Clare, Michigan’s 515 Gallery Featuring 11 Hallmark Institute of Photography Alumni in Upcoming Show on May 31st from 6-8pm

I’m very excited about the 515 Gallery’s upcoming show! All of the featured artists are graduates of the prestigious Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts and are close friends of mine. The styles of photography and photographers represented are incredibly diverse! We’ll be featuring a combination of photojournalistic, commercial, conceptual, nature, editorial, fashion, and portrait photography. Featured will be artists from Seattle, Los Angles, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, India, and Japan. Also three Michigan based photographers, including myself, will be represented and present at the opening.


Photographers Being Featured


Marco Colucci 

Aniruddh Kothari 

Katilyn Schwinderson 

Emily Darrow 

Ryan Watkins 

Hiro Ochi 

Jon Cospito 

Kelly Horn 

Sienna Clough 

Colton Running 

Katie Brill 


The show will be held on May 31st from 6-8pm. The 515 Gallery is open from 11am-4pm on Saturdays. This show will be up until July 12th. The 515 Galley is located in downtown Clare next to Cops and Doughnuts.

Ryan Watkins Photography is Now Looking for 2015 Senior Reps!

I will be accepting applications to become a Ryan Watkins Photography 2015 Senior Rep until June 1st!

What is a Senior Rep?


Senior Reps get a discounted senior portrait session, free prints, and the opportunity to win prizes by referring friends to Ryan Watkins Photography in exchange for sharing their images on social media, handing out senior rep cards, and referring their friends to Ryan Watkins Photography!


What are the Benefits of becoming a 2015 Senior Rep?


You get a discounted Creation Fee of only $45 instead of the usual $149!


You get a Free Economy Collection including 5 Gift Sized Prints (anything 8×10 and smaller), Yearbook photo, 16 Wallets, and Facebook Collection or a $149 credit towards any other collections or prints.


You also get the chance to win Visa Gift Cards by referring friends to Ryan Watkins Photography

Requirements to Become a Senior Rep


You must be a 2015 Senior attending a school within 60 miles of Clare, Michigan.


Only one senior rep will be chosen from each school.


You must have a presence on these social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. After the session you’ll be required to tag yourself, share, regram, and retweet your finished images from your session.


You are also required to hand out senior rep cards, essentially business cards with your image on them, to your friends after the session.

The Referral Process


A referral is someone who books a session a senior portrait session at Ryan Watkins Photography after being recommended by you!


Each person your refer gets 16 free wallets!


You can also get prizes for the number people you refer!


1 Referral – One referral gets you a $15 Visa Gift Card!


3 Referrals – Three referrals gets you a $30 Visa Gift Card


5 Referrals – Five referrals gets you a $50 Visa Gift Card!


The Application


Lastly you must fill our this application to become eligible to become a Ryan Watkins Photography 2015 Senior Rep


Follow this link to the Ryan Watkins Photography 2015 Senior Rep Application

Send applications to


The chosen senior reps will be contacted on June 2nd and the sessions will take place during June.

Bean and Rocio Couples Portrait Session – Mount Pleasant, Mi

I had an amazing couples portrait session with Bean and Rocio in Mount Pleasant and Clare, Mi a few weeks ago. We shot a variety of natural light portraits in Island and Nelson Park in Mount Pleasant and also shot a few conceptual photos.

Bean wrote a letter to Rocio everyday that she was a away in Spain. These are the letters they wrote to each other and the bench they sat on for their first date after they were reunited in Michigan.

Bean and Rocio work at restaurants across from one another in Clare, Mi. They admitted to staring out the windows at each other during there breaks hence this shot of Bean going though the drive thru to get a glimpse of Rocio.

The complete gallery featured below.


Jake and Shaneice Couples Portrait Session – Grand Rapids, Michigan

I had great session with Jake and Shaneice a few weeks ago in Grand Rapids! They were the winners of my Valentine’s Day Couples Portrait Session give away and received a free session, Facebook collection, and free 16×20 print!


We got to shoot in Coit Park and downtown Grand Rapids during sunset and early evening.


Check out the full gallery below!