Product Overview: Standard Prints


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

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

Standard prints are high quality lustre prints and can be purchased during your viewing session or via a private online gallery. Other print surface options are available upon request. Standard prints look their best when framed. This link showcases several stores both local and online I recommend for purchasing picture frames. These prints are available in sizes from wallets – 30×40 and prices range from $10 – $300.  

Win a Free Family Portrait Session with Digital Files


I will be giving away a free family portrait session to which ever family can get the most people to comment their names in the comments section of this blog post. This session includes a thumb drive with digital files with web rights for personal use and no creation fee. Additional prints or products can be purchased at the normal cost. Contest ends at 1am on August 1st 2017.

What to bring to a Senior Portrait Session



The best portrait sessions take a great deal of planning and preparation. This is why I meet with all clients either in person or over FaceTIme prior to the session for a pre-session consultation. 

Here is a quick checklist for what to bring to your senior portrait session.

Multiple changes of cloth. A combination of casual and formal is recommended. Also a combination of both lights and darks is recommended. Try bringing multiple styles and things which showcase your interests and personality! Anything you wear while performing your hobbies can be great to add to your session as well. Examples would be hats, cowboy boots, athletic wear, etc. Avoid clothing with stripes, loud patterns, or colors. Also avoid large distracting text. Make sure all clothing is clean, fits well, and is not wrinkled. Baggy clothing usually doesn’t look flattering. Also bring some clothing you don’t mind getting dirty so we can do poses on the ground or in water. 

For senior girls having hair and make-up done prior to the shoot is highly recommended. I personally advice against spray tans. For guys without a full beard shaving any stubble or five o clock shadow is also recommended. I can’t photoshop out stubble easily. Also make sure nails and hair are trimmed they way you would like them to be photographed. 

I like my senior portrait sessions to be more personal that just the standard head shot. Bringing various props is one to make your images more personal. Bringing things you use everyday or items that relate to your hobbies and interests can be a great addition. Cars are also a great addition to senior photo shoots. Make sure the car has been washed before hand.

I love photographing pets and they can look great in your senior portrait shoot as well! Many times we will photograph in multiple locations and we save the pet images for some of the last images of the shoot after we get done at the main location. 

Having friends and family join you for your senior portrait session is a great way to make it more personal! Friends and siblings can help get genuine laughs and expressions for you making the images that much better. 

Work to Be Featured 515 Gallery Open Studio Exhibit

The above image will be featured in the upcoming 515 Gallery show titled Open Studio. This show will feature a behind the scenes look into how several local artists created the pieces that will be on display during Art Walk Central in Mt Pleasant, Michigan in August 2017. The opening reception for this show will be on Saturday July 15th from 6-8pm at the 515 Gallery in downtown Clare, Michigan next to Cops and Doughnuts.

Brendan and Emily Couples Portrait Session in Howell, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Brendan and Emily in Howell, Michigan in early July. They were the winners of my recent couples portrait session giveaway. Here are my favorite images from the session.

New Photos of Kari Lynch and The Venue 501

I had a great time photographing a recent Kari Lynch concert for The Venue 501 back in late June. Also included are some images of the beautiful wedding venue in downtown Clare, Michigan.

New Photos from the 2017 Beaverton Fireworks

I had a great time photographing the Fourth of July Fireworks with my second shooter Nikki Robinson last night in Beaverton, Michigan.

Product Overview: Luxury Metal Prints

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

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

Luxury metal prints are printed on high quality aluminum and have a very glossy finish. These prints are far shinier than standard prints. They also come with a float mount attached to the back so they are ready to hang and don’t require a frame. 

Luxury metal prints are available in sizes 8×10 – 30×40 and prices range from $75 – $700 per print.