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 to the Myrtle Beach area, but I’ve been doing family photography in Myrtle Beach for over a decade now! Anyone can put a few good pictures in a gallery, but it takes a lot of experience to consistently get happy smiles and great-looking pictures on the beach.

My style as 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 around 200-300 shots in an hour or so session trying to capture the best moments and natural expressions. Sometimes my favorite photos don’t look posed but instead, look like a family just enjoying the beach together. I don’t view myself as some unique artist. Instead, I’m focused on keeping the families happy and being patient no matter what happens.

We can do whatever type of 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 can only create with the best lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and flash. I’m using the same equipment that I use at 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 portraits fun and relaxed as well. A few young people are just natural models, but most start a little shy and nervous about the pictures. I try to be easygoing and not particular about the poses until they become more comfortable. 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

December – March | $350
April – November | $450

Note: For dates after the start of April 2022, I am adding the Full Resolution upgrade below to the package by default. Many people choose this anyway, but it’s easier this way. So the final total will include the extra $150 charge below.

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 pictures in about an hour or so session. This includes a download of the standard resolution digital files from the session (with copyright release), 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.

If you have more than 10 people in your group, it’s an extra $50 per 5 people (maximum $150 additional fee for very large 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 individual family unit in the group. SC requires 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 the Huntington Beach State Park where there is the beach, but also 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.

Full Resolution & Prints Upgrade | $150

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.

Please get in touch:

    Phone or text: 843-352-8640. Email:

    Latest Family Portrait Reviews – Click here for more

    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(...)

    Eloise Schlieter

    We did beach photos with dear friends. 12 of us total, 6 kids from 9-17. Ryan was great to work with, efficient, friendly and we have a ton of amazing photos. Thanks Ryan!

    Jeff Thomas

    We found Ryan online and he was fabulous! He was responsive in his communications, took us to an amazing location and was great to work with during the photo shoot. He kept thing moving...and of course we(...)

    Kimberly Richardson

    We did a large family session with Ryan at Litchfield beach at sunset. Our pictures are absolutely beautiful! Ryan spent a lot of time getting group shots as well as nuclear family shots. He was great with the(...)