RW Smith Photography

(808) 896-4070 HST +11GMT

Welcome to RW Smith Photography

About Us

Some Introduction

My name is Ralph W. Smith. I am honest and totally    committed to the photography I create.                  

This is a huge day, probably the Biggest. 

It is not about me, it is about you. 

I am busy because I am hands on. 

I return my phone calls and emails.  

I create portraits I am proud of.

Your Beautiful Wedding is a Story unfolding.

Our objective together is to tell that story.

My goal is to cultivate gratitude!

A Hui Hou Me Ke Aloha Pumehana


I earned my degree from The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara California. 

The first part of the Brooks experience was 

“Here are the rules of photography,” 

the second part was 

“Knock yourself out, go break the rules and have some fun. Our instructors were our clients. I have been creating Wedding Portraiture for almost 20 years.

Why Should You?

I would like to describe my wedding photography style as “traditional photojournalism.” Ask anyone about Brooks and they will say that Brookies 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.

Contact Us

Please Call or Email and Mahalo Nui Loa for your interest

I can answer All of your questions 

and I will have a bunch of questions for you guys too!!

RW Smith Photography

P.O. Box 6421, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

(808) 896-4070

Hours? None set. I like it that way.

Some Kind Words

“Hi ya Ralph, Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job.. Every time 

we look at our wedding portraits, I can’t believe how great they turned out.. 

You made us all look so good.. Thanks again for the photo memories that we 

will have for many years to come… And definitely I will pass your name on and on.” 


-Amber and Tony

“Hi, Ralph, we received the portraits and they are absolutely beautiful! 

I have the canvas one on the mantle, and our proof album is close by. 

I’ve schlepped it around to show everyone. I love all of the oohhs and aaahhhs. 

I couldn’t be happier with the decisions we made. It was a wonderful experience. 

Your talent is truly a gift from God. It has been a pleasure getting to know you. 

Thank you again for creating such wonderful memories we can cherish again and again. Mahalo, and Aloha!” ….

-Mary Raskind

“We received the (wedding) photographs they are absolutely stunning and gorgeous 

and beyond our expectations. Thank you so much for the wonderful job! 

Oh and Thank you so much for all your time effort and patience”….

-Joy and Mark

“Ralph, these are the best portraits we’ve ever had made! You were right 

you didn’t take photos. You made Portraits. You captured something very 

special in both of us. We love your style. We can’t thank you enough!”

-Lynn and Doug

“Hi Ralph, Wow and double Wow! We received our proof album and DVD yesterday 

and they are truly fantastic. Ralph you are the best–maybe someday we will get 

back to Hawaii for a special anniversary. We will be calling you, to be sure, so stay put. 


-Terrie and Mike, New Jersey

Kind people have written a lot to me but this is just a sample. It feels nice!