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Michael & Anna Costa Photographers

Santa Barbara , CA
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US (map)

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888-600-7002

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ABOUT US

Santa Barbara wedding photographers, Michael + Anna Costa record your wedding in an imaginative, journalistic style. Their images distill the color/ warmth/ love/ creativity/ fun/... Read more
Santa Barbara wedding photographers, Michael + Anna Costa record your wedding in an imaginative, journalistic style. Their images distill the color/ warmth/ love/ creativity/ fun/ beauty/ detail/ substance/ style of you and your wedding to delight in for as long as you both shall live. They are often complemented on their amiable, unobtrusive nature (we believe photo-ninjas to be the exact phrase) and harmoniousness with everyone involved.

Michael + Anna have won numerous awards for their wedding photography and their images have been featured in several publications including: PDN • Professional Photographer • Destination iDo • The Knot Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best Wedding of the Year • Your Wedding Day (YWD) • Cover and Feature article for Las Vegas Bride • Pacific Weddings’ Love-Notes • Southern Weddings • the Wedding Photojournalist Association (Award) • Artistic Guild [AG]WPJA (Multiple Awards) • Rangefinder • Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (Multiple Awards) • Style Me Pretty (1) (2), and many others.

Their images also appear in books • Grace Ormonde: Being in Love Never Goes Out of Style • Visual Poetry • The Best of Photographic Lighting volume II • Master Lighting Guide for Wedding Photographers • 100 Techniques For Professional Wedding Photographers • Adobe Photoshops’ best selling “Lynda” series • Eating Well: In Season • & TV Shows: Platinum Weddings • TV Guide Network’s The Water Cooler • and E! Entertainment’s: Who’s Wedding Is It Anyway?

Residing in Santa Barbara, Michael + Anna have photographed at all of the adored Santa Barbara wedding locations & venues, though have made a career photographing Destination Weddings in several locations in and outside of the United States from Cancun to Canada, from San Francisco to New York. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, High Resolution Images, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Michael was our wedding photographer and he was absolutely fantastic to work with! Anna led the planning with such attentiveness to detail, timeliness, and organization. Super responsive, accommodating of our requests and she did it all with a smile on her face. At least that is what I imagine over our phone calls and email conversations. You could feel her sweetness though email!

Michael was so easy-going, cheerful, thoughtful but decisive in how he worked. It was like watching a brilliant artist do his thing. When he arrived in the bridal suite, I was a bundle of nerves, but his calm and warm demeanor melted the nerves, which I'm guessing translates to better photos of me! Michael and his assistant were like ninjas during the wedding. Invisible but everywhere. His assistant was fantastic too. Both of them were on top of it all.

We haven't received our photos yet, but I'm confident they will be beautiful. After scouring all their photos, both on their website and on wedding blogs, I have no doubt the photos will be beautiful and bring tears to my eyes.

I am so thankful to have been able to work with them for our wedding. If you are looking for a photographer, please consider Michael and Anna! PS: Our wedding was at Carondelet House in LA. So if your wedding will be there, go with someone who has photographed it before and knows the space and its beautiful details, like Michael!
Michael was our wedding photographer and he was absolutely fantastic to work with! Anna led the planning with such Read more...
Michael was our wedding photographer and he was absolutely fantastic to work with! Anna led the planning with such attentiveness to detail, timeliness, and organization. Super responsive, accommodating of our requests and she did it all with a smile on her face. At least that is what I imagine over our phone calls and email conversations. You could feel her sweetness though email!

Michael was so easy-going, cheerful, thoughtful but decisive in how he worked. It was like watching a brilliant artist do his thing. When he arrived in the bridal suite, I was a bundle of nerves, but his calm and warm demeanor melted the nerves, which I'm guessing translates to better photos of me! Michael and his assistant were like ninjas during the wedding. Invisible but everywhere. His assistant was fantastic too. Both of them were on top of it all.

We haven't received our photos yet, but I'm confident they will be beautiful. After scouring all their photos, both on their website and on wedding blogs, I have no doubt the photos will be beautiful and bring tears to my eyes.

I am so thankful to have been able to work with them for our wedding. If you are looking for a photographer, please consider Michael and Anna! PS: Our wedding was at Carondelet House in LA. So if your wedding will be there, go with someone who has photographed it before and knows the space and its beautiful details, like Michael! Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
5/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I lost out on the argument with my daughter about having a professional photographer versus photos by semi-professional friends... And I am so glad I did! Anna was the lead photographer for my daughters wedding in Santa Barbara in March and it was evident that she and her assistant really knew what they were doing. The formal family pictures at the Santa Barbara Courthouse were perfectly organized but, what has really blown me away was the slide show preview that Anna has now provided. I am amazed at the number of beautiful, but candid photos that she took capturing tender, pensive, funny, anticipatory, joyous moments. I (we) are so happy I lost the argument. I cannot say enough good things about Anna's work.
I lost out on the argument with my daughter about having a professional photographer versus photos by semi-professional Read more...
I lost out on the argument with my daughter about having a professional photographer versus photos by semi-professional friends... And I am so glad I did! Anna was the lead photographer for my daughters wedding in Santa Barbara in March and it was evident that she and her assistant really knew what they were doing. The formal family pictures at the Santa Barbara Courthouse were perfectly organized but, what has really blown me away was the slide show preview that Anna has now provided. I am amazed at the number of beautiful, but candid photos that she took capturing tender, pensive, funny, anticipatory, joyous moments. I (we) are so happy I lost the argument. I cannot say enough good things about Anna's work. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We both agree that having Michael shoot our wedding was our favorite vendor selection. We had so much fun with them and his crew throughout the day. He took charge of our photos and had us do a good combo of formal shots and creatives with unique and fun set ups. I am soooo excited to see the finished product.

