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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Photography by Isaac provides film and photography services in Santa Barbara and worldwide. Isaac has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Best of Santa Barbara from Santa Barbara Magazine. His background is in photojournalism and celebrity portraits, having photographed Antonio Banderas, Amy Tan, Frank Gehry, and Isabel Allende, among others. As a journalist, Isaac extensively covered marriage equality. Currently, he also writes and directs documentaries, including the award-winning film Better Together, narrated by Christopher Lloyd.

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5.0 / 5 (7)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Tobin Photography provides wedding photo services to the Santa Barbara area. Tobin Photography has been featured in Style Me Pretty, The New York Times, and and was The Knot's Best of Weddings and Weddingwire Couples' Choice winner in 2015. Clients can choose to have Tobin shoot their wedding or use an associate photographer for a lower price. Tobin Photography donates a part of its fees from every wedding to Trees for the Future and WaterAid America.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (21)

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Santa Barbara, CA 90501

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Sun & Sparrow has been providing wedding photography in the Santa Barbara area since 2009 currently photographing and filming 40 weddings every year. The company specializes in wedding, engagement, and lifestyle photography and uses both photos and videography to tell stories. Clients can look through various packages online, and the team does travel for destination weddings. Sun & Sparrow's work won The Knot's Best of Weddings in 2014, was featured on Style Me Pretty, and was a featured wedding vendor on Borrowed & Blue.

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4.7 / 5 (14)

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Vita-Bella Photography has been photographing weddings in Santa Barbara for over 18 years. Clients can order wedding packages combining photos and video, and Vita-Bella can also photograph elopement sessions, engagements, and vow renewals. Services cost less for weddings which take place mid-week, on Fridays, and on Sundays, and couples can create their own custom package as well as request a quote online. Vita-Bella Photography is also available for pregnancy shoots and kids and family portraits.

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4.8
Facebook
4.6 / 5 (13)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (11)
Google
5.0 / 5 (3)

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1234 Mission Canyon Pl, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Providing service throughout Santa Barbara, Lucia Kiel Portraits creates magazine-style portraits with the goal of instilling confidence and a sense of beauty into women and girls. This full-service studio offers a variety of portrait services, including glamour, boudoir, maternity, and high school senior headshots. It also offers small wedding and elopement services. Each photoshoot is fully guided and includes planning and styling consultation, professional hair and makeup, studio wardrobe access, and full retouching.

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5.0 / 5 (8)

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Kelsey Crews Photo uses a photo-journalistic and artistic approach when photographing weddings in Santa Barbara. Kelsey Crews was a Featured Wedding Vendor on Borrowed & Blue and was on Santa Barbara Wedding Style's 2013 A-List. The team also shoots engagement sessions and portraits. Couples can find a list of wedding service vendors on the company site for makeup, event specialists, venues, rentals, catering, music, and flowers.

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5.0 / 5 (13)
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5.0 / 5 (8)

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Santa Barbara, CA 93140

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Photography enthusiast since age 11, Michelle Lauren of Michelle Lauren Photography has been photographing professionally since 2006 in Santa Barbara. She shoots weddings, engagements, special events, portraits, and fine art pictures. Michelle Lauren describes her style as unobtrusive, aiming to allow events to occur naturally and capturing every moment. Michelle's fine art photography features landscape and beach sunsets, she loves surfing and the sea. Wedding and personal portraits have a bright, airy feel with an emphasis on small details such as shoes, flower petals, and table arrangements. Various customizable packages are available for wedding shoots with between 4 and 8 hours offered per package.

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5.0 / 5 (33)
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5.0 / 5 (22)
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5.0 / 5 (3)

Website
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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The Great Romance is a Santa Barbara wedding photographer. The husband-wife team uses a fine art approach and specializes in telling stories via film. Aside from weddings, The Great Romance can also capture portraits, families, engagements, maternity, and other life events. Their work has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Magnolia Rouge, Grey Likes Weddings,100 Layer Cake, and Martha Stewart Weddings. The team can travel internationally for weddings as well.

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Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Kiel Rucker provides wedding photo services to Santa Barbara residents. The team specializes in capturing details of the venue, ceremony, and reception as well as key interactions. Wedding services range from a few hours with one photographer to a full day with two photographers, engagement session, and album. The team also offers photo services for elopement sessions of a full day or a couple of hours. Kiel Rucker has been featured on Carats & Cake and Ruffled and was named a Premium Vendor for Once Wed in 2016.

