Engagement Photography

Ryan Smith Photography’s engagement portraits and surprise proposals

Serving Myrtle Beach, Conway, Pawleys Island, Ocean Isle, and More

I specialize in fun, candid and creative engagement sessions and surprise marriage proposals in Myrtle Beach. My engagement photography sessions are relaxed and fun. I personally do a small number of appointments each week, typically around sunset time, and I do everything myself, from the photography to the adjustments and touch-ups of the pictures. Not only am I a native of the Myrtle Beach area, but I’ve been doing engagement and wedding photography in Myrtle Beach for over a decade!

My style as an engagement photographer

What I do is different from a traditional in-studio portrait. I use a mix of posed and photojournalist styles of photography. While I will suggest poses, I typically take around 200-400 shots in an hour or so session trying to capture my couple’s real romance and natural expressions. I have many typical poses and fun ideas I like to suggest for couples, but I always love to incorporate any ideas you may have as well. I’ve even had clients show me their favorite Instagram or Pinterest pictures, and I’m always happy to try and recreate them.

Quality of finished engagement pictures

I prefer clear, crisp, and clean images using the best prime lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and flash. I’m using the same equipment I use at weddings, like high-end prime lenses and powerful off-camera lighting. This gives a different look from ordinary “natural light only” engagement pictures. It’s like a combination of an in-studio portrait balanced with the beautiful natural light from the sun. I include a reasonable amount of artistic and general touch-up Photoshop work at no charge.

Surprise Proposals

I also specialize in photographing surprise marriage proposals on the beach (or anywhere else you like). I can give you help and suggestions to make this go smoothly and make it a moment you don’t forget. I put up a recent blog post here that goes through my usual process and some tips to make your proposal a success.

Latest Engagement Sessions on Instagram

Engagement Photography Prices for Myrtle Beach

Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar | $500
April, May, Sep, Oct, Nov | $600
Jun, Jul, Aug | $700

I’m currently offering $100 off for any session until Feb 15th for my slow time of the year!

Sunset Photo Session
Full Resolution Digital Files
$75 Credit for Prints

More Details About What is Included

This engagement session can be anywhere on the Grand Strand, from Pawleys Island to North Myrtle Beach. I travel to many more locations, but there may be a small extra charge. I like to plan the sessions about an hour or so before sunset. Check out sunset times here.

This is an “all-inclusive” package. There are no sitting fees or other charges. It includes the photo session with no set limit on pictures and a download of the full-resolution digital files from the session (with copyright release), perfect for prints of any size. I adjust each picture for color, lighting, and artistic quality. You will also get a $75 credit for ordering prints through the gallery. Additional prints can also be (optionally) ordered through your online client gallery at very reasonable prices. If we do the pictures at one of my preferred State Park locations, I also have passes for two cars to get in at no charge.


To book your session, I request a $200 deposit, deducted from your total, that can be paid by CashApp, Venmo, Check, or Credit Card. Please see the Q&A section for details. This deposit is refundable up to 3 months from the session date. I will also refund for rain if we can’t reschedule for another day.

Most questions people ask me about the photo sessions I’ve answered on my Q&A page. Please click below for much more detailed information.

Latest Engagement Reviews – Click here for more

Jennifer Schmidt

We hired Ryan for both our engagement photos and for our upcoming wedding. We couldn’t be happier at how our engagement photos turned out. Ryan was both insightful and personable during our session, and made the(...)

Morgan Dyck

Ryan was absolutely amazing. My now fiancé surprised me with my dream beach proposal. I was overjoyed! (hint the jumping up and down)
Ryan captured such a special moment for us. the pictures turned out(...)

Shanna Morrison

Ryan is so amazing at what he does. My engagement photos are breathtaking and we had so much fun! My fiancé doesn't love taking pictures, but really enjoyed taking them with Ryan. He is very professional and(...)

Lizzie McLochlin
Elizabeth McLochlin

My fiancé and I absolutely loved working with Ryan. We had hired him for our wedding for this upcoming May and we ended up doing engagement photos as well last month! The pictures turned out amazing! He has so(...)