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Les Schwartz Photography
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Darren W.
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Working with Les was such a a great experience! I'm pretty picky when it comes to pictures of myself - especially a picture for my website. Les did an outstanding job of listening to what I wanted and most importantly, produced a terrific headshot (easily the best shot I've ever had of myself). He is very professional, easy to work with, and he doesn't over charge like a lot of other photographers in the area. I highly recommend Les Schwartz Photography!

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  • 26 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Li N.
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We hired JP'S for wedding pictures. The photographer is very friendly and kind. I am happy with the first half of the pictures, not the rest. I worked with professional photographers before. When we took pictures outdoors, they would move around a lot to take pictures from different ankles. But with JP'S, because of his lack of mobility (or whatever other reasons), some pictures are just not as nice as I hoped. To be honest, some pictures turned out nice. We wore two different type of outfits on that day. First one turned out nice, not the one in wedding dress. The photographer offered to fix some of the pictures, but we decided not to bother. We spent $500 for an hour of shooting pictures. I want to put it here, may use as reference for anyone who is looking to hire a photographer. I won't work with this one again.

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Doug Ellis Photography
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Brittney S.
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It has only been such a short time from our wedding and we are still so in awe of the work Doug did. He recommended two photographers for our wedding and even though I didn't think it was very big and necessary, I'm so glad I did! He and Bryan were able to be at different locations and have different views and it was perfect! They were easy to get along with, funny, personable and everyone loved them. The pictures came out absolutely incredible and the turnaround time to completion was impressive. They captured all of our requests plus things we wouldn't have thought of. You can never have a "do-over" for wedding pictures and I am so grateful to Doug and Bryan for the impeccable job they did. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend them to anyone for any photography needs!

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Bright Bird Photography
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Katie E.
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Our family photos turned out beautifully! She was able to capture the kids giggles and more tender moments just as I had hoped; all while dodging waves, waning light and variable cooperation of our 1 and 4 year old boys! She was flexible with time and also with style of photos from spontaneous moments to more formal groupings. I found her pricing very competitive with South Bay professional photographers who generally charge a sizable fee for prints and images on top of sitting fees. Would recommend Bright Bird without reservation!

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Madeleine's Photography
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Trish S.
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I LOVED working with Madeleine she  is the most professional and courteous photographer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her work is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! She can literally make any image you have in your mind, and she made sure I got all the images I wanted. .I could not imagine recommending anyone else. Madeleine is a great photographer the best in Santa Barbara. Madeleine Vite www.madphoto.com

Pinnel Photography
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lucia G.
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Juan is not only an amazing photographer, he is also very cool and extremely reliable.He went out of his way to make everything we needed absolutely perfect. We had the best experience with him and made us fee extremely comfortable all the time (he even was amazing with our puppy). Trust me, you won't find a nicer and more professional photographer than Juan!!

Rob Fenton Productions
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Ilse O.
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We received beautiful photos and Rob is very professional and a talented photographer.

  • 38 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Lu F.
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So im a professional in this industry its just im a Cinematographer, basically a photographer and I wanted to enjoy this party myself. So, Bob was exceptional. Over delivered more than I expected. Came with outstanding equipment. Did more work for me and spent more time than expected which was very nice. And he delivered. Im very thankful.

Remember When, by Ceci
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Joshua H.
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Over the past several years I've had the pleasure of knowing Ceci as a friend and watching her grow as a great photographer. Last year I had Ceci take my senior pictures. Even though I'm not very photogenic, Ceci worked with me to get some amazing shots. We went to a lot of really rustic places, and a few spots that hold my favorite memories during college. The best part about my shoot was getting to hang out with the Frosts. To them, you're more than just a picture, you're a friend.

Danyell Ellis Visuals
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Blake C.
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This person was so amazing. She took the best video of my wife and i’s wedding day! Not only was the footage great, but she was extremely professional and a pleasure to be around. My wife loved her personality, which made it very easy to act natural when someone is filming them. She got videos of things that I didn’t even get to experience myself as the groom, so watching back again was like a new experience in itself. Her prices are great for the amazing quality I received. I would recommend her for any event, photo and video. We hired her for video, but she took better pictures than the photographer we hired. Thank you Danyell! 5 stars all the way.

Unedited Photography
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Amrita K.
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I really want to thank loni for taking pics of my sons birthday party.she had done outstanding job and taken some memorable pics of the event. I highly recommend her .For any future events i might have i am not ging to look for any other photographer but Loni...

BassImages
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
OC P.
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Jim is an exceptional professional photographer. He photographed me for professional head shots and also took classic portraits of myself and my wife, as well as some lovely candids. I highly recommend him and his work.

Aum Photography
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie P.
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So amazing! You are a wonderfully photographer. I love you:)

  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Susansusanjo J.
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Alex is a phenomenal photographer catching the essence of his subjects. Do not hesitate to book his services !

Fine Heart Photography
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rachrl M.
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I've worked with Barbara twice, for both professional photos and family holiday photos. She's creative and extremely professional, funny and kind, and I couldn't be happier with the entire process. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again. She's the first person I'd recommend if asked about photographers and my go-to gal for any photography project. We love Barbara, and so will you!

Lalita Segal Photography
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lucy C.
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We first started working with Lalita when my son Oliver was 1 month old.  I wanted to capture him in this newborn phase because before I know it, he’ll be in college!  I didn’t know what to expect because Oliver can be a handful at home with all his cuddly toys; a studio with new people could be very tricky.  Lalita immediately made us all so comfortable.  She had a heated blanket for Oliver and knew just how to put him at ease.  I was so impressed with her professionalism and her kind nature.  The photos were spectacular!  We’ve done 3 sessions with Lalita now and each group of photos is better than the next!  She even has a squeaky toy app on her phone that Oliver loves!  That was just one of her many tricks that brought out the most adorable expressions from Oliver.  Our most recent shoot was for Oliver’s 1st birthday, taken at the beach.  Despite the overcast skies, we got beautiful shots full of smiles and giggles, complete with crashing waves in the background.  Lalita works so well with kids, we got all the shots we needed and didn’t even miss naptime!  She is now our official family photographer and we wouldn’t have it any other way!  We LOVE Lalita!  I would highly recommend Lalita and Playful Photography for any family occasion!

ENKimages
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Annette H.
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I hired Johnny as a second photographer for my wedding with my new wife. His photos were really amazing. I have pictures of my fans and friends smiling and having an amazing time.

A Studio
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Blatchford R.
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Ash took photos of my new puppy for me. She has a way with dogs I can't describe! She was able to get the perfect pictures of my new puppy with ease. I am very happy of the pictures I have and will be returning when my puppy is older! This is great to receive high quality photographs without paying some of those ridiculous prices. I fully recommend her to anyone who wants any picture! Thank you Arist Ash!

Isaiah Kajumba
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Aulama L.
Verified review

Wow! What an amazing photographer! We got married on Dec. 15 at the Santa Barbara Zoo and so many people told us how hard it was to photograph there, Isaiah proved so many people wrong. He was fun and great to work with. His eye for detail blew my wife and I out of the water! His eye to see the small details of every piece of picture really helped. He knew how to blend colors and make us pop and stand out way more than I thought is possible! I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer!!!

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About

My name is Ryan Martinez, and I had gone to college in Santa Barbara. I will now be pursuing my life towards Santa Monica in which I will be shooting weddings on a daily basis. Email me for inquires.

  • 32 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

I am an editorial/magazine portrait photographer. My clients include Los Angeles Magazine, Ventana Magazine, The LA Weekly, The New York Times, The Washington Post and several other print publications.

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