Pittsburgh’s Best Engagement Session Locations

I know winter is upon us and the thought of taking engagement photos in Pittsburgh may not be on everyone’s minds, but I still think it can be a great time for an engagement session (fun snow pictures, anyone?). Even so, spring is just a couple months away, and now is the perfect time to be thinking about possible locations for your engagement pictures.

So, I’ve assembled a list of my Top Ten Engagement Locations in Pittsburgh, plus Five Places I’d Really, Really, Love to Shoot An E-Session at.

Here’s my Top Ten:

1. The Strip District–where else can you find such awesome backdrops?
strip district photo pittsburgh

strip district engagement photos

2. Hartwood Acres–this place is gorgeous all-year round.
Hartwood Acres engagement photo

hartwood acres

3. Mexican War Streets/West Park–located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, these two locations go hand-in-hand.
Mexican War Streets

West Park Pittsburgh

4. Frick Park–lovely woods, fields, and streams. Perfect.
Frick park pittsburgh

5. Phipps Conservatory/Schenley Park–gorgeous backdrops and lovely flowers.
Phipps Conservatory

6. Downtown Pittsburgh–great architecture and awesome variety. Works well in the winter, too!
downtown pittsburgh

7. Mellon Park–Pittsburgh’s hidden gem, located off 5th avenue: gardens, trees, and a beautiful staircase.
mellon park

8. Station Square–nice view of Pittsburgh with a cool urban setting.
station square engagement

9. Pittsburgh’s Northshore–Heinz Field, PNC Park, and a great view of the city.
pittsburgh northshore

10. Point Park–Love this place, though, I list it with a caveat. Recent construction has torn it up, and we’ll just have to see what they put in this summer.
Point Park pittsburgh

As I said, I love shooting in all of those above locations, but there’s also some places I haven’t but would really LOVE to do an e-session in (any takers??).

My Top Five (wishlist) Engagement Locations:

1. Kennywood Park–seriously, I think this place would be a blast do do an e-shoot in. So much variety, so many fun things to do. I really hope to shoot one here this summer. If you’re interested, let me know!

2. Pittsburgh Zoo–OK, it may sound silly, but I also think this would be a really cool location. Come on, who else would have a giraffe in their engagement photos?? Probably best to go on a non-school day so as to avoid the field-trippers.

3. Oakmont/Verona–I love the look of Oakmont and Verona–cute cobblestone streets and a lovely view of the river. Wouldn’t it be fun to paddle around in a canoe for some photos?

4. Washington’s Landing–This little island may be small, but I think there’s plenty to discover!

5. YOUR Favorite Place–I mean this seriously–I love shooting in new locations, and I’d love to know what’s your favorite little place in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.

If you’d love to see any more photos from engagement sessions I’ve done around Pittsburgh, you’re welcome to browse through the engagements category. Also, if you’re wondering what to wear for your e-session, be sure to check out my post regarding engagement session clothing.

Erika - I recommend the waterfront (in west homestead)!!! There are so many different settings in this one little location right next to the river. Bike trails, bridges, trees, benches, HUGE smoke stacks with stage lights and not to mention there is a museum about the steel mills and right out front there are HUGE steel cylinders, circles, and beams. I just did a shoot there and it was PERFECT. it would even be good in winter (but very chilly because of the river!) but hey if the shot comes out well thats all that matters right :)

Kelly Wickersty - WOW! WOW! WOW! I am so impressed Mary by your work! My name is Kelly Wickersty and my fiance’s name is Dominick Stinelli. I am searching for an engagment and wedding photographer. We do not have a date set yet but we are looking to get the process started by taking engagement pictures and I was reading your website and saw that your wishlist included Kennywood and Oakmont/Verona! My fiance would be over the moon with the idea of Kennywood and we actually live in Oakmont. We would love a photographer that would really capture our personalities and hopefully be with us on our special day! Please contact me at your earliest convience. We are looking for engagement pictures this May or June. Thank you so much for your time,
Kelly Wickersty

Brianne - Wish that Jay and I would have thought about the zoo! Maybe take your next non-photogenic couple there? It would really take the pressure off :)

caroline - Love this post. The last place I did an e-session was at Chatham University – highly recommended!

Becca - I dont live anywhere near there, but just wanted you to know i think you’re so so nice and generous with all your helpful posts for photographers! :-)

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