About Ryan Watkins Photography

Ryan Watkins – Photographer/Retoucher/Owner

I’m a portrait and wedding photographer catering to Clare, Mt Pleasant, and Midland, Michigan. 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.

I currently live in Clare, Michigan where I own and operate Ryan Watkins Photography.

I was voted “most chill” by my peers at Hallmark Institute of Photography. I am currently single but hope to someday be a husband and father. I spend my free time reading, listening to podcasts, and trying new craft beers. I am a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Energize Workspace, and the Clare Area Jaycees. 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.

Nikki Robinson – 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 on instagram and facebook