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Senior Location Series: Urban Pittsburgh

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Senior Photo Location Series: Urban Pittsburgh

The next spotlight location for this series is Urban Pittsburgh! It’s the perfect place for seniors who search for an unconventional, creative spot that will make their celebratory images stand out. An urban setting is something I’d recommend for individuals who have a quirky, individualistic personality, and who love pictures that pop. I have photographed seniors in a wide variety of locations around Pittsburgh which is what I’ll be describing in depth during this blog post. 

1. North Shore + Golden Bridges

The North shore is a perfect, iconic spot in the heart of Pittsburgh. I recommend it for those who are proud of their Pittsburgh background and either plan to stay in the area, or want a little piece of home as they depart on their college journey. The soft yellows of the bridges and the blue azure sky are such a simplistic and beautiful backdrop that I adore. 

senior girl sitting on the Roberto Clemente Bridge near on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, photographed by Pittsburgh Photographer, Laura Mares Photography

2. Mount Washington 

Mount Washington is another characteristically Pittsburgh Location and is definitely more of a conventional spot when you imagine urban Pittsburgh. One of my favorite photo sessions of all time was at Mount Washington during sunset. It was such an original session and the golden hour light cast such a light glow on my client’s face and renewed my love of the Pittsburgh cityscape. 

A portrait of a senior girl standing on Mt. Washington at sunset, Pittsburgh. Portrait by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

 3. Lake Elizabeth + the Mexican War Streets 

These colorful apartments add such a burst of energy to senior portraits and additionally are a nice and quiet place that allows my clients to loosen up and truly feel  them self. It’s the perfect stage for the creative and artistic and I love the atmosphere there. Additionally, Lake Elizabeth is a small body of water with an elegant bridge that is a great spot for “model walking” and capturing simple moments. 

Senior photo of a beautiful high school senior girl in the North Side. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photographer
Senior photo of a beautiful high school senior girl in her cheer uniform. Photo by Laura Mares Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photographer

4. Southside Graffiti + Alleys 

From butterflies to abstract swirls, this special enclave of Pittsburgh is original and different and has such a unique style. I consider it the perfect location for seniors who love to stand out and appreciate the artistic side of Pittsburgh. 

A high school senior girl standing in an alley in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

5. Oakland Columns + Cathedral of Learning 

Phipps, the Cathedral of Learning, and the columns are all some of my favorite locations in Oakland. It’s always fun to wander and be spontaneous in these locations that lend to the imagination and look different for every client. 

A high school senior guy leaning on a column near Pittsburgh, PA.
A seA senior guy leaning on a red door in Oakland.
A high school senior guy leaning on a red door in Oakland.

I hope you enjoyed these five locations that depict the different aspects of urban Pittsburgh. Wherever you end up choosing, I guarantee beautiful images that reflect the parts of Pittsburgh you hold dearly that feature your unique personality. Additionally, I always love adding to the list of locations I offer for senior portrait sessions and beyond, so let me know your preferences. Hope to see you soon! – Laura

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Hi, I'm Laura Mares! I'm thankful to be a wife, mother and Pittsburgh lifestyle photographer. I photograph because I believe that life is simply beautiful and every person has a story worth telling. I'd love to tell yours.