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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!