WE ALL KNOW SEATTLE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA is a phenomenal place to call home, but not all of us can capture the essence. Here are 5 local Seattle photographers doing our beautiful corner of the world some justice, whether shooting the actual place, or just giving our local artists some serious street cred.

1. Zoe Rain

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Zoe began photography in high school, specifically drawn to shooting local hip-hop concerts in the Seattle area. When she graduated, she started working for Studio Jkoe and started to learn more about music photography, video production, and also wedding photography. In 2013, she went on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ world tour as a photographer and videographer, and she wasn’t even 21 years old. She has since contributed to Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Billboard Magazine, to name a few.

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2. Mitch Schreiber

Mitch is a Seattle local who began taking pictures back in the 1960s with a 126 mm film camera. He continued upgrading his camera until he decided to take a break from photography in the 1990s. Once he got a DSLR though, he couldn’t be stopped. He now has his company “Images by Papatopgraphy” after retiring from his “life” job. He has an eye for capturing beautiful shots around the Pacific Northwest, including Mt. Rainier and out on the Pacific Coast.

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3. Sigma Sreedharan

Sigma was born and raised in India, and moved to Seattle in 1998. While she still loves her now home, her two passions in life are photography and food, which she gets to experience as she travels all over the world. A self-described landscape and cityscape photographer, bright, neon colors are brought out in her pictures. She specializes in the blue hour and colorful sunsets, and dabbles in street and travel photography.

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4. Jonathan Gipaya

Jonathan fell in love with weddings while attending them as a child and has developed a love for capturing timeless images and portraits. Destination and local wedding (or portrait) photography is his speciality. He has another gig besides wedding photography though: he is the trumpet player in the Seattle-band Odesza, a popular electro-pop band, and is their official tour photographer.

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5. Ryan Flynn

Ryan has been a professional photographer for seven years, but didn’t have an interest in it until college when he got his first camera. He was named one of the “30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine. His wedding pictures specialize in capturing the beauty of the Northwest in the background, adding to the atmosphere, story, and mood of the image, and hence he’s in huge demand by local couples.

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