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Photographer Prices, Packages, Album Information and Common Questions

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 that use a mix of candid photojournalist and traditional style photography, Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for this. I concentrate less on poses and more on capturing the perfect moments. 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 flash lighting.

Local and experienced Myrtle Beach wedding photographer for over 10 years

Remote Pilots LicenseBeing one of the top local photographers in the Myrtle Beach area for many years, I've shot hundreds of weddings at all the popular locations and I'm one of the most experienced photographers in the area. I'm also very familiar with the special difficulties that come from weddings on the beach. 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 and I have a Horry County, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach business licenses. I'm also an FAA certified commercial remote "Drone" pilot so if you want any aerial photography let me know. Be very careful of anyone that offers drone photography or video without this license.

My philosophy for a timeless wedding picture

I notice overly processed and overexposed images in many wedding photographer's portfolios. The more stylized and processed a picture is, the more likely it will look dated in a few years. I'm careful to properly expose a picture, you will always see the details of a white wedding dress in my images. Instead of relying on adding textures, vignettes and strange color effects, 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 and flash. I always keep up with the latest photo gear, software, and techniques. I use the latest high-end Nikon gear and prime lenses like the beautiful 85mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4 lenses. I consider myself the most technically knowledgeable photographer in the Myrtle Beach area.

Backup and care of wedding pictures

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 loosing images, because of my background in computer technology I have the skills to make sure that doesn't happen.

Beautiful wedding photo gallery

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 Myrtle Beach wedding photography blog section for some of my favorite real weddings organized by venue and location.

Kiss in front of the sea oats after wedding - Ocean Club, Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach
Kiss in front of the sea oats after wedding - Ocean Club, Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach
Bride and groom sunset silhouette - North Myrtle Beach
Bride and groom sunset silhouette - North Myrtle Beach
Kiss on a path through the forest - Reserve Harbor Yacht Club
Kiss on a path through the forest - Reserve Harbor Yacht Club

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Standard Myrtle Beach Wedding Photography Packages

All packages include full resolution digital copies that you are free to copy and print, see common questions below for more information. Package 1-3 include 6 Hours of wedding coverage, extra hours are $100/hour. Many weddings I work as the solo photographer, but if you do need two photographers, for example if you need someone in multiple locations, it’s typically an extra $200 charge. Shipping cost in the US is $10 for albums. Depending on the time of year and my availability I sometimes can offer package discounts, feel free to ask.

  • Package 1
    Digital Only
  • $1900
  • 6 Hours Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • $50 Credit For Prints
  • Package 2
    Standard Album
  • $2300
  • 6 Hours Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • $100 Credit For Prints
  • 30 Page 12x12 Standard Wedding Album (Approx. 60-90 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 40 pages for an additional $150 (Approx. 90-110 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 50 pages for an additional $300 (Approx. 100-150 pictures in album)
  • Package 3
    Infinity Album
  • $2600
  • 6 Hours Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • $100 Credit For Prints
  • 30 Page 12x12 Infinity Wedding Album (Approx. 60-90 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 40 pages for an additional $200 (Approx. 90-110 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 50 pages for an additional $400 (Approx. 100-150 pictures in album)
  • Package 4
    Ultimate Package
  • $3400
  • All Day Wedding Coverage
  • Two Photographers
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • $200 Credit For Prints or One Album Upgrade
  • 30 Page 12x12 Infinity Wedding Album (Approx. 60-90 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 40 pages for an additional $200 (Approx. 90-110 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 50 pages for an additional $400 (Approx. 100-150 pictures in album)

Weekday and Off Season Wedding Packages

All packages include full resolution digital copies that you are free to copy and print, see common questions below for more information. Off Season Packages include 2 Hours (1 Hour with Intimate Wedding Package) of wedding photography coverage, additional hours are $150/hour. These discounted Myrtle Beach wedding photography packages are usually for weekdays (Monday – Thursday) or for my slower months like December-March. If your wedding is on short notice and I still have your date open you can pick from these smaller packages on weekends as well. Feel free to ask me if a discounted package is available.

  • Intimate Wedding
    Digital Only
  • $600
  • This package is only intended for very small local beach ceremonies with just a wedding couple and immediate family. This includes photography of a brief ceremony with pictures immediately after. This usually takes around 1 hour of time.
  • 1 Hour Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • $50 Credit For Prints
  • Package 1
    Digital Only
  • $1000
  • 2 Hours Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • $50 Credit For Prints
  • Package 2
    Standard Album
  • $1300
  • 2 Hours Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • 30 Page 12x12 Standard Wedding Album (Approx. 60-90 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 40 pages for an additional $150 (Approx. 90-110 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 50 pages for an additional $300 (Approx. 100-150 pictures in album)
  • Package 3
    Infinity Album
  • $1600
  • 2 Hours Coverage Included
  • Full Resolution Digital Files
  • Online Gallery
  • 30 Page 12x12 Standard Wedding Album (Approx. 60-90 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 40 pages for an additional $200 (Approx. 90-110 pictures in album)
  • Upgrade to 50 pages for an additional $400 (Approx. 100-150 pictures in album)


Wedding Album Information

Standard style album - Wedding package 2

This album type is slightly thinner and less padded than the Infinity Album. These still have solid pages about the thickness of a penny, pictures printed directly on the pages using archival quality Kodak paper, leather or cloth covers and more. The pages are just slightly thinner and the album is not as heavy and padded. Additional pages also cost me much less so I can offer 40 pages for an extra $100 or 50 pages for an extra $200. These include leather covers with a choice of colors Black // Midnight Blue // Sterling Gray // Cardinal Red // White // Mocha // Distressed // Distressed Cappuccino as well as canvas covers in Black or Oatmeal. I have examples of both album types at my home office, please stop by and take a look.