In addition, it was great working with Anna to confirm the booking. She was very responsive and super easy to work with.

1000% SOOO thrilled with Michael and Anna Costa photography. We hope to include them in all of our photography worthy moments going forward.
We both agree that having Michael shoot our wedding was our favorite vendor selection. We had so much fun with them and Read more...
We both agree that having Michael shoot our wedding was our favorite vendor selection. We had so much fun with them and his crew throughout the day. He took charge of our photos and had us do a good combo of formal shots and creatives with unique and fun set ups. I am soooo excited to see the finished product.

In addition, it was great working with Anna to confirm the booking. She was very responsive and super easy to work with.

1000% SOOO thrilled with Michael and Anna Costa photography. We hope to include them in all of our photography worthy moments going forward. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We hired Anna Costa for our October wedding in Montecito, CA, and we were very happy with the photography services she provided. Anna met with us at the venue before the wedding to identify photo locations and run through the event timing. On the wedding day she and her assistant arrived on time and followed our requested schedule of photos. We received a "preview" slideshow with wedding highlights about 10 weeks after the wedding, and we received all of our wedding photos about 5 days later. The photos really capture the look and feel of the day, and we love some of the shots that she took of us on an excursion to the beach during cocktail hour. We haven't ordered our pictures yet, but I'm sure they will be great! Anna was really easy to work with and made us feel very comfortable on our big day.
We hired Anna Costa for our October wedding in Montecito, CA, and we were very happy with the photography services she Read more...
We hired Anna Costa for our October wedding in Montecito, CA, and we were very happy with the photography services she provided. Anna met with us at the venue before the wedding to identify photo locations and run through the event timing. On the wedding day she and her assistant arrived on time and followed our requested schedule of photos. We received a "preview" slideshow with wedding highlights about 10 weeks after the wedding, and we received all of our wedding photos about 5 days later. The photos really capture the look and feel of the day, and we love some of the shots that she took of us on an excursion to the beach during cocktail hour. We haven't ordered our pictures yet, but I'm sure they will be great! Anna was really easy to work with and made us feel very comfortable on our big day. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Michael and Anna Costa did a wonderful job capturing our wedding, and we will cherish our photos till death do us part.

Michael took our engagement photos, and we got both Anna and Michael to shoot our wedding. The engagement photos were nice and awkward, but they turned out well, and they helped us get comfortable with Michael and his cameras. Michael and Anna are great people, very friendly and professional. They knew how to corral everyone for portraits, and to help me and Matt relax in front of the camera. I was advised before selecting wedding photographers that personality matters a lot--you probably spend more time with your photographers than with your closest friends and family on your wedding day. We felt at ease with the Costas.

We took a million pictures on the wedding day, with Michael and Anna working hard from morning until well into the night. They captured everything, and our pictures came out beautifully. Our package came with full sets of both digital images and 4 x 6 prints in a custom box, as well as an album, two parent albums, and credit for larger prints of our choosing. It took us a while to get some of these things, but most of that was on our end. It's hard to pick your favorite pictures from an event as big and well covered as your own wedding. There were some problems with the website, but the Costas actually comped us extra prints to make up for them. All in all, great to work with.
Michael and Anna Costa did a wonderful job capturing our wedding, and we will cherish our photos till death do us Read more...
Michael and Anna Costa did a wonderful job capturing our wedding, and we will cherish our photos till death do us part.

Michael took our engagement photos, and we got both Anna and Michael to shoot our wedding. The engagement photos were nice and awkward, but they turned out well, and they helped us get comfortable with Michael and his cameras. Michael and Anna are great people, very friendly and professional. They knew how to corral everyone for portraits, and to help me and Matt relax in front of the camera. I was advised before selecting wedding photographers that personality matters a lot--you probably spend more time with your photographers than with your closest friends and family on your wedding day. We felt at ease with the Costas.

