Wedding Photography

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

Husband and wife wedding photography team serving Myrtle Beach, Conway, Pawleys Island, Ocean Isle and more

I love what I do and I try to offer the best personal service and amazing images. Most brides today are looking for wedding photographers in Myrtle Beach that 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 as it happens, documenting the emotions of the day. When I do pose the wedding couple, I concentrate on relaxed, candid and fun shots using the location well and a mix of natural and studio style strobe lighting.

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. In fact, I’ve taken over one million photographs since I started my business. There is no substitute for many years of experience when it comes to weddings. Now, joined with my wife Lizeth, we are an amazing wedding photography team. Because I work for myself and this is my full-time job, I will go the extra mile to make my clients happy. Ryan Smith Photography® is a licensed and insured retail business with the state of SC. I also have Horry County, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach business licenses.

Timeless wedding pictures in Myrtle Beach using modern lighting and techniques

I prefer clear, crisp and clean color and black and white images that can only be done with Nikon’s best lenses and an expert understanding of lighting. I use multiple high-end cameras and exclusively prime lenses. This gives my pictures a look that stands out. I notice overly processed and overexposed images in many wedding photographers’ portfolios. The more stylized and processed a picture is, the more likely it will look dated in a few years.

I’m also careful to properly expose a picture, you will always see the details of a white wedding dress in my images. I feel that some Myrtle Beach wedding photographers who call their work “light and airy” or “natural light only”, don’t understand proper exposure and off camera flash techniques. My work is a combination of in studio portrait style lighting balanced with the natural light from the sun. Please look through my galleries and blog to get a feel for my personal style.

Beautiful wedding photo gallery with social sharing

All my wedding packages include the full resolution digital copies that you are free to copy and print, see common questions below for more information. You will have a personalized online gallery that you can share with family and friends to view your pictures. Everyone can buy prints directly from the gallery at reasonable costs, or they can just download the pictures and print them anywhere. Click here for an example of the client gallery system. Don’t forget to check out my blog section for some of my favorite real weddings organized by venue and location.

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I have very reasonable pricing for weddings. From small 1 hour beach weddings to full all day packages. Please get in touch and let me know your venue and date and I can send you my current prices or customize a package to meet your needs!

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

Common Wedding Photography Questions and Answers

What are the Digital Copies / Digital Files and can I print from them?

I typically take 1000-1500 pictures at a 6-hour wedding in Myrtle Beach, I typically narrow these down to around 1000 or maybe a little less that I will deliver to you. I have a beautiful online gallery system called Pixieset for you to view and download your pictures. From here you can download all the digital files and order any prints included with your package. You are allowed to make as many prints from the digital files as you like wherever you prefer, there are no watermarks on the images. I will also send you a link to print a copyright release form, this is required at some locations such as Wal-Mart. These are very high resolution (typically 20-48 megapixel) jpeg picture files suitable for enlargement printing and any other use desired. You will also get maximum quality viewing out of the iPad with retina display.

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

Please send me an email or give me a call to find out if your desired date is available and the amount of time you need me for, as well as let me know any questions that you have. If you will be available locally, we can meet at my home office to discuss details and I can show you more examples of my work. If you are from out of town and can’t meet locally, we can discuss and set up the appointment through email or over the phone. After you decide to use me as your Myrtle Beach wedding photographer, I will email or give you in person a basic contract that list the date of your wedding and selected package. I ask for a $300 deposit to hold the date of the wedding along with the signed contract.

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

I will always be the primary photographer at your wedding. If I’m booked already on your date, I can help set you up with another photographer, but that would only be under special circumstances that we agree to. If we set up anything else like bridal or engagement portraits I will also be doing those personally. I also personally do all the post processing like adjustments, photoshop work, and album layouts.

