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Best Locations for Photography in Pittsburgh

What are the best Pittsburgh photography locations?

My 10 favorite locations for wedding and engagement photos in the Pittsburgh metro area are:

  • Mellon Park Walled Garden
  • Point State Park Fountain
  • The Allegheny Landing
  • The Pennsylvanian
  • Phipps Conservatory
  • Point of View Park
  • Mellon Institute
  • Frick Park
  • The Strip District
  • Mellon Green and Mellon Square park
  • Bonus location: Your Special Place!

Here are some of my favorite photos from these locations and a bit more information regarding timing, coordinates and cost!

Mellon Park Walled Garden

Meeting address: 1047 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Mellon Park is my favorite location for wedding and engagement photo sessions in Pittsburgh. The park is conveniently located at the corner of Shady and Fifth Avenue and offers a great mixture of urban and nature backgrounds that work in all seasons.

Best Locations for photoshoots in Pittsburgh in 2023Mellon Park Walled Garden

Point State Park Fountain

Meeting address: In front of the Wyndham Grand. Park at the Gateway Center Park.

When the fountain is working (May to October), this location offers one of the most stunning backdrops in Pittsburgh. This a great photo spot to end a session; my favorite time to photograph is right at sunset and during twilight. Also, if you are a Steelers fan, this is one of the best places to catch the stadium right behind you!

Point State Park Fountain wedding and engagement photosPoint State Park Fountain

The Allegheny Landing

Meeting address: Roberto Clemente Statue on Sixth Street

Hands down the best cityscape backdrop in downtown Pittsburgh. I love photographing here right at sunset and during twilight, but this location works all day long and all year long. In addition to the city view, it’s a short walk to the Clemente Bridge or the Andy Warhol Bridge to capture the iconic Pittsburgh bridge photo.

The Allegheny Landing - Best Pittsburgh Locations 2023The Allegheny Landing

The Pennsylvanian

Meeting address: 1100 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Permit fee: Starts at $125

This is a fantastic indoor photo location for engagement or wedding photos (usually only available on weekdays). The Rotunda and Ballroom are an absolute delight to photograph all year long. Also, consider this location if you are from out of town and want to make sure you have your session regardless of the weather (not that Pittsburgh weather is bad or anything ;). Check out more wedding photos at The Pennsylvanian.

The Pennsylvanian -Best photo locations in PittsburghThe Pennsylvanian

Phipps Conservatory

Meeting address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Permit fee: Starts at $300

Here is another iconic location in Pittsburgh. The Broderie Room provides a stunning live backdrop for your photos. Weather permitting, the Japanese Garden and Outdoor Garden are also spectacular. In addition to these reservable locations, the area outside Phipps is great for sessions from May to November.

Find more Phipps Conservatory wedding photos here.

Phippis Conservatory - Pittsburgh best photo locationsPhipps Conservatory

Point of View Park

Meeting address: 1435 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Best view of the city! Also, if you ever have an early morning session, consider this location as the light here is unreal!

Point of View Park - Best photo locations in PittsburghPoint of View Park

The Mellon Institute

Meeting address: 4400 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Definitely one of the most popular photo locations in Pittsburgh. On Saturdays, be ready to get in line for your turn at its magnificent columns. It’s definitely a stunning location all year long, especially for rainy days. However, if you have a tight timeline it is better to skip it.

The Mellon Institute - Best photo locations in pittsburghThe Mellon Institute

Frick Park

Meeting address: 2005 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, in front of the Environmental Center.

Frick Park holds a special place in my heart; I’ve been hiking its woods for the past 10 years. This is a favorite location for nature lovers. In my opinion, this location works best on summer, autumn, and snowy days. Bring comfortable shoes and get ready to get muddy.

Frick Park - Best photo locations PittsburghFrick Park

The Strip District

Meeting address: 2101 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Meet at the Terminal)

The Strip District offers a great array of colorful backdrops perfect for city dwellers. Walking around the strip is ideal for those looking for a mixture of street art, colorful walls, classic coffee shops and train tracks. You can find here some unique places to take pictures in Pittsburgh.

The Strip District - Pittsburgh Best Photo LocationsThe Strip District

Mellon Green and Mellon Square

Meeting address: 501 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

These two urban parks in downtown Pittsburgh make for perfect wedding photos. The locations are small but dynamic, with multiple possibilities for small and large bridal parties.

Mellon Square Park - Best Photo Locations in PittsburghMellon Square Park

Your Special Place!

Choose a location meaningful to you as a couple. An ice cream or coffee shop, your apartment, your neighborhood, your school campus, etc. You will shine in the places that make you you! Also, don’t forget about your wedding ballroom! This gorgeously decorated space can create stunning photos before guests arrive.

Pittsburgh Best Location for wedding and engagment photos

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