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Luxury Metal Prints Now Available for Purchase Online

  My popular luxury metal prints are now available to purchase online! If you are a 2017 client of Ryan Watkins Photography the store on the personal link you received with a gallery of images from your session has been updated to now included my luxury metal prints. Future clients will also have access to […]

What to Expect from Ryan Watkins Photography in 2018

  2017 was a great year here at Ryan Watkins Photography. I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring. A few years ago I was considering moving, but in the spring of 2016 I ultimately decided to stay in mid-Michigan. As I’ve grown older my home town has grown on me and I’ve learned […]

Looking for Wedding Vendors to Feature in e-book about Planning Your Central Michigan Wedding

  I’m starting to write an e-book for potential wedding clients about planning your mid Michigan wedding. I’ll be including information about wedding vendors I’ve worked with and would recommend. If you’re a wedding vendor catering to central Michigan and would like to be considered for inclusion in the e-book please contact me. I’m only […]

2017 A Year in Review

2017 A Year in Review   2017 has been an amazing year here at Ryan Watkins Photography. I’ve been able to photograph and network with a wide variety of amazing people throughout the year. This post will showcase some of my favorite images and the plethora of projects I was able to work on throughout […]

Location Recommendations: Downtown Grand Rapids

    This is the eighth of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait session around Michigan. I love doing portrait sessions in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so much so I was even considering moving there for a time. Downtown Grand Rapids specifically has tons of beautiful locations for portraiture all […]

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Kids

    All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your children’s and family portraits look great.  First of all make sure your kids get a good night’s sleep. Everyone looks and feels better when they are well rested and this shows through in the final images. Also […]

Modest Models lead to Better Portraits

    One of the first things I learnt during my studies at the Hallmark Institute of Photography was just because an image has an attractive subject doesn’t mean that it is a good photo. Sadly many photographers assume that having having attractive models instantly makes there photographs good. How you dress you models greatly impacts […]

Location Recommendations: Grand Haven State Park

  This is the seventh of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions around Michigan. One of my all time favorite places to have portrait sessions in is Grand Haven, Michigan. Grand Haven is a beautiful small town on Lake Michigan. it is about a thirty minute drive […]

5 Tips for better Winter Photography

    Winter is one of my favorite seasons for photography, especially landscapes. Here are ten quick tips for better winter photographs.   1 Bring multiple batteries. The cold sucks the life out of your battery quicker than when in warm weather. Even when your camera is not in use your cameras batteries will lose […]

Sprout and the Orange Live in Saginaw, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the amazing local jam band Sprout and Orange in Saginaw, Michigan in late November. Here are my favorite images from the concert.

Flashes of Hope

    An amazing organization I’ve had the privilege of working with the last three years has been Flashes of Hope. Flashes of Hope gives free portraits to children and families of children with cancer. From the last three years of working with flashes of hope they have always been prompt and professional. I would […]

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Couples

    All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your engagement or couples portraits look great.  First of all make sure both of you get a good night’s sleep. Everyone looks and feels better when they are well rested and this shows through in the final images. […]

Chris and Emily Engagement Session in Grand Rapids, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Chris and Emily’s engagement session in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early November. Here are my favorite images from the session.

Clare’s 515 Gallery presents “Wonderful Life” – Miniature Exhibit

  “The 515 Gallery of downtown Clare is excited to be exhibiting over 45 incredible artists in the upcoming “Wonderful Life”- Miniature Exhibit, with opening reception & silent auction sales on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Inspired by the famous 1940’s movie, a small town gathers together to create Christmas magic by caring […]

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Pets

    All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your pet’s portraits look great.  First of all make sure your pets have been bathed and groomed before the shoot. This shows through in the final images. Also trying to schedule the shoot for a less stressful day is […]

Teeples Wedding in Greenville, Michigan

My second shooter Nikki Robinson and I had a great time photographing the Teeples wedding in Greenville, Michigan in early November. Here are my favorite images from the wedding.

Headshot Day at the Energize Workspace on November 21st 2017

“Can you count the pixels of your current facebook photo on one hand? Are you in need of a new headshot for your startup or business profile? Does your whole staff need business headshots to update your look? We got you covered! We are thrilled to be hosting one of Michigan’s best portrait photographers to […]

Myers Family Portrait in Shepherd, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the Myers’ family portraits in Shepherd, Michigan in late October. Here are my favorite images from the session.

What to bring to an Engagement 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 engagement portrait session. Multiple changes of cloth. A combination […]

Owens Family Portrait in Midland, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the Owens’ family portraits in Midland, Michigan in late October Here are my favorite images from the session.

Location Recommendations: Ludington, Michigan

    This is the sixth of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions around Michigan. One of the most beautiful places I’ve gotten to photograph in Michigan is Ludington. The two areas I recommend having sessions at in Ludington are the North Breakwater Lighthouse at 9028 W Park […]

What to bring to a Pet 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 pet portrait session. Bringing some of your pets favorite […]

Stark Family Portrait in Clare, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the Stark’s family portraits in Clare, Michigan in mid October. Here are my favorite images from the session.

Donald Owens Senior Portraits in Midland, Michigan

I had a great time photographing the incredibly talented Donald Owens’ senior portraits in Midland, Michigan in mid October Here are my favorite images from the session.