New Personal Work with Model Karra in Clare, Michigan

 

I had a great time working with model Karra again. Karra and I have worked together several times of the last few years and it has been great to see her grow as a model and I as a photographer. For this shoot with shot in the trails just behind Pettit Park in Clare, Michigan. Unlike most of my shoots I didn’t use any flash with this shoot with Karra. Instead I used a combination of white backdrops and black and white foamcore to manipulate the natural light. I had a great time shooting with Karra as always and was incredibly thankful that here niece Destiny came along as well to help assist.

Product Overview: Gift Cards

 

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

I now offer gift cards! These gift cards can be a wonderful birthday, Christmas, or wedding gift. These gift cards can be made for a variety of products and services. Examples of gift cards you could purchase would be covering the recipient’s creation fee (i.e. the the recipient would get a free family portrait session) or a the recipient could get certain amount towards prints and products (i.e. a recently married couple could get $200 towards prints and other tangible products). To order a gift card simply contact me here and let me know what you would like the gift card to go towards. You can buy via credit card online or with cash or check in person. The card can be delivered either in person or mailed to you depending on your location. Still have questions about ordering gift cards? Feel free to contact me here with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

New Personal Work with Model Dakota in Clare, Michigan

 

I had a great time working with model Dakota again. I had worked with Dakota in the past and always have a great time working with him. I wanted to test out some newer gear purchases and he sat patiently while I fumbled with my new lighting gear. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Chase Engel and The Night Shift at Energize

 

I had a great time photographing Chase Engel and The Night Shift at The Energize Workspace earlier in the month. Chase and the band recently returned to Saginaw, Michigan after recording their first album with Brian Wheat of Tesla fame in California. I can’t wait to see them perform live locally again and a get copy of their first album. More info on Chase Engel and The Night Shift can be found here. Also a thanks goes to the Energize Workspace for letting me use their space for the shoot. More info about the Energize Workspace can be found here.

Clare Irish Festival 2018

 

I always make a point of photographing the annual Clare Irish Festival and 2018 was no acceptation. Below are my favorite images from this year’s Irish Festival.

New FREE E-Book Planning Your Central Michigan Wedding Available to Newsletter Subscribers

 

A new free e-book is now available to my newsletter subscribers. The Planning Your Central Michigan Wedding E-book showcases some of the best wedding vendors in central Michigan and gives some other helpful information about planning your big day in the mitten. To sign up for the Ryan Watkins Photography Newsletter and receive your free e-book click here.

FAQ: Can I Print Images from My Session?

 

Yes. I now allow clients to print their own photos from sessions for no extra charge. Clients can also get a wide variety of prints and products from Ryan Watkins Photography as well for an additional fee. My complete list of products can be found here. My complete list of session prices can be found here. If any print or product ordered thru Ryan Watkins Photography gets damaged or broken it will be replaced for no additional fee.

How I Got the Shot(s): Taking it to the Street

Very little of what I shoot could be considered street photography, but I have a very high view of those who can do this style of photography well. One of the reasons I don’t shoot more street photography is due to my location. A key part of shooting street photography is being nonchalant and blending in to your surroundings. Since I live in a rural part of Michigan it is difficult to blend into your surroundings with a camera on the street when you and the other person you are photographing are the only ones on the aforementioned street. Larger cities usually suit themselves better for street photography since the photographer can blend into the crowd easier.

 

The above image was shot in Ann Arbor, Michigan during an engagement session. This image is not posed, nor is it even of one of my clients. While I was setting up a light and getting into position I saw this person about to jump from the bridge he was at into the water below. I decided to grab a shot of him in mid air before returning to photographing my clients. I ended up loving the resulting image and it is one of the few images of mine which could be considered street photography. One thing that I especially love about photographer Dan Winter’s street photography is that it stylistically still matches his other non-street work. This image still encapsulates that clean, simple, elegant, timeless style of mine even though it is a genre of photography I seldom do.  

Photographed using a Nikon D600 with a Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 Lens. ISO 100 80mm f/11 1/125mm of a second shutter speed.

 

As I had mentioned in the first paragraph one of the reasons I don’t shoot more street photography is because of my location. In small towns it’s hard to blend in and get good photographs on the street. The exception to this is when these small towns have festivals. I make a point each year of shooting the Clare Irish Festival. The normal non cluttered streets of Clare are filled with festivities and interesting people to photograph and to “blend into.” My favorite (so far) from a Clare Irish Festival was shot in 2017 during the parade. Usually the spectators at the parade are more interesting than the parade itself. When I shoot these events I usually prefer a long lens so I can grab images from a distance without being noticed. This image was captured as a buss (which was in the parade) drove by. The little girl was decked out in Irish garb and the bus’s window worked perfectly to frame her. As with the swimmer jumping, the reason I like this image is it fits the adjectives which describe my other work as well: clean, simple, elegant, and timeless.

Photographed using a Nikon D600 with a Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 Lens. ISO 800 135mm f/4 1/1000 of a second shutter speed.

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Michigan Photography Network Meet Up at Dawn of A New Day Coffee House in Saginaw, Michigan on March 20th at 6pm

Michigan Photography Network Meet Up at Dawn of A New Day Coffee House in Saginaw, Michigan on March 20th at 6pm

 

 

I’m excited to announce that the third official Michigan Photography Network meet up will be at Dawn of A New Day Coffee House in Saginaw, Michigan on March 20th at 6pm. Doors open at 5:45pm. Dawn of A New Day is opening at special hours just for us. The event will end at 8pm. Hope to see you there.

 

Link to the Facebook event.