Fall in Pittsburgh has felt more like the continuation of summer this year. It isn’t bad! Just a bit…unusual. Even so, that doesn’t stop us and the rest of the internet and the city from being fall obsessed. Pumpkin anything? Yes. Flannel? You bet.
Those sound like great things to add into a fall photo shoot, so we give you The Definitive Guide to Fall Photo Shoot Locations*.
*This is by no means exhaustive! We didn’t include apple picking or pumpkin patch visiting, though both are very fall and very family-friendly. There are tons of beautiful places in Pittsburgh to take photos during this or any other season. Sometimes the best place is in your own home.
Our goal with this list is to share some of our favorite and our families’ favorite locations for Our Everyday photos. You can’t predict the weather on the day of your shoot, but we like to have a few contingency plans in place. If you’re wondering how we handle unexpected weather changes, especially since the weather in Pittsburgh could change on a dime, we wrote a helpful guide.
Did you know that the zoo is open all year round? It makes sense because the animals are there all the time, though we didn’t realize that humans could be! That is until a family selected it for their Our Everyday location last winter. It is a regular family outing for them and they wanted to preserve that memory for their daughter as she grew up. We strapped on some gloves and headed out.
Pick a Park, Any Park
Pittsburgh is rife with parks. It’s lucky for you and it’s lucky for us. Parks this time of year have beautiful foliage with all of the deciduous trees that line the grass with their autumnal colors. We love Frick Blue Slide Park, Schenley Park, and the Frick Park hiking trails, but we aren’t exclusive with them. Our love of parks is definitely not monogamous; it’s the perfect place to let kids run around and be kids, which is everyone’s favorite part of Our Everyday photo shoots.
You can bring a blanket like Marco, Jessica, and Joe did. Their is white, but plaid would complement the fall feeling nicely!
You can roll around in the grass like Magda, Henry, and Diane chose to do in Frick Park. Can you say leaf piles?
Did we mention that parks let kids open up and have fun? Look at how Callen and Ryen’s personalities shine through in this beautiful park shoot in Ambridge.
Parks are also great to capture family bike rides, basketball games, and whatever other activities you love to do in the fall.
Anything with the Pittsburgh Skyline
One of us is native to Pittsburgh and the other is a transplant, but we both equally love the view of downtown Pittsburgh. We’re pretty sure most other Pittsburghers would agree with us! There’s the late-season sun warming the buildings, more trees turning beautiful colors no matter which shore you’re standing on, and so many places to capture that iconic skyline and your family’s love of the Burgh.
A few of our favorite skyline-spotting locations for photo sessions are:
- Point State Park – a classic Pittsburgh locale
- Mt. Washington Overlook – a classic Pittsburgh shot
- The Incline – our yinzer is showing
- The Mr. Rogers Statue on the North Shore – a beloved character and a beloved city together at last
- The Riverfront Trail by the David L. Lawrence Convention Center – if you walk under the 10th Street Bypass where it crosses with the entrance to the Convention Center, you’ll be treated to a unique view of the city
Any Classic or New Favorite Eatery
Pittsburgh is known for food. When the weather gets a bit rainier and outdoor photos may be impractical, our families love to turn to their favorite eateries for an afternoon of fun.
- Page Dairy Mart, Antney’s, Custard’s, Klavon’s, and Millie’s are all excellent for an ice cream party
- Pamela’s and Kelly-O’s in the Strip, Square Cafe are great for breakfast – we’d suggest going on a weekday!
- Your family’s favorite pizza place, even if it’s Pizza Night at home
Whether your family prefers fall festivals and pumpkin picking or snuggling up on the couch and a cozy fire, fall in Pittsburgh is a great time for photos. The weather is great and the rush of the holidays is still a bit away, so you can relax and enjoy this wonderful time.