Founded by award-winning photographers, Michael + Anna Costa in 2005, the Costa's and their CREW of talented professionals are some of the most sought after photographers in California.

When we think of wedding and portrait photography, we think of capturing the authenticity of the day in a fun and easy manner. This allows us to deliver artful and genuine photos our clients love. No matter what member of our team you choose, we are all cut from the same cloth with an eye single to the goal of capturing authentic moments created with fun and easy interactions. We pay attention to the details of your wedding day and help you maximize the time we get to spend with you. We communicate with you ahead of time and will help make important professional suggestions on how to make your the day a breeze and your photos shine.

Get to know the team that comprises Michael + Anna Costa Photography and the things we love....

Meet Our Team

 

Michael   Photographer, Artist, and I'm the Lead Branding, Marketing & Content Developer for Michael + Anna Costa Photography. I love people and I love shooting weddings. I have a stand-alone site where you can view my work here:   Michael Costa Photography

Michael

Photographer, Artist, and I'm the Lead Branding, Marketing & Content Developer for Michael + Anna Costa Photography. I love people and I love shooting weddings. I have a stand-alone site where you can view my work here: Michael Costa Photography

Anna   Wedding Photographer, Family Portrait Photographer, Studio Manager, your Friendly Point of Contact and the most wonderful woman in the world! (I, Michael Costa can say that. She's my wife and I'm in love with her :)

Anna

Wedding Photographer, Family Portrait Photographer, Studio Manager, your Friendly Point of Contact and the most wonderful woman in the world! (I, Michael Costa can say that. She's my wife and I'm in love with her :)

CREW Member, Robert   Wedding Photography, Corporate Event Photography, and Studio Style Headshots. You name it, Robert does it all beautifully.   From Robert   Things I love... Well, I love to travel. I mean a lot. I am constantly circling the globe. Recent adventures have included Japan where the highlight was seeing Mount Fiji and eating insane amounts of raw fish. Other fun escapades have included Oktoberfest in Germany and a photo assignment in Italy.  On a Friday nights you can usually catch a sighting of me at a few favorite wineries in the downtown Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone or on a Saturday morning you might see me whizzing past on my road bike for a "short" 20-30 mile ride. In the past I've enjoyed beer making, with the pumpkin brew being of special interest. An interesting fun fact about my life; I grew up in a Beverly Hills in a mansion. But it wasn't my mansion. My parents were housekeepers and it felt like I was guest in someone else's house. But, it was fun to have Magic Johnson as my next door neighbor and give tourists incorrect directions to find the non-existent "Torrance High" from the TV show 90210. I'm of course a complete photo nerd, so only ask me a technical question about photography if you are prepared for the LONG answer. Shooting weddings is sort of the best job ever. I get to capture people on such a happy day and create meaningful and lasting images. And who doesn't like great music, food and cake?

CREW Member, Robert

Wedding Photography, Corporate Event Photography, and Studio Style Headshots. You name it, Robert does it all beautifully.

From Robert

Things I love... Well, I love to travel. I mean a lot. I am constantly circling the globe. Recent adventures have included Japan where the highlight was seeing Mount Fiji and eating insane amounts of raw fish. Other fun escapades have included Oktoberfest in Germany and a photo assignment in Italy.

On a Friday nights you can usually catch a sighting of me at a few favorite wineries in the downtown Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone or on a Saturday morning you might see me whizzing past on my road bike for a "short" 20-30 mile ride. In the past I've enjoyed beer making, with the pumpkin brew being of special interest. An interesting fun fact about my life; I grew up in a Beverly Hills in a mansion. But it wasn't my mansion. My parents were housekeepers and it felt like I was guest in someone else's house. But, it was fun to have Magic Johnson as my next door neighbor and give tourists incorrect directions to find the non-existent "Torrance High" from the TV show 90210. I'm of course a complete photo nerd, so only ask me a technical question about photography if you are prepared for the LONG answer. Shooting weddings is sort of the best job ever. I get to capture people on such a happy day and create meaningful and lasting images. And who doesn't like great music, food and cake?

