Session Tips

The Ryan Watkins Photography Experience – Sessions from Start to Finish

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Print Images From My Session?

How Much Do You Charge?

When Do I Get To See The Images From My Session?

When Are You Available For Sessions?

Can I Post Photos From My Session On Social Media?

What If I Can’t Meet In Person For My Pre-Session Consultation?

Will You Travel To The Location Of My Choosing? 

Do You Retouch The Images?

What If My Print Or Product Gets Damaged Or Broken?

What If It Rains? 

What If I Want To Order More Prints in A Few Months, Years, etc?

What Should I Wear to My Session? 

Location and Time Recommendations

Location Recommendations: Dow Gardens, Midland, Michigan 

Location Recommendations: Island and Nelson Park, Mt Pleasant, Michigan 

Location Recommendations: The Farm, Clare, Michigan

Location Recommendations: Downtown, Clare, Michigan

Location Recommendations: Ludington, Michigan

Location Recommendations: Grand Haven State Park

Location Recommendations: Downtown, Grand Rapids, Michigan

My Favorite Locations in Michigan for Portrait Sessions

Portrait Session Anytime: The Night Sessions 

The Studio Anywhere

Wardrobe and Prop Suggestions

What to Wear to Senior Portrait Sessions

What to bring to a Senior Portrait Session

What to bring to an Engagement Portrait Session

Preparing for Your Portrait Session

How Your Kids can look their Best for School Pictures

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Couples

Photo Styling Tips and Ticks for Seniors

Photo Styling Tips and Tricks for Families

Product Overviews

Product Overview: Digital Files 

Product Overview: Portrait Books

Product Overview: Cards

Product Overview: Luxury Wood Prints

Product Overview: Luxury Metal Prints

Product Overview: Luxury Canvas Prints

Product Overview: Standard Prints

Product Overview: Gift Cards

Displaying Your Prints

Where to Buy Picture Frames 

Displaying Your Finished Prints

Wedding Planning

Recommended Central Michigan Wedding Vendors

Photography Tips

Recommended Print Labs

Recommended Resources for Learning About Photography 

Recommended Gear

The Basics of White Balance

Christmas Gifts for Photographers

Selfie Tips for Seniors

How to Photograph Fireworks

10 Tips to Improve Your Pet Photography

What Can I Do With Broken Photography Gear? 

Selling Your Unwanted Photography Gear 

The Best Lighting for Candids of Your Kids

5 Tips for Better Winter Photography


How I Got the Shot(s)

Taking it to the Street

The Raccoon That Started It All 

The Cockeyed Nuthatch And His Stardom 

The Rainy Weddings and Engagements

Fireworks Over The Years

Invasions Via iPhone 

Ian The Welder 

Pets Over The Years


Jerry A Study in Gesture 

Revisiting Lake Placid With New Technology 

Study of Arches Over The Years 

Family and Fall Foliage 

Studies of Cassi Over The Years 

The One I Don’t Like But Everyone Else Does

The Peak in Field

The Change of Seasons 

The Ents and The Omelettes 

The Accidental Homage to Kinkade 

Bird Butt

Frigid Gesture 


The Importance of Timelessness in Photography

Why Your Photographer Must Know How to Use Flash 

Why I Switched to White House Custom Color 

How Much Retouching Is To Much? 

10 Great Vacation Spots in Michigan

Best Places to View the Fall Colors in Michigan


Meet My Second Shooter Nikki Robinson 

The Extended About Me Page 2017

My Journey as a Photographer (part 1) – How I Got Started in Photography 2009-2013

My Love of Reading Part 1

My Love of Reading Part 2

The Best Books I Read in 2018

Flashes of Hope

Thinking Locally

Really Don’t Mind If You Sit This One Out: My Love Of Music

Dispelling the Rumor Mill 

My Faith