2018 was my most profitable year in business thus far at Ryan Watkins Photography. I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring!
The primary emphasis for Ryan Watkins Photography going forward is weddings. I already have eight weddings set up for 2019 and hope to bring in more. My second shooter Nikki Robinson will be working with me in the upcoming year.
I plan on continuing to shoot portraiture as well. This includes engagements, families, seniors, and headshots.
Engagements and couples portraits is where I plan on spending most of my time. More Headshot Days at The Energize Workspace are being planned. The next will most likely be in the spring. I will continue to offer senior portraits but I won’t market them heavily.
All pricing for portrait and wedding work will stay the same in 2019.
I removed the pet and child portrait session pages from my website due to lack of interest in these sessions. I also plan on doing less freelance retouching in 2019.
Any paying work outside of portraits and weddings falls under the category of commissioned work. I will continue to offer these services but will increase prices for shoots outside of my traditional wheel house of portraits (engagements, families, seniors, headshots) or weddings.
I plan on working on new personal work and new personal series during 2019. Updates to these projects will be posted on my blog, social media, and email newsletter.
As in years past I plan on continuing to do pro bono work with Flashes of Hope, the Mt Pleasant Craft Beer Festival, and the Clare Irish Festival in 2019.
I don’t offer boudoir, newborns, nor videography. If you are interested in these services I would recommend Miss Lily in Rosebush for both boudoir and newborns and Dan Tuma Media in Midland for videography.
My slow season is approximately November-April and my busy season is approximately May-October give or take a month of so depending on the weather. During the remainder of the slow season I plan on studying writing advertising copy and writing a year’s worth of weekly blog posts.
Starting in 2017 I have spent a lot of time networking locally especially in Midland. I hope to start some casual networking groups in Clare and Mt Pleasant in 2019.
In 2017 I started the Michigan Photography Network Facebook group. This group was created to help Michigan photographers and those connected to the industry network with one another. The group has now grown to over 900 members and have had three in person meet ups. The in person meet ups have been replaced by a monthly meet up at The Studio Shop in Williamston, Michigan. These will be continued in 2019 as well as my participation in the facebook group. I usually post twice a day in the group to links of articles, videos, or dank memes.
In 2017 I was asked to teach two workshops at the Energize Workspace in Midland, Michigan. After this people started asking me to do one on one teaching. I plan on continuing teaching in 2019 but plan on systematizing it better. Updates to these teaching projects will be posted on my blog, social media, and email newsletter.
Since 2015 I loved listening to podcasts. For almost as long I’ve flirted with the idea of starting my own photography themed podcast. In 2019 I hope to finally go thru with this idea. I also hope to start reading public domain audiobooks for LibriVox.
Check the Ryan Watkins Photography blog on Monday evenings for my latest blog posts and updates for 2019.