Photographers Reveal the Best Locations for Engagement Photos in Pittsburgh

Announcing the news of your engagement to friends and family is one of the most exciting parts of the whirlwind we like to call marital bliss. What better way to ask them to save the date and mark this beautiful milestone than with pictures that capture your love for each other? Whether you’re the couple that likes to hit the trail, cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, or spend your Sundays in the Strip, there’s a perfect place to reflect your style and future together. Gather inspiration here, as two local photographers uncover their favorite engagement photos as well as creative suggestions for finding the location that suits the two of you to a “T.”

By Liz Petoniak

Nicole Mancini + Jeff Mountain

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in Pittsburgh, SkySight Photography

“I love this setting for an engagement session because of the amazing light, romantic feel of the darkness, and the iconic background of one of the most recognizable locations in Downtown Pittsburgh. I added wireless lighting behind the couple to create the freeze action of the droplets of water, which captures the split second of that moment forever.” — Autumn Stankay, SkySight Photography


Roberto Clemente Bridge
Autumn’s typical workflow for a 90-minute to two-hour engagement photo shoot session begins here and moves to the surrounding area, on the pier, and below the bridge, too.

Inner City Streets
“I roam through the streets with the couple and find spots that jump out to me, which changes each time I’m in the city and gives something new to each photo shoot,” she says. “It also depends on where the light looks best at that time of day.”

Point State Park
“I like to go to Point State Park and shoot around the park, ending at the fountain just as the sun hits the horizon for a beautiful navy blue sky,” Autumn says. “It’s perfect for capturing interesting light.”

Anna Naretto + Nick Hinkle

Best Locations for Engagement Photos in Pittsburgh, Veronica Varos Photography

“Just moments after sunrise, Anna and Nick climbed their way to the top of a gorgeous little waterfall to share a memorable kiss. Wearing earthy tones, they fit in perfectly with the natural landscape. Engagement sessions in the woods are always such an adventure. You never know what beauty you’ll find around the next corner.” — Veronica Varos, Veronica Varos Photography


Hartwood Acres
“In this one park, you’re able to find industrial spots, architecturally stunning backdrops, wooded and earthy views, open fields with flowering plants, and everything in between,” she says. “For couples interested in sunrise sessions and fellow fog enthusiasts, the Mansion at Hartwood is frequently surrounded by an early morning mist.”

The Strip District
“The Strip offers a mix of urban and industrial style,” Veronica says. “You’ll find everything from graffiti-filled alleyways, vacant loading docks, and trendy restaurants within walking distance.”

Secret Spots
“As Pittsburgh becomes a trendy spot for the weddings of couples from all over the world, remember the perks to hiring a photographer who is local to the area,” she says. “All photographers have their own little lists of secret spots and hidden areas usually only available to clients. This is especially helpful for couples interested in having their sessions somewhere less recognizable and more intimate.”

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