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Ryan Smith Photography’s wedding packages, album info and Q&A

Husband and wife wedding photography team serving Myrtle Beach, Conway, Pawleys Island, and More.

I love what I do and try to offer the best personal service and amazing images. Today, most brides are looking for wedding photographers in Myrtle Beach who use a mix of candid photojournalist and traditional fine art style photography. While I will set up traditional formal portraits, I take hundreds of candid shots of the event, documenting the day’s emotions. When I pose the wedding couple, I concentrate on relaxed and fun shots using the location well and a mix of natural and studio-style lighting. Make sure to visit my photo gallery here to view my style.

Local Myrtle Beach wedding photographers for over a decade

Being one of the top Myrtle Beach wedding photographers since 2008, I’ve shot hundreds of weddings at all the popular locations. I’ve captured over one million moments since I started this business. There is no substitute for many years of experience in wedding photography. Joined with my wife, we are a fantastic wedding photography team. As a small local business, I always go the extra mile to make my clients happy. Ryan Smith Photography® is a licensed and insured retail business with SC, and I also have Horry County, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Charleston business licenses. I’m an FAA-certified remote drone pilot.

Bride and groom on the Live Oak Allee on the Night of a Thousand Candles - Brookgreen Gardens
Kiss with the sunset on the marsh - Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Timeless wedding pictures in Myrtle Beach using modern lighting and techniques

I prefer clear, crisp, natural images captured with prime lenses and an expert understanding of lighting and off-camera flash. Using multiple high-end Sony cameras, such as the 61-megapixel A7RV, I never miss an important shot. Some Myrtle Beach wedding photographers create highly processed and overexposed images. The more stylized and processed a picture is, the more likely it will look dated in a few years. Well-lit photos with beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds will always be in style. Filters and effects can always be applied later if desired.

With many years of experience, I know how to put my clients at ease and capture their true personalities. I’m great at helping brides and grooms to relax and have fun with the pictures. I don’t use trendy terms like “Light and Airy” to describe my style. Instead, I aim to create classic and timeless photographs that showcase the beauty of each moment. You will always see the details of a white wedding dress and the natural colors of a sunset in my images. Please review my galleries and blog to get a feel for my style and personality.

Beautiful wedding photo gallery with social sharing

All my wedding packages are all-inclusive and include full-resolution digital copies you can copy and print, see common questions below for more information. You will have a personalized online gallery to share with family and friends to view your pictures. Everyone can buy prints directly from the gallery at reasonable costs or download the images and print them anywhere. Check out my blog section for my favorite real weddings organized by venue and location.

Couple holding hands walking down the golf course in traditional African wedding dress - River Ridge Golf Club
Kiss in the courtyard under the lights - 21 Main Events in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Wedding Photography Prices

I have very reasonable wedding pricing, from small one-hour beach weddings to complete all-day packages. My all-inclusive standard packages start at $2750, but I also have discounted off-season and micro wedding packages starting at $1000.

Please click the button below to get in touch. Let me know your wedding date and location, and I will send you my current price list. If you let me know more about your budget and specific needs, I can customize a package for you.

Make sure to view my full wedding gallery here

Latest Weddings on Instagram

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Latest Wedding Reviews – View more reviews

Upeksha Thilakawardana

We had the pleasure of working with Ryan Smith Photography for our wedding, and we couldn't be happier with the experience. From the very beginning, his excellent communication made planning effortless. He was always prompt, responsive, kind, and open to our(...)

Cassie Smith

We had the pleasure of working with Ryan Smith Photography for our wedding, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Ryan and his wife did an outstanding job capturing the special moments of our big day. They were incredibly positive and patient, handling(...)

Ryan did a fantastic job with our engagement and wedding photos! He was both friendly and professional. For the wedding, he arrived early so that he could survey the property, find the best photo areas, and start shooting. I could tell that he was making every(...)

Kristi Hilligrass

Ryan and his wife captured every moment beautifully from our special day. They both have a great eye for capturing every detail. Great to work with and I love their partnership with Luminous Events for videography. I would highly recommend Ryan Smith to anyone(...)

Common Wedding Photography Questions and Answers

What is included with the Digital Copies / Digital Files, and can I make prints from them?

I typically take 1000-2000 pictures at a 6-hour wedding in Myrtle Beach, and I usually narrow these down to around 1000 or so that I deliver to you. I have a beautiful online gallery system called Pixieset to view and download your pictures. You can download all the digital files from here and use any print credit included with your package. There are no watermarks or copy protection on the images. You can share and print them as you like. I will also send you a link to print a copyright release form. These are high-resolution jpeg picture files suitable for enlargement printing and any other desired use.

What is the process for scheduling wedding photography in Myrtle Beach?

