We do family pictures at Kubota Gardens almost every Fall..... It is absolutely gorgeous, very lush foliage, and very few crowds to interrupt..... You can check their website for details, http://www.kubota.org but the story goes something like this. Kubota was a Japanese immigrant, and skilled gardener from Japan. He bought the 20 acre property in the South end to use, essentially, as a showpiece for his gardening skills and marketing piece for his business as a landscape designer. When he died, this acclaimed Japanese garden was donated to the City of Seattle and has been operated as a treasured city park since then. I think it is one of the best kept - too well kept - secrets in Seattle. (Personally, I think it is WAY better than the Japanese Gardens in the arboretum.) I think you may have to pay a small fee to have "professional" photos taken, but the money would go to the park and its upkeep. We always just have a family friend take our photos, so it isn't a big deal.