Please enjoy this photographic tour with Natalie in Seattle. This mother-daughter duo was so much fun, and my son played hookie from his half day to join us. We hit so many great locations and saw areas of the city I’ve never been to before. This session blog reads a bit like a travel guide, so if you are a Seattle fan, you might enjoy it. If you aren’t a Seattle fan you’ve never been here, because this city is awe-some in every way.
First stop, Kerry Park, for the most famous view of the city skyline. Even on an overcast weekday morning we still were vying with a crowd of photographing visitors for a little space along the wall to snap a few shots. Kerry Park is the most incredible neighborhood to take a stroll through, with beautiful homes and tree-lined streets. We went for a walk and snapped a couple shots before moving downtown.
“Eagle” by Alexander Calder is a prominent sculpture in Olympic Sculpture Park. Do you see it? This sculpture, like a few others we stopped at, should be viewed from a specific angle to see what the artist was envisioning. Since we were here to photograph Natalie, and not the sculpture itself, we just enjoyed it for its bold red color that precisely matched her shade of lipstick. And this ^^ botched attempt at a forced perspective shot.
Love and Loss by Roy McMakin was one of Natalie’s favorites, for it’s creative message and functionality. From the right vantage point it creatively spells “Love & Loss” using benches and a live tree. For a portrait photographer, it’s a nightmare. I couldn’t capture that vantage point without a step ladder. We did find this cute little boardwalk though, and managed to get in the iconic space needle in the background.
And here, on our way to our next location, we enjoyed a stroll along the waterfront which is sort of a great mixture of earthquake disaster area waiting to happen, and an amazing area to bike, walk and look at scenery.
The Old Spaghetti Factory is a Portland Based chain and iconic restaurant along the Seattle waterfront that has been in this location since 1970. Peeking in the windows on our walk, it looks like a date night dream come true. Unfortunately, this will be one of the last photos of it as “The Old Spaghetti Factory” because they have sold the property. The building is protected as a historical landmark and will remain in this location, though it’s use (and name) will change.
The Bell Harbor Marina is Seattle’s only downtown recreational marina, and was full of beautiful yachts, even in November (as a Michigan native the seasonal differences are still wow-worthy to me). These images are also the only ones we got with Seattle’s Great Wheel on Pier 57. This giant Ferris Wheel only opened a few years ago, but it’s a fun focal point along this lovely city waterfront.
These stairs led us up to a shopping and foodie’s paradise. So. Many. Smells. It was at about this point that my eight year old assistant started talking incessantly about finding a “dinner place.” We stopped for the twinkle lights and the Seattle signboard and then continued on our way.
Enter Pike Place Market- Seattle’s first farmer’s market. It was designed to eliminate the price gouging from crooked wholesalers in the 1890s, and provide fresh produce to a city in desperate need of these items. Today, Pike Place Market remains Seattle’s neighborhood marketplace, the center of fresh, locally produced and high quality foods, goods and handcrafted products. Come and watch them throw the fish– we did.
And you can’t do Seattle without Starbucks. Unless you are from Seattle and then maybe you are one of those *other coffee place* people. But today we are team Starbucks and had to stop for a delicious drink with whip cream and a straw (for photographic purposes, of course).And you know I couldn’t sit and work on this set without googling “Banksy” (see the sign accidentally hidden under my watermark) to make sure it wasn’t something horribly inappropriate. So, turns out he’s a renown British graffiti artist. Check him out- a really fun read with lots of unique imagery.
And yes, these are my favorites so I posted quite a few poses here.
And you know you were waiting for it…. the Market Theater “Gum Wall” in Post Alley. The Gum Wall was actually cleaned one year ago (November 2015), for the first time in 20 years. Can you tell? People came together to start re-gumming it right away. Look what we can accomplish when we work together toward a shared goal!
Either my lovely model is not a bubble blower, or she just had a really lame piece of gum, but it was completely hilarious to watch her try to get a good one.
And if you know Seattle really well, you might get this last one. We had to stop for a sip at the first-ever- Starbucks. We certainly didn’t buy our coffees here, the line was out the door and down the sidewalk. I have to wonder if the coffee tastes any different than from the one down a block. But I love to see people out having fun in this lively and social scene.
We had a great day out snapping pictures– thanks ladies. Your senior session, and all sessions really, are more than just a collection of nice images, they are memories captured. I hope that you both will remember this as a great mother-daughter day spent enjoying the city. Family and friends feel free to share these watermarked images while I finish up your full gallery!