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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What to bring to a Children’s 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 children’s portrait session. Multiple changes of cloth. Also a combination […]

The Ryan Watkins Photography Experience – Sessions from Start to Finish

  1. Pre-Session Consultation The first step in the session process at Ryan Watkins Photography is the pre-session consultation. During the pre-session consultation we meet at a location most convenient for you and plan out your session. This is when we get to know each other, sign contracts, and discuss the specifics of the shoot. 2. Session […]

Recommended Central Michigan Wedding Vendors

This is a list of mid-Michigan wedding vendors I have worked with and would highly recommend. Venues: The Venue at 501 http://thevenueat501.com/ White Barn https://whitebarnvenue.com/ DJs and Bands: Epic Beats http://www.epicbeatsdj.com/ Rebel Swain http://www.rebelswain.com/ Wedding Invitations, Save the Date Cards, etc: Basic Invite https://www.basicinvite.com/ Wedding Planners: Splendid Events https://www.splendideventsbynle.com/ Videographers: Ben Fox http://www.benjaminmfox.wixsite.com/portfolio Florists: 3 […]

How Your Kids can look their Best for School Pictures

  Most of us have photos from our past that look horrible. Most of them being images from school picture day. Here is some practical advice to avoid your kids from future embarrassment.  Have them get a good night’s rest. No body looks good when they are sleepy. Make sure they get a good breakfast and […]

Product Overview: Luxury Canvas Prints

  This is the eighth of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography.  I now offer luxury canvas prints with images from your wedding or portrait session! Luxury canvas prints provide a classic painterly look that is beautiful for a timeless feel. Luxury canvas prints look their best when […]

Product Overview: Standard Prints

  This is the sixth of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography.  I now offer standard prints with images from your wedding or portrait session! Standard prints are high quality lustre prints and can be purchased during your viewing session or via a private online gallery. Other print […]

What to bring to a Senior 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 senior portrait session.   Multiple changes of […]

Product Overview: Luxury Metal Prints

This is the fourth of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography.  I now offer luxury metal prints with images from your wedding or portrait session! Luxury metal prints are printed on high quality aluminum and have a very glossy finish. These prints are far shinier than standard prints. They […]

Product Overview: Luxury Wood Prints

  This is the tenth and final of my new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography.  I now offer luxury wood prints with images from your wedding or portrait session! Luxury wood prints are a great addition to a log cabin or rustic home. Luxury wood prints go thru a process similar to […]

Location Recommendations: Downtown Clare, Michigan

  This is the fourth of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessiona around Michigan. A location I frequent for portrait sessions is downtown Clare. By combining flash with the ambient light I can create beautiful portraits during twilight and night around the town. There are also tons of […]

Product Overview: Cards

  This is the seventh of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography.  I now offer various cards and stationary with images from your wedding or portrait session through Basic Invite! In 2016 I partnered with Basic Invite to bring Ryan Watkins Photography clients a wide variety of cards and […]

The Studio Anywhere

    When I got my formal photographic training at Hallmark Institute of Photography my professors Gregory Heisler and David Turner would take us once a week to various locations and teach us location lighting. I also received instruction from my instructors Tony Downer and Rich Barnes on how to create studio portraits. By using […]

Location Recommendations: The Farm, Clare, Michigan

    This is the third of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions around Michigan. A great location for senior portrait sessions especially is the property owned by my parents between Clare and Coleman, Michigan. This property makes for an amazing backdrop for photoshoots. The farm has […]

Product Overview: Portrait Books

  This is the fifth of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography.  I now offer portrait books with images from your wedding or portrait session! Portrait books are available in both soft and hard cover each with 20 pages per book. The back and front covers of each book both […]

Location Recommendations: Island and Nelson Park, Mt Pleasant, Michigan

    This is the second of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions around Michigan. One of my most popular locations to photograph in is Island and Nelson Park in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This is an amazing location for seniors, engagements, and families. The two parks are connected by […]

Portrait Session Anytime: The Night Sessions

      Between work and other responsibilities it isn’t always easy for my clients to meet in the evenings or mornings for a portrait session. Luckily by using flash I can create beautiful images at night!  By placing my strobes properly I can make it appear as if my clients are being lit with the […]