R.W. Smith Photography Specializes in Wedding Portraiture.


How would you identify your wedding photography style?

I would like to describe my wedding photography style as “traditional photojournalism.” My Brooks education was hardcore. My class began with 45 students. 12 of us graduated. Ask anyone about Brooks and they will say that Brooks graduates are some of the best photographers anywhere in the field. Bar None. Through years of practice, I learned how to capture a persons good side and their better side. I work from the heart. If you ask me what kind of photos to expect I would say I have no idea. However, everything will be covered as we only have one shot at it. I cannot “Think” photography and portraiture. We must “Feel” it together. I would also say expect wonderful, beautiful imagery. Expect to have your blood pressure go up.

How do you offer post-processing?

Each photograph is density-adjusted, and / or color-corrected with either Adobe Photoshop CS4 or Adobe Lightroom to ensure a high quality of work. If you would like a CDR also in B&W and Sepia this can be arranged for an extra $40.00

Do you have experience shooting wedding in various lighting situations?

Absolutely. I am comfortable with any lighting conditions. Indoor environment (church, hotel, etc) is easy to work in. Outdoor lighting is a balancing act one in which I am well versed in.

Do you bring an assistant with you?

I typically work alone for small weddings (less than 200 people). One person is typically enough and is much less intrusive. I will bring an assistant photographer when the number of guests is more than 200 per the bride and groom’s request. I have been known on occasion to loan a camera to a wedding guest for fun.

Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?

Absolutely. I typically arrive 10-15 minutes earlier than scheduled to get familiar with the environment and take a breath.
I have been to most locations many times.

Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one wedding in a day?

Never, I am yours and only yours for the day, and that’s it.

Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the wedding day?


What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you during the day?

I have three professional cameras that stay with me:

  • 3 / Canon EOS 1Ds Mark 3 / 21 MegaPixel Typical Tiff photofile is 120 MB (Huge Files.)
  • Lenses ALL Canon Professional L Series All f. 2.8 or faster Focal length from 10MM to 400MM and everything in between
  • 3 / flash units Canon 580EX ll, just like flamethrowers
  • Much support equipment and stuff
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?

Extra everything, yes and yes.

Do you charge hourly or full day?

I offer several standard wedding photography packages. Please see the service page for details. Customized packages are also available per request.

If hourly, are you available for photographing overtime? If so, how much do you charge for overtime?

Yes I am happy to work overtime. The overtime hourly rate is charged based on the package price.

Do you require a meal break? If yes, do you require that the wedding party provide your meal?

Yes. A photographer with a full tummy is a happy photographer. Typically, when the guests start eating, the photographer and the DJ will also start eating.

Do you charge for travel?

No I work all over The Big Island of Hawai’i.

How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?

Typically 2-3 weeks. Post production, editing (very light), printing, proof book assembly, etc…

In what format are the initial proofs offered?

In a beautiful professional proof album.

How long can the couple keep the proofs?

Forever is a long time.

Do you retain the copyright for the photos?

Yes, however you may print them for personal (no publishing) purposes only.

Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?

Yes. It is important for an artist to show people his work so that I reserve the right to show the work in print and digital media.

What kind of wedding albums do you offer?

RW Smith Photography uses high-end professional labs to provide customized high quality wedding albums. All albums are lay-flat. For detailed pricing of wedding albums, please contact us directly.

When will I get the final work (DVD and prints)?

The DVD is typically ready within 2 / 3 weeks. The prints will be ready in one to two weeks after the customer selects the photos to print. The proof album and DVD / CDR will be mailed together to my bride in one package.

Do you arrive early to capture the venue, the getting ready, the preparing?

Yes, I use a photo-journalistic style that documents the whole event. I look for surprises.

What is the deposit rate and why it is non-refundable?

The non-refundable deposit rate is 50% of the package. It should be paid as early as possible to reserve the date exclusively for you. Because the particular date is reserved for the client exclusively, the retainer is not refundable even if the event is canceled.

Oh, one more thing: I will absolutely under NO circumstance mail or deliver the proof album or DVD / CDR to any person other than you, the bride. You and your husband will be the first to see your beautiful wedding portraits. No exceptions.

Mahalo Nui Loa Ralph

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