Spring Cosplay in Downtown Seattle

April 18, 2012

Spring is in the air! And that means cosplay season has once again started up. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we love to get our cosplay on, rain or shine. Luckily enough, the weekend we chose to hit up Downtown Seattle had beautiful sunny weather the entire time!

Searching around the internet, I could not find cosplay photos from some of the most icon locations around Downtown Seattle. It since became my goal to fill in this void. This photo set includes some new locations such as Pike Place Market and Westlake Park, while continuing with some more regular locations like Freeway Park. Each photo represents a unique view of the Downtown Seattle skyline, greenery, and daily life.

The first three images here show off the amazing nature available in the middle of the crowded Downtown Seattle Metro area. Green trees, lush bushes, and flower gardens are a common sight.


Sasha as Mari from Evangelion Rebuild

Lori as Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled

Kaitlin as Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

These next three images shows off more of the scenery around the park, including the large concrete structure for the fountains, and the views of the city from this location.

Kara as SeeU from Vocaloid

Shell as Meryl from Metal Gear Solid

Amara as Mari from Evangelion Rebuild, with friends Shailyn, Rebecca, and Cristina in the background as Asuka, Kaworu, and Rei

Another area of the park which is less frequently used, despite only being a few more feet away, is the lower and smaller fountain area. For this area, we had No More Heroes! And things started to get a little more… interesting…

Krystal as Shinobu, Kara as Bad Girl, and Sasha as Dr. Naomi from No More Heroes

Krystal as Shinobu from No More Heroes

Kara as Bad Girl from No More Heroes

When it becomes dark out, it becomes time to head indoors to keep warm. We decided to get some photos from inside the Seattle Sheraton Hotel lobby where we were staying. This time also meant we could relax for a while after a few long days of running around the city. There had big comfy couches and plenty of large open spaces for taking photos.

Lauren as Yuuko from xxxHolic

Kei as Unit 01 from Evangelion

Continuing with the indoor shoots, and going with the idea of a common location with a new vision, here are the steps at the back of the hotel. Every year, more and more cosplay photos are taken on these beautiful white steps, but this time I wanted something a little more unique. Most photos are using taken from the bottom of the stairs with the model sitting or standing on the stairs. But what happens when both the model and photographer are on the stairs? Here is a brand new perspective of one of are favorite location shooting locations.

Ana as Sakura from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Here is a location, that to my surprise, I was unable to find any cosplay photos from anywhere. Pike Place Market is one of the main iconic photographic scenes of Downtown Seattle. This location is perfect for many types of shots with any type of urban scene you can dream up. Featured here is the crowded main hallway of the market at street level.

Ana as Sakura from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Another iconic location is the glass archway over the Washington State Convention Center. This convention center is home of Emerald City Comicon, PAX Prime, and Sakura-Con. It is a wonder why this piece of architecture isn’t used more often as a background for cosplay photos taken during these three large conventions. A goal of mine was to fill that gap, and here is the resulting image.

Ai Rika as Syaoran Li from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

And finally, here is the last location which I wanted to use. Another great location for photos that is hardly, if ever, used for cosplay. This is Westlake Park, right across the street from Westlake Center. This park represents the city life of Downtown Seattle as it hosts countless out door events all year long. Having this park empty and clear at night time for a shoot was simply a dream… Oh, and there were light sabers, too!

Shailyn and Cristina as Asuka and Rei from Evangelion

"I Code, Therefor I Am" - Some guy who loved to code too much (probably me) I am a computer software engineer turned Cosplay Photographer hobbyist. * Started attending conventions in 2003 * Started serious Cosplay Photography in 2007 * Attended more conventions and related events than I can count now * STROBES !!! STROBES !!! STROBES

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