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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 candid and creative family beach photography for Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. My beach photography sessions are fun and relaxed, 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. As a small local business, I also do everything myself, from the photography to the adjustments and touch-ups of the pictures. I’ve been doing family photography in Myrtle Beach for over 15 years, so I’ve experienced every type of family situation imaginable.

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 enjoying the beach together. I stay focused on keeping families happy and being patient no matter what happens. Being patient and calm is sometimes the most important part of being a great photographer!

We can do any family groupings you like. I usually take 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.

Big hugs from a happy family of 7 with grandparents - Huntingont Beach State Park
Kiss during maternity portraits standing in the edge of the ocean - Huntington Beach State Park

What makes my family photos stand out from other photographers in Myrtle Beach?

I prefer clear, crisp, pure color or black-and-white images, which I create with the best lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and flash. Don’t believe a photographer who says they can take their best pictures any time of the day. I’ve been doing this for over 15 years, and nothing compares to sunset. This is why I only schedule one family photo session daily to take these at the ideal time and lighting. You will see the difference in my photo galleries.

My go-to lens for family portraits is the Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master prime lens. This is the best lens ever made for family pictures, with amazing clarity, ultra-fast focusing, and dreamy backgrounds. Powerful off-camera studio flash gives my photography a different look from “natural light only” or “light and airy” family beach pictures. You will see the colors of beautiful skies and a sparkle in my subject’s eyes. I include a reasonable amount of artistic and general touch-up Photoshop work at no charge. Make sure to check out my family photography gallery for more examples.

High School Senior Portraits

The pricing and information on this page also apply to high school senior portrait sessions. I like to keep these pictures fun and low-stress as well. I’m always happy to try any ideas for poses that you like. I love when clients have ideas they want to try, such as things they have seen on Instagram or Pinterest. I also try to be helpful with poses and positioning so you look your best. 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, and even an athlete do the hammer toss for a picture. Make sure to check out my high school senior gallery here.

Senior girl with a hand on her cap posing in front of the ocean - Huntington Beach State Park

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All-Inclusive Family Photography Prices for Myrtle Beach

This information includes family photography sessions, maternity portraits, and high school senior portrait sessions. All sessions are done by myself personally.

Since my prices change over the year and I can offer discounts depending on availability, I now send my price list on request. I have very reasonable prices, so please click below and let me know your available dates, and I will send you more info. Thanks!

Sunset Photo Session
Full-resolution digital files with copyright release
Credit for ordering prints

More Details

Time and Location: 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. I only do one photo session daily to capture your pictures in ideal lighting. You will see the difference between my work and photographers who do sessions in harsh light by checking out my family gallery, senior portrait gallery and my blog. View sunset times here. Keep in mind I can’t guarantee beautiful colors in the sky. Sometimes, it will be more overcast or a flat sky with no clouds, and sometimes, the sky will just have a bright glow if shooting into the sun, but I will always ensure my subjects look great and are properly exposed. This is another reason I recommend the state parks for many background variations.

All-Inclusive Family Photography Package: There are no sitting fees or hidden charges. Please contact me for my current package price. I typically take 300-400 shots in about an hour or so (See note for parents below). This includes downloading the full-resolution digital files from the session (with copyright release), which is perfect for making your own 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 print credit for ordering prints through your gallery. For example, a $75 credit could get you one 16×20 and four 8×10 prints. Shipping is not included and varies from $8 for standard prints and up, depending on product and location. Check current print prices here. 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 for parents with small children: I have parents write me frequently saying they can’t do an hour session because they have small children. I’ve found that it’s the opposite. I need more time with small children rather than less. Sometimes, they start out smiling for the camera, and everything is great. More often than not, we have grumpy moods or difficult, sleepy starts. This is not a studio session where you sit in one spot. We are active, moving to different locations and taking action shots. Getting the type of great photos, you see on my website and social media can take a lot of patience and time, so I like not to be rushed for the pictures and always leave at least an hour for the session.

Another frequent request is to do the pictures earlier in the day. I know many toddlers are asleep by sunset time in the summer. But I’ve also had many parents who give the kids a nap during the day and keep them up late for one special evening. It makes such a huge difference to take pictures at sunset vs. earlier in the day. There is less heat, no sweaty faces, harsh shadows, and squinting eyes. Kids usually wake up and get in better moods once they get to the beach, even if it’s after usual bedtime.

Other Recommendations: If you are very concerned about your hair’s look, I highly recommend Huntington Beach State Park. There is a lovely beach that can be windy, but also a castle and trees area that are more sheltered. Or an off-the-beach location like the Conway River Walk. Also, think about what your outfits will look like if there is a strong wind. See more recommendations here.

Deposit: To book your photography, I request a $200 deposit, deducted from your total session price, 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. After that, I can’t refund the deposit for cancellation, with the exception of rain. If it rains and we can’t reschedule during the week, you will get a full refund. Rain is often in the forecast in Myrtle Beach, and it ends up nice at the session time, so I can’t cancel based only on the forecast.

Most of the 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

Justin Walls

We chose Ryan to take our family photos this year while we were on our annual vacation and we cannot be more pleased.

Ryan has been great since the minute I reached out to him several months ago. His communication throughout has been excellent.

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Sciarra Groski

I cannot recommend Ryan enough! We had a very large group of 18 people, including 7 little ones. He was so patient and easy going. We never felt rushed. He made sure each individual family had photos they would love and he captured amazing group photos as well.(...)

Haleigh Pitcock

I had a family vacation planned in Myrtle Beach, where I wanted to get professional family pictures taken while we were there. I browsed Google searches and came across Ryan Smith Photography. Going through his portfolio of pictures online, I knew he would be a(...)

Jennifer Quigley

We had the pleasure of working with Ryan Smith for our family photos during our Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach, and it was an absolute delight. Ryan is not only supremely professional and reliable, but also brings a personal touch that made our photo session(...)