Pittsburgh is full of wonderful places to take pictures. Below is a list of possible locations, but these are just suggestions, often the most unique and meaningful locations are places that are significant to your relationship.
Think about what you two would do if you had a free Saturday. Would you go to a museum or go get lost in the woods? Whatever you do for fun is a great indicator of what we should do during your engagement session.
I’m always open to trying new places and hearing your ideas! Don’t be afraid 🙂 hearing about your vision for the session is super helpful.
The Strip District
- The strip has lots colorful murals, hidden alleyways, and fun texture.
- The light in the late afternoon is usually great because there are no hills blocking the sunset.
- There is a spot near 33rd Street under a railroad bridge that is awesome right before sunset!
Schenley Park and Oakland
- Schenley Park has a nice combination of open park areas and wooded trails.
- There are several stone bridges that are easy to access.
- For Pitt grads the campus is just a short walk away so these two locations are a great way to have both architecture backgrounds and nature backgrounds.
- Downtown has a nice mix of urban and natural locations between the old buildings and Point State Park.
- The yellow bridges are super iconic.
- This sounds crazy but parking garages are great places for photos. There is tons of light on top floor and the views are always cool.
- The North Shore is a quick walk away and offers a skyline backdrop.
The North Side
- The North Side is a really charming neighborhood with lots of brightly colored houses and brick sidewalks.
- Randyland is a hidden gem of the North Side. It’s a fun place to stop and play. It is VERY colorful; you have to love color if you want to go here. 🙂
- The North Side also has the same access to the yellow bridges of downtown. City skyline photos are always an option on the North Shore.
The South Side
- Southside Riverfront Park is right along the river. It is an open park so there are nice views of both the river and downtown.
- The Hot Metal Bridge is great for photos. Lots of options on this bridge!
- For an indoor option Zenith Antique store is a really unique option.
The Laurel Highlands
- The Laurel Highlands offer a ton of wilderness adventures if you are up for the drive. Most of the state parks are between 1 and 1.5 hours away from Pittsburgh.
- There are a number of waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks that are really lovely.
- Two of my favorite parks are Ohiopyle and Linn Run State Park.
- This is going to sound strange, but libraries and books stores are great places for photos. The texture of the books is fun and the aisles offer great leading lines.
- If you’re a couple who likes to read, this might be a fun option for you!
- A library or book store can also be an awesome indoor option for winter or rainy days.
- Pittsburgh has many wonderful museums which are great for cold weather or rainy days.
- The Carnegie Museum of Art is one of my favorites. There is great natural light at this museum and it offers a variety of backdrops – colorful textures, classy columns, and art (obviously) 🙂
- Some of the museums have photography policies that restrict what we can do. Usually this isn’t a problem if we aren’t disrupting other visitors, but it is something you should be aware of when we are there.