Beautiful Locations for Your Next Family Portrait

I’ve had the honor of creating one of a kind family portrait for nearly 4 decades. Styles, clothing, and hair styles have changed since we first opened our studio in 1982, but one thing hasn’t changed, the importance of passing on your family’s legacy. Every time I meet with a new client prior to their portrait session, we chat about how my goal with them is to personalize and customize their portrait as much as possible.

Desolation Sound, British Columbia, Canada


The first question I ask is, “tell me about your family?” The follow-up question is, “what do you like to do together as a family?” Their answers usually get the ball rolling in coming up with some creative ideas for how to make their portrait unique to them. I’ve pretty much done everything with my family clients which includes boating, skiing, hiking, and even traveling to Maui and Tuscany!


 When designing the portrait, it’s important to know where it will be displayed. My goal is having the image on the wall harmonize with its surroundings. Is it a formal or casual room?  What are the colors, feeling or mood in the area? If it’s a more casual feel, you probably won’t be wearing formal clothes. If the color pallet leans toward warmer tones, you would probably stay away from the cooler tones with your background or clothing.

When it comes to personalizing and customizing family portraits, the location becomes front and center. One client that comes to mind as I write this understood my design vision perfectly!

Maui, Hawaii

When it comes to personalizing and customizing family portraits, the location becomes front and center. One client that comes to mind as I write this understood my design vision perfectly!

The couple met at the U of W in the spring while the beautiful blossoms where at their peak. They passed each other going to class almost every day. My clients eventually met and got married. When I photographed them, they had 3 kids, 2 girls and a boy. Dad was his sons baseball coach and Mom’s passion was growing tulips. So, here’s how we took all of the above and created their family portrait. 

Here are some of my favorite locations that
you might consider for your next Family Portrait!

  1. Cannon Beach OR. – Cannon Beach is a magical location with incredible lighting and backdrops
  2. Anchor Park, Alki Beach – Stunning views of Seattle
  3. Lincoln Park, West Seattle – Great beach and fun to get the Vashon ferry in the background
  4. Seahurst Park, Burien – This is one of my secret spots that not a lot of people know about. Great beach with cool driftwood and tall grass!
  5. Top of Crystal Mountain – There’s no better view of Mt Rainer without hiking.
  6. San Juan Islands – There is so many opportunities that it’s hard to choose.
  7. Suncadia near – Perfect location for the winter sport family and Golfing family in the summer.
  8. Walla Walla – For families and couples that are into wine culture.
  9. Lake Chelan – Incredible views, wine and golf!
  10. Hawaii – need I say more. My favorite Island for beaches and waterfalls is Kauai!
  11. Lake Wilderness, Maple Valley – Great year-round but spectacular in the Fall!
  12. Sea Tac Botanical Gardens, Sea Tac – Another unknown gem with lot’s of variety and easy access for the physically challenged!
  13. Your own backyard! – Most of my clients have great locations right at home!

We understand that most people hate being photographed, Bruce hears this all the time. Clients sometimes compare being in front of a camera to getting a root canal. Bruce has a unique talent for making your photographic experience fun while capturing the best of you and your family. He is a master at guiding you through the process using flattering light and posing technics that surprisingly don’t look like you’ve been posed.

The Hudson philosophy is simple:

We guarantee that Bruce will create the best photograph you’ve ever had taken! AND have fun doing it! PERIOD!

We 100% guarantee it!

JM Cellars, Woodinville, WA


Many of Hudson’s client’s sessions are at their home, on their boat, or even one of their favorite vacation spots like Maui, Cannon Beach, Oregon, wherever!

In addition to personalizing each family portrait session, Bruce will take the time to customize each portrait for where it will eventually hang in the home. The finished image should harmonize with the space it will occupy, may it be the overall size, color, feeling or the mood in the room.


Imagine finding the perfect piece of artwork for your home that just happens to have your beautiful family featured in it. That’s what we love to create at Hudson’s – and have been creating for over three decades, the art of your family which will also be a part of your family’s heritage and legacy.

At Hudson Portrait Design – we look forward to working with you & your family – helping you create the perfect family portrait experience in the near future!

Seahurst Park, Burien, WA


The art of your family… a custom designed family portrait is one of the few possessions in your home that will never decrease in value. In fact, it will only become more priceless as days go by. Not only is it a personalized piece of art – custom designed for your home, but it’s also a priceless heirloom that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Bruce creates portraits for his clients to enjoy and display proudly while enhancing their surroundings. Unfortunately, many of today’s photographers would rather just shoot a bunch of images, burn them onto a disc, and leave you to figure out what to do with them. This is a great injustice not only to you the client but to your family’s heritage as well. Our goal is to create one-of-a-kind images that you would want to display proudly in your home.


Master Photographer and owner Bruce Hudson loves to mix his passion for photography with travel into what he calls The Portrait Safari Experience!

Throughout the year Hudson’s Portrait Design offers you the opportunity to travel to some beautiful locations around the Northwest for family portraits! We also offer one of a kind family portrait experiences around the country too!

It’s a fun and unique way to combine your next family vacation and capture your unique family portrait! 

Portraits In The Leaves, Lake Wilderness, Maple Valley, WA

Call us today @ 206.226.2119 or email to explore the possibilities and to reserve your Family Portrait Experience session. In most cases, we recommend booking early because space is extremely limited! We look forward to getting together with you and discussing some of your ideas!