We took a million pictures on the wedding day, with Michael and Anna working hard from morning until well into the night. They captured everything, and our pictures came out beautifully. Our package came with full sets of both digital images and 4 x 6 prints in a custom box, as well as an album, two parent albums, and credit for larger prints of our choosing. It took us a while to get some of these things, but most of that was on our end. It's hard to pick your favorite pictures from an event as big and well covered as your own wedding. There were some problems with the website, but the Costas actually comped us extra prints to make up for them. All in all, great to work with. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We had Anna for our wedding photographer. She was absolutely FANTASTIC. My dad is a professional photog, so I gave him the responsibility of narrowing down choices for the wedding. He chose Anna and one other. After conversations with both, it was clear that Anna was our gal. She was SO easy to talk to, totally understood what we wanted/needed and made me feel comfortable immediately. Her pricing is TOTALLY appropriate (if anything, I'd say she's underpriced!) She shot half film, half digital on the day. The photos are truly wonderful. I'm the kind of gal who prefers candids to anything posed, and she certainly delivered. Looking through the pictures brings us back and makes us all gooey... exactly what they're supposed to do. Took awhile to get the photos back (she's upfront about that when you sign a contract though!) but they were WELL worth the wait. Nothing looks over-processed (if she did photoshopping, it's incredibly subtle,) and the number of images we got back was astounding. I truly cannot recommend her highly enough!
We had Anna for our wedding photographer. She was absolutely FANTASTIC. My dad is a professional photog, so I gave him the Read more...
We had Anna for our wedding photographer. She was absolutely FANTASTIC. My dad is a professional photog, so I gave him the responsibility of narrowing down choices for the wedding. He chose Anna and one other. After conversations with both, it was clear that Anna was our gal. She was SO easy to talk to, totally understood what we wanted/needed and made me feel comfortable immediately. Her pricing is TOTALLY appropriate (if anything, I'd say she's underpriced!) She shot half film, half digital on the day. The photos are truly wonderful. I'm the kind of gal who prefers candids to anything posed, and she certainly delivered. Looking through the pictures brings us back and makes us all gooey... exactly what they're supposed to do. Took awhile to get the photos back (she's upfront about that when you sign a contract though!) but they were WELL worth the wait. Nothing looks over-processed (if she did photoshopping, it's incredibly subtle,) and the number of images we got back was astounding. I truly cannot recommend her highly enough! Read less
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Erika
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed working with Michael and he was that great mix of being everywhere on our wedding day without ever being intrusive. He directed us when we needed it and then just let us be outselves. He was awesome!! Highly recommend him.
We really enjoyed working with Michael and he was that great mix of being everywhere on our wedding day without ever being Read more...
We really enjoyed working with Michael and he was that great mix of being everywhere on our wedding day without ever being intrusive. He directed us when we needed it and then just let us be outselves. He was awesome!! Highly recommend him. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Michael + Anna are your dream wedding photographers! Michael not only photographed our wedding but also our engagement pictures, as well as our rehearsal dinner. We booked them before we even set the wedding date because I knew instantly after talking to them they were the ones I wanted to capture the day. Their photography style was exactly what I wanted and they are two incredible nice people. The wedding day is hectic enough and having a photographer that you are comfortable with the so important. I just know the pictures are going to be gorgeous (our engagement pics were perfect!). If you are searching for your wedding photographer, BOOK THEM! it will be the best thing you do!
Michael + Anna are your dream wedding photographers! Michael not only photographed our wedding but also our engagement Read more...
Michael + Anna are your dream wedding photographers! Michael not only photographed our wedding but also our engagement pictures, as well as our rehearsal dinner. We booked them before we even set the wedding date because I knew instantly after talking to them they were the ones I wanted to capture the day. Their photography style was exactly what I wanted and they are two incredible nice people. The wedding day is hectic enough and having a photographer that you are comfortable with the so important. I just know the pictures are going to be gorgeous (our engagement pics were perfect!). If you are searching for your wedding photographer, BOOK THEM! it will be the best thing you do! Read less
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Seth
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
We worked with Anna Costa, and she was better than we could have ever expected. We met her a few months before the wedding for engagement photos, and we immediately felt like we knew her. She was a driving force on our wedding day! She made sure everyone was where they should be and getting their photos taken. She even drove us down to the beach for a few candids. Needless to say, we would hire her again in a heartbeat.
We worked with Anna Costa, and she was better than we could have ever expected. We met her a few months before the wedding Read more...
We worked with Anna Costa, and she was better than we could have ever expected. We met her a few months before the wedding for engagement photos, and we immediately felt like we knew her. She was a driving force on our wedding day! She made sure everyone was where they should be and getting their photos taken. She even drove us down to the beach for a few candids. Needless to say, we would hire her again in a heartbeat. Read less
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lobo
Wedding:
2/16/2008
5.0/5.0
This husband and wife team is fabulous. They made our guests and ourselves comfortable in front of the camera and captured some of the most amazing shots.
This husband and wife team is fabulous. They made our guests and ourselves comfortable in front of the camera and captured Read more...
This husband and wife team is fabulous. They made our guests and ourselves comfortable in front of the camera and captured some of the most amazing shots. Read less
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