Best Photo Shoot Locations for Spring in Metro Detroit

Locations

April & May sessions

You've booked a spring photo shoot with Becks Photography, great choice! The next step is to pick the perfect location for your photo shoot. You want to pick a location that matches your vibe and style and one that's really flourishing in the spring. I've been all over metro Detroit searching for the best photo shoot locations for spring and compiled this list for you! Whether you're a family updating your family photos, a senior celebrating with a senior session, pregnant and excited to capture breathtaking maternity photos or a couple excited to have a fun photo shoot, I've got the location for you!


If you are having trouble choosing where to go, I have listed these locations with my favorite at the top!

Troy Farm Park


Troy Farm Park is one of my favorite locations in the spring. The grasses here are beautiful and there is a great barn here we can use the outside of as well. It's located in Troy on South Boulevard near Adams. It can get very busy in the summer and fall but is normally empty in the winter and spring. The parking lot is decently close to where we take photos as well. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Rochester Museum at Van Hoosen Farm


Rochester Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is great in the spring as the historic estate and farm are unchanging. Rochester Museum at Van Hoosen Farm requires a permit for photographers. I cover the cost of this but your session must be booked a few days in advance as they are first come, first serve. If there is a wedding or event, we cannot use this location. This location is best for sunset. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Cranberry Lake Park


Think 1800 farmhouse with a few acres of land. I LOVE Cranberry Lake Park. It's a unique and beautiful location for families, seniors, maternity and couples photo shoots. This park is perfect year round. This park has fields, barns, an old farmhouse and a maple tree lane. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

The beach at Stony Creek


Located at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township. The beach at Stoney creek is beautiful year round. In the spring it can be windy so we may need to head to another Stony Creek location if the wind is too strong during your session. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Bear Creek Nature Park


Bear Creek Nature Park is located in north Rochester. This park is huge and suitable for all session lengths and types. This park has lots of grassy fields to run and play in. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

River Bends Park


River Bends Park is located in Shelby Township. This is a large park featuring a river, wooded areas, a few bridges and grassland. The best spots to take photos at River Bends are a little difficult to access and are not accommodating to people who have trouble walking or are wearing heels. Before reaching the most picturesque areas you will need to go down 40 step or walk down a gravel hill, and again on the way back up. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

The tree line at stony creek


Stony Creek Metropark is located in Shelby Township. It features pine trees, tall tan grasses and a lake that make it a great location for spring. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

couple kneeling with their dogs in the springtime at Stoney Creek metropark

Douglas Evans Nature Preserve


Douglas Evans Nature Preserve is located in Beverly Hills. It is a beautiful spring location for those who prefer a dreamy, boho look. The grasses begin to turn from tan to green for the summer and there is a white barn that can be used as well. Douglas Evans Nature Preserve is located in Beverly Hills. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Lake St Clair Metropark


Lake St Clair Metropark is in Harrison Township. It features a beach area on the lake, as well as grassy fields. It's a great location for a spring photoshoot of any length. There is a $30 travel fee for this location. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Slyvan Glen Lake Park


Sylvan Glen Lake Park is located in Troy. This park features a large lake and a walking path. This location is great for sunset sessions. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Downtown Rochester


Downtown Rochester features a lot of buildings, alleyways and rooftops that make great backdrops for cityscape photos year round. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Birmingham City Hall


Birmingham City Hall is a great location year round. The building makes a classic and timeless backdrop that is unchanging with the seasons. The Birmingham city hall is best for a solo or couples photo shoot. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.


*Not a suitable location for family sessions*

DIA


Detroit Art Institute is a great location year round. The marble building makes a classic and timeless backdrop that is unchanging with the seasons. The DIA is best for a solo or couples photo shoot. There is a $40 travel fee for this location. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Downtown Detroit


Downtown Detroit is a great location year round. The historic buildings makes a classic and timeless backdrop that is unchanging with the seasons. There is a $50 travel fee for this location. Click on the image to view my full location guide and see more photos of this location.

Cranbrook, Ford House, Meadow Brook Hall & Packard Proving Grounds

If you'd like to have a session at Cranbrook House and Gardens, The Ford House, Meadow Brook Hall or Packard Proving Grounds you will need to pay a permit fee and book your session well in advance(typically at least 3 weeks in advance). Each one of the above locations require that you reserve a session time and pay a fee for using their property for professional photos. Cranbrook House and Gardens is $300 for a 2 hour time slot. The Ford House is $85 per hour. Meadow Brook Hall is $225 for the first hour and $150 for each additional hour after the first. Packard Proving Grounds is $100 an hour. Please reach out to me ASAP if you'd like to book one of these locations.


Walking Disabilities

If you or someone in your group has trouble walking please let me know. I have a few locations that are great for people who have trouble walking.