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5 Places to Take Photos in the Scranton, PA Area for Your Next Photoshoot

As a native of Dickson City and where Master Shot Studios is based, I'm always searching for unique and beautiful local areas to take photographs. When I first began photography, I typically only knew of a few places in the Mid-Valley, Valley View, Abington, and Scranton, PA areas to take pictures and have photoshoots without driving too far for stunning scenery. I even provide some maps of how to get to my favorite areas!


Here are five places I enjoy taking photographs that also have the following:

  • Plenty of parking

  • Multiple scenes for variety in your photos

  • Enough space for large groups


Mellow Park in Blakely, PA

Located at 303 Riverside Dr, Peckville, PA 18452, this park has two main entrances. The Riverside Dr. entrance is closest to the bridge overlooking the Lackawanna River. The Keystone Ave. entrance is closest to the various playgrounds and courts.


Mellow Park and Lackawanna River in Winter
Mellow Park and Lackawanna River in Winter | Peckville, PA

For photography, I enter the Riverside Dr. parking lot 100% of the time. It limits excessive walking, especially if you a photographing someone who spent time getting ready does not want to sweat while walking far! I'm certain any fellow photographer would agree that they would not want to carry their equipment that far either.


View from Crossing the Bridge at Mellow Park in Peckville, PA
View from Crossing the Bridge at Mellow Park | Peckville, PA

The Riverside Dr. entrance features:

  • Plenty of parking

  • Large trees

  • Bridge

  • Trails

  • Wooded area

  • Lots of greenery in warmer months

Peckville, PA Riverside Drive Entrance to Mellow Park Bridge
Riverside Dr. Entrance to Mellow Park Bridge

Mellow Park Bridge in Blakely PA
Mellow Park Bridge in Blakely, PA

However, the Keystone Ave. entrance near 101 Keystone Ave, Peckville, PA 18452 does feature a large gravel area near the river with large rocks. This is the perfect area for larger group shots, senior photos, and more.


The Keystone Ave. entrance features:

  • Plenty of parking

  • Large gravel area with rocks near the water

  • Wooded area

  • Trails

  • Tree coverage

Mellow Park Keystone Avenue Entrance in Peckville, PA with a view of the Lackawanna River
Mellow Park Keystone Avenue Entrance | Peckville, PA

Bob Mellow Park is one of my go to locations for beautiful outdoor photography with plenty of greenery, setting a calm and woodsy scene.


Mellow Park Riverside Dr. Entrance Large Tree in Peckville, PA
Mellow Park Riverside Dr. Entrance Large Tree | Peckville, PA



Marywood University in Scranton, PA

If the vision you are looking for combines more architectural elements mixed with nature, then the Marywood University campus is your go to. Marywood's address is 2300 Adam's Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509 which is the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts.


Liberal Arts Center at Marywood University in Scranton, PA
Liberal Arts Center at Marywood University | Scranton, PA

From the Arch. to the Rotunda, to the Learning Commons, your photos will have a modern, professional feel. I would recommend this location for professional headshot photoshoots, weddings and engagement photos where the couple is looking for a more industrial and architectural look, and senior portraits.


The Marywood campus features:

  • Plenty of parking

  • Various buildings for different styles of photography

  • Professional feel

  • Mixed with nature


The Arch

The Marywood Arch featuring the Blessed Mother greets you before you enter the campus from Seminary St. It's strikingly beautiful and is always the go-to place for college graduate photos and selfies. The pillars of the Arch provide a nice background to focus on your subject.


If you would like to enter near the Arch, use 100 Morgan Road to enter the campus.

You will see the Arch as soon as you turn onto Seminary St.


Marywood University Memorial Arch in Scranton, PA
Marywood University Memorial Arch | Scranton, PA


Liberal Arts Center/Rotunda

The Liberal Arts Center is a magnificent building with gorgeous pillars and a grand staircase sure to make for a beautiful backdrop. This is also a great location for group photos.


Liberal Arts Center at Marywood University in Scranton, PA
Liberal Arts Center at Marywood University | Scranton, PA


Learning Commons

Another attractive background is the Learning Commons, which contrasts the stone feel of the Liberal Arts Center and the Arch. Featuring large glass panes, there are plenty of gorgeous shots to capture of your subject.


Learning Commons at Marywood University in Scranton, PA
Learning Commons at Marywood University | Scranton, PA



Hillside Park, Clarks Summit, PA

Hillside Park in Clarks Summit is tucked away off of Route 307 at 1188 Winola Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411. It's small, but packs a mighty punch for gorgeous photographs.


