10 Perfect Locations in Detroit for Engagement Photos | Detroit Engagement and Wedding Photographer



After photographing in Downtown Detroit for years, I’ve selected my top 10 favorite locations for engagement photos. These places are perfect locations for Detroit engagement photographs in any season and will not disappoint!


BELLE ISLE


This location ties in the beautiful skyline of Detroit with the natural environment. From the flowing water and weeping willows to the beautiful fields and lush open spaces, it has it all! The Belle Isle Conservatory is also a perfect place to stop for photographs while on the island. A little caveat is that you are required to have a Recreation Passport to access the island and Belle Isle requires a photography permit to photograph on the premises. So keep that in mind when selecting locations!


Couple proposal on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engaged couple hugging while sitting in field. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Belle Isle Conservatory engagement photos. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple dancing in front of Belle Isle Aquarium for engagement photos. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography

THE BELT


Located right next to the Z Lot, The Belt is a culturally redefined alley” and is filled with amazing murals and artwork. It is a work of art in itself. When you walk down the alleyway, you are transported into a museum of color and culture. Due to the variety of murals and decor, it’s a perfect spot for photographs!


Engagement photos in front of wall murals in Downtown Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple dancing at The Belt alley in Downtown Detroit for engagement photos. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engaged couple posing for couples session in Downtown Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement couple session in Downtown Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography

THE BRAKEMAN


Want to grab a beer or sip on a cocktail during your engagement session? Then The Brakeman is the perfect place for you. What I love about this space is the uniqueness, the beautiful window light, the great drinks, and the fun games you can play! You can grab a drink and play foosball with your fiance.

I mean, come on, that’s pretty awesome!


Couple outside The Brakeman for engagement photos. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple outside of The Brakeman in Detroit Michigan. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple enjoying cocktails at The Brakeman in Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple at The Brakeman in Detroit playing foosball. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Black and white photos of couples having drinks at The Brakeman in Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography

CAPITAL PARK


Capital Park isn’t just a historic district, it’s also a great place to take photographs. It’s usually less populated than the other locations on this list, but it has a great variety! From parking garages and cafes to little parks and unique colored walls, you can always find a great place to take pictures. There's even a dog park right at State St. and Griswold, so it's also a great location to bring your furry friend and include them in your photos with a spot to tire them out before or reward them with after your photos.


Couple in Downtown Detroit for urban engagement session. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement photos with family dog in Capital Park district in Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engaged couple in Downtown Detroit for engagement session. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Capital Park historic district in Detroit for engagement photos. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography

DESSERT OASIS


Want to sip on your favorite cup of coffee or enjoy some tea? Head to Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters in Detroit. Their large windows provide great natural light and their drinks and desserts are some of the best in town! DOCR, as they are affectionately called, is a local, family-owned company that now has three locations all with unique atmospheres. I love that the Detroit location provides an industrial-chic ambiance and is the perfect complement to a session with some fun city shots around town!


Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters in Detroit, Michigan. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple enjoying coffee at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roaster Detroit. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple enjoying coffee at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography
Photo through window at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters of couple enjoying coffee. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography

DETROIT RIVERWALK


The Detroit Riverwalk can be quiet or bustling, but it’s always a stunning location. Whether it’s the sun setting over the Detroit River or the contrast between nature and city, it’s a great spot for photos. When my couples ask for location recommendations that offer nature and cityscapes, this a go-to spot because I know I can give them exactly what they are looking for! This is also the perfect location for proposals, too! Check out Max and Sophie’s Detroit Riverwalk proposal!


Proposal photos at Detroit Riverwalk. Photography by Nicole Leanne Photography