Planning a wedding or engagement photo session? Philadelphia has it all! A rich history, iconic architecture and parks galore. These 10 best photo locations are perfect for amazing photography or an incredible modern first look location in Philadelphia!

– Laurie Werth


The University of Pennsylvania has a lot to offer for a photoshoot whether you’re alumni or not! The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology features beautiful architecture, water features and a “hidden away” feel. And yes –  if you play your cards right, you can indeed take a picture with a sphynx! Walk over to the South Street Bridge for a fantastic view of Center City to top it off and you are all set.

See what a wedding and engagement session looks like:

Penn Archeology Museum Wedding Photos

University of Pennsylvania Engagement Photos


Boathouse Row is located just behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There you will find incredible views of the Schuylkill River and charming Boathouses that line it. The view at sunset is unbeatable! Try combining this location with the Art Museum and you will have a stunning engagement session – these spots are also perfect for an amazing first look location in Philadelphia!

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Boathouse Row Engagement Photos


Fairmount Park is the largest park system in Philadelphia. If you know where to look you can find incredible hidden gems and stunning green spaces! The Smith Memorial Arch (pictured below) is a fantastic way to incorporate romantic, grand architecture into your photos.  Consider the Forbidden Drive trail if you’re looking for a wooded/nature vibe, or simply ask your photographer about their favorite landmarks in the park system.

See a real wedding day with photos taken in the park:

Please Touch Museum Wedding Photos

Information about the Forbidden Drive Trail

Pro tip: Some locations within the park will require a permit for photography. Talk to your photographer about a month before your shoot so you will have time to secure permits.


Lively, cosmopolitan, and full of energy – that’s Manayunk! This historic neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the city features amazing industrial architecture, a buzzing mainstreet and a lovely canal for waterfront photos. Photos in Manayunk look so modern and industrial! Grab a beer or an ice cream cone to add a little fun to your session!

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Manayunk Engagement Photos


The Parkway runs from just north of City Hall straight up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along this stretch you will find City Hall, Love Park, Logan Circle with the famous Swann Memorial Fountain, the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation and of course the Philadelphia Museum of Art – and that’s not even all of the landmarks you’ll find. These iconic buildings provide a beautiful backdrop for a very Philadelphia photoshoot! We especially love the Barnes Foundation for a great first look location.

See a real wedding day with photos taken on the Parkway:

Franklin Institute Wedding Photos


Rittenhouse Square Park is the quintessential Philadelphia city park. Located in a beautiful historic neighborhood of affluent brownstones and charming cafes, this park offers an almost Parisian feel. This park is a wonderful location for everything from engagement session to first look to wedding party pictures!

See real wedding days with photos taken in the park:

Horticulture Center Wedding Photos

Crystal Tea Room Wedding Photos


Ready for a show stopping view? There’s none better than the Race Street Pier. Located almost directly underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge, this spot offers an amazing vista of the Bridge and the Delaware River. Walk a few blocks over to Old City Philadelphia for even more classic architecture!

See what a real engagement session looks like:

Race Street Pier Engagement Photos

Pro tip: This location requires a permit for photography. Talk to your photographer about a month before your shoot and visit this website for more information.


Independence National Park is the reason why many visit Philadelphia in the first place! This series of historic buildings and charming green spaces offer a rich, textured backdrop for any photo shoot. Those who love the charming aesthetic of brick and cobblestone will love these locations! Possibly best of all, many areas of Independence National Park are much less crowded than other locations in Center City.

See real wedding days with photos taken throughout Independence National Park:

Downtown Club Wedding Photos

Ballroom at the Ben Wedding Photos

Glen Foerd Mansion Wedding Photos

Pro tip: Many locations within Independence National park and the majority of Philadelphia parks require a permit for all photo sessions. Talk to your photographer at least a month before your session, and visit this website for more information:


Arguably one of the most beautiful and iconic locations in the entire city, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the perfect spot for your session. Not only is the building itself beautiful and classic, the surrounding grounds are full of stunning modern art, sculpture and amazing views of Center City and Boathouse Row.

See real engagement sessions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Engagement Photos at PMA

Philadelphia Museum of Art Engagement Photos

Pro tip: Some areas around the Museum are private property and are off limits for photoshoots. Ask your photographer before the shoot!


This is it – the most iconic and classic building in Philadelphia! Perfect for both engagement sessions and wedding days, City Hall has it all. On the west side of the building you will find Dilworth Park. This park features lovely fountains (and ice skating in the winter months!) and an open space in the hustle and bustle of the city center. The central courtyard of the building is great for photos in all weather, as well! The countless beautiful archways provide protection from the rain and snow so you can have outdoor photos on the rainiest of days.

See a real wedding day with photos taken around City Hall:

Vie Wedding Photos

Downtown Club Wedding Photos

Pro tip: Be sure to check it out the view of City Hall from South Broad Street at night to see Avenue of the Arts lit up in dazzling colors!



We are Werth Photography (Matt & Laurie Werth), a husband-and-wife team of candid wedding photographers based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We work in a style that makes you feel comfortable and allows us to capture incredible images that reflect your day honestly and beautifully. We always shoot together because we believe it’s necessary in order to capture all of the fleeting moments and emotions during a wedding day. Our unique visions as artists allow us to work toward that goal from different angles.


Laurie is a classically trained painter and uses her understanding of light and composition to create dynamic, beautiful images of your important wedding items. She is very interested in photojournalism, and uses these principals to capture truly candid, intimate moments during the wedding day. She also works directly with all of our couples to help plan the wedding day for the best possible photography.

Matt is obsessed with capturing images that tell real stories. His shots are often grand and wide, showing off the entire scene. His technical prowess allows him to envision an image in his mind and to create it on the fly. He loves taking photos at night and to create stunning images even in the most challenging scenes.

Together, we form a highly creative team that captures wedding photographs at their best. Candidly, beautifully and honestly.

If our style and approach appeal to you, please reach out! We would love to set up a time to talk about your wedding to see if we would be a perfect match for your wedding.

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