Kind Words - Ryan Chard Smith




Quincy + Kyle - Upper Lake

"I met Ryan the day of my wedding. We shared emails and a few phone calls before the big day. As anyone can imagine there is A LOT going on! I was nervous that I waited until the day of to meet my photographer. In the midst of the chaos I met Ryan. His energy was calm and confident and I immediately felt comfortable. He gracefully managed to be everywhere snapping the candid moments I asked for. He was able to capture the day perfectly and the pictures turned out more beautiful than we could have hoped for. It's such an amazing day in your life to remember and we feel that we picked the perfect guy for the job." (Gallery)



Kevin + Alvaro - Rock Wall Winery, Alameda

"Alvaro and I are so grateful to Ryan for the work he did at our wedding, held October 2014. The wedding was outdoors, on a sunny day that threatened rain. Ryan caught the best possible perspectives of the ceremony: emotional candids of the grooms and guests, dramatic cloud cover and the exquisite backdrop of San Francisco with its bridges. One would never guess that we were all assembled on the tarmac of the old Alameda Naval Air Station, which is now Rockwall Wine Company, the venue for our day. Taking further advantage of the setting, Ryan transformed nearby abandoned Navy jet hangers and military supply bunkers into some striking, creative portraits of Alvaro and me. As for the reception, we were a rambunctious and complex group - Ryan captured all of the energy and fun. Make sure to check out his photos from our wedding, on his website, and you will feel like you were there. We highly recommend this gifted photographer for any event." (Gallery)


Ann + Daniel - SmogShoppe, LA

"My then fiance (now husband) and I asked Ryan Smith to photograph our wedding at Smog Shoppe in Culver City last July, and just want to say that we couldn't have asked for a better person to capture our special day! Not only is he a wonderful photographer with inimitable visual intuition, he has such a calming and delightful presence about him. He made us feel relaxed throughout the day and scoped out the venue way in advance to not only photograph the wedding set up, but also to lead us during our post ceremony photography session: this was REALLY helpful. The photographs turned out BEAUTIFUL, and we received so many compliments. We didn't want just the traditional, sometimes "stiff" looking photos, and Ryan did a wonderful job capturing those honest moments of happiness during our celebration, but somehow turned them into something that looked ready to be published in a wedding magazine. He also sent us a few "teasers" during his editing process, which was delightful. I cannot recommend him highly enough for his skills as well as his personality." (Gallery)


Alison + Tyson - Big Sur

"I couldn’t have been happier with our experience with Ryan. My husband and I almost didn’t get a wedding photographer because we are both a little camera shy and just wanted to enjoy the day without having to take too many posed photos. Ryan knew just how to jump in to catch those candid, sentimental moments - the true moments that made our wedding unique. And the photos turned out amazing!" (Gallery)


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Tracy + Ty - San Francisco

"It took me over an month to come up with something that summed up how wonderful it was to work with Ryan on our wedding day. We absolutely loved working with Ryan! He has an incredible eye and captured the vibe of our wedding perfectly. One of our favorite things about Ryan is his energy -- he brings such a calm, happy presence that it helps you slow down and remember to be present. He's amazing we cannot recommend him enough!" (Gallery)

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