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What is the starting price for your wedding photography services?

$3,400

Which of the following are included in the starting price?

High-Res Images
Multi. Locations
One Event / Day
Toning
Digital Files
Save the Date

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$4,800

Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

High-Res Images
Multi. Locations
One Event / Day
Toning
Digital Files
Save the Date

What primary photographic style do you identify with?

Contemporary
Natural
Photojournalism

What photography services do you offer?

Additional Hours
Destination / Travel
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
Second Shooter
Wedding Portraits

What photography items do you offer?

Albums
Digital Files
Prints
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Reviews of Ryan Chard Smith Photography

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Erik E. Sent on 12/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A master of his craft

Let’s start with the photos: thoughtful, crafted, objectively beautiful, awe-inspiring, “the greatest wedding photographs I’ve ever seen” are all statements shared with us by those who have seen our photos. These are understatements. I don’t believe that words can capture the talent and love that Ryan used to craft our wedding day photos into the >600-photo gallery masterpiece that was delivered to us.

We first started coordinating with Ryan nearly 3 years before our wedding. A global pandemic interrupted our short-term plans, and our conversations with Ryan turned into long-term planning. Ryan was incredible throughout this time. We overcame a canceled 2021 wedding with a lovely and casual engagement shoot on the California coast (do this if you are thinking about it). We then waited until we felt the energy to plan a wedding again and settled on a small wedding with family on the Big Sur coast. We worried that Ryan would have forgotten us or otherwise have lost the momentum and interest, but as soon as we got on the phone with him, it was like talking to an old friend who remembered every detail of our shoot and our wants and needs for our wedding day. Ryan’s talents as a photographer aside, he is an incredible asset to your wedding. His deep familiarity with the area ensured our photo planning would be successful (including navigating permits), and his enthusiasm and excitement pushed us through even the darkest days of wedding planning.

On the day, Ryan was a force of nature. Seemingly nowhere but also everywhere all at once. His affable personality put our family at ease and meant that we never had any photos that looked staged. Even in our brief moment of family portraits, he found a unique angle and epic backdrop, producing sensational imagery even with the most mundane of wedding photography tasks. On our private adventure up the coast for our dance and wedding vows, we had a Ryan as a friend with us, giving us direction for how we’d be most likely to photograph well. In every moment of every hour that Ryan joined us, he looked for the next perfect spot for an image, or the perfect pose for the moment, or some tweak to our clothes to squeeze out every possible moment of photo perfection. Ryan has a particular eye for the moody and sometimes spooky vibes of the California coast. We treasure these images in all their raw and dark emotion, alongside his bright and beautiful images of us in all our happiness on the wedding day. He is a master of shadows, or maybe the light that leaks through the shadows and lights up just the right part of the portrait. If you want an artist in their prime to capture your wedding, look no further than Ryan.
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Hg Sent on 10/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Phenomenal wedding photographer

Our wedding at Waterfall Lodge was absolutely beautiful and Ryan did an amazing job of photographing all of the beauty. He helped us look gorgeous in photos, have fun during the photoshoot, and he truly captures the beauty of the redwoods like no one else - no matter what the lighting situation is (we had full midday summer sun). Our photos look magical!!
Most importantly - Ryan was really flexible in giving us a package that exactly fit our needs, so we only had to pay for exactly what we wanted! In the planning process, he really heard what we were looking for and adjust his style to meet our vibes.
Then, Ryan was very speedy and communicative in sending us his photos afterwards - we had barely returned from our honeymoon when we got our previews and he delivered the full set of photos when he said he would as well. It was a great process to work with Ryan from start to finish and I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Elana G. Sent on 08/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Creating Magic!

I truly could not recommend Ryan more, and will be working with him for any future photography needs! I found Ryan before I even booked a wedding venue, I could tell our visions were aligned and that he would capture the energy. That is an understatement -- Ryan created pure magic with soft and lovely colors and lighting, and made everyone feel so comfortable and easeful. It felt like instant friendship, and the whole process was a joy. Not only did he capture our wedding and family in such a loving and beautiful way, but also our friends! Many of them have changed their social media profiles to portraits he took, and I'm just so grateful for the care, skill, and kindness that went into it all. Can't wait to work together again!
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