When I became a wedding photographer back in 2012, I never could have imagined ending up here. "Here" as in having couples-turned-lifelong-friends, shooting hundreds of weddings at the most beautiful venues in Metro Detroit, and fueling my passion for travel by adventuring from coast to coast. It's such a dream and privilege to serve couples like you on a daily basis!
Engagement sessions should be anything but a mundane item on your wedding checklist. They’re an opportunity to celebrate your love story in a fun, relaxed setting while getting comfortable with being in front of the camera and building a rapport with your photographer. Let’s transform your Detroit engagement session into a memorable date night!
An engagement session is more than just a photoshoot. It’s a chance to capture your authentic selves and get a feel for how you interact with each other and with your photographer (that’s me!). This experience is crucial for ensuring that your wedding day photos are relaxed, natural, and TRULY reflective of your personalities.
Transform your engagement session into a fun and exciting date night by connecting with your partner beforehand! Spend some quality time together discussing your expectations and what you’re looking forward to. Try and approach the session with a positive attitude, seeing it as a fun experience rather than a task to check off your wedding to-do list. After your photoshoot, continue the excitement by planning something special! Whether it’s a romantic dinner in one of Detroit’s renowned restaurants, a stroll through the bustling streets, or enjoying a live show, make the most of being together in this vibrant city. Lucky for you, I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to shoot at and the best things to do afterward in each part of Detroit!
Here’s a brief rundown of what each neighborhood has to offer, as well as a few of my personal recommendations on where to go!
Downtown Detroit is the heart of the city, offering a mix of historic architecture and modern vibes. After your photoshoot, enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants or catch a show at the Detroit Opera House!
My favorite engagement session locations in this part of Detroit would have to be along Woodward (the main street in the downtown area) around the Shinola Hotel, and then heading to Capitol Park, Campus Martius, or the top of the Z lot. I’ve even taken my wedding couples to these spots for portraits! This is such a great area if you want all of the beautiful buildings and classic street views Detroit has to offer.
Midtown is perfect for couples who love arts and culture. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts or enjoy some local brews at a cozy pub. The lively atmosphere here will add a fun energy to your photos and your date.
I absolutely love taking my engagement session couples to Wayne State University, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Detroit Main Public Library. All of these spots have beautiful architecture and a romantic ambiance!
Greektown offers a vibrant, colorful setting for your photos, followed by delicious Greek cuisine and entertainment. It’s perfect for couples looking for a fun and culturally rich experience!
The hustle and bustle of Monroe Street is one of the best places to shoot in Greektown. The Greek culture and historic landmarks can’t be beaten!
Corktown, known for its industrial chic vibe, offers quaint coffee shops and trendy bars – my favorite! After your shoot, relax with a craft cocktail or enjoy a casual stroll through this historic neighborhood.
This is definitely an up-and-coming area of Detroit, so there are lots of new restaurants and businesses being established – especially since Michigan Central has been renovated! So Corktown is a fun place for great street shots – perfect for my laidback couples.
Eastern Market is a vibrant and eclectic choice for your engagement session! As one of Detroit’s most historic and colorful locales, it offers plenty of murals and street art, creating a lively and dynamic backdrop for your photos. Eastern Market is perfect for couples who love urban adventures and want their engagement session to reflect the energetic spirit of Detroit!
You honestly can’t go wrong with any spot at Eastern Market! I love shooting near the street art with all of the super cool industrial-looking alleys.
In every wedding collection I offer, an engagement session is included as a complimentary, non-negotiable part. This isn’t just about capturing beautiful pre-wedding photos – it’s a fundamental step in our journey together. It allows me the opportunity to get to know you as a couple, understand your story, and see how you interact with each other. Similarly, it’s a chance for you to become comfortable with me, both as your photographer and as a part of your wedding journey. This session sets the stage for a more personal and relaxed experience on your big day!
Your engagement session in Detroit can be the perfect blend of capturing beautiful moments and enjoying a romantic date night. Choose a neighborhood that resonates with your style, and let the city’s charm add magic to your photos and your relationship. Enjoy this special time together, making memories in the city you love!