Please message me to find out if your desired date is available, the time you need, and any other details I need to know. If you are available locally, we can meet at my home office to discuss details, and I can show you more examples of my work. We can also discuss details by phone or video chat. After you decide to use me as your Myrtle Beach wedding photographer, I will email or give you in person a contract that lists the date of your wedding and the selected package. I ask for a $300 deposit to hold the wedding date that is deducted from the total package price.

Do you send out employees, or do all the photography yourself?

I will always be the primary photographer at your wedding, and I will personally take any bridal or engagement portraits. I also do all post-processing, like Lightroom adjustments, Photoshop work, and album layouts. That is why you always get consistent quality with my work. This is far different from some wedding companies in Myrtle Beach that send out various employees to do the work and even have someone different edit the images. I shoot pictures knowing how I adjust my images later for consistent results.

How do I back up and protect your wedding pictures, and how long are they stored?

All my camera bodies take an original and backup copy of every shot. After importing the images, they are automatically backed up to multiple drives and off-site. I will host your gallery online for at least six months. I still have backups from when I started wedding photography in 2008. I’ve often sent clients pictures they lost years after their wedding at no charge. However, I recommend you download and personally back up your wedding pictures.

What is the price if I order prints through you?

Prints can be easily ordered through your client gallery using your photo credit (if included) and by credit card (of course, you can download and get prints made anywhere you like). These are all printed at one of the top national photo labs, with many mounting and paper-type options. I try to keep the cost of the prints reasonable. Visit my print store for a complete list of prices. I make a small commission when clients order prints through their galleries, so I appreciate it if you choose to do so.

Do you also offer wedding videography?

While some Myrtle Beach wedding photographers offer all-in-one packages, having someone specializing in their field is always the best if you want the highest quality work. It’s impossible to do high-quality photography and videography for one person at the same time, so I would have to hire another team anyway if I choose to offer that. So instead, I’ve partnered with a fantastic videographer, and we will work together at your wedding to ensure you have the best possible photography and videography. Of course, I’m happy to work with any videographer you choose. This allows me to focus on my photography while your videographer focuses on their specialty.

Do you have any specific recommendations for weddings on the beach?

It is usually very windy at the beach, so sometimes what looks excellent inside can cause issues on the beach. For example, a long and flowing veil can look beautiful in pictures in a sheltered area. However, it can pull on your hair, blow, and twist in the wind. I recommend a shorter veil for beach weddings. Keep the beach in mind when picking a dress as well, with it pulling through and catching the sand.

There are special rules on what is allowed for weddings in the Myrtle Beach City limits. Find out more here.

Keep in mind your shoes and walking on the beach. Some brides will even go barefoot or wear barefoot sandals. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes for any outdoor wedding because we usually do a good bit of walking. I’ve noticed personalized Vans as being very popular recently.

Remember that if you have a summer wedding, it will be hot and humid in Myrtle Beach. Bringing a towel to wipe off during the pictures is a good idea. It’s also usually crowded at the beach; when setting up the ceremony, try to do it closer to the water so we don’t have people setting up umbrellas and walking by as much in the background.

Lighting candles is almost impossible at the beach. However, a sand ceremony where the bride and groom pour colored sand into a container is popular and works well.

What are some general suggestions for the ceremony time and reception preparations?

If possible, plan the wedding in the evening, closer to sunset. The best time for romantic portraits on the beach is right before sunset or at locations with many trees about 30 minutes before sunset. Check out sunset times here. If a wedding is earlier in the day and the sunset is very late, I like to pull the bride and groom back out for some sunset pictures if possible.

For the reception, try to avoid having a dark background for dancing. Hanging small lights and bulbs in the background can make a big difference. My camera is very sensitive to a small amount of light, so hang lights wherever you can to light up the dancing area with warm, romantic lighting.

Ask the DJ to cut disco lights down or off during important dances or to avoid hitting dancers with lights. Later in the evening, fun lighting is excellent, but you don’t want a romantic dance with a strange color cast and spots of colored light all over a couple. Most DJs already do this.

Please don’t rush the flower and garter toss to make sure I get ready for some good shots. If anything unusual is happening, please let me know ahead of time so I can prepare.

Later in the evening, when it’s time to shoot some fun dancing shots, it would be fantastic if you and the wedding party would occasionally turn and dance facing the photographer. Have everyone show off for the camera once in a while.

Do you have any suggestions for the bridal party, family groups, and other wedding detail pictures?

I recommend that you make a list of who you want in the family pictures. I have the usual things I will go through for family groups (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.). Sometimes, the family disappears after a wedding, and we can’t find them for pictures. There needs to be someone in charge of ensuring the family stays for photos after a ceremony.

I love to take detailed shots of whatever you want before the wedding. If possible, try to leave for me an invitation, flowers, rings, jewelry, or anything else you would like pictures of.

It’s nice to mention to the bridal party to try and look up and smile when walking down the aisle to the ceremony. I don’t find it necessary that anyone pauses at the beginning or end of the aisle for pictures. I can get great shots of everyone in motion. If the bride and groom want to stop and kiss, dip, or high-five some guests while walking back, that is great for pictures.

I will gladly take any pictures you would like at the reception. I’ll always take candid shots, but if you want a group shop we missed, please let me know. A fun idea is to have the DJ announce that while one song plays, the couple will run to each table for a group picture. It’s a nice way to get a picture with everyone while not taking too much time.

I have many general ideas for fun pictures with the wedding party, and I’m always thrilled if you have any ideas. Please let me know anything you want to try for unique photos with the girls and guys, even things you’ve seen online or in magazines. I always try to mention it when taking bridal party pictures, but if you can also help me keep an eye on the bridesmaid’s bouquets, it’s best if they can be held low enough to see the top of the dresses and also at a similar height.

What suggestions do you have for sparkler pictures?

Shots with the bride and groom running through and kissing under sparklers can be stunning. There are uniquely made “wedding sparklers” that burn for a long time and don’t create smoke. Please spend the extra money on these no-smoke wedding sparklers, and don’t just get ordinary sparklers. If the DJ offers cold sparkler cannons as part of his package, those are also amazing for exit pictures.

Do you have any makeup recommendations?

While I’m always using just a mild amount of off-camera flash, sometimes, when it’s hot, you can get a bit of shine on your face. I noticed an improvement in the shine reduction of brides using a non-SPF foundation. Anything you can do to reduce face shine, especially in the hot summer, is great for the pictures. For example, bring some powder or even a towel to wipe off when it’s humid.

What is the turnaround time on the wedding pictures or album orders?

I will send the digital copies to you to download as soon as I finish adjusting and working on the pictures from the wedding. I usually deliver these digital pictures within 30 days in the busy summer and sometimes within a week during the off-season. Of course, wedding albums will take longer to complete. My printing service usually prepares and ships an album in about two weeks. If you add to that the time it takes for me to prepare the images for the album, eight weeks at the most under normal circumstances.

What can be requested for Photoshop touch-ups?

Sometimes Photoshop is thought of as magic and that I can change anything in a picture, but there are limitations. I skillfully adjust all your images in Lightroom software, allowing me to correct color and exposure. That is all most pictures need before printing. If they need specific editing, such as removing people from the background, I must go into Photoshop. You can request a small and reasonable number of particular touch-ups at no extra charge if needed. I am skilled in Photoshop, but some things may be impossible to correct, such as if hair is covering a large part of your face.

Why and when do you have to pay the 8% SC State Sales Tax?

If you live in SC and I’m delivering your pictures to an SC address, I have to collect sales tax on your purchases, just like if you were to buy something in a physical store. This tax is required on the total price of the package; SC does not allow a photographer to separate the labor or sitting fee from the final taxable price. If you find a photographer that doesn’t charge sales tax on the total package price, they are not following the state tax laws correctly. If you live outside of SC and I am shipping your items out of state, I don’t collect this sales tax.

If you are interested and want to ensure my information is correct, please view this official SC rules pdf here. View the examples section of the pdf.

What business licenses do I have, and what are some rules about weddings in Myrtle Beach?

Especially for Myrtle Beach wedding photographers, it is important to have proper business licenses. At Myrtle Beach city-owned locations, they will check the license status of all your vendors, and they will not allow the wedding if any vendors lack a license. The Myrtle Beach city limits don’t allow weddings on the beach, but the city limits are a small part of the Grand Strand area.

North Myrtle Beach also requires a new permit to do photography on the beach in addition to a business license, and I have this new permit as well. Check out more info here if you are planning a beach wedding.

I keep a business license for Charleston, Horry County, North Myrtle Beach, and Myrtle Beach. I’m also a licensed retail business with SC. Ryan Smith Photography is also a registered trademark. I recommend always making sure your vendors have proper business licenses before booking. I don’t update the images below annually but can provide up-to-date copies upon request.

I’m also a Part 107 FAA-certified remote UAS drone pilot. While I don’t use a drone very often at weddings, I’m certified to do this professionally if you ever want photography or location shots from the air.

City of Myrtle Beach Business License
City of Myrtle Beach Business License
City of North Myrtle Beach Business License
Horry County Business License
Horry County Business License
Registered Service Mark
Registered Service Mark
Permit for NMB Photography
City of Charleston Business License
City of Charleston Business License