Our Favorite Central Pennsylvania Photo Shoot Locations
Fort Hunter – Harrisburg, PA
Built on a bluff overlooking the Susquehanna River, Fort Hunter Mansion and Park has served as a war fort, a hub for frontier commerce, and an exclusive private estate. Now preserved and open to the public, Fort Hunter Mansion and Park offers a great photography shoot location just north of Harrisburg, PA and not far from Enola, Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, Hershey, and Lancaster.
Founders Hall – Hershey, PA
Opened and dedicated in 1970, Founders Hall was built as a tribute to the school’s founders, Milton S. and Catherine Hershey. It is the school’s most recognizable building and includes a visitors center, where more than 50,000 guests per year learn about the School’s mission. The building contains a 2,700-seat auditorium where students attend weekly services, assemblies, and commencement ceremonies. For photography, it’s unique architecture and grounds provide a variety of great visuals and photo opportunities.
Kings Gap – Carlisle, PA
Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Sixteen miles of hiking trails, a small pond, and endless pine trees, what’s not to like? The mansion, atop the mountain, provides an amazing overlook and photo opportunities. Further down, the trees and small gardens offer great backdrops. The beautiful state park is a little off the beaten path, but not far from Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Mt. Holly, Mechanicsburg, and Chambersburg.
Children’s Lake – Boiling Springs, PA
Charming and scenic seven-acre, man-made lake with perfectly clear water that literally bubbles in the middle of Boiling Springs. Take a stroll down Lover’s Walk, admire the lovely historic buildings and gardens, feed the ducks and swans, and relax in the gazebo. Surrounded by weeping willows, the quaint town of Boiling Springs and the lake offer a beautiful backdrop for any photo shoot. Located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, the lake is just a short drive from Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg.
Downtown Harrisburg – Harrisburg, PA
Between the capitol building, fun bars, Italian Lake Park, Riverfront Park, Broad Street Market, funky coffee shops and City Island, Harrisburg has an endless variety of shoot locations. Harrisburg is my city so this is naturally one of my favorite places to do a photography shoot in Central Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna Valley. Just 90 miles west of Philadelphia and 40 miles from Lancaster, downtown Harrisburg gives you options and the ability to move from a green park to a more urban backdrops with just a few steps.
Shipoke – Harrisburg, PA
Filled with beautiful homes, Shipoke is a small quaint neighborhood in along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Shipoke is delineated by Interstate 83 to the south, Paxton Street to the north, Race Street to the east, and the Susquehanna River to the west. Shipoke is in many ways the oldest section of the city, settled by Europeans in 1710 as a small trading post. It was here that the Harris Ferry and Tavern was originally located, which is the origin of the name Harrisburg. Shipoke is a picturesque, affluent neighborhood known for its beautiful river views. It provides a beautiful backdrop for engagement, family, and senior photos alike.
Gifford Pinchot – Lewisberry, PA
Gifford Pinchot State Park, a 2,338-acre full service park, is in northern York County between Rossville and Lewisberry. The park consists of farm fields and wooded hillsides with the 340-acre Pinchot Lake. The parks gorgeous rock formations, woods, docks, boats and playgrounds give a bevy of great and creative photo options. The park is near Ski Roundtop and not a far drive from Lemoyne, Enola, Camp Hill, New Cumberland, York, Dillsburg, Harrisburg or Lancaster.