MACKENZIE + JAMES | PARKER’S ALLEY, EASTERN MARKET, AND DETROIT RIVERWALK ENGAGEMENT SESSION


Engagement photos with prism effect. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.

Since Mackenzie and James are getting married in Detroit they wanted to capture their love in some of their favorite locations downtown. We started at Parker’s Alley near Shinola Hotel, then headed over to photograph by the amazing murals in Eastern Market, and finished up our session as the sun was setting at the Detroit Riverwalk. It was the perfect ending to their engagement session!


They danced, laughed, and walked through Parker’s Alley, talking about their dream vacations and what they love about each other. Before we left for Eastern Market, they sat down near Madcap Coffee and laughed about the silliest things. It always puts a smile on my face to see my couples having fun and forgetting that I’m even there photographing them. Seriously, one of my biggest goals when documenting couples, more so than creating beautiful photographs, is making sure they feel comfortable and confident! The beauty comes from their authenticity.


Mackenzie loves the murals at Eastern Market so I brought them to some of my favorite murals in the market! She loves color so the vibrance of the murals was a perfect backdrop for them! They were goofy and having fun roaming around the market listening to their favorite country music. Before we left, they popped champagne to celebrate their engagement!


As we arrived at the Detroit Riverwalk the sun was setting and through the cloudy sky you could see an orange glow along the horizon. We walked along the river as the sun set behind the city. As the wind blew, they laughed and embraced. My hands were cold but my heart was full!


Their summer wedding at The Detroit Opera House is going to be stunning and I cannot wait to document them again on their special day!


All my love,


Parker's Alley engagement photos in Detroit, Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple dancing in alley in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple hugging in Detroit's Parker's alley. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit engaged couple in Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Black and white engagement photos in Detroit, Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Engagement ring and couple closeup in Detroit, Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple hugging in Detroit allery for engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Black and white photo of couple laughing in Detroit engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Parker's Alley in Detroit engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit engagement photography session. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple sharing secret during Detroit engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple laughing during Detroit engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple in Parker's Alley for engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Casual Detroit engagement photos in black and white. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit mural art and engagement photography. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit engagement photography in black and white. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Rainbow mural in Detroit engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit wall murals in background of engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Urban engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detail photos with engagement ring and couple holding hands. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Casual engagement photos in Detroit, Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
City engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Downtown Detroit city engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Eastern Market outdoor engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Popping champagne bottle during engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple toasts with champagne during engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Riverwalk in Detroit engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit Roverwalk engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit Riverwalk engagement photos with Renaissance Center in background. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
City engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Detroit Riverwalk engagement photos in black and white. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Couple kissing during city engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.
Engagement photo close up of couple kissing. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography.

If you loved this downtown Detroit engagement session, check out this summer Detroit engagement session in Capitol Park!


If you are interested in an engagement session, you can reach out here for more information!


Not sure about getting engagement photographs, read this blog to find out why you should, and tips for your engagement session! And if you’d like a bonus tip on preparing for your lifestyle session, head over to my blog about how to prepare to be photographed to find out!