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Hi I'm Michael Costa, a Santa Barbara based photographer who loves connecting with and taking pictures of people. I absolutely adore my clients because I tend to attract like-minded creatives. We just get each other... which makes this whole wedding and portrait process fun and easy. I'm attracted to art and design and have an appreciation for finite details that often go unnoticed by others. I care about the technical aspects of my job and am a pretty big closet geek when it comes to photography related technology... and technology in general. My side passions include watching TED Talks, listening to and finding new music/artists and appreciating amazing graphic design. My magazine subscriptions include Communication Arts, High Fructose, Lenswork and Aperture.  My vision when shooting is to keep my work dreamy, daring and real. I want to capture my clients as they are, with a level of artfulness and ease that makes not only the images we create together truly mean something, but the moments that we are enjoying just as important.

I would love to hear from you and get to know you. Feel free to join in the conversation on social media and show me what you love as well.


Here Is a List of Some Stuff I've Been Published In

Harper’s Bazaar

The Huffington Post


Professional Photographer

Style Me Pretty

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

WPPI Wedding Photographers Association {Multiple Awards}

The Knot Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best Wedding of the Year


Destination iDo

Grey Likes Weddings

Edible Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Magazine


Las Vegas Bride

Pacific Weddings

Southern Weddings

Borrowed & Blue

The Wedding Photojournalist Association {Award}

Artistic Guild [AG]WPJA {Multiple Awards}




Books I've Been Published In

Grace Ormonde: Being in Love Never Goes Out of Style

Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig

The Best of Photographic Lighting volume II

Master Lighting Guide for Wedding Photographers

100 Techniques For Professional Wedding Photographers

Adobe Photoshop's best selling “Lynda” series

Eating Well: In Season

L is for Love by Nico Cervantes

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