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.

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

If you have any hobbies or interests they can look great when incorporated into your senior portrait session. This can even involve shooting at locations unique to your hobbies and interests.

Wardrobe wise bringing cloth that you usually dress in will look best. Try to avoid large logos and distracting patterns, since they will draw attention to your clothing instead of your face. Lastly bring a combination of both lights and darks and a combination of formal and casual is recommended.

Location Recommendations: Downtown Grand Rapids

 

This is the eighth of a series of blog posts showcasing the various locations I recommend for portrait sessions 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 within a reasonable walking distance. 

I recommend parking at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Library and Museum at 303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. From here most locations in downtown Grand Rapids can be easily reached by walking and you don’t have to worry about figuring out which of the similarly marked parking garages you are located in. 

I recommend starting sessions at 6pm and shooting for about two hours if the session is during the summer or fall. This gives us plenty of time to shoot around down town in the evening, sunset, and early night. 

Below are some of my favorite images taken in and around Grand Rapids over the years.

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

Patience is also a must for children’s portrait sessions. Don’t be discouraged if the kids aren’t cooperative at first during the session. Usually it takes some time for the kids to warm up and be available for the best images of the session. 

If you are having me photograph multiple children make sure their outfits are matching. Similar colors but not the exact same outfit look the best. For example wearing all cool or warm colors looks great. 

 

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 from Grand Rapids. 

The address for Grand Haven State Park is 1001 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417. 

I recommend starting sessions at 7pm and shooting for about an hour if the session is during the summer or fall. This gives us plenty of time to shoot through the late evenings and into sunset. If desired we can even head back to Grand Rapids afterwards for night shots. 

Below are some of my favorite images taken in and around Grand Haven over the years.

 

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. 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. 

 

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 recommended so everyone will be in a better mood and better images will result.

Patience is also a must for pet portrait sessions. Don’t be discouraged if your pets aren’t cooperative at first during the session. Usually it takes some time for them to warm up and be available for the best images of the session.