, “what is the best location for our engagement session?” The prospect of warmer weather, longer days, and an impending wedding date looming in the future has gotten many couples thinking about sending out their save-the-date cards with a lovely photo. To help I’ve compiled a list of my favorite spots and some insights about shooting at each location. These spots are in the greater Seattle Metro area, which means you might have to drive up to 30 minutes to get to them, but believe me they are worth it!
March means cherry blossoms in Seattle. The best places to find these soft pink petals is Washington Park Arboretum. Beginning mid month, the trees explode with color for just a few short weeks. They are also accompanied by tulips and daffodils! If you are thinking of planning a session at the city’s best park here’s a few tips.
- Start early. The arboretum will fill up fast with photographers, joggers, and gardeners by mid day. To avoid the crowds try a Saturday morning, or a weekday.
- The best light in the park is between 9am to 11am or 2pm to 4pm, so plan your shoot around that schedule for the perfect results.
- Bring outfit changes that are easy. Bathroom accessibility is limited and a good amount of walking is required. Choose outfits with layers to make changing easy. Good walking shoes are also a must.
The next best location for cherry blossoms is the University of Washington campus. This spot has more blooming trees, and many more tourists. It can be challenging to navigate this location on a weekend or afternoon. Again a weekday morning will give you the best results. Plus while there, you can also shoot in Red Square and the lovely library!
If you are looking for something more urban, but that still is uniquely Seattle, check out Post Alley, Pike Place, and the waterfront pier. Often I will shoot a session that includes all of these locations because of their close proximity. These spots look lovely year round, but they are the best in early spring because the weather isn’t yet warm enough for a mass case of Spring Fever to infect the general population. With smaller crowds, these spots are perfect for romantic engagement photos that are free from photo bombers.
Another great cityscape is downtown Snohomish. This lovely little city has an eclectic look with it’s antique store lined streets and access to the river just a few feet from main street. Some things to remember with any urban location:
- You will be drawing attention from passers by, so if this idea scares you, you might want to consider a different location.
- Shooting downtown any city is best towards the early afternoon. Skyscrapers cast a long shadow and evening light can be difficult to work with in these areas. However NIGHT is an excellent choice for shooting something fun and different!
- Urban locations have easy access for changing outfits but not always a lot of parking options. Ask for help and we’ll make a plan that takes both these factors into account.
Finally, for those that want something with a little more nature, my favorite spot is Discovery Park. Here you can use a variety of different locations without traveling all over the Puget Sound. Choose from forest backgrounds, tall grass fields, historic architecture, and a beach complete with a lighthouse! This is one of my all time favorite locations for an engagement session because it showcases so much of the beauty Seattle has to offer.
If you are planning a wedding for 2017 now is a great time to get thinking about your engagement photos. For more suggestions on locations, clothing, or see samples of more of my work contact me via phone or email and schedule your consultation today.