Santa Barbara's Best Wedding Photographers!
Finding your wedding photographer can be a challenging experience. It's not like you get married every day! So the editors here at WPSB have put together a list - a very SHORT list - of the best wedding photographers in the Santa Barbara area. These are photographers with years of experience, and they have a wonderful way of creating art out of your wedding day. If your wedding is in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, or even Ventura, then we're here to help you out.
One thing to keep in mind is that none of the photographers on our list have paid to be on here. This is not an advertising site. We don't accept requests to be on the list. Our goal is simply to recommend the very best photographers in the Santa Barbara area.
Pricing, as you might imagine, varies greatly from photographer to photographer. The prices are not necessarily related to the photographer's skill level or number of years in business. There are many other factors involved, such as the amount of service provided, the demand for a particular photographer, and even a certain amount of celebrity status with some of these photographers.
You'll note though that we don't feature any 'budget' wedding photographers on this list. You'll have to look elsewhere for that. This is a list of Santa Barbara wedding photographers who bring style and elegance to their work, and that sort of quality doesn't come cheaply. The range of full wedding packages (six hours of coverage and a small album) can start at $2500 for some photographers, but start at $5000 or more for others.
In no particular order, here is our list of top Santa Barbara wedding photographers...
Based in northern Santa Barbara County, Jose Villa is a world-renowned wedding photographer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, Town & Country Weddings, Instyle Weddings, C Weddings Magazine, Brides Australia, Brides Brazil, Brides China and Vogue China. He is truly a superstar wedding photographer, and Santa Barbara is fortunate to have him so close. Jose shoots entirely on film, which creates an unrivalled look to his images.
Matt is based in Ventura, just south of Santa Barbara. His work is incredibly beautiful, but he goes out of his way to capture the joy and love between family and friends at your wedding. This attention to "family" comes from his roots as a family-portrait photographer (which he still does in addition to wedding photography). He won the PDN Magazine's international "Top Knots" wedding photography award in 2012. Matt is a 100% film-based photographer, because he believes it gives a look that digital cameras just can't achieve.
Katie moved to Santa Barbara to attend the Brooks Institute of Photography (one of the best photography schools in the world). Being a part of people’s family history, recording their most precious days and documenting their children as they grow up had a special place in her heart. Katie graduated from Brooks in 2002 and has been in business in the Santa Barbara area ever since. She has been published in many local and national magazines such as Wedding Dresses Magazine, Your Wedding Day, Wedding Celebrations, Chicago Home and Gardens, Santa Barbara Magazine, and ITEM magazine.
Patrick Moyer was born and raised in Santa Barbara, the son of a film producer. He graduated from film school, and shoots both "moving" and "still" photography. He divides his time between Santa Barbara, and Dominical, Costa Rica. Patrick also shoots on traditional film, not digital.
Taryn and Shelby of Joie Lala are inspired by unique weddings, capturing emotion, creative concepts, traveling to new and exotic locations, and outside the box thinkers. They are available for destination weddings worldwide.
Mike and Rachel Larson
Mike Larson Photography was originally established in 1997 by Mike in Danville, California. Now operated by Mike and Rachel Larson, their boutique studio is based on California’s central coast. They are a husband and wife team, specializing in estate and vineyard weddings in the heart of California’s wine country, as well as in fabulous private locations around the world.
Jen is a bi-coastal wedding photographer, shooting many weddings in the southern California area, as well as New York City and all over the world. She approaches wedding photography with a romantic, fine art sensibility. She is known for her fresh, clean and light-filled images and striking portraits. She is dedicated to medium format film and the resulting work has appeared in bridal magazines all over the country.
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