One of the benefits of hiring a professional engagement photographer is getting the best selection of photo locations. As a Pittsburgh native, I know there are lots of beautiful spots around the city, but some are more photogenic than others. In addition, some of the best photo locations in Pittsburgh require permits or reservations, and I’m happy to secure those for you before your session!
When choosing your engagement photo location, first decide what look you’re going for. Be sure to check out my recent post showcasing elegant downtown portraits to see if you prefer a more urban feel. In this post, I’ll highlight a more natural and outdoorsy look. These photos are just a bit softer than edgier urban portraits. Take a look at some of my favorite photo locations in Pittsburgh for engagement sessions, and connect with me to start planning your session! I’m more than happy to provide location suggestions and outfit advice based on your personal style, personality, and preferences as a couple.
Best Outdoor Photo Locations in Pittsburgh
Each of these locations offer tons of space to spread out and find different natural and architectural backdrops and lighting for diversity in your images. Let me know if you’d like to see more examples or have questions about a specific location. (You can find tons of recent sessions in my portfolio journal as well.)
1. Schenley Park
A few years ago, Travel + Leisure named Schenley Park as one of “America’s coolest city parks.” Not to mention, the park has a prime location just east of downtown near Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and Greenfield (Google Maps). This lovely green space shines all year round, and its huge leafy trees are exceptionally gorgeous in the fall. Wooden boardwalks, tree-lined steps, historic Phipps Hall, the botanical gardens, and the Visitor’s Center/Café offer endless photo opportunities. On clear days, you can get a good view of the Pittsburgh skyline as well.
2. South Park
This massive and iconic 1,999-acre park offers sports fields, hiking trails, skate park, game preserve, and historic farmhouse (Google Maps). Needless to say, we’ll have plenty of room to explore and get away from any crowds. If you want some photos on the street, South Park has several quiet, low-traffic little roads we can use that look super cute for engagement photos.
3. Allegheny Commons Park
This large park is actually an expansion of a historic Pittsburgh park (Google Maps). In fact, the western section is the city’s oldest public park (which means you can count on some beautiful mature trees for your photos). The tree-lined walking paths surround fields of green space, and this park features an aviary as well. If you’re on the north side of town, Allegheny Commons is a phenomenal park for photos. (It’s near the MuseumLab, a unique industrial wedding venue and cutting-edge children’s museum, too!)
4. The Highline
Can’t decide between a trendy urban style or soft outdoorsy feel? The Highline has both (Google Maps)! This public workspace is very photogenic with several built-in backdrops like the mural and elevated outdoor eating area with views of the yellow Clemente Bridge. For a natural touch, the space is beautifully landscaped with rooftop greenery. If you’re a local, The Highline is symbolic of Pittsburgh and the Steel City’s industrial history.
5. At Home
Not feeling any of these? Keep it cozy, comfy, and intimate with an at-home engagement session. At home, it’s easy to be yourself. I can capture that flirty spark that you may not feel comfortable showing off in public. These always end up being some of my favorite engagement sessions, and it’s a great way for us to get to know each other better before your wedding day (if I’ll be photographing that as well). I’ll let you provide the Google Maps pin for this one. 😉
6. The Strip District and The Pennsylvanian Rotunda
The Penn Station Rotunda is an extra-photogenic spot features a low-capped dome filled with tiny lights for a romantic photo experience. The surrounding arches, brown terracotta, smooth marble, and vaulted skylight make the Union Station Rotunda a highly sought-after photography location. The strip district is full of color, city vibes, and cute local shops to explore!
7. Station Square and Downtown Pittsburgh Parking Garage Rooftops
These are great locations if you want an urban vibe for your engagement session, potentially with a view of the city in the distance! Your photographer (hi!) can help you with all of the different options for backdrops using Pittsburgh rooftops! Connect with us now to schedule your engagement!
8. Mingo Creek County Park
Mingo Creek Park features a great location for a nature filled engagement session just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. There are fields, trees, creeks to walk across, lots of trails, pavilions, and covered bridges.
9. Roberto Clemente Bridge and PNC Park
If you are looking for a staple “Pittsburgh city” engagement session photo, you have a LOT of bridges to choose from including the Roberto Clemente Bridge, Hot Metal Bridge in Southside, Andy Warhol Bridge, and Rachel Carson Bridge.
10. Frick Park and Mexican War Streets near Allegheny Commons Park
The Mexican War Streets in the North Side of Pittsburgh make up a historic district in the Central Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its a beautiful area with tons of character, filled with renovated row houses, gardens, and nature-lined streets with photo worthy alleyways.