Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pike Place Market- a family session *Seattle family photographer*

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Pin It I really have been dying for an urban session, and boy did I luck out! The perfect family, the perfect setting, the perfect evening!
The whole thing was canceled 2 hours before our meeting time due to.....what else? Rain! But within an hour of the phone calls, it started to look brighter outside, so I threw my stuff in the car and headed to Seattle, to the Pike Place Market. Made a phone call to my client, and said I'm on my way to Seattle, can you still get here? "Meet me at the pig".
For those of you unfamiliar with the Market here in Seattle, you don't know what you're missing!

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pike place market,seattle,family photography

Here's a little info on the market beginnings..........

The history of Pike Place Market is as rich and colorful as Seattle itself. Its nine acres and 100 years of operation encompass thousands of unique and interesting stories — stories of immigration, internment, gentrification and urban renewal — that explain why Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."
Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would "Meet the Producer" directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses.

On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. On that first day, a total of eight farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street—and were quickly overwhelmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers. By 11:00 am, they were sold out. Thousands of shoppers went home empty-handed, but the chaos held promise. By the end of 1907, the first Market building opened, with every space filled.

A century later, Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to nearly 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and 120 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, most of which house low-income elderly people. "The Market," as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington's most frequently visited destinations.

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Can you tell that I like neon signs?
It's definitely my favorite place to spend the day in Seattle! The sights, the colors, the flowers, the smells, the food!!!! Simply amazing. As many times as I've been down there, each time I go is just as enjoyable as the last.

I had such a fun evening with this family.....Mom came up with quite a few good ideas herself for our pictures. And the boys....not a complaint from them. But most of all, check out  her killer heels, and she walked in them on the cobblestones and brick alleyways. Now THAT'S an accomplishment!  Now more photos!!

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pike place market,seattle,family photography

pike place market,seattle,family photography

pike place market,seattle,family photography

pike place market,seattle,family photography

One more for the road.....we ended up at Starbucks, and did you know they don't "let" you take photographs inside the store! What's with that?? Seems like it would be good for business. Oh well, I got a shot of the cups anyway.  And an end to a beautiful photo session!
Hope you enjoyed your Market tour!!

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melissa d. said...

i love these photos! nice work :) i have always wanted to do my wedding photos at the market with some black umbrellas-the market makes for some awesome background!

Philip and Mandy said...

Cute cute cute!! I need to get myself down to the Market! Haven't been there forever!

Amy said...

omg, how wonderful Sylvia! this could be a commercial spread in any magazine! you are outstanding! :-)

Jessica Drossin said...

Sylvia!! This is a killer session!! I am stunned by all the pics. Great, great job.

The Alexander's said...

What a FUN place to do pictures! I'll need to remember that for our next session :)

Colleen said...

Awesome pictures!!!Wow!!! I am just so in awe of your photography!!!!! : )

Georgianna said...

Aww, Sylvia, this is BRILLIANT! Love the entire shoot, the mood, the expressions. Just wonderful. And of course, I ADORE the market. It's a must visit location when visitors come to town and it never disappoints. And we love going there just for ourselves. Meet me at the pig!! That's just part of Seattle DNA. Love it!

Andrea said...

I LOVE these pictures and was just talking to a friend today how I want to do an urban family photo session next time! I was thinking Pioneer square but Pike Place Market is the perfect choice:) Awesome job, I need to book you soon!

Lisa said...

What a fun set of images! You really caputured their spirit!

Jo Bekah Photography said...

I love all of these! Beautiful locations.

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