Ryan Watkins Photography Portrait, Wedding, Commercial, and Fine Art Photography – Clare, Michigan – Ready to Travel9895789456
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Ryan Watkins Photography
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Displaying Your Finished Prints

Here at Ryan Watkins Photography I offer a wide variety of prints and products which can be displayed in a variety of different ways. Here are some recommendations for different ways to display your final prints. One of the easiest ways to display your photographs is by ordering either my Luxury Metal or Luxury Wood […]

FAQ: What Should I Wear to My Session?

  Wardrobe wise I advise against really loud colors, logos, or anything that will draw attention to your clothing instead of your face. Ultimately a good portrait draws the viewer’s attention to the subjects face not their clothing, body, etc.  It is always best to bring a variety of clothing as well. Bringing a combination […]

FAQ: What If I Want to Order More Prints In A Few Months, Years, etc?

  I keep multiple backups of all my clients photos. If you want to order prints or products in the future I will still have the images and will be able to get prints and products to you. My price list may change overtime and depending on what updates the print labs I use make […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

FAQ: Will You Travel To The Location Of My Choosing?

  Yes. I primarily shoot portrait sessions in Clare, Mt Pleasant, and Midland but am more than willing to travel for sessions and weddings. I have done several sessions in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and other locations around Michigan. In most cases the travel will not increase the cost of the session unless the […]

FAQ: What If I Can’t Meet in Person for My Pre-Session Consultation?

  When it is possible I prefer to meet in person for the pre-session consultation. If you can’t meet in person we can conduct the consultation over Skype, Facetime, or phone call. Due to the slight delay I get when conducting Skype or Facetime calls I usually prefer phone calls so the conversations sound more […]

FAQ: Can I Post The Photos from My Session on Social Media?

  Yes. The private gallery given to clients within one week of their session makes it easy to share your images with friends and family via social media.

FAQ: When Are You Available for Sessions?

    I am currently available any day excluding Sunday for sessions. I prefer to do sessions in either the early morning or evening due to the better lighting. I have done sessions at night for clients who couldn’t make it for the traditional session times as well. I advise against doing sessions mid day […]

FAQ: When Do I Get to See the Images from My Session?

    You will be able to view the images from your session within a week of your session. This turnaround time is also the same for weddings and other shoots unless otherwise stated. These images will be retouched and send to you via a private online gallery. The gallery is only visible to the […]

FAQ: How Much Do You Charge?

  The creation fee for various shoots is as follows: Family Portrait Session $199 Senior Portrait Session $149 Engagement or Couples Portrait Session $149 Pet Portrait Session $99 Children Portrait Session $99 Wedding Creation Fee $1000 The creation fee for all of these sessions includes travel, pre-session consultation, planning, session, retouching, viewing session, and digital […]

Product Overview: Gift Cards

  This is the last of several new blog posts explaining the various products available from Ryan Watkins Photography. I now offer gift cards! These gift cards can be a wonderful birthday, Christmas, or wedding gift. These gift cards can be made for a variety of products and services. Examples of gift cards you could […]

FAQ: Can I Print Images from My Session?

  Yes. I now allow clients to print their own photos from sessions for no extra charge. Clients can also get a wide variety of prints and products from Ryan Watkins Photography as well for an additional fee. My complete list of prints and products can be found here. If any print or product ordered […]

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Families

All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your family portraits look great. First of all make sure everyone has had a good night’s sleep. Everyone looks and feels better when they are well rested and this shows through in the final images. Also try to schedule the […]

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Seniors

All good portrait sessions take preparation. Here are a few quick tips for making sure your senior portraits look great. First of all make sure you have had a good night’s sleep. Everyone looks and feels better when they are well rested and this shows through in the final images. Also try to schedule the […]

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 […]