Infinity album - Wedding package 3 and 4

Package 3 an above include Infinity flush mount albums from my photo lab. I design the albums myself and use the lab to build the album based on my design. These are beautiful, very heavy, thick, padded high quality albums that may be different from what you have seen in the past when prints used to be glued to pages. If you would like to see an album example please let me know and you can come by my home office and take a look. These albums also have more upgrade options vs the standard album, for example the album pictured below has the $75 acrylic cover upgrade.

Upgrades available for Infinity album

Standard leatherette color options: Black // Brown // Burgundy // Grey $35 - Leather Upgrade Leather additional color options: Yellow Green // Teal // Olive // Camel // Tangerine // Cocoa // Sage // Lavender // Sky Blue // Tango // Beige $75 - Cameo Cover ( Includes leather upgrade ) $75 - Acrylic Cover ( Example Above ) or Metallic Cover $5/line - Embossing - Two lines included with wedding package

Layout Information

A typical flush mount album allows for a variety of template layouts for each album side or page, view the example above. I prefer clean simple layouts that focus on the images and don't have background distractions. You are welcome to get specific on how you would like each album side designed, but what most clients do is just send me their image selections and let me lay out the album.

Family Wedding Albums

These are the standard type of album included with wedding package 2. I can give a $100 discount on these if you want an exact duplicate of the bride and groom's album and I don't have to make a new custom layout.

20 Side 12x12 Album - $400 | 30 Side 12x12 Album - $500 | 40 Side 12x12 Album - $600


Common Questions

Business License Information

Especially for a wedding it is important that your vendors 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.  There are a lot of dishonest photographers in this area, I would recommend to always make sure they have proper business licenses before booking.

South Carolina Retail Business License -
South Carolina Retail Business License
Horry County Business License 2018
Horry County Business License 2018
City of Myrtle Beach Business License 2018
City of Myrtle Beach Business License 2018
North Myrtle Beach Business License 2018
City of North Myrtle Beach Business License 2018
What are Digital Copies and can I print from them?

I typically take 1000-1500 pictures at a 6 hour wedding, I typically narrow these down to around 1000 or maybe a little less that I will deliver to you. All the images provided will have been color corrected and adjusted and look very nice. The only digital copies that will include requested Photoshop touch-ups that take a lot of effort, for example removing someone from the background, will be ones you've also chosen as prints or album selections. If you are only getting the digital copies, you can also request a reasonable number of touch-ups. ( See Photoshop question below for more information )

I have a beautiful online gallery system as described at the introduction to this page. From here you can download all the digital files and order the prints included with your package. You are allowed to make as many prints from the digital files as you like wherever your 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 20-30 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?

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 for your wedding photography, I will email or give you in person a basic contract that list the date of your wedding. I ask $200 deposit to hold the date of the wedding along with the signed contract.

Any suggestions for family group and special pictures?

I really 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 etc), but I had a problem where some of the family immediately left the area, and we never got back to some important pictures. Please understand, I’m there for whatever you need, but I don’t always know what you need. It’s the clients responsibility to gather the family they want in the pictures. Or even better a wedding planner or parent could do this. I don’t know who everyone is, and I don’t have time to do that. For example I might say “now lets do the parents and siblings”, but if they aren’t anywhere nearby, someone will have to get them. If they 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. I’m usually right nearby. That is why I highly recommend making a family group list, and giving it to someone that is good at gathering the family together and making sure no one important leaves. Also, I try to take detail shots, but if there is something special to you please let me know just to make sure I don’t miss it.

Any suggestions for sparkler pictures?

Shots with the bride and groom running through and kissing under sparklers can be very beautiful. Many years ago I had a wedding where the sparklers burned out in a really short time and just created a huge cloud of smoke. I found out there are special made sparklers for weddings that burn for a long time and don't create smoke. Please make sure to spend the money on these no smoke wedding sparklers, and don't just get normal sparklers. Otherwise I'll just get shots of a huge smoke cloud.

Makeup recommendation

I had a bride tell me she wore non-SPF makeup to prevent shine on her face from the flash. This was the first time I had heard of that making a difference. I always try to use a mild amount of flash, but sometimes it is necessary. Especially when shooting indoors or when a subject is backlit. I also always use a little flash to brighten the eyes. I actually noticed a big 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 recommend using a good foundation using the recommendations found here.

What are some general suggestions for wedding location preparations?
Outdoor Weddings:

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 black 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.

DJ Strobe Lights:

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 that know what they are doing just 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 to 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.

What is the turn around 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 turn around 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.


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Very happy family after wedding -
Melanie Stickle
Friday, December 8, 2017

From beginning to end Ryan was professional, pleasant and a pleasure to work with. We couldn't have asked for a more talented photographer to capture our wedding and his angles and speed were remarkable. The(...)

Couple walking down the forest path - Reserve Harbor Yacht Club
Mary Powell
Saturday, December 2, 2017

My photos turned out absolutely beautiful and Ryan was so easy to work with!

Bride and groom kissing holding large white balloons -  Pine Lakes Country Club
Alexandra Wilding
Monday, August 28, 2017

Ryan did an amazing job on our wedding photos (also took our engagement pictures). He was very responsive with emails and was flexible (worked a little later). We only used him as a shooter, but he was still(...)

Groom pushing bride on a swing -  Wildberry Farm
Wesley and Carrie Fox
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Where do I begin?! When searching for a photographer for our wedding we needed someone affordable but whose portfolio captured the style of photos we were looking for - candid, fun, and inspirational. We also(...)