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 location is incredibly far away from my hometown of Clare. If you have any questions about having me photograph your destination wedding or session contact me here.

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 natural. If you have further questions about setting up a pre-session consultation feel free to contact me here.

FAQ: When Are You Available for Sessions?



I am currently available any day excluding Sunday for sessions. I prefer to do sessions in the 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 because the lighting isn’t as good. Friday and Saturday evenings are my most popular times for sessions. 

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 client and I or anyone the client wishes to share the link with. This private gallery makes sharing images to social media easy as well. Prints and other products can be purchased via the online gallery. Clients are also free to download these images and make their own prints as well.


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 purchase would be covering the recipient’s creation fee (i.e. the the recipient would get a free family portrait session) or a the recipient could get certain amount towards prints and products (i.e. a recently married couple could get $200 towards prints and other tangible products). To order a gift card simply contact me here and let me know what you would like the gift card to go towards. You can buy via credit card online or with cash or check in person. The card can be delivered either in person or mailed to you depending on your location. Still have questions about ordering gift cards? Feel free to contact me here with any questions or concerns you may have.


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 products can be found here. My complete list of session prices can be found here. If any print or product ordered thru Ryan Watkins Photography gets damaged or broken it will be replaced for no additional fee.

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 shoot for a less stressful day is recommended so everyone will be in a better mood and better images will result.

Make sure your outfits are matching. Similar colors but not the exact same outfit is the best. For examples all wearing cool or warm colors looks great.

If your family has any shared hobbies or interests these can be great to incorporate into your family portrait session.