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Ryan Watkins Photography

About the Ryan Watkins Photography Team

About Ryan Watkins and Nikki Robinson

  Ryan Watkins Self Portrait 2016

Ryan Watkins – Photographer/Retoucher/Owner

I’m a follower of Christ, portrait, wedding, commercial, and fine art photographer currently residing in Clare, Michigan.

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 portrait photographers Gregory Heisler, David Turner, and Rich Barnes. 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. 

  Ryan Watkins receiving Award

I currently live in Clare, Michigan where I own and operate Ryan Watkins Photography. I am the main photographer and retoucher at Parallax Virtual Reality Solutions. I also do freelance retouching.

I have big beard, deep voice, and quite demeanor. I was voted “most chill” by my peers at Hallmark Institute of Photography. I’m far from the typical art school graduate and spend much of my free time reading conservative authors in the line of Burke and as well as theological writings from the puritans. I’m a member for the Presbyterian Church in America. I’m currently single but hope to someday be a husband and father. I love road trips and travel; scenic destinations are far preferred to urban. I wear flannel, driving caps, and red wing boots. I frequent art gallery openings and love the work of Rembrandt and Caravaggio. I am also constantly shooting new personal and fine art work.

To learn more about me check out this board on Pinterest

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Nikki Robinson – Assistant/Second Shooter 

I grew up near Clare, Michigan and went to Clare High School where I met Ryan. After high school I decided to take my interest in photography more seriously, so I started doing freelance assisting and second shooting for Ryan Watkins Photography. On shoots requiring a bigger production Ryan will hire me as his first assistant. Also Ryan will have me second shoot weddings with him as well. While Ryan gets the main images I will shoot candids from different angles giving wedding clients even more coverage during their wedding day. I also help Ryan getting lighting and group shots set up on the wedding day as well. When I’m not assisting Ryan I enjoy shooting my own nature photography.  

My photography can be viewed at nikkirobinson.smugmug.com or on instagram

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