13 Indoor Places in Seattle to Take Photos on a Rainy Day

Are you planning a photo shoot in Seattle this fall or winter season? Are you prepared to shoot indoors if it’s raining?

With an average of 150 days of rain per year, Seattle is known for being a rainy city (even though Miami and several other US cities get more rain). But growing up in the Northwest, the rain never really stopped me from running outdoors, walking my dog, and even taking photos for my blog. As a fashion/lifestyle blogger, I shoot for my blog year round whether it’s rain or shine.

I’ve learned to adapt to shooting indoors when we move in the later part of fall and into the winter seasons. With the Yelp, Google, and Instagram, I’ve hunted and found for indoor places around the city with decent lighting. So today I wanted to share

13 Indoor Places to Take Photos in Seattle on a Rainy Day

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Indoor Places in Seattle #1: Central Library – Seattle Public Library Downtown Seattle 

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Founded in 1809, the Seattle Public Library has been a part of the Seattle scene for over a 100 years. The library’s most recent renovation was completed in May of 2004. The SPL Central Library is over 360,000+ square feet, 11 floors, and over 1.45 million books and materials. The library is a key architectural feature in Seattle’s downtown area.

Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Photo: Holly Phan

Indoor Places in Seattle #2: Callus in Pioneer Square

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Uptown Espresso in Callus is an absolutely gem in Pioneer Square. In addition to coffee, Callus houses local pop up shops. Callus was first featured on my blog post: Most Instagram-worthy Places in Pioneer Square.

Address: 323 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98104

Indoor Places in Seattle #3: Swansons Nursery in Greenwood

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Last spring I was in desperately looking for a place to shoot indoors. I was working with American Eagle Outfitters and needed to shoot spring-ish content. But of course it was pouring in Seattle. I stumbled upon Swansons Nursery in Greenwood and Holly and I decided to shoot there on an empty, rainy Friday afternoon.

I was surprised at how big the nursery was and how there was a ton of covered areas to shoot! You can explore this space in my blog post: 10 Places I go to for Inspiration.

Address: 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Photo: Holly Phan

 

Indoor Places in Seattle #4: Little Oddfellows in Capitol Hill

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Little Oddfellows first made its appearance on Emma’s Edition in Seattle’s Most Instagrammable Places in Capitol Hill. If you’re looking for a minimalist, white interior, you have to stop by Little Oddfellows. You’ll find this little café at the very end the Elliot Book Company.

Address: 1521 10th Avenue (inside of Elliott Bay Book Co) Seattle, WA 98122

Photo: Holly Phan

 

Indoor Places in Seattle #5: Preserve & Gather in Greenwood

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I discovered this coffee shop over two years ago and it’s still so cute! It can get pretty busy on the weekends so I recommend coming on the weekdays if you’re planning to shoot.

Address: 358 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Photo: Lindsey Clawson

Indoor Places in Seattle #6: Frankie & Jo’s Vegan Ice Cream in Capitol Hill

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You may have seen Frankie & Jo’s adorable ice cream shop on either Instagram or my round up in  Seattle’s Most Instagrammable Places in Capitol Hill. This plant based ice cream shop has gluten free waffles, vegan toppings, and wall paper I wish I had in my home!

Address: 1010 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Photo: Holly Phan

 

Indoor Places in Seattle #7: King Street Station in Pioneer Square/International District

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King Street Station is a beautiful indoor location in Seattle! I was so excited to share it on my 8 Unique Instagrammale Spots in Seattle post and I’m excited now to share it again. If you’re looking for a grand, elegant, free venue to stop by, King Street Station is the spot.

Address: 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Photo: Holly Phan

 

Indoor Places in Seattle #8: Shugs Soda Fountain and Ice Cream in Downtown Seattle

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If you’re in downtown Seattle and need a dessert spot for a photo shoot, Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream is a great spot! I’ll warn you in advance thought that this place gets busy and the staff can get grumpy if you’re in the way taking photos. Some of the staff were friendly but we had a staff member tell that we should have called ahead if we wanted to take photos inside.

My recommendation would be to call ahead like the staff said or pick a time that isn’t busy to take photos. You can scope out Shugs Soda Fountain in my previous blog post: 4 Lessons I learned Recognizing and Asking for My Value.

Address: 1525 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Photo: Holly Phan

Indoor Places in Seattle #9: General Porpoise Doughnuts in Pioneer Square

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If you’re in the Pioneer Square area and it starts raining, stop by General Porpoise Doughnuts! This coffee and doughnut shop is spacious and I love the pink and white interior. For photo shoot ideas in this coffee shop, you can check out my original post: Seattle’s Most Instagram Worthy Places in Pioneer Square.

Address: 401 1st Ave South WA

Photo: Karya Schanilec

Indoor Places in Seattle #10: Slate Coffee in University District

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I spend a lot of time in the University District because I’m currently a grad student at the University of Washington. One of my favorite coffee shops in the Udistrict is Slate Coffee! This coffee shop has plenty of space to work and they also have a cute little upstairs space. For more photos of Slate Coffee, you can check out 3 Reasons to Secondhand Shop with ThredUp from April of 2017!

Address: 1309 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Photo: Jennalynn Photo

Indoor Places in Seattle #11: Broadcast Coffee in Greenlake

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Broadcast Coffee used to be my go to coffee shop when I lived in Greenlake. I loved studying and blogging in this coffee shop! I used to also host blogger meet ups here. If you’re around the Greenlake area, I’d recommend stopping here after you walk the lake.

Address: 6515 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Photo: Lindsey Clawson

Indoor Places in Seattle #12: Ravenna Gardens in University District

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The Ravenna Gardens in University Village is one of my favorite photo spots because there are covered outdoor areas. I’ve visited this location over and over again through the years. If you’re around the Udistrict and need a small covered area, stop by Ravenna Gardens!

Address: 2600 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105

Photo: Luke Mattson

Indoor Places in Seattle #13 Porchlight Coffee & Records in Capitol Hill

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There are so many great coffee shops in Capitol Hill and Porchlight Coffee & Records is definitely one of them. I think my favorite feature of this coffee shop was this couch! You can scope out the rest of Porchlight Coffee in my previous blog post: 3 Things that took My Blog to the Next Level.

Address: 1517 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Photo: Holly Phan

What indoor locations do you recommend on a rainy day in Seattle?

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

2 Comments

  1. November 7, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Oh gosh, I love this so much! Makes me want to grab my camera and go check out all these places!

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