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Families, Kids, Couples, & even Pets

We love what we do!

Being a portrait photographer in Clarkston, we specialize not only in capturing memories for our clients, but printing those memories for clients to last a lifetime & beyond.

While there is nothing wrong with digital, we provide them to our portrait clients, the whole idea of taking 'family' portraits is to be reminded of the great life you have, surrounded by the ones you love.  Why not have them printed, and displayed for everyone to look at in your home?

We really get to know our clients and understand what they  are looking for from their session, and help them plan for where these portraits are going to be displayed in their home.  We can even help install their framed art in their home for them.

As the expression goes, “the days are long, but the years short”—time goes by so quickly and it’s essential to capture these beautiful moments before they’re gone.  Sessions take place on location in a special spot where your family can be comfortable and have fun—think a favorite park, field, backyard, beach or anywhere you just love. Add in some favorite clothes, a special prop or two, and even the family pet, and you’ve got a great session—and amazing pictures—you’ll love forever.

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What are you going to wear?


Well it depends. Here are some things to consider!

Be Yourself!

Start with your own personal style. Think about the clothing styles you currently have and the stores where you normally shop. Wearing clothes that look good on you will ensure meaningful photographs thatare true reflections of who you are as individuals.

Location. Location. Location!

Consider the setting of where your shootwill take place. Will it be at the beach, the park, your home, or somewhere else? Imagine your setting and the types of colors that will be there. Since the setting will end up being the background of your photos, it has a big impact on your overall look. For example, if you plan to have the shoot at a garden, wearingfloral outfits might not be the best idea because you would blend in and get lost in the busy background. Ideally, you want to match the background, but not match so much that you become the background. 


A good rule of thumb is to pick out two colors that would go well with the location. Typically, pastels (think peach, mint, or lavender) go well with natural scenes. Primary colors such as blue, red, and yellow match modern locations like the city.

Solids & Prints

Our eyes are naturally drawn to patterns, so dressing your kids in prints will help them to stand out. Playful prints such as stripes and polka dotslook great on kids. Dress the adults in complementary solids to balance the look.


Depending on the season, consider layering your outfits with accessories such as bowties, headbands, rain boots, scarves, jackets, and hats. Accessories add variety to your shots and can also double as fun props!

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Types of Sessions

Studio Portraits | Environmental | Corporate Headshots


In-Studio Sessions

At our studio, we have a variety of backgrounds to work with as well as around the outside of our studio.  These range from the 'traditional'/distinguished looking portraits, to the more modern/fun (yet timeless) backgrounds.

You will see several examples and samples when you visit for your consultation.  We we get together, we will discuss what you hope to accomplish with the session.  It is through this session, I will gain an understanding of you goals, the type of session we are looking for, and more importantly - where these images will be displayed.  

Many times for our clients, this may be the first time they have had formal photographs of themselves/family.  Don't worry!  It is with these types of initial conversations that will make you feel at ease when the session actually happens.  We will direct you through the session in a relaxed, stress free environment (even with young children involved...).

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Let's get out of the studio and find some fun, meaningful locations that are important to you and your family.

We have held sessions in some fun locations here in Clarkston and regionally.  Some fun ones include: Downtown Clarkston, Independence Oaks, & some secret locations off the grid.  As well as Downtown Detroit / Eastern Market area, Traverse City and the west side of the state in Holland.

So, if you have a specific location in mind - lets talk about it.  Or, if you need some suggestions - would love to help!

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Session Pricing

Session Fee $125

Includes creative time with photographer, retouching and the proof production process. 

Print / Digital Packages

Starting at $200

During our consultation, we will go over how you would like to display your photographs and design a custom package to meet your needs.

We have a variety of options ranging from gift prints (5x7/8x10) through framed wall art up to 60x120, as well as digital images.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Winship Studio?

Winshop Studio has been a part of Clarkston, Michigan since 1969 and we have repeatedly been voted the best portrait photographer in town. We specialize in portrait photography including seniors, families, headshots and team headshots, and weddings for our clients.

Who is John Ransom?

John Ransom is a portrait photographer who, after working with the Winship’s, took over as the new owner of Winship Studio in late 2018 and is excited to continue the 50 year tradition here in Clarkston, Michigan. John is taking over after having a studio of his own for over 10 years, specializing in portrait photography.

What type of portrait photography does Winship Studio specialize in?

Winship Studios is a portrait photographer specializing in portraits, weddings, seniors, headshots and team headshots. We also photograph families and sports for our clients.

What are your hours of operation?

Winship Studio offers our portrait photography sessions to our clients by appointment only. We are open from Monday through Saturday for our portrait photographer sessions.

Where are you located?

Winship Studio is located at 7183 N Main St, Ste A, Clarkston, MI 48346, and we are open from Mondays through Saturdays. Our office is open by appointment only, so if you would like to get in contact with our portrait photographer for any of our photography sessions such as portraits, headshots, weddings, seniors, and more, please give us a call, email us, or use our contact form that is available on our website.

How do I schedule an appointment with you for a portrait session?

To schedule an appointment with our portrait photographer, please contact us by calling us at (248) 625-2825, emailing us at, or using our contact form on our website.

How do your photography sessions work?

When you choose Winship Studio as your portrait photographer, whether it be for a wedding, senior portraits, headshots, or just family portraits, we will first start with a pre-consultation to agree upon what you are looking for in your photographs. During the pre-session consultation, we will go over things like wardrobe, location, style, the overall 'look and feel' of the photographs, as well as what is most important: where will these photographs be displayed? After we have talked about what you want from our portrait session, it is time for photography day! Our professional portrait photographer will be there to direct and guide you through the session to capture the most natural looks.After we have taken your photographs, we will then narrow them down to select them for “The Big Reveal!” During this time, we will finalize the collection of photographs you have chosen to be displayed in your home or office and put your order together. When you place your order with us, you should receive it within a 2 week time frame. You can view more about our photography sessions and how they work on our ‘About’ page!

Can I order my photographs online?

We appreciate you choosing Winship Studio to be your portrait photographer, and we are so excited for you to display your new portraits of your wedding, senior, headshot, or team headshots in your home or office! Unlike some portrait photographers, we do not offer online ordering of your photographs. We will show you your photographs in-person because this makes the ordering process much more convenient, and you will receive your portraits faster!