Loving Our Little Platoons


I get asked a lot why I decided to stay in mid-Michigan and more specifically Clare. As I’ve grown older I’ve grown to love where I live. This hasn’t always been the case though. When I was in high school I’d fall in love with any place I’d travel to. My parents and I went on a trip to the Canadian Rockies and I loved it there. I went to visit the town I would later live in in Massachusetts and I loved that area as well. After moving to Greenfield, Massachusetts I became home sick and decided to move back to my hometown of Clare after graduating from the Hallmark Institute of Photography. Going from the fast pace of college in New England to the sleepy midwestern town was a rough transition for me. After a few months I was ready to leave. I went on small trips to visit different cities. I even applied for jobs in various places but nothing came thru. I’d take any excuse to travel and get away. In 2016 I decided to stay in Clare, Michigan. As I became more ingrained in local communities the more I grew to love the area. I joined an amazing church. I got reconnected to my old friends from high school. I joined a local collaborative workspace. I became part of other organizations and networking groups. I found contentment where I was. Instead of searching for joy elsewhere I grew to love what I had.

“To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed toward a love to our country and to mankind.” Edmund Burke – Reflections On The Revolution In France

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Photographer/Retoucher at Ryan Watkins Photography
Ryan Watkins Photography specializes in portrait and wedding photography catering to Clare, Mt Pleasant, and Midland, Michigan. Ready to travel anywhere in the state. 

Graduate from the Hallmark Institute of Photography and Highest Academic Honor recipient. 

Published in several magazines including Shutterbug, Digital Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and PDNedu. 
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