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Bean and Rocio Engagement Session Part 1 in Clare, Michigan

  I was incredibly happy when I found out my long time friends Bean and Rocio got engaged on Valentine’s day this year. Bean proposed to Rocio when they were on vacation in Spain. In March Rocio told me the sad news that her dog was ill and wouldn’t be alive much longer. She asked […]

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  If you would like to receive a monthly update from Ryan Watkins Photography (where I also give out discounts and other offers) please sign up for the Ryan Watkins Photography Newsletter. The newsletter sign up can be found here.

New Personal Work with Model Brittany in Clare, Michigan

  I had a great time photographing friend and model Brittany last week in Clare, Michigan. I had wanted to do a shoot out in my parent’s cabin for sometime now. Huge thanks to Brittany for tolerating the fickle weather and bumpy ride back to the cabin.

New Print Up at The Four Leaf Brewing in Downtown Clare, Michigan

  A new print of mine is up and for sale at Four Leaf Brewing in downtown Clare, Michigan. Stop by take a look and have some great food and beer while you are there. This image was shot in early 2017 near Coleman, Michigan during a foggy morning. The image is printed on metal […]

Headshots with Nate Morse at The Energize Workspace

  I had a great time photographing Nate Morse at the Energize Workspace in early April. Here is a quick headshot I did of Nate using one of the walls at Energize for the background. Nate was super easy to work with; I had a great time photographing him.  

Headshots with Morgan Roberts of Splendid Events

  I had a great time photographing Morgan Roberts from Splendid Events at the Energize Workspace in early April. Morgan was a pleasure to work with. I can’t wait to work with her more with wedding clients in the future. If you are looking for a great local wedding planner I would highly recommend Morgan […]

Hostetler Family Portrait in Clare, Michigan

  I had a great time photographing the Hostetler family in late March. This session came together last minute when a head shot client canceled due to weather allowing for an opening for the Hostetlers. The Hostetlers were incredibly friendly and easy to work with. Huge thanks to them for tolerating the rainy weather during […]

FAQ: How Much Do You Charge?

  The creation fee for various shoots is as follows: Family Portrait Session $199 Senior Portrait Session $149 Engagement or Couples Portrait Session $149 Pet Portrait Session $99 Children Portrait Session $99 Wedding Creation Fee $1000 The creation fee for all of these sessions includes travel, pre-session consultation, planning, session, retouching, viewing session, and digital […]

Thinking Locally

  When I was in my senior year of high school I couldn’t wait for it to be over with. I just wanted to be at Hallmark Institute of Photography. I was accepted to Hallmark in September 2011 and couldn’t wait for my senior year to be over with so I could be a student […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tell Us What You Think of Ryan Watkins Photography

  For past clients of Ryan Watkins Photography we would love your feedback about how we did. It would be much appreciated if you would fill out this survey and let us know about your experience with Ryan Watkins Photography.

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 […]

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 prints and products can be found here. If any print or product ordered […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Fundamentals of Photography Workshop at Energize Workspace at 6pm on Thursday March 15th

The Fundamentals of Photography Workshop at Energize Workspace at 6pm on Thursday March 15th     I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a photography workshop at Energize Workspace in Midland, Michigan. The Fundamentals of Photography workshop will cover both the basic technical and aesthetic sides of photography and will end with […]

My Love of Reading Part 2

  The first post of this two part series was a more personal post talking about my love of reading. This second post will deal with some of the books (and ideas within them) that have highly influenced my thinking. How to Read a Book – Mortimer J Adler I first read Mortimer J Adler’s […]

My Love of Reading Part 1

  Many of my prior blog posts deal with practical things like prepping for your session, resources for getting started in photography, and short photography related how to articles. This however will be the first of several more personal blog posts where you can learn more about the man behind the camera. I admittedly have […]

Horses Photographed for Harvey Byler and Sons in Clare, Michigan

  During my busy season (approx June-October) I photograph primarily portrait and wedding photography. One of my favorite things about my slower season is I usually get hired to photograph other unique subjects such as this shoot for Harvey Byler and Sons. In mid February I got to photography several horses for Harvey Byler and […]

Night To Shine at SVSU

  I had a great time photographing Night to Shine a charity event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation at Saginaw Valley State University in early February. It was great to see the joy on the faces of those being honored that evening. They had a plethora of great local photographers covering the event which […]