Pittsburgh Best Photography Locations

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:

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 outdoor wedding and engagement photoshoots 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.

Mellon Park Walled Garden is one of the best locations for wedding and engagement sessions in Pittsburgh
Mellon Park Walled Garden is one of the best outdoor photoshoot locations in Pittsburgh

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!

Best outdoor locations for wedding and engagement photos in Pittsburgh.
Point State Park Fountain is one of the best outdoor photo spots in Pittsburgh.

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
The 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.

Best indoor locations for photography in Pittsburgh: The Pennsylvanian
The Pennsylvanian is one of the best indoor locations for pictures in Pittsburgh.

Phipps Conservatory

Meeting address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Permit fee: Starts at $300 

Here is another iconic photography 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. Phipps is also one of the best wedding venues in Pittsburgh.  

Phipps Conservatory
Phipps 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
Point 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
The 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 photo location for nature lovers. In my opinion, this spot works best on summer, autumn, and snowy days. Bring comfortable shoes and get ready to get muddy.

Frick Park
Frick 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
The 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 Green and Mellon Square 
Mellon Green and Mellon Square 

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 photo spots

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