CREW Member, Katie   Wedding Photographer, Family Portrait Photographer, and all around wonderful person. You can't help but feel cared for when Katie is photographing you.   From Katie   It's easy tell you what I love the most because it would be my four (yes FOUR) children. And husband of course. Couldn't have done it without him! Words that would describe me would probably be: spunky, redheaded, mom and photographer extraordinaire (Brooks Institute of Photography is my Alma Mater). My days are filled with reading kids books, going on adventures to places like the beach, library, parks and for one year DISNEYLAND. We had the passes and went constantly. It was the best. In the summer you can catch me at Carpinteria beach with the family and if you stay long enough you can share a slice of pizza with me that I get delivered straight to the beach. (Yes, it's possible!) In the winter you might find me enjoying some quiet time after the kids go to bed with my husband outside around our fire pit. Weddings are my favorite. I'm a veteran at shooting weddings and absolutely love being a part of such a magical day. I'm a stickler for details and love capturing so many aspects of this important time. I'm a sucker for cute grandparents… give me a cute old couple on the dance floor and I'm melting...

CREW Member, Katie

Wedding Photographer, Family Portrait Photographer, and all around wonderful person. You can't help but feel cared for when Katie is photographing you.

From Katie

It's easy tell you what I love the most because it would be my four (yes FOUR) children. And husband of course. Couldn't have done it without him! Words that would describe me would probably be: spunky, redheaded, mom and photographer extraordinaire (Brooks Institute of Photography is my Alma Mater). My days are filled with reading kids books, going on adventures to places like the beach, library, parks and for one year DISNEYLAND. We had the passes and went constantly. It was the best. In the summer you can catch me at Carpinteria beach with the family and if you stay long enough you can share a slice of pizza with me that I get delivered straight to the beach. (Yes, it's possible!) In the winter you might find me enjoying some quiet time after the kids go to bed with my husband outside around our fire pit. Weddings are my favorite. I'm a veteran at shooting weddings and absolutely love being a part of such a magical day. I'm a stickler for details and love capturing so many aspects of this important time. I'm a sucker for cute grandparents… give me a cute old couple on the dance floor and I'm melting...

 

What's In Our Photo Bag?

Canon 1DX MKII

Why Not Use the Best?

Contax 645 Medium Format Film Camera with an 80mm F/2.0 Carl Zeiss Lens

We Love Film And The Unrivaled Color Depth And Dynamic Range It Brings To Our Photographs. This Medium Format Camera Sports One Of The Most Beautiful Lenses Ever Created For Any Camera In The History Of Photography. Seriously.

Kodak Portra 400

This Film Stock Makes Skin Glow And The Location You're Photographing Look Warm And Happy. Depending On What You're Shooting It Can Bring Out Or Pronounce... How Can I Describe This... A Hipness To The Scene.

Kodak Tri-X 400

Pretty Much The Peak Of B+W Film Technology. Its Contrast Is So Beautifully Spot On. It's Tonal Range And Grain Structure Are Deep And Beautiful.

Canon 5D MK IV

A Beautiful Image Capturing Machine With A TON Of Resolution... It's Also A Bit Less Massive In Your Hands Than The 1DX.

Canon 1Vs (Film Camera Body)

This Camera Is The Peak Of 35mm Camera Engineering. It Is An Absolute Tank... And Of Course Captures Beautiful Images.

Sekonic Flashmate Light Meter

You Have To Have A Light Meter If You're Going To Shoot Film!

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlight

An Artificial Light Source Is A Must When The Sun Goes Down. This Flash Head Is Amazing At Keeping Up With The Rapid Pace Of A Wedding Reception.

Pentax 645z Medium Format Digital Camera

Robert Loves This System And The High-Res Images It Produces. He Purchased This Baby Straight From The Source While Vacationing In Japan.

Tenba Roadie Roller Camera Bag

We Can't Bring All This Stuff If We Don't Have Anything To Put It In! This Makes Our Lenses Feel Safe And Warm While Traveling... It Barely Fits Inside The Overhead Compartment As A Carry On.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS

You Want A Ring Shot? This Is The Absolute Best There Is At Getting Close. I Can Never Accuse Anna Of Under Utilizing It Either, She Loves This Lens!

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II

The Most Beautiful 35mm Camera Lens For Scene Setters And Family Portraits.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II

Pretty Much My Go-To Piece of Glass Unless I Need to Get Further Away. It Actually Has A Bit Of "Compression" Which Makes People Look Thinner. The Bokeh Of f/1.2 Makes For Incredibly Beautiful Portraits.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II

Great All-Around Lens. If You Only Had One Lens To Use For The Rest Of Your Life for Any Situation This Would Be A Good Bet.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II

One Of The Greatest Telephoto Lenses Ever Designed, It Is Great For Being Non-Intrusive During Ceremonies And For Moments We Don't Want To Interrupt. It's The James Bond Of Lenses... I Don't Know What That Means, It Just Sounded Cool. -Michael

 