Geese Enjoying the Pond at Hillside Park in Clarks Summit, PA
Geese Enjoying the Pond at Hillside Park | Clarks Summit, PA

Hillside Park features:
  • Plenty of parking

  • Small area which is not too far to walk

  • Pond

  • Mini-boardwalk

  • Tree coverage


A trail behind the pond within the tree coverage is made out of wooden boards, like a mini-boardwalk. It's incredibly unique and makes for an interesting foreground or backdrop. Great shots could be captured here at sunset with rays of sun beaming through the trees.

Mini-boardwalk Trail at Hillside Park in Winter in Clarks Summit, PA
Mini-boardwalk Trail at Hillside Park in Winter | Clarks Summit, PA



Lackawanna State Park in North Abington Township, PA

The Lackawanna State Park is perfect for nature-filled photos, especially during the peak of fall foliage. The park has several entrances off of Route 407 in Abington Township. The address is 1839 N Abington Rd, North Abington Township, PA 18414. However, I frequently enter from Phila-Great Bend Turnpike onto the parks road of Lake View Dr.


Lackawanna State Park in Winter in North Abington Township, PA
Lackawanna State Park in Winter | North Abington Township, PA

There are several parking lots, so it's important to choose a section of the park that features what you would like in your photos so you do not need to walk far.


The Lackawanna State Park features:
  • Plenty of parking

  • Quiet and non-crowded areas

  • Lake

  • Trails

  • Wooded areas

  • Tree Coverage


Lackawanna State Park Open Field in North Abington Township, PA
Lackawanna State Park Open Field | North Abington Township, PA

My favorite area is the first parking lot after the boat launch lot with the mini-bridge tucked away in a patch of forest. This makes for a beautiful, intimate setting, perfect for engagement photos. Throw some battery-operated twinkle lights on the bridge and you'll have a magical backdrop. (Pick them up when you're finished of course!)


Mini-bridge at Lackawanna State Park in Winter in North Abington Township, PA
Mini-bridge at Lackawanna State Park in Winter | North Abington Township, PA



Keystone College in La Plume, PA

As an alumnus of Keystone College, this place is near and dear to my heart. It's not only because of my wonderful experience there, but the peaceful and serene nature of the campus location and culture. The college is located at 1 College Rd, La Plume, PA 18440. As you drive through the roads of the campus, there are many places to stop and take great shots. From the Victorian-style buildings on College Road, to the trails near Harris Hall, to the suspension bridge behind the Miller Library, there can be many opportunities for beautiful photos.


Victorian-style Architecture of Offices at Keystone College in La Plume, PA
Victorian-style Architecture of Offices at Keystone College | La Plume, PA

Keystone College features:
  • Plenty of Parking, especially on weekends.

  • Various styles of buildings

  • Nature and tree coverage

  • Suspension Bridge

  • Quiet

  • Trails


Trail Behind Miller Library of Keystone College in La Plume, PA
Trail Behind Miller Library of Keystone College | La Plume, PA

Suspension Bridge

To get to the suspension bridge, follow College Ave and turn left onto Regina Way. Follow Regina Way all the way down past the dorms. You will eventually drive behand the Miller Library where there is parking. Walk to the trail and the suspension bridge is on the right. You may get butterflies if you are afraid of heights! The wooded area and trails are gorgeous back there.


Directions to the Suspension Bridge at Keystone College
Directions to the Suspension Bridge


Suspension Bridge at Keystone College in Winter in La Plume, PA
Suspension Bridge at Keystone College in Winter | La Plume, PA

Suspension Bridge at Keystone College in Winter in La Plume, PA
Suspension Bridge at Keystone College in Winter | La Plume, PA



Why These Places to Take Photos in Scranton, PA? There Are Others.

The Scranton area is filled with gorgeous architecture of the 20th century, especially in the downtown Scranton area near the trainyards and the University of Scranton. I could make a post about places specifically in downtown Scranton to take photos as well. I chose these areas because they each have made an impact on my life and my media skillset. I spent a lot of time during college in the Abingtons, Dalton, and La Plume. I fell in love with the country scenery and serenity it gave me. I felt at ease here, and still do. It's not crowded. These are excellent places to even practice photography or video. These areas are easy to get to and provide lots of spacious room with accessible parking which is why I consider them some of the best places to take photos in Scranton, PA.


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