People sitting infant of a seamless backdrop

Carnegie Museum of Art Design and Publications colleagues pose for a family photo in the Hall of Sculpture; photo: Bryan Conley

Friends & Family Photo Studio

Carnegie Museum of Art


Make Carnegie Museum of Art the backdrop for your holiday photo! Gather friends, family, loved ones, workmates, neighbors, or yourself for a portrait taken by a professional photographer with a selection of four different backgrounds within the many beautiful spaces and places of the museum. We're partnering with a fantastic line-up of Pittsburgh-area photographers including:

There is a maximum of six participants per session. If you would like to have more than six people in your photos, you will need to sign up for two sessions in a row to ensure there is enough time allotted. Three high-resolution digital photographs from your photo session will be provided by the photographer following your session for your exclusive use and printing.

Masks are required during your session except for when the photographer is taking your photo, at which time you are permitted to remove your mask.

Museum admission is not required to register for the Friends & Family Photo Studio.

Schedule your Photo Shoot:

To schedule your photo shoot, please choose a date and then fill out the corresponding form below.

Learn more about the Photo Shoot Locations:

Hall of Architecture

Our century-old Hall of Architecture is brimming with plaster casts of architectural wonders from all over the world! As if that weren’t a striking enough backdrop, the Hall of Architecture is also home to the Carnegie Trees, an annual installation of five 18-foot tall Douglas Firs decked out for the season.

Hall of Sculpture

One of the most photographed spaces in the museum by our visitors, the Hall of Sculpture is a pristine room made almost entirely of white marble. Styled after the interior of the Parthenon in Athens, the Hall of Sculpture is a bright and airy space that houses our Greco-Roman cast collection (and a few contemporary surprises thrown in for good measure)!

Scaife Balcony

The entrance to our main galleries, this iconic staircase is instantly recognizable thanks to Sol LeWitt’s vibrant Wall Drawing #450 and #493. Flooded with natural light and bright colors, this is location will make your photos pop!

Sculpture Court

Embrace the winter season by taking your holiday photo outdoors in our Sculpture Court! Whether it is sunny or snowing, this location will make for a beautiful photo! Located in the center of the museum campus, the Sculpture Court is home to seven sculptures from our collection that are on view year-round.

Meet the Photographers:

Kemuel Benyehudah was born in Brooklyn, NY, and recently moved to Pittsburgh from Philadelphia. He is a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania where he is studying the cultural production of Black curators at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). His initial interest in photography started as an undergrad when he took a black and white film photography class at Hunter College. Kemuel's recent research has opened and broadened his eyes to see portraiture as a mode of human inquiry and community building as opposed to the act of taking photos.

Cameron Brown is a documentary photographer who focuses on the subtle nuances and easily forgotten moments of everyday life. Adopting the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ approach from great street and documentary photographers, his ethos is not to bruise or disrupt the scene. Cameron holds a BA in Mass Media Communication, with a focus in advertising from Carlow University. However, his photographic journey began in late 2017 as creative therapy after the passing of his mother.

Beth Kukucka has been a passionate wedding and portrait photographer for over 15 years. She has been published in publications including Time Magazine and Rolling Stone. She has photographed over 500 weddings.

Nathan J Shaulis is the photographer behind the team that makes up Porter Loves. He fell in love with photography the very first moment his father laid a manual film camera in his 12-year-old hands. He studied and practiced for years, learning every aspect of each successive tool by taking photos of anything and everything. Porter Loves celebrates nine years in business in 2021, but Nathan has taken photographs for over 30 years. He has a unique talent for making folks feel comfortable in front of his camera.

Donyisha "Yash" Wooley-Jones also known as Directed By Yash is a traveling filmmaker and photographer. During her studies at California University of Pennsylvania in 2014 she asked her mother Amethyst Jones and father Myron C Jones II for a video camera to start curating films. Her father encouraged her to focus on stills before pursuing motion pictures. That Christmas she received a Nikon Coolpix B500 and so began her photography journey. 6 years later---she is now the proud owner of Visionary Media LLC. She has traveled far and wide documenting people, places, and things in pursuit of freezing moments that exhibit just how exquisite this life can be.

Together This Season

This year, visitors are invited to celebrate together this season at Carnegie Museum of Art! Make the museum your backdrop with Friends and Family Photoshoot, create a handmade gift inspired by art and enjoy holiday treats during Gift-Making Workshops, celebrate the end of the year with your team during one of our Out of Office Parties, and delight in live musical performances every Saturday from November 27 through December 18 during Sounds for the Season.