Here Is a List of Publications, Books & Blogs We've Been Featured In

Martha Stewart Weddings 

Harper’s Bazaar

PDN

Style Me Pretty

The Huffington Post

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

Flutter

WPPI Wedding Photographers Association {Multiple Awards}

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

Professional Photographer

Brides

Destination iDo

Grey Likes Weddings

Santa Barbara Magazine

Ruffled

Las Vegas Bride

Pacific Weddings

Southern Weddings

The Wedding Photojournalist Association {Award}

Artistic Guild [AG]WPJA {Multiple Awards}

Rangefinder Magazine

 

BOOKS

Grace Ormonde: Being in Love Never Goes Out of Style by Grace Ormonde

Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig

The Best of Photographic Lighting by Bill Hurter

Master Lighting Guide for Wedding Photographers {Back Cover} by Bill Hurter

100 Techniques For Professional Wedding Photographers by Bill Hurter

Eating Well: In Season by Jessie Price

Adobe Photoshop’s’ Best Selling “Lynda” Series by Multiple Authors

Thanks for the love, We love you too.

From the Editors of Style Me Pretty ~1 Michael + Anna Costa.…how do I count the ways. You’ve given us SUCH a lovely day of wedding gorgeousness, with photographs that would make even the grumpiest of wedding gurus smile in total delight. And this next fete is no exception. With the modelesque bride and groom, the intimate but oh-so-romantic styling, the flowers that Camilla Svensson Burns (1) (2) (3) crafted with pure love. And, of course, Jill La Fleur was involved in a day this lovely with a Santa Barbara backdrop that gave her the perfect canvas to work her magic. SMP Feature • San Ysidro Ranch

From the Editors of Style Me Pretty ~2 We simply adore California photographers Michael + Anna Costa around here and to prove our undying love for these two talented shutterbugs we are spending the entire day with some of their most fabulous weddings.  We are kicking off the Costa-extravaganza with a chic Santa Barbara soiree that kicks some serious wedding behind.  It is the perfect blend of Los Angeles cool with Santa Barbara elegance and the images are out of this world! SMP Feature • Four Seasons Santa Barbara

Petrel & Jacob Farkas • (The Invitation and Accessory Boutique) Hi Michael and Anna - I just wanted to let you know that our wedding pictures are the coolest!  We are so happy with them and they brought tears to my mom’s eyes!  I wish we lived in Southern California so we could thank you personally.  I also just wish we lived in Southern California. The pictures you took brought back all the wonderful feelings of that day.  We had so much fun and you captured all of it :) Thank you for the incredible, artistic, memorable, unique, and overall amazing photos.

jacob

Charlene & Marco Maiolo Hi Michael & Anna – Hope you both are doing well? Marco and I were just reminiscing about the wedding; our 1 year just passed not long ago. Honestly these pictures are just amazing, there’s no other way to say it but AMAZING! We are so happy with the turn out and we just dream about that day. It really was perfect!

Jill La Fleur of La Fleur Weddings and Events • (Destination Wedding Planner) “Michael and Anna are Amazing photographers, and absolute joy to work with! I can not recommend them enough for their creativity and professionalism. Love them both! (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

From the Editors of Style Me Pretty ~3 Michael + Anna Costa might need to enter the SMP Hall of Fame. The weddings that they send us are pinned, favorited and commented on like crazy with brides and grooms that are always madly in love, flowers that scream romance and a photographic style that is all together delicious. So when we spotted this beauty, we knew we had to have it. Something about the pretty pinks all in a row and the jaw droppingly gorgeous Los Olivos backdrop had us at hello. Throw in the photographs that Michael + Anna snapped…and well, you have the definition of wedding perfection. SMP Feature • Los Olivos Wedding

From the Editors of Style Me Pretty ~4 It’s no secret that Malibu is a dream wedding locale with it’s gorgeous mountain and ocean vistas and its perfect weather all year long. And this next stunner is no exception with its amazing photos from Michael + Anna Costa, a gorgeous bride, pretty purple and green centerpieces, and the beyond beautiful petal covered aisle. Add to all that horses, camels, and yes, even zebras and you have yourself a pretty fabulous wedding! SMP Feature • Saddlerock Ranch Malibu Wedding

These comments were snagged from online wedding forums.

Josh & Shelly Kenyon • (Jolby & Friends) Photography was the most important element in remembering our wedding. We spent endless hours researching and interviewing. Professionally, creatively and personally, Michael and Anna Costa were top notch. Their images are impeccable. Being a designer myself, I was very critical and knew that only the most creative and well documented photos would do. The Costa’s not only captured expressions, light, movement and elements of our wedding that were most important, when they were around it was like having a loving couple, as excited for our day as we were. When it was appropriate, they were invisible, capturing every detail all the while. If you are looking for photographers that are literally the best in the Santa Barbara area, I highly recommend using them. Just check out their site… it gives a pretty accurate glimpse of their style. Hope this helps for those of you who appreciate great photography and are looking for the best of the best.

