Photo Credit: KDKA

The Pittsburgh region abounds with a vast array of locations for arranging a family photographic memory. Pittsburgh is rich in historical, cultural, architectural and recreational venues to capture a special moment in time. A family pose along the famous three rivers, parks, gardens, sports complexes and educational institutions provides a breathtaking setting. There are hidden gems to explore near the bridges, overlooks and city views that have a splendid blend of backdrops and colors for an impressive final touch.

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

700 Frank Curto Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-6914

Phipps Conservatory is more than gardens, plants and flowers. It has a magnificent backdrop for family photos and gatherings that will be a memorable experience for years to come. The setting of Phipps Conservatory is a perfect location that exudes a comfortable and serene atmosphere. The sights, sounds and smells of the gardens, both inside and outside, along with the impressive architecture makes for a photographic hint of genius for a family pose The opportunity to choose an array of photographic locations combines all the elements of history, culture and education for a photo session that each family member will cherish and enjoy.

Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-0235

Taking a trip to downtown Pittsburgh and Point State Park is an historical, environmental and cultural lesson that all families will enjoy, and taking a photo together is an enriching experience. The backdrop of the famous fountain and the scenic three rivers make for a spectacular photographic setting. There are other opportunities inside the park at Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt Blockhouse that will ensure a magical history tour and a perfect place to take a special family pose. The available green spaces within the park and riverfront vistas offer more choices to capture an amazing family portrait.

Related: Best Photography Classes In Pittsburgh

Duquesne Incline
1197 W. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 381-1665

If families are looking for a fabulous and memorable portrait, then a visit to the Duquesne Incline and Mt. Washington is the answer for a special occasion. The observation deck offers the family a breathtaking view of downtown Pittsburgh, Golden Triangle and the famous three rivers and a skyline that reaches into the cultural and historical regions of the city. There are more opportunities to experience around the Duquesne Incline, which include the incline and historical memorabilia inherent to the museum and history of Pittsburgh. Families will feel the history of Pittsburgh with a simple click of a camera or electronic device.

Related: Best Permanent Exhibits In Pittsburgh

Station Square
125 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(800) 859-8959

Many events and locations at Station Square present opportune times to find the perfect place to snap a picture of the family and the history surrounding the railroad and freight shops. There are a variety of settings that will make for an unforgettable experience and that includes posing at the fountain at Bessemer Court or inside the Grand Concourse, both of which have the remnants of the past along with railroad memorabilia. Families may find that perfect camera shot near the railroad tracks with the city of Pittsburgh in the background. The Allegheny River offers another opportunity to experience Station Square with a stop near the Gateway Clipper Fleet for a superb photograph, and at the same time, engage in an educational learning experience.

North Shore
Downtown Pittsburgh, North Side Neighborhoods
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

If families need a dynamic location for photographs, then they will have to look no farther than the North Shore and the cohesive North Side neighborhoods. The vibrant North Shore is alive with historical and science centers, museums, bridges and educational and cultural venues. The North Shore has an abundance of backdrops that will serve as a special memory and posing at Heinz Field, PNC Park or the Consol Energy Center is a wonderful keepsake. The scenic vistas of the famous three rivers, architecture and the skyline of Pittsburgh are innate recollections of the Pittsburgh region. There are unique opportunities to take photographs at night as there is an exciting transformation of perception that makes the city glisten with a new look.

Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at