MICHAELA + TODD | DOWNTOWN DETROIT ENGAGEMENT SESSION | METRO DETROIT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER


Black and white photo of couple walking holding hands across Detroit crosswalk. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography

Michaela and Todd’s engagement session could not have been more perfect! I met them on a gorgeous fall day in Downtown Detroit outside Madcap Coffee. They were sipping on their Three One Three coffee and were ready to go! We started in Parker’s Alley near Shinola Hotel. The downtown area was quieter than usual due to pandemic restrictions being reinstated. The silver lining is it made their session so intimate and like all couples this year, Michaela and Todd are no strangers to adjusting to new guidelines and changes as they plan their wedding. After spending the afternoon with them though, it is clear their love for each other is at least one unwavering thing they can count on in a time full of uncertainty.


The weather graced us with a beautiful, crisp fall day with warm sunshine and in mid-November, it doesn’t get much better than that! As we adventured throughout the city, with Kygo as the soundtrack, they told me their wedding plans and that Shinola was a potential venue option. We wandered down Woodward and they told me the story of how they met and their proposal story! Todd proposed on Michaela's dream boat. It doesn't get much better than that! Michaela and Todd actually remind me a lot of me and my husband as we talked about our love languages. My husband is not a fan of cuddling just like Todd, but like Michaela, I absolutely love it! You couldn't tell from their photograph though as they're all cuddled up!


This city engagement session was perfect for them as they're heading off to Chicago shortly! These two love city life so it was the best surrounding to document their love. We cut through The Belt where they were able to practice some dance moves. Contrary to what they say, they are great dancers and totally ready for their first married dance together! We ended our session on top of the Z Lot with a champagne toast as the sun began to set. It was a beautiful ending to the day and just the beginning of a beautiful life together.


Cheers to you, Michaela and Todd!


All my love,


Couple chatting at Madcap coffee in downtown Detroit. Photo by Nicole Leanne Photography
Overhead shot of Madcap coffee cup in Downtown Detroit with couple. Photo by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple embracing outside coffee shop in Detroit Michigan. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engaged couple holding hands walking in Downtown Detroit together. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple holding hands walking in Downtown Detroit together. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement session in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple talking on a bench for engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple cuddling on bench together in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Man nuzzled into fiance for engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple standing outside John Varvatos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple standing outside John Varvatos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple whispering to each other for engagement photos in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple walking across Detroit crosswalk in Downtown. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple walking across Downtown Detroit crosswalk. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple embraced in hug for engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple embraced in hug for engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple in Belt Alley in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple dancing in Belt Alley in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple dancing together in Belt Alley in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple dancing in Belt Alley in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple walking in Downtown Detroit alley with murals. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple exploring Detroit art district. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Downtown Detroit Belt Alley engagement portraits. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement ring shot taken in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple on top of the Z Lot in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Z Lot engagement session. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Downtown Detroit skyline engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Detroit sunset engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Detroit parking lot engagement photos. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple at Detroit Z Lot. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Silhouette of couple at Detroit parking structure. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement session photos at Downtown Detroit Z lot. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement session in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Detroit engagement photos with downtown skyline. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Detroit engagement photography. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Detroit engagement session. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Downtown Detroit engagement session. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Intimate engagement session in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement session in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement session in Downton Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Champagne toast on rooftop in Downtown Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple drinking champagne in Downtown Detroit engagement session. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement ring shot with champagne bottle. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple embracing for a kiss during engagement session in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Engagement session in Downtown Detroit Z Lot. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography
Couple kissing in elevator in Detroit. Photographed by Nicole Leanne Photography

If you loved this Downtown Detroit engagement session, then check out this engagement session at Eastern Market and on the Detroit Riverwalk

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!