Teresa Strasser • (TLC show, While You Were Out) We truly cannot say enough wonderful things about Michael and Anna Costa.  Everything from their creativity, artistic vision, professionalism, technical ability, work ethic and conscientiousness are unparalleled.  Not only were they an absolute pleasure to work with, but we were quite simply blown away by the photographs they captured.  We have received more compliments than we can count on our wedding photos.  With the Costa’s, you get more than just wedding pictures – you get works of art.

Ariel Yve • (Ariel Yve Designs) The Costa’s are two of the most talented photographers of our time. Their vision, execution and event day rapport are second to none. I’ve not only entrusted them with the the duty of photographing my own wedding, but have wholeheartedly referred both of them to dozens of my clients over the years. Michael and Anna’s kindness, talent and consistency make them my go to photographers for incredible wedding, event and editorial photography. Simply put, their work is spectacular! (1)

Andrew & Taylor Major • (Winemaker, Major Wines) One of the best decisions we could have made was hiring Michael and Anna Costa. Their pictures are beautiful, artistic and captured the greatest weekend of my life in a way that I never imagined possible. Whenever I show people our pictures, the discussion always goes from, “What a beautiful wedding,” to an abrupt “Holy SH*T this photography is amazing!!” It’s the one chance in your life to have truly amazing photography and the Costa’s delivered. Another great thing about the Costa’s is that they didn’t take things over, and they seemed to have a lot of fun. Oh, and their photography is smart too. Their pictures aren’t just about snapping the important moments – they illuminated the emotions, fun and levity of every moment. Whether it be your grandmother giving you a hug or your plate of salad, the Costa’s will shoot your wedding in a way that you can feel exceptionally proud of your greatest day. Thanks Michael & Anna! -Andrew

Rob & Michelle Hyland • (Producer, NBC Sports) Our wedding pictures are UNBELIEVABLE If you are looking for the best photographers for your most special day, Michael and Anna are your ONLY option. Yes they are talented, and yes their images are flawless, elegant, timeless, and beautiful, but the best part about working with them is the experience. My husband and I felt like our oldest friends were taking our pictures. They were creative, organized, on time, enthusiastic, and so much FUN. They make you feel comfortable and guide you through the whole process. They were always at the right place at the right time. They brilliantly captured every special moment of our wedding.

How we found Michael and Anna: We got married in NYC and we flew Michael and Anna over from LA. My husband hired them for the proposal. My husband proposed on the Santa Monica Pier and he asked Michael and Anna to play paparazzi for the day. It was only a few months after the proposal that I found out that they were there documenting the whole event. Needless to say, Michael and Anna were there throughout the whole process. They loved telling our love story through images and that is what you want on your wedding day, someone who knows you as a couple, someone who knows exactly what you are looking for and how you want to be captured.

Chris & Sierra Rose As we were planning our wedding, we both felt that selecting an extraordinary photographer was the most important decision we would make. After all, we and our guests wouldn’t really remember the food or music, but we would have the pictures forever. After interviewing and looking at the portfolios of about 10 photographers in Santa Barbara, the choice was very clear: Michael & Anna Costa. When you take a look at their website you will know why. Michael is truly a gifted photographer. Anna is incredible as well. His pictures do not just document a wedding – they genuinely capture the day’s emotions and mood. When we got our pictures back, we were absolutely amazed. Michael is so creative and really knows how to bring out the best in people and their surroundings. He has an amazing talent for capturing a look on someone’s face that may only be there for a millisecond: pure love in someone’s eyes or a genuine laugh. And nothing is more important on your big day. Michael Costa is not your average wedding photographer who just takes predictable photographs. Of course, he takes great posed shots, too. But the pictures we love the most are the ones that show Michael’s incredible imagination and versatility. The perspectives he uses in his photos are fresh, and his pictures are really “raising the bar” when it comes to wedding photography. I am not at all surprised that his work is winning awards and catching the attention of wedding magazine editors. Working together as husband and wife, Michael and Anna Costa really inject a genuine sense of romance into their photographs. First, I think they take the kind of wedding photographs they would want for themselves: beautiful, poignant, and breathtaking. Second, Michael and Anna spend time getting to know every bride and groom. It’s clear from their work that they view every single wedding as a unique and meaningful event, which it is. They don’t use a “cookie cutter” approach where every set of wedding photos looks exactly the same but with different people. The work they did for our wedding is something we will treasure for our entire lives. (Slightly amended due to length).

