Lifestyle Shoot: Pike Place Market
Updated: Apr 26, 2021
Pike Place Market is an iconic landmark, known around the world. You recognize it immediately. Every photographer that lives here or visits here tries to capture its vibrance, color and life. Last summer it was my turn. I hired a fantastic model who was not only great in front of the camera, but game for walking around on cobblestones, carrying photo equipment and talking with strangers. We had beautiful weather and hit all the best locations. My favorite part of the experience has always been the market stalls, filled with flower vendors, food and produce, wall-to-wall visitors, locals and tourists filling the aisles, politely squeezing through the crowd. It's an experience I remember vividly from the first week I moved to Seattle back in the early 90s.
It was also a great day to shoot some lifestyle images of Boho Republic. I've been wanting to create a photo series using the obi-dress for some time, and this was truly the perfect day to blend fashion and lifestyle photography. I love how the sunlight was following us around the market - harsh in some images and soft in others. The colorful floral print of the dress fit right in among the streetscape, busy streets and wares. We also enjoyed a tasty frozen pink guava moscow mule at Rachel's Ginger Beer that really hit the spot.
If you haven't been to the new(ish) MarketFront Pavillion you should definitely add it to your list. It was completed in 2017, and the views are amazing! There's space for about fifty additional vendors. Standing on the viewing deck, high above Western Avenue below, you get a glimpse into what Seattle's waterfront will look like once the Viaduct is a distant memory. You can see everything from Mt. Rainier to the Olympic Mountains, the Great Wheel and the constant water traffic. It was the best backdrop for a bohemian lifestyle fashion shoot, I think I'll make it an annual event.