I recently moved my boudoir photography studio to the Seattle area. While looking for a change from the Indiana location where I started years ago, I knew I wanted to relocate to a vibrant, dynamic city that maintained its personality and a little small-town charm. Believe it or not, I started making plans to move to Seattle without ever having visited the city. So what sold me so strongly that I was willing to uproot sight unseen?
To be practical, I looked at the economy, of course. The diversity of industry and higher-than-average household incomes were sure signs that the city is a great place to be in business. Where there is software and jet engines, there is usually success. But I frequently give more weight to aesthetics than practicality…I am an artist after all. So as I researched Seattle, I kept seeing beautiful landscapes, parks, and amazing residential and commercial architecture. I knew the walkable, compact city with a mix of modern and historical architecture would be really appealing and provide backdrops for amazing pictures. And all of this manmade beauty was built amid stunning natural beauty.
Now that I am here, all of the research pales in comparison to the reality of Seattle. It reminds me of a clean New York (sorry, NYC). I find the city to be cosmopolitan, but edgy just like the grunge rock, green-thinking, and espresso that pours out into and affects the world. My new home is extraordinary, artistic, culturally interesting, and is having a profoundly positive effect on me. I am enjoying the ethnic diversity of the people, entertainment, and restaurants that I previously experienced living in California some years back.
Coming from the plains area of the US, I have not yet shaken the awe of being surrounded by two mountain ranges and two beautiful bodies of water. Snow-capped Mt. Rainier is a constant reminder that manmade beauty will never rival nature. I am looking forward to taking advantage of the sunrises, sunsets, beaches, cliffs, forests, and mountains as backdrops for outdoor boudoir photography shoots.
And Now that I am Here
I’ve been asked what surprises I found after renting my apartment and studio space during my first trip to Seattle. I think the most surprising revelation is that its residents spread tales of incessant rain and increasing crime. But after finding it drier than expected and very friendly, walkable, and safe, I now suspect that is a ploy to keep this great metropolis all to themselves. I recently read that the area actually gets less annual rainfall than Boston, Miami, or Houston. Puget Sound’s temperate climate is enjoyable year-round unlike those cities. And, the benefits of an ultra-green and lush environment far outweighs the frequent light mists that some call rain.
Why I Love Seattle for Boudoir Photography
While the studio provides a wonderful controlled environment to shoot in, there is just something about outdoors settings that makes a powerful impact on boudoir photos in seattle. Seattle weather is perhaps not always the most cooperative, but its landscape is wide-ranging, inspiring, and simply fabulous. From mountains to deserts to magnificent coastlines, the diversity of opportunities to shoot compelling images of the feminine form in a natural setting is endless. Offer yourself the challenges of an outdoor shoot and you will be rewarded by awe-inspiring images.
Have you ever considered a boudoir photography Seattle style? Or do you prefer the predictable comforts of the studio? The choice is yours. Either way, the results will be an amazing reminder of how beautiful you are. Feel free to share your experiences or Seattle outdoor setting ideas by commenting below.