Hi, I'm Michael Costa, a photographer who loves taking pictures of people, based out of Santa Barbara, CA., though I travel all over. I absolutely adore my clients because I tend to attract like-minded creatives or those that revel in appreciation of it's various spheres. We just get each other which makes this whole wedding and portrait photo process fun and easy. I am attracted to art and design and have an appreciation for finite details that almost 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... Well actually, technology in general, i.e. am an avid watcher of TED talks, but that's a topic on its own. Although it may seem that between loving tech and watching TED talks I might be socially challenged, miraculously, I tend to keep my clients entertained, calm and in the moment. My vision when shooting is to keep my work genuine, artful, and easy. 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 also 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
MARTHA STEWART
PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS
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
Brides
Destination iDo
Grey Likes Weddings
Edible Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Magazine
Ruffled
Las Vegas Bride
Pacific Weddings
Southern Weddings
Borrowed & Blue
The Wedding Photojournalist Association {Award}
Artistic Guild [AG]WPJA {Multiple Awards}
Rangefinder
Flutter

Books
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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