Why is the Carnegie Museum Grand Staircase a good choice for wedding photos or an engagement session?

  • The Grand Staircase is open to the public during the day. The name pretty much says it all – it is grand! You don’t see this kind of grandeur and classic architecture any more.

Any caveats?

  • You can enter during regular museum hours if you pay the regular museum admission price. But, there are likely to be a lot of people around. If you’re having your wedding here, you’ll have a lot more privacy. There are a lot of beautiful places inside the museum for photos if you’re having your wedding here! Check out the listing under Reception Locations.


Please don’t overlook what time your photo session will take place! Note that each photo has a not-particularly-attractive time stamp on it. Why did I put these ugly numbers all over these photos? Because time of day is critical to creating beautiful photos. And time of day is fluid depending on the time of year. For example, 6:30pm might be the perfect time of day for photos at the North Shore in May… but if you go at 6:30pm in November, it’s going to be dark. Be sure to consult a sunset calculator so you know when it will be getting dark on the day of your shoot. Better yet – ask your photographer!

Looking for more places for pictures for your wedding day or engagement session? Check out the interactive Pittsburgh Wedding Photography Location Guide Map!

Christina Montemurro Photography specializes in Pittsburgh weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. Using a photojournalistic approach, Christina creates genuine, heartfelt, relaxed images, with extraordinary attention to detail and customer service. Contact Christina now to check availability for your engagement session, wedding, bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. Christina has been rated among top Pittsburgh photographers. You can read reviews by Christina’s past brides and grooms here and here.