Engagement sessions are so much fun and such an integral part of the wedding photography experience. I love that they give my couples and I a chance to get to know one another and share some inside jokes, but even better, engagement sessions allow couples to truly get an idea of what it is like being in front of the camera and feel comfortable with it. So, when their wedding day arrives, it’s such an easy, enjoyable experience for them. When it comes to engagement sessions, there are several details to decide. It is important to take some time to determine your overall vision for your engagement session. I always ask my couples to think about locations that hold special meaning to them or if they have any favorite hobbies. For instance, you might love the park where you had your first date picnic or maybe you have a spot you both love taking your dog to. An urban park might be perfect for you and we have tons of stunning parks right in Seattle! Are you both into hiking? Maybe a more of a mountainous location would be ideal for your session. Maybe you both have an affinity for ice cream. I think it’s adorable when couples add something into their sessions that they enjoy doing together. All in all, I highly recommend chatting with your photographer about your dream mood or aesthetic for your session. We are fabulous resources for ideas because we’ve photographed all over the Seattle area. So, that being said, I am going to share my six favorite engagement session locations in Seattle.
Here we go!
I absolutely love Discovery Park. It’s easily one of my top choices for a Seattle engagement session location. It has everything from PNW trees and fields of tall golden grass, to a beautiful beach and lighthouse. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a little bit of everything that makes the PNW what it is. The best part is that it has the most incredible light at sunset! It just never disappoints in any season of the year. I photograph here so often that I should honestly make this my second home address!
2. Alki Beach
If you love the beach, Alki Beach is definitely a spot to consider. It has beautiful sunrises and sunsets, sand and water or city views depending on the time of day you opt to schedule your session. Plus, I’m a sucker for a little bit of a breeze to add that little bit of added romantic drama to your images! Alki also offers lots of cute spots to grab a drink, coffee or ice cream with your love to add a fun element to your session.
3. Gold Creek Pond
Gold Creek Pond is the spot if you want a picturesque mountain backdrop combined with some alpine water and without having to hike a distance to get to it. What’s not to love about that! Albeit incredibly popular, it is stunning in all seasons and certainly a favorite due to it’s close proximity to Seattle. In the winter, you will have to do a short snowshoe to the pond because the road to it is closed off to vehicles, but it’s an easy one. I usually recommend this location be scheduled for a weekday to enjoy the area with a lesser crowd.
4. Myrtle Edwards Beach
Seattle is full of lot’s of little beaches and nooks for photos, but Myrtle Edwards is surely one of my favorites. It’s a large park along the waterfront in downtown Seattle. It has a stunning cove overlooking the water with Alki and the Olympics as the backdrop, some grassy areas, and even a small rose garden tucked away inside the park. Right above it is the Olympic Sculpture Park, which also makes for a great addition to your session location that really gives you the full Seattle feel.
5. Sailing or Ferry Sessions
Love to sail? Enjoy being on the water? Taking a sunset sail or a ferry to one of Seattle’s neighboring islands is such a fun idea for your session. It’s a great way to enjoy our stunning scenery, escape crowds and get some of those incredible city views as well. I also recommend these take place on weekdays because of how busy it can get, especially in the summer. Pack a beautiful picnic and wine for your sailing session or rent bikes off the ferry on the neighboring island and cap off your session at one of its beaches.
6. Lincoln Park
Though not as large as Discovery Park, Lincoln Park is also full of beautiful spots for your session. It, too, comprises a woodsy feel and lots of trails down to a rocky beach with the Vashon ferry and Puget sound views in the background. It’s definitely a stunner and also another great spot in all seasons.
I love photographing at all of these locations! As you can tell, I am a huge fan of dynamic locations that provide a lot of variety in your backdrops, especially ones that really showcase what the PNW has to offer. I hope this helped you narrow down on the perfect spot of your session.