Sol Focus Studios
Sol Focus Studios

Sol Focus Studios

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Introduction: As a professionally trained photographer, with over 15 years of experience, we aim for quality but with an artful approach. You deserve the photoshoot of your dreams, only an artist with a vision can provide. We offer authentic, real, heart on your sleeve portraits, weddings and commercial photography. All with great prices, and great service.

Current Top Pro

Hired 5 times

Serves Santa Barbara, CA

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19 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, Square cash app

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105 photos

  • Casa del Camino Wedding Portraits

    Wedding and Event Photography

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, value, and professionalism.

Great 4.7

7 reviews


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I can't say enough great things about this business! I contacted Sol Focus Studios because I wanted to get some current photos taken of myself to give to my husband for our anniversary, as well as for my parents for their anniversary. I haven't had my photos taken professionally for many years, and I was immediately impressed with the photos on the Sol Focus Studios' website. My Dad is also a photographer, so I grew up knowing what to look for in terms of hiring a fellow photographer. Michaela's photos on the Sol Focus Studios website are incredible, and she has a wonderful eye for capturing great and unique photos, as both a photographer and an artist.Michaela responded right away, and had outstanding ideas in making my photo experience perfect. She suggested a beach