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

All my primary camera bodies take an original and backup copy of every shot. After importing the images, they are automatically backed up to multiple drives as well as backed up off-site. Sometimes you will hear stories about photographers losing images, because of my background in computer technology, I have the knowledge to make sure that doesn’t happen. I host your gallery online for at least 6 months for you to download and share the pictures. I still have backups from when I started in 2008. I’ve sent clients pictures they lost many years after their wedding. However, I always recommend you download and backup your own wedding pictures as well.

What is the price if I order prints through you, or when using my print credit?

Prints can be easily ordered through your client gallery using your photo credit and by credit card (Of course you can download and get prints made anywhere you like as well). These are all printed at one of the best photo labs with lots of different mounting and paper type options. I try to keep the cost of the prints reasonable. Visit my print store for a full list of prices.

Do you also offer wedding videography?

While there are some companies in Myrtle Beach that claim to do everything from the wedding setup, to photography and videography. I’ve found, if you want someone to do the highest quality work, they have to focus on one specialty. While I do have equipment to shoot video, and I do occasionally shoot very simple videos for clients, I only specialize in wedding photography. Even if I hired an assistant to shoot video, I would be thinking about that and wouldn’t be able to give my full attention to the photography. I have some great videographers that I work with that specialize in only shooting wedding videos and do a great job. If you are interested in a wedding video let me know and I will help you find someone that will do a great job while letting me focus on taking the best pictures possible.

Any suggestions for family group and special pictures?

I recommend that you make a list of who you want to get in the family pictures. I have the usual things I will go through for family groups, (parents, siblings, grandparents etc). I sometimes have a problem where the family will disappear after a wedding and we can’t find them for pictures. There really needs to be someone in charge of making sure the family stays for pictures after a ceremony. If certain family members leave when it’s time for pictures, or if you don’t tell me someone needs to be in a picture, they might get missed.

At the reception I will be glad to take any pictures you would like. I’ll always be taking candid shots, but if you want a group shop that was missed before, please gather them together and let me know. Also, I love to take detail shots of whatever you would like. If possible, try to leave out for me an invitation, flowers, rings, jewelry or anything else you would like pictures of.

Any suggestions for sparkler pictures?

Shots with the bride and groom running through and kissing under sparklers can be very beautiful. I’ve had weddings where the sparklers burned out in a really short time and create a huge cloud of smoke. There are special made “weddings sparklers” that burn for a long time and don’t create smoke. Please make sure to spend the extra money on these no smoke wedding sparklers, and don’t just get normal sparklers, it makes a big difference.

Any makeup recommendations?

I had a bride tell me she wore non-SPF makeup to prevent shine on her face from the flash. While I’m always using a mild amount of flash, I actually noticed a difference in the pictures of the bride using a non-SPF foundation, her face didn’t seem to have any shine issues or reflections that I sometimes have to touch up. I would also recommend using a good foundation. Anything you can do to reduce face shine, especially in the hot summer, is great for the pictures.

What are some general suggestions for wedding location preparations?

If at all possible, plan the wedding in the evening closer to sunset. The best time for romantic couple portraits is right before sunset. For the reception try to avoid having a dark background for dancing. Hanging lights and bulbs or some type of light 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 and try to light up the dancing area with nice, warm romantic lighting as much as possible.

Please ask the DJ if possible, to cut the disco lights down low or off during important dances or to avoid hitting the dancers with the lights. Later in the evening fun lighting is great, but you don’t want a romantic dance to have a strange color cast and spots of colored light all over a couple. Most DJ’s just know to do this normally.

Don’t rush the flower and garter toss to make sure I get ready for some good shots. If anything unusual is being done please let me know ahead so I can be ready.

Later in the evening when it’s time to shoot some fun dancing shots, it would be wonderful if you and the wedding party would occasionally turn and dance facing toward the photographer. Don’t do this a lot, just once in a while have everyone show off for the camera a little. A good DJ will typically suggest these types of things for pictures as well.

What is the turnaround time on a picture order?

