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 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 to the 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 photographs, 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 styles of photography. While I will suggest poses, I typically take around 200-300 shots in an hour or so session trying to capture the best moments and natural expressions. I also mix in more traditional posed portraits with off-camera lighting. I have several 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 show me their favorite Instagram or Pinterest pictures, and I’m always happy to try and recreate them. I try my best to keep the sessions relaxed and fun.

Quality of finished pictures

I prefer clear, crisp, and clean color and black and white images using the best lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and flash. I’m using the same equipment I use at weddings, like expensive 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. I put up a recent blog post here. This post goes through my usual process and some tips to make your proposal a success. A surprise proposal is priced the same as a regular engagement session.

Engagement Photography Prices for Myrtle Beach

Dec – Mar | $450
April, May, Sep, Oct, Nov | $600
Jun, Jul, Aug | $700

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

More Details About What is Included

This photo 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.

There are no sitting fees or hidden charges. The package includes the photo session with no set limit on pictures. I typically take 200-300 shots in about an hour or so. This also includes a download of the full resolution digital files from the session (with copyright release), perfect for prints of any size. These are not “straight from the camera”, 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 $100 deposit, deducted from your total, that can be paid by CashApp, Venmo, Check, or Credit Card. Please see the 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. It’s difficult for me to lose a sunset time during these fully booked times 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.

Latest Engagement Reviews – Click here for more

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(...)

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(...)