Engagement Photography

Prices and info for Ryan Smith Photography’s engagement portraits and surprise proposals

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

I specialize in fun, candid and creative engagement sessions and surprise marriage proposals in the Myrtle Beach area. 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 to Myrtle Beach area, but I’ve been doing engagement and wedding photography in Myrtle Beach for over a decade! Anyone can put a few good pictures in a gallery, but it takes a lot of experience to consistently take great looking pictures especially on the beach.

My style as an engagement photographer

What I do is a bit different from a traditional portrait photographer. I use a mix of posed and photojournalist style of photography. While I do suggest poses, I typically take around 200-300 shots in an hour or so session trying to capture the best moments and natural expressions. Mixed with this I do more traditional posed portraits with off camera studio style lighting. I have a number of typical poses I like to suggest for couples, but I always love to incorporate any ideas you may have as well. I’ve had many clients tell me it was the nicest experience they have had with a photographer. I hope I can make you feel the same way.

Quality of finished pictures

I prefer clear, crisp and clean color and black and white images that can only be done with the best lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and flash. I’m using the same equipment I use at weddings like very expensive prime lenses and powerful off camera lighting. This gives a different look than you get 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. A reasonable amount of artistic and general touch-up Photoshop work on prints is also included at no charge.

Surprise Proposals

Something I specialize in is photographing surprise marriage proposals on the beach (or anywhere else you like). I can give you a lot of help and suggestions to make this go smoothly. I put up a recent blog post here that you can check out. This goes through my usual process and some suggestions to make this a success. This is priced the same as a regular engagement session.

Engagement Photography Prices for Myrtle Beach

Dec – March | $350
April – Nov | $450

Note: For dates this Oct-Dec, I’m requesting the Full Resolution upgrade below to be added to the package up front. Many people choose this anyway but it’s easier that way. So the total will include the $150 additional charge below.

There are no sitting fees or hidden charges. The package includes the photo session with unlimited pictures, I typically take 200-300 pictures in about an hour or so session. This includes a download of the standard resolution digital files from the session, perfect for social sharing and small prints ( See Q&A page for details ). These are not “straight from the camera” I personally adjust each picture for color, lighting and artistic quality. 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 2 cars to get in at no charge. Note: For Charleston and Ocean Isle there may be an additional travel charge.

$150 | Full Resolution & Prints Upgrade Package

Upgrade to the full resolution digital files suitable for making your own prints of any size, plus a bonus $75 credit to order prints through my online store. Note: This upgrade only matters for your download of the pictures, prints ordered through my store are always printed from the full resolution even without this upgrade. This recommended upgrade can be added up front or up to 3 years after the session. ( See Q&A page for details )


To book your session I request a $100 deposit, deducted from your total, that can be paid by CashApp, Venmo, Check or Credit Card. Please see Q&A section for details. New: During very busy and holiday times like June-August and holiday weeks like Thanksgiving, I’m now requesting a $200 deposit. During these fully booked times, it’s difficult for me if I lose a sunset time, when it’s too late to schedule someone else. This deposit is refundable up to 3 months from the session date, after that I can’t refund the deposit for cancellation. Of course, I will refund for bad weather if we can’t reschedule.

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.

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Please get in touch!

Phone or text: 843-352-8640. Email: ryan@ryansmithphotography.com.

Latest Engagement Reviews – Click here for more

Brittany Hulsebosch

My husband and I are in love with our photos from Ryan that we had done a few months ago while on vacation. He made sure we got the photos we wanted and was very creative and personable. I highly recommend him(...)

Holding hands on horseback - Inlet Point Plantation - Little River
Geoff Shumer

Ryan is a true professional and expert at what he does. I contacted Ryan for a surprise engagement photoshoot on a private beach in South Carolina. This photoshoot took place after me and my now fiancé got(...)

Heidi Dixon

Our engagement pictures from Ryan Smith Photography were amazing! He is a wonderful photographer and captures beautiful moments. He was pleasant to work with and was very patient as my fiancé has never had(...)

Lifting into his arms with cowboy boots - Huntington Beach State Park
Ashley Hall

My boyfriend and I got our pictures made by Ryan while we were on vacation in Myrtle Beach. Ryan was awesome to work with he had so many good ideas for pictures. I am so so happy with the results. We received(...)