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5.0 / 5 (6)

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Karen D Photography has been shooting Santa Barbara weddings since 2010. Photographer Karen D creates heirloom photographs for her clients which tell their story. Clients can also order family portraits, boudoir shots, and memories from other life events. Wedding services are customized for each couple, but always include two photographers on the day of the nuptials. Karen D is available for elopement sessions and to travel for destination weddings as well.

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5.0 / 5 (45)
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5.0 / 5 (44)

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Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Mollie Crutcher Photography is a Santa Barbara wedding photographer who uses a mostly candid approach. A wedding package includes photos from nine hours of wedding day coverage and an engagement session presented in on online gallery. Mollie Crutcher is also a portrait and editorial fashion photographer who shoots proposals, elopements, family, and boudoir photos. Ms. Crutcher prefers to meet in person with clients to discuss working together.

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5.0 / 5 (8)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (8)

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Website
1323 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Michael + Anna Costa Photography provides coverage of wedding ceremonies and operates within the Santa Barbara, California, metro area. Outside of strict wedding processions, it also offers coverage of engagement events and sells professionally edited photographs featuring candid and planned moments. Its photographers often employ an editorial style to photo shoots. Outside of wedding ceremonies, Michael + Anna Costa Photography also shoots general lifestyle photography and offers portraiture services to clients with a range of needs.

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5.0 / 5 (41)
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5.0 / 5 (32)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (2)

Website
Camarillo, CA 93012

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Anna Delores is a Camarillo wedding photographer. The team uses film and digital and will bring their own lighting equipment, and couples usually will receive their photos eight to twelve weeks after the nuptials. Clients can ask for custom packages and are able to send in a desired shot list as well as the wedding day draws near. Anna Delores has been featured in The Knot, Huffington Post, and Santa Barbara Life + Style Magazine.

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5.0 / 5 (55)

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Website
Goleta, CA 93117

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Megan Sorel Photography offers wedding photo services for couples in Santa Barbara. Photographer, Megan Sorel can also travel internationally for destination weddings. Ms. Sorel prefers organic locations and natural light when she works, and her photos have been seen in The Knot, Santa Barbara Magazine, and Martha Stewart Weddings as well as featured on Style Me Pretty and Magnolia Rouge.

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5.0 / 5 (7)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Introduction

    Because of the sheer number of weddings that happen each year, wedding photography is a booming industry. Couples engaged to be married should take great care in finding a wedding photographer before their big day that suits their style.

    Many people think all wedding photographers are virtually the same, but this is incorrect. Some photographers prefer unusual arrangements, angles, and uses of light in their images. They may also have unique styles and filters when editing wedding photos. This makes it very important if you're planning on getting married and looking for a photographer to take the time to find one whose style aligns with what you're looking for.
  • What does a wedding photographer do?

    Wedding photographers take pictures of the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the families of the bride and groom. They also often photograph the major events of the reception and the guests to help preserve memories of the entire affair.

  • What makes a good wedding photographer?

    A good wedding photographer can faithfully recreate special memories, taking care to capture the most important moments of the wedding and reception. They're able to fulfill the requests of the couple getting married and help them choose the best images from the event.

  • How do I pick a wedding photographer?

    Couples can find their wedding photographer by asking friends and family for recommendations or checking out local listings. It's important to review portfolios, pricing, and availability. When you've picked a few that pique your interest, speak to them in person to make sure they're a good fit.

  • What should I ask a wedding photographer?

    Before you make a final decision about your wedding photographer, you'll want to ask several important questions, such as:

    • Can we see your portfolio?
    • How many weddings have you shot?
    • How much do require for a deposit?
    • What packages are available in our price range?
    • What is your editing style?

  • How much does a wedding photographer cost?

    The cost of a wedding photographer depends on various factors, including their experience, photo packages, and the length of time you need them. According to Brides.com, a wedding photographer can charge anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their services.

  • Why are wedding photographers so expensive?

    A wedding photographer's fee reflects their experience, training, and ability to fulfill your vision and requests. The time needed to complete the process for a single wedding makes a difference as well. For a standard eight to 10 hour wedding, a photographer may spend as much as double that culling and editing photos.

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