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How I Got the Shot(s): Revisiting Lake Placid with New Technology

Way back in 2010 (when I was still in high school) my parents and I made a trip to Lake Placid, New York. This beautiful mountainous region of New York is rich with a plethora of gorgeous photographic opportunities. I shot a ton while we were out there. This was several years prior to my […]

FAQ: What if it Rains?

  I have shot several portrait sessions and weddings in the rain. Usually for portrait sessions the clients chose to reschedule, which is not extra fee, and is recommended. I have also had clients who didn’t mind being out in the rain and we have continued the shoot. If it rains we can either reschedule […]

How I Got the Shot: Jerry A Study in Gesture

I read an article recently (that can be read here) that I fully agree with. The article deals with technical precision versus emotion in photography (and specifically how your clients view this). The author argues that emotion is more important (especially to clients) than technical precision in photography. When I was a student at the […]

Guest Blog: How to Strike a Perfect Pose by Georgia Selih

How to Strike a Perfect Pose The art of photography brings us magnificent works every day, whether we’re talking about magazine covers, commercial shooting for various brands, or a photo session for someone’s art exhibition. In order to make the photo truly unique and attractive, both photographers and models have to put in a lot […]

Thomas and Coi Engagement Session in Midland, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Thomas and Coi’s engagement session at one of my favorite local locations: Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. These two were super easy to work with and the nice overcast day helped make for tons of beautiful images. 

Headshot Day October 12th from 6-8pm at The Energize Workspace in Midland, Michigan

“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 […]

FAQ: What if My Print or Product Gets Damaged or Broken?

  I will replace any print or product ordered thru Ryan Watkins Photography that gets damaged free of charge . Because the print labs I use update their products periodically I can’t guarantee that some specialty products will be exactly the same. For example the backing on the metal prints I offer has changed over […]

Chase Engel and The Night Shift in Merrill, Michigan

I had great time getting work with Chase Engel and The Night Shift again in mid August. During this shoot I got to photograph their newest member Noah as well as doing a variety of group shots of the entire band. I can’t wait to see where their music career takes them. 

My Faith

  This is another personal post where you get to know more about the man behind the camera. I’m a Christian. This means that I believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, and are deserving of God’s punishment. God did not leave us in despair though. He was […]

New Photos of Model Summer in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

I had great time getting work with model Summer again in Mt Pleasant, Michigan in mid August. She wanted to do an basketball themed shoot in Island Park. I used harder more dramatic lighting than I usually use for portraits to match the sports theme. I look forward to working with Summer more in the […]

How I Got The Shot: Bryana

  This image almost never happened. I shot this photograph while I was a student at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. I was in Phase 3 (kind of like 3rd semester) at the time. We (us students) were all stressed out with the short deadlines and high standards which needed to be met to graduate. […]

New Photos for the Strickler Center in Mt Pleasant Michigan

I had great time getting to work with the new Strickler Center in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. Here are some images which will be used in a editorial about the new center. 

David and Rebekah Wedding in Turner, Michigan

I had great time photographing David and Rebekah Cramer’s wedding in Turner and Gladwin, Michigan in early August. Rebekah was from Michigan and David was from Germany. They met while studying abroad in the Netherlands. David’s family from Germany was flown in for the special occasion. The ceremony took place at the River Mennonite Church […]

Sera Henry Headshots in Midland, Michigan

I had a great time getting to photograph Sera Henry’s new headshots in Midland, Michigan in early August. We were able to get studio shots with both black and white backgrounds in her home in Midland, Michigan. After we shot some more images in her back yard. 

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White Barn Wedding Venue Addition in Clare, Michigan

The beautiful White Barn wedding venue just added a new addition and I had the privilege of photographing it last week. If you are getting married in Clare, Michigan I would highly recommend checking out the White Barn. More info can be found at https://whitebarnvenue.com/.

How I Got the Shot(s): Pets Over the Years

  When I was a student at the Hallmark Institute of Photography one of our assignments was to photograph a pet portrait. Prior to this I had very little experience photographing pets after this I ended up loving photographing pets. This image of Feona the golden retriever was shot for my final portfolio at Hallmark. […]

Art Walk Central Piece on Display from August 6th-August 30th at MJ Murphy Beauty College

My work will be on display at the MJ Murphy Beauty College from August 6th-August 30th during this year’s Art Walk Central in Mt Pleasant. For more information about art walk central and its various events throughout the month of August visit https://www.artreachcenter.org/art-walk-central. 

How I Got the Shot: Ian the Welder

  The title of this blog post sounds like it could be a Primus song. When I studied at the Hallmark Institute of Photography our professors Gregory Heisler and David Turner would take us once a week to different locations to teach us location lighting. We got to go to a variety of locations such […]

The Photo Retouching and Workflow Workshop Rescheduled for Thursday, August 16th 6pm-9pm at Energize Workspace

  The Photo Retouching and Workflow Workshop focuses on the basics of organizing and editing photos using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.  Ryan Watkins from Ryan Watkins Photography and graduate of the Hallmark Instute of Photography will teach participants how to easily organize and edit photos using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Specific topics covered […]

Destiny Senior Portraits in Clare, Midland, and Trout Lake

I had a great time photographing Destiny’s senior portraits last week. For Destiny’s session we went to a variety of locations including Pettit Park and the Dam in Clare, Dow Gardens in Midland, and Trout Lake. Destiny was great to work with! Also a huge thanks to her and Aunt Karra (who regularly models for […]

Mike and Sheri Engagement Session in Mt Pleasant, Michigan

I had a great time photographing Mike and Sheri’s engagement session last week in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. Mike and Sheri had me photograph their engagement session while they were on a small vacation before heading back to their hometown of Detroit. All the photos were taken in Nelson and Island Park in Mt Pleasant, Mi.  […]

How I Got the Shot(s): Invasions via iPhone

I was a late adapter to the smartphone thing. I got my first iPhone in late 2013 after my burner pay as you go phone quit receiving calls and messages for an unknown reason. One thing I loved about the old burner phones is their longevity and durability. If you dropped one of those old […]

FAQ: Do You Retouch The Images?

    Yes. All images I give to clients will have retouching applied. If additional retouching is desired on specific photos after the session, this can be done for no additional fee.