Ryan Watkins – Photographer/Retoucher/Owner
I’m a portrait and wedding photographer catering to Tampa, Florida. I travel all over the state for weddings and portrait sessions.
I grew up outside of the small town of Clare, Michigan where I started to love photography. Near the beginning of high school I started photographing wildlife and nature near my home out in the woods. While I was in high school my work was published in several magazines including Shutterbug, Digital Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PDNedu, and Audubon.
In August 2012 I moved to the small town of Greenfield, Massachusetts and started my studies at Hallmark Institute of Photography. I studied under renowned celebrity portrait photographer Gregory Heisler, fashion photographer David Turner, and several other distinguished professors. The main emphasis for my final portfolio was portrait photography. I graduated with the Highest Academic Honor for having the highest overall grades in my graduating class.
After graduating from the Hallmark Institute of Photography I moved back to Clare, Michigan where I ran my photography business full time from July 2013 to November 2019. In November 2019 I moved to Tampa, Florida to be closer to my fiancee Krysten.
I was voted “most chill” by my peers at Hallmark Institute of Photography. I spend my free time reading, listening to podcasts, and trying new craft beers. I am a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. I am also the creator and admin of the Michigan Photography Network Facebook group a resource for networking with local photographers and learning about photography.