Downtown Detroit Engagement Shoot Locations

Okay, Detroit ladies. You know that I love the Comerica Park tiger sculpture and the Fox Theater marquee as much as y’all, but it’s feeling a bit overdone, no?

When we were asked to pull together some of our desired engagement photo shoot locales, I constructed the below list, which we then narrowed down… a lot. I tried to include some scenic scapes, some interesting backdrops that spoke to the city and some plain, old romantic spaces, too.

We’ll be shooting the photos next week, the day after I close on the sale of my condo and the day before we take off traveling (I’m getting tired just thinking about it all). I’ve still got to fine tune our wardrobe, but the thought of our first professional photos is pretty stinking exciting, I’ve got to admit.

Do you have ideas to add? Share them in the comments! I’d love even more to see some snaps of your own, so link away 🙂

Woodward Esplanade

This curvy walkway, stretching from Campus Martius to the new Spirt Plaza is perfect for strolling hand-in-hand or posing on the oversized swings. 

Woodward Esplanade

{via Curbed}

Apparatus Room at the Foundation Hotel

I mean, these lights, right?! Pair that with leather lounge furniture and a statement booth chandelier, that I think there’s plenty of inspiration on hand here …

ApparatusRoom Detroit.jpg

{via Eater}

The Old Train Station

With new windows! A Corktown icon and an architectural gem, no matter its current state. 

Corktown Train Station Detroit Engagement Photo


Detroit Institute of Arts Front Steps

All that gorgeous marble makes for a clean backdrop for dressier photos. Inside, Kresge Court has luxe couches for softer shots and the Rivera mural is an ideal background as well.

Detroit Institute of Arts Engagement Photos


Cliff Bell’s 

Dimly lit and includes a stage. Need I say more? 

Detroit Cliff Bells Engagement Photos


Z Garage and Z Garage Alley

One of the newer artistic scenes in town. Lots of graffiti appeal on the garage itself, while the alley beside it has sweet hung lights and commissioned art installations.

Z Garage Alley Engagement Photos Detroit


Eastern Market

On a Saturday with the crowds buzzing around (including food trucks!) or a quiet weekday with lots of space to wander the sheds. Consider popping into Germack Roasting across the street for coffee shots. 

Eastern Market Detroit Engagement Photos


Wright & Co.

I just love this chandalier and corner booth against exposed brick walls.

Wright and Co Engagement Photos Detroit

{via ChelseaBrownPhotography}

City Sculpture Park

A newer installation, I dare say that this hasn’t been used for engagement photos yet, according to my thorough research on Google. 

Detroit City Sculpture Park Engagement Photo


Coney Island

Perhaps this would be your first daytime visit to one of the city’s most legendary hot dog institutions?

Detroit Coney Island Engagement Photos


Belle Isle’s James Scott Fountain

On a sunny day, it doesn’t get better than this stunning marble memorial near the tip of Belle Isle.


{via Courtney Carolyn Photography}

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