Marcus & Whitney Gilmour Michael and Anna photographed our wedding at the Firestone Vineyard. They were not only professional and organized, but unbelievably creative and truly captured those “special moments” that we were hoping for. Our wedding photos are not just “pictures”, but “works of art”. They are stunning and we are so pleased with them!

Tracy & Michael Leach We have just received our wedding photos from Michael and Anna and we are thrilled!! We absolutely love them. They are all fabulous…we don’t know how we will ever be able to narrow them down. I can’t believe the number of special moments they caught….I never knew they took half of them….. that is what is so great about them. They are spontaneous moments and not at all posed or fake. Each photo is so artistic and beautiful! They are both amazing and wonderful to work with!!!! Another great feature is that they post the photos all online through Pictage so that as soon as they are done you can access them from the website. This was great for us since we live in Canada. We highly recommend them! They are the best out there!

Darrin & Jen Brachfeld We were married February 2008. Anna & Michael Costa are amazing to work with. They made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and guided us when needed for the most beautiful, artistic pictures! We are so happy they captured our wedding. The Costa’s were highly recommended to us by another photographer who doesn’t do weddings.

Julie & Blake Towsley • (CBS Show, Survivor) My husband and I were married in Malibu, CA on May 15th of this year.  The entire event was so amazing and memorable.  In the beginning stages of planning our wedding there were a few details that were a must, there were some that were negotiable and there were some that I didn’t really care about.  Our wedding pictures were of the upmost importance to us.  We searched high and low and finally came across Michael + Anna Costa Photography.  This talented, married couple was a gift from above.  Not only were they super professional and delivered the most unique and beautiful photos, they were also very down to earth.  We met with them and they came with gifts for us and lots of useful advice.  We met with them several more times before the big day…many of which were more like friend outings than business meetings.  Getting to know Michael and Anna made it so much easier for me to allow them into my life and made it so much less stressful to be in front of the camera.  They took the coolest engagement pictures and then the wedding pics were more than we could have hoped for.  I highly recommend them for engagement, wedding, and any other special event you have coming up. You will not regret it.

Aaron Kitch & Allison Cooper Michael and Anna photographed my wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, CA in July ‘09. Their photographs (which can be seen on their website) are proof enough of their talent, and my husband and I were delighted that the photos they took at our wedding were as beautiful and creative as the ones we had seen from other weddings they’ve photographed. They were also a pleasure to work with – relaxed, yet very professional with great work ethic. They have our highest recommendation!

Katie & Ethan Applen • (CEO & Co-Founder, Lakes & Legends Brewing Company) Excerpt from the email Katie & Ethan sent to us after viewing their wedding photos for the first time: These are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!!  Thank you SO much! We absolutely love them and can’t stop going through them!!! ...Thank you, thank you again!  So excited to have these :)  They’re stunning!

Photography was one of our top priorities when it came to choosing our wedding vendors. We were super picky and spent hours driving all over Southern California meeting with various photographers. When we met with Michael and Anna, we were hooked and called off our search. We were awestruck looking at their photo albums and just had an all around great time talking with them! Michael shot our engagement photos and both Michael and Anna shot our wedding. The pictures we got back are breathtaking and we couldn’t be happier. From the lighting to the expressions, the pictures give us such joy when we look through them and remember our wedding. They accurately reflect their style and personality as well as ours and we get so many wonderful compliments on our photos. Michael and Anna were also such a joy to work with. Always on time for anything, always responsive if we had any questions and completely professional and fun! We recommend them a hundred times over and are constantly signing their praises…they’re the best in the business.

Jason & Kimberly Tatham My fiance and I just got our engagement pictures back from the Costa’s and we were blown away. They are just too beautiful for words!! I know everyone says that about their own pictures, but ours really are the best! LOL We’ve shown them off to all of our friends and family and they can’t believe how amazing they turned out. I even have one friend who lives in another city and is taking them to show her photographer because she wants her engagement photos to look just like ours! :) Besides having wonderful photos, Michael and Anna are so fun to work with! It can be a little weird to have someone taking pictures of you while you’re making out with your fiance, but after a few minutes we felt totally comfortable with them. I think the fact that Anna was leaping around in the background trying to make us smile helped, hehe. Hiring them for our wedding photography was the best decision we made!!! I wouldHIGHLY recommend to them anyone who wants fabulous photographs!