10 Places to Take Senior Photos in Seattle

It’s senior photo season! If you’re looking for places to take senior photos in Seattle, this blog post is for you. I rounded up 10 places you can take your senior pictures in the city!

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1.Discovery Park

Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199

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Did you know that Discovery Park was originally developed as Fort Lawton in the 1890s? The fort was used before the world wars and was eventually turned over to the city of Seattle in the 1970s. The West Point lighthouse was built in 1881.

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Maddy and I stopped by Discovery Park last summer to snap a few photos for my #GamesWithEmma series! This park is huge so I recommend doing at least one location scouting walk through before you plan your photo shoot.

2. Gasworks Park

Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

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The Seattle Gas Light Company was founded in 1873 by Dexter Horton and Aurther Denny. Gasworks Park was originally a synthetic gas manufacturing plant. This plant closed in 1956 when Seattle moved to alternative resources. In 1976, the city completed the park transformation. The landscape architect who drove the park transformation was Richard Haag. Source: Seattle Curbed

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3. The Seattle Public Library

Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Did you know that Seattle’s first public library opened in Pioneer Square’s Occidental building in 1891? The Central Library in downtown was built in 1905. Andrew Carnegie donated several hundreds of thousands of dollars to build and expand Seattle’s library system through the early 1900s.

The Seattle Central Library is the flagship library in Seattle. It’s 11 stories tall and made of glass and steel. This library opened to the public in 2004.

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4. Pike Place Market

Address: 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

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Pike Place Market officially opened on August 17, 1907. The market has a rich history impacted by the Klondike Gold Rush, world wars, harsh times, and periods of renewal. In most recent years, Pike Place Market went through the MarketFront expansion from 2015-2017. 

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There are so many spots to eat, drink, and take photos in the market! I recommend checking out the Pike Place Market sign, the gum wall, and more.

5. Seattle Waterfront

Address: 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

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The Seattle Waterfront has evolved so much in the last 100 years. You can find the Seattle Aquarium, the Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises, and other things to see, eat, and do on the Waterfront. I also recommend the Seattle Waterfront as a place to take senior photos in Seattle. There are hanging baskets of flowers, beautiful views of the water and the city, and a variety of textures and walls on the waterfront.

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6. Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge

Address: Dr Jose P Rizal Bridge, Seattle, WA 98144

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The Dr. Jose Rizal bridge is one of Seattle’s original steel bridges. In 1981, Dr. Jose Rizal Park and Bridge were named in honor for the Philippine national hero. Both the bridge and the park symbolize Seattle’s Filipino American pride.

If you haven’t heard of Jose Rizal before, he was a Filipino novelist, physician, and national martyr. He challenged the Spanish rule of the Philippines and advocated for political and equal rights for Filipinos.

7. Suzzallo Library

Address: (Make sure you look at a campus map to find the building) University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195

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Did you know Suzzallo Library was named after Henry Suzzallo? Henry Suzzallo was the 15th president of the University of Washington. The library is designed in collegiate gothic style.

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8. Denny Hall

Address: (Make sure you look at a campus map to find the building) University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195

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Denny Hall has been standing at the University of Washington for over 125 years. After UW moved from the Downtown Seattle location, it built Denny Hall as the cornerstone of the university. This building was built in French chalet architectural style. You can read about Denny Hall’s most recent renovation here.

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9. The Quad

Address: (Make sure you look at a campus map to find the building) University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195

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The University of Washington is famous for the cherry blossoms that bloom in spring. The cherry trees were brought by the UW in 1939. The cherry blossoms are one of the most magical things you could experience during the springtime in Seattle.

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10. MOHAI

Address: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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The Museum of History & Industry is a history museum in South Lake Union. Its blue and white building makes it an easy location to take senior photos. Plus, it’s right on the lake if you want any photos next to the water!

What other places do you recommend to take senior photos in Seattle?

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For more photo shoot locations, you can also check out:

Seattle’s Most Instagrammable Places in Queen Anne

Seattle’s Most Instagrammable Places in Fremont

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

Photos:  Holly Phan | @madcrayy | Karya Schanilec

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