Pittsburgh is an incredible place to get married. We have the most amazing areas and iconic backdrops that can create seriously vivid and everlasting settings for your wedding photography. Sometimes this can create what I call a “bottleneck of creativity” when it comes to the photographs of your wedding party and details of your wedding day. If you have ever driven past the Mellon Pillars on a beautiful Saturday afternoon you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Mellon Pillars

Pittsburgh Bride at Mellon Pillars

For those of you that are unfamiliar, what you’ll see is anywhere from 2 to 4 full wedding parties from different weddings waiting in line for their turn at being photographed with the pillars of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. As you’ll see from the photo to the right, I love the Mellon Pillars! I totally dig any type of dramatic architecture that will give dimension to any of our photos. But here is what I want you to keep in mind; Pittsburgh has a wealth of gorgeousness and fabulosity that you cannot overlook when considering locations for your creative portraiture.

So here is where you can think creatively, not collectively. When you are considering where to have your creative portraiture taken, talk with your photographer about thinking outside the box. Yes, Pittsburgh has the most fantastical bridges, but did you ever consider rather than just capturing the perfunctory shot of you and your honey in front of the bridge, you pull a wham-slammy (as I like to call it) and stand up on the bridge and see things from a completely different perspective?

Clemente Bridge

Perfect wedding day photo – Clemente Bridge

Thank you Clemente Bridge for being such an awesome part of our day!

So take your blinders off sister! Gaze around you with open eyes because you never know when something you just thought was a fire hydrant could turn out to become a part of an uber-cool shot.  Or maybe that door handle you thought was just a door handle becomes an exquisitely stylish setting for a pair of shoes.

Remember that your photography for your wedding day is a collaborative effort.  Don’t get so caught up in the schedule of your day so much that you just slide right through it without looking around you and seeing all the beauteous and dazzling delights that our city has to offer.

by Craig Photography of Pittsburgh