Urban Light Studios has been described as Candy Land for Photographers”.  I happen to agree.  You can stroll along the paths through the rooms and find endless backdrops nooks and crannies to shoot with.  In addition to this incredibly vast and unique setting all of our lighting and grip equipment is included in every rental.  For a limited time only (June July & August 2013) we are offering a free trade up on our monthly affiliate program.  What does that mean you ask?  Well it means that for the price of 10 monthly hours you get 16 and for the price of 16 monthly hours you get 24!  Read up about our monthly affiliate levels here.  For some inspiration on how various photographers have used this amazing space check out our Shot at ULS gallery here.  Because let’s be honest who didn’t at one point in their lives want to call Candy Land home?


Put on your comfy shoes art walkers cause it’s the BIG one!  Every year in May we give you a double dose of art walkin so if you don’t get your fill during the Friday evening art walk you can swing on by Saturday from noon to 5 to take it all in.  This May we bring you the collective work of Maynerd Sly Cooley and Mat Savage…okay….those names are just awesome!  All together they are typically outlandish and delightfully overwhelming.  We are also happy to be one of the stops that the Mobile Screen Video Art Tour will be making brought to you by the Interstitial Theatre.  As if all of that wasn’t enough; we are welcoming the Seattle School of Music into our artful home to dazzle us with some kid-fiddlers…that’s right groups of kids will be playing those fiddles to their hearts’ content :)


After MONTHS and MONTHS of work we finally get to pull back the curtain for you on our new adventure – this time in the heart of Pioneer Square. We are preserving the former Elliott Bay Book Co. and turning the 122-year-old 6000-square-foot space into an axis point for history art culture photography and events…  Introducing AXIS Pioneer Square.

Check back for construction updates here and at and be sure to join our email list and like us on Facebook for invitations to the grand opening in July!

Sitting on 1st avenue between Main and Jackson just imagine the ridiculous history…




Before it was built in 1891 the trees on it were cut and turned into lumber by Henry Yesler’s Skid Road mill the wood that built the new Seattle. Once cleared it was the site of the city’s first hospital run by the legendary David “Doc” Maynard. It was also the place where our namesake Chief Seattle sat for his portrait. How much deeper can Seattle roots go?


Built as a commercial building after the great fire it has housed a saloon a hotel (The Globe) a drug company a gold mining company a 1920s bootlegging operation (that once blew up) and a quilt factory. The terms “seamstress” used to be euphemism for Pioneer Square prostitute but the quilting company really did employ people who sewed and Jones says the upper floods are reinforced because of the heavy machines they used.


The architect by the way was a descendant of Daniel Boone. So the Globe (originally called the Marshall-Walker Building) is a survivor as the Square’s historic building have had to be and an adaptable one.



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