About Ryan Smith Photography, LLC
Information about myself, my equipment and about this business
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Phone: 843-252-0492 (Please read below)
Please keep in mind I'm a small business, I do almost everything in the business myself including taking phone calls. Many times I will let phone calls go to voice mail so I can filter between actual clients that I can call back and sales calls. If possible, it makes it a lot easier for me if you can send a quick e-mail or text message to check for availability and other information. Certain times of the year I might not be able to return phone calls just checking on prices or availability. I have access to e-mail almost all the time, even on my phone, so I can get back with you very quickly if need be. Thanks for understanding.
If you want to check out my blog for thoughts on my recent shots visit here.
I'm 36 years old and I started out as a hobbyist doing things like nature photography and slowly worked my way into doing portrait and wedding photography full time. I'm proud of the fact, like many great photographers, I just had a passion for the subject and taught myself through books, podcasts, and other resources. I very much enjoy photography and do it as my hobby as well as professionally. I don't know how artistic I am, but I seem to have a good ability to get clients relaxed and having fun, which I find is when I get the best shots. I have a very good technical understanding of photography, a good eye for light and I seem to have a good sense for what makes a compelling image. I don't like to worry too much about posing but more about getting the right look and expression. I'm very open to suggestions, anything a client wants to try I'm generally happy to do.
About Ryan Smith Photography as a Business
I work out of my home office, pretty much everything that gets done in the business I do myself. All my photography work is on location so I just don't see the point in the expense and responsibility of having an outside studio, I work out of my home office which is set up with a couch and wall screen for clients to view and discuss images with me. I have all the pro level equipment and software of any high end photographer, in fact I'm more on the cutting edge of technology than most. I just prefer keeping things small, taking on the amount of work that I can do, and not having the stress of getting big and having to worry about employees and all that comes with that.
I carry general liability insurance through Auto Owners, Indemnity Coverage through the PPA, and equipment insurance through the PPA as well. Ryan Smith Photography, LLC. is a registered and licensed retail business in the state of SC and a Limited Liability Corporation with SC. Because of this I do have to charge 8% sales tax on all purchases delivered to SC. I have a number of different business licenses which keeps you from having any problems planning a wedding in the city limits. For example, a wedding in one of the parks in the city of Myrtle Beach requires all vendors to have a MB business license, and they do check your vendors for this, it's something good to keep in mind.
You can usually tell pretty quickly looking at a photographer's pictures, even if you know nothing about photography, if they are using top of the line lenses. One of the reason my pictures really stand out is that I'm using top of the line Nikon equipment. I'm into photography as a hobby as well, so I really like keeping up with and getting the latest and best equipment. It really helps me to stay on the cutting edge of whatever is possible in photography at the time. If you really want to get into specifics I'll post what is in my typical camera bag below. I usually have about $12,000 in equipment I'm bringing to a wedding. I'm also a member of Nikon Professional Services which means I've been verified by Nikon as a full time professional and get priority repairs and other benefits. I'm a photographer that has to stay on the cutting edge of equipment and technology.
- Nikon D3 full frame FX camera body (Really incredible low light sensitivity and speed)
- Nikon D800 full frame FX camera body (Nikon's most modern 36mp portrait camera body)
- Nikon D300 camera body
- My Favorite - Nikon 85mm f1.4G lens (Wonderful Bokeh)
- Nikon 24-70 f2.8G lens
- Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR lens
- Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens
- Sigma 10-24mm lens
- Nikon SB-900, SB-700 and SB-600 Speedlights - Pocket Wizards with TTL - Light stands etc.
- Spiderholster, Really Right Stuff wedding pro flash bracket, Lightspheres, other gadgets and accessories
For a fun way to check out my gear visit my list at Amazon http://amzn.com/lm/R1TCUZHQBJTV5P
Something I'm proud of is this website that I built myself. I believe one reason my site is ranking so well on Google is that it is very clean, usable, and even the code is very clean and correct. I hope you find the site to be nice to use as well.
My Computer and Photo Processing Hardware:
In case you are curious about how the images are processed and protected. I use a wide gamut IPS display (much more accurate than your typical LCD) that I keep color calibrated with a Spyder 4 to make sure what I see is what you will get from your prints. I have 3 monitors hooked up to my PC for work as well as a 4th display on my wall which is also hooked to the PC to display images for clients. I protect your images with a Data Robotics Drobo for redundancy as well as an external backup drive and an off site backup just in case, more info here. I use Adobe Photoshop CS5, Nik Software, as well as Adobe Lightroom 4 for image processing for the most part.
I do all my work out of my home office. With the transition of photography into a fully digital process, I can do all processing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop without a studio location. However I have a nice setup at my home for clients to come by and view and discuss my work including a large wall screen where you can view images. I'm pretty sure I'm the most up to date on technology of any photographer in the area.
Business and Retail Licenses: