Locations Ideas for Family Photo Sessions in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Family Photographer | Mary Beth Miller Photography


Here is a list of locations in Pittsburgh, Pa and the surrounding areas that can be perfect for a family photo session! Maybe you are planning a photo session with me, with another photographer or maybe you are a photographer and you are seeking the perfect location for your photo session. Either way, I hope that you can find this list useful. I will add to it as I think of more places and I will add blog links to the locations where I have photographed a session! More images coming soon!

Although I encourage my clients to stay home for their family photos, sometimes they want to do them outdoors so we pick a location that is special to their family and we have an Adventure Photo Session!


Pittsburgh | Allegheny County

-Schenley Plaza | Oakland. Here you can hang out on the grassy lawn, ride the whimsical carousel with the animals, go over and visit Dippy the Diplodocus by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and hang out by Mary Schenley Memorial fountain.

-Schenley Park

Phipps Conservatory | Oakland -You are allowed to photograph outside of Phipps, but not in the gated outdoor garden areas. You can also walk across the street to Flagstaff Hill or cross over by the Phipps Welcome Center and walk down behind on the cobblestone path or onto the trails to Panther Hollow.

Point State Park | Downtown Pittsburgh There is a gorgeous grassy lawn with trees that are full of blossoms in the Spring, paths to explore, rivers, views of the stadiums, the cityscape and don’t forget the iconic fountain on the Point!

Mt. Washington – An iconic location to see a gorgeous view of the city from the overlooks!

West End OverlookAnother great place to get a view of Pittsburgh!

Mellon Park and walled garden | Shadyside – This is a gorgeous park with a variety of architectural features and beautifully maintained gardens! During the season there is also a working fountain!

The Water Steps | North Shore trail by PNC Park – A great place to cool off on a hot sunny day with excellent views of the famous Pittsburgh bridges and the cityscape!

-Allegheny Commons Park by the Pittsburgh Aviary | North

RandyLand | North Shore – Please call ahead to make reservations, there is a fee.

-The Pittsburgh Zoo

-Highland Park

-Riverview Park | North Side

Hartwood Acres Park and Mansion | North

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve | North

-North Park | Wexford –(do not shoot in/around the Latodami Nature Center)

-Falls Run Park | Glenshaw – A nice trail crosses bridges over and next to a creek leading to a tall waterfall.

Squaw Valley Park | Fox Chapel

-The Bowling Green area of Frick Park | Point Breeze – Here you will find trails leading into the woods and a beautiful stone archway.

-Frick Park Nature Center

-Washington’s Landing / Herr’s Island

-Seldom Seen Greenway | Beechview

Boyce Mayview Park |South Hills

-South Park | South Hills. -This is a huge park with many locations to choose from! You can also ask permission to shoot at the Oliver Miller Homestead!

Beaver County

-Buttermilk Falls Waterfall | Beaver Falls

-Rochester Riverfront Park

-Bridgewater Crossing

-Beaver Heritage Museum & Train Station – photographers permit required

-Brady’s Run Park

-G. Sahli Nature Park | Chippewa

Washington County

-Mingo Creek Park

~All images by Mary Beth Miller Photography ~

Mary Beth Miller Photography specializes in lifestyle and documentary family, newborn and Fresh 48 photography in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and many of the surrounding areas. Mary Beth has over ten years experience photographing families, newborns and babies in the South Hills, South Park, Bethel Park, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Greentree, Point Breeze and Highland Park.  Her style is very relaxed and natural and your family session will feel like a stress free Sunday afternoon with your family!  

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Mary Beth Miller Photography

Serving Pittsburgh & Beyond


Mary beth miller photography

Serving Pittsburgh & Beyond