My Journey as a Photographer (part 3) – Why I Became a Portrait Photographer

 

 

 

This is a continuation of my two prior posts My Journey as a Photographer (part 1) and (part 2). The two prior blog posts describe how I got into photography and the time before my formal photography training at the Hallmark Institute of Photography.

 

After graduating high school I moved to Greenfield, Massachusetts to study at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. This is one of the best choices of my life. Hallmark’s intense ten-month program gave me the knowledge needed to become successful in this industry. I came into Hallmark with an open mind and left being changed forever.

 

We studied a variety of different styles of photography at Hallmark including commercial, editorial, and fashion; but it was portraiture that stuck. It was also here that I decided to pursue portrait photography. I loved meeting the fellow Hallmark students who came from all different parts of the country and even different parts of the world. I also enjoyed meeting the models, artisans, church members, musicians, professionals, and distant relatives I got to meet while in New England.

 

I became a portrait photographer because I love creating images for people that they will cherish for years.

There are other subjects besides portraits I enjoy shooting like nature, architecture, and pretty much anything is a potential subject in my current personal series #iPhoneography, but none of these are as fulfilling as creating images of people and their loved ones which will retain sentimental value for years to come.

 

I graduated from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in June 2013 with the Highest Academic Honor and am now living in Clare, Michigan where I run my own portrait photography business and do freelance retouching.

 



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Photographer/Retoucher at Ryan Watkins Photography
Portrait and Wedding Photographer catering to Clare, Mt Pleasant, and Midland, Michigan. Ready to travel anywhere in the state.

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

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