Family Photography

Ryan Smith Photography’s portrait prices and information

Including Sunset Family Beach Portraits | Maternity Portraits | High School Senior Portraits & More

I specialize in fun, candid and creative family beach photography for Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. My beach photography sessions are relaxed and fun, and I’m glad to try any ideas and family groupings you desire. I do a small number of appointments each week, typically around sunset time. I also 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 family photography in Myrtle Beach for almost 15 years! It takes a lot of experience to consistently get happy smiles and great-looking images on the beach.

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My style as a Myrtle Beach family photographer

What I do is different from a typical inside studio portrait photographer. While I suggest traditional poses and family groupings, I take hundreds of shots in an hour or so session to capture the best moments and natural expressions. My favorite photos look like a family just enjoying the beach together. I stay focused on keeping families happy and being patient no matter what happens.

We can do any family groupings you like. I usually do full group pictures, couples, families, grandparents with grandkids, groups of kids, individual portraits, and anything else you want. I also do everything in multiple locations, so we have plenty of opportunities to get some great shots. 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 pure color and black and white images that I create with the best lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and flash. I use the same equipment as at my weddings, like expensive prime lenses and powerful off-camera studio strobe lighting. This gives a different look from ordinary “natural light only” family beach 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.

High School Senior Portraits

The pricing and information on this page also apply to senior portrait sessions. I like to keep these pictures fun and relaxed as well. I’m always happy to try any ideas for poses that you like. I love when clients have some ideas they want to try, for example, things they have seen on Instagram or Pinterest. Props are also great for senior portraits. I’ve had an artist bring her canvas and paints, a basketball player with his ball and jersey, even an athlete do the hammer toss for a picture. Make sure to check out my high school senior gallery here.

Family 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.

Note: If you have more than 10 people in your group, it’s an extra $50 per 5 people (maximum $150 additional fee for huge groups, for example, over 25 people). Keep in mind everyone in the group can download the pictures, and we can take lots of photos with each family unit in the group. SC requires a sales tax of 8% added if you are a resident of SC.

Note: If you are very concerned about the look of your hair, I would highly recommend Huntington Beach State Park, where there is a beach and a castle and trees area that is more sheltered. Or an off the beach location like the Conway River Walk or Caledonia Golf Club. The beach can be very windy.


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. 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.

Latest Family Portrait Reviews – Click here for more

Nicole Webster

Our photos that Ryan captured are amazing! He exceeded our expectations. We are so grateful our paths have crossed. Trust we will be in touch for future photos as we make SC our home away from home!

Taylor Filback

We had an amazing experience with Ryan! He was absolutely wonderful with our kids and was extremely professional! Highly recommend, we will definitely be using him for years to come on our family vacations. The(...)

Marina Hamilton

Ryan was excellent to work with! I highly recommend. His experience with taking pictures on the beach truly showed in the final pictures.

Krista Clark

Being from out of state, I was hesitant to book a photographer for my family pictures. I chose Ryan because of his rave reviews and quality of the pictures I was able to see. His website explains everything and(...)