Product Overview: Luxury Wood Prints


This is the tenth and final of my new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography. 

I now offer luxury wood prints with images from your wedding or portrait session!

Luxury wood prints are a great addition to a log cabin or rustic home. Luxury wood prints go thru a process similar to tatooing when printed on actual wood. The wood grain and color is visible in the final print so the image will look significantly different than when viewed on a computer. Wood prints are ready to hang and do not require a picture frame. 

Luxury wood prints are available in sizes 8×10 – 30×40 and prices range from $100 – $800 per print. 

Kleinhardt Family Portrait

I had a great time photographing the Kleinhardt’s family portraits a few weeks ago. Below are a few of my favorite images from the session.

Flooding in Mt Pleasant, Coleman, and Clare, Michigan June 23rd 2017

Some images documenting the flooding around Mid-Michigan on June 23rd 2017.

Location Recommendations: Downtown Clare, Michigan


This is the fourth of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions around Michigan.

A location I frequent for portrait sessions is downtown Clare. By combining flash with the ambient light I can create beautiful portraits during twilight and night around the town. There are also tons of Pokemon Go gyms and Pokestops in and around downtown Clare as well for the kids. 

I recommend parking across from “the chicken” in the large free parking lot. This is across the road from The Evening Post Bar and Grill 114 W 4th St, Clare, MI 48617. 

I recommend starting twilight and night sessions at 8pm and shooting for about thirty minutes if the session is during the summer or fall. This gives us time to shoot in downtown as well as the surrounding area. 

Below are some of my favorite images taken in and around downtown Clare over the years.


2017 Mt Pleasant Craft Beer Festival

I had a great time being the official still photographer of the 2017 Mt Pleasant Craft Beer Festival! Below are some of my favorite images from the event.

Product Overview: Cards


This is the seventh of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography. 

I now offer various cards and stationary with images from your wedding or portrait session through Basic Invite!

In 2016 I partnered with Basic Invite to bring Ryan Watkins Photography clients a wide variety of cards and stationary. Basic Invite has easy to use templates for creating beautiful save the date, graduation, Christmas, and thank you cards! Ryan Watkins Photography clients get free shipping and 20% off any product in available from Basic Invite. Clients may print images thru other labs or companies but I highly recommend using Basic Invite due to their quality and ease of use.

Pricing can be viewed on the Basic Invite website

Fine Art Prints on Display and For Sale at Four Leaf Brewing in Clare, Michigan

Several fine art prints from my archive are on display at the Four Leaf Brewing in Clare, Michigan. Huge thanks to the owner Amy for letting me display and sell my work at her brewery. Customers of the Four Leaf Brewing also receive a discount on any purchase through the Ryan Watkins Photography online fine art store. More info about the Four Leaf Brewing can be found here.

The Studio Anywhere


When I got my formal photographic training at Hallmark Institute of Photography my professors Gregory Heisler and David Turner would take us once a week to various locations and teach us location lighting. I also received instruction from my instructors Tony Downer and Rich Barnes on how to create studio portraits. By using a small portable background and flash I can now create beautiful studio portraits in almost any location indoor or outdoor. Because I use flash I can create gorgeous lighting even when there is no natural light. By going indoors or in the shade a can still make beautiful portraits when the sunlight is strong and harsh. I can bring my studio to you! Below are portraits and behind the scenes images of me bringing my studio to clients.