The digital copies will be sent to you to download as soon as I finish adjusting and working on the pictures from the wedding. The printing service I use has a fast turnaround time. I’ve never had it take more than a week for a client to receive an order after I send it for printing. I can’t guarantee a time but usually about 2 weeks, during my really busy times of the year when I have many orders it can take longer. Of course, wedding albums will take longer to be completed. My printing service usually prepares and ships an album in about 4 weeks. If you add to that the time it takes for me to prepare the images for the album, 8 weeks at the most under normal circumstances, but it could be longer during really busy times.

When and why do I have to pay the 8% SC State Sales Tax?

If you live in the state of SC, 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 to be collected on the full total price of the package, SC does not allow a photographer to separate the labor or sitting fee from final taxable price. If you find a photographer that doesn’t charge sales tax on the full package price, they are operating illegally by SC laws and will eventually get a huge tax bill. If you live outside of SC and I am shipping your items out of state, then I don’t collect this sales tax from you.

The one exception to this is if you live in SC, but you are only getting a digital download of the pictures with no prints, no CD, no USB Drive, no wedding album etc. In this case I do not have to collect the sales tax even if you live in SC. However, that means you will lose any print credit, if included with the package, because I can’t sell you any physical prints. No one can order prints through my website as well. You can only download all the full resolution pictures from your wedding gallery and make prints, albums or USB sticks yourself. If you decide to order an album later, I have to charge you sales tax on the entire wedding package price. Again, this is only if you live in SC.

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

What can be requested for Photoshop touch-ups?

Sometimes Photoshop is thought of as something magic, that anything can be changed in a picture. Some of the tools Photoshop are pretty magical, but there are some limitations. All the images you will get have been adjusted in software called Lightroom, this allows me to adjust color and exposure and get the image looking really nice. That is all most pictures need before printing. If they do need specific editing such as removing people from the background, then I have to go into Photoshop. You can request a reasonable number of specific touch-ups at no extra charge.

The important thing to keep in mind, when something is removed from an image, there is nothing behind it. For example, if your hair is removed from in front of your eye, if I just remove the hair it’s like taking scissors and cutting something out of picture. Anything that is under an area removed has to be recreated. What I have to do in Photoshop is clone, or copy one part of an image to another to recreate the missing area. If the hair is going across your forehead that is pretty easy, I just copy from right next to the hair and cover it up. If a small bit of hair is even going across an eye, I can carefully clone from other parts of the eye and cover it up. However, keeping this in mind, if a large section of the face is covered by hair it may be impossible to recreate what is underneath in a realistic way. The same is true for anything you want moved or removed from an image, anything under that spot has to be recreated so I have to use a similar spot to clone from. Please keep in mind the difficulty in doing this when making requests.

What business licenses do you have and why is this important?

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 to be held if any vendors lack a license. I keep a general Horry County license as well as for North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach. I’m also a licensed retail business with SC. I even have my business name now as a registered trademark. I would recommend to always make sure your vendors have proper business licenses before booking. I don’t update the images below every year, I can provide up to date copies on request.

South Carolina Retail Business License
South Carolina Retail Business License
Myrtle Beach Business License
City of Myrtle Beach Business License
North Myrtle Beach business license
City of North Myrtle Beach Business License
Horry County business license
Horry County Business License
Registered Service Mark with US Trademark Office
Registered Service Mark with US Trademark Office

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Molly Kuo

Ryan was a pleasure to work with! He made sure to figure out exactly what we wanted to help us capture our special day. He worked great with our wedding planner and videographer to get all the key moments of the(...)

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Anni Garcia

Ryan was amazing! He was very professional and enthusiastic. He knew all the perfect spots to take amazing photos at our venue! He made us feel really comfortable and we are sooo happy with our photos!

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Taylor Smith

Ryan exceeded all my expectations and beyond! The photos turned out amazing and I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a photographer!

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Taylor Hernandez

Ryan is very professional! My pictures turned out amazing. You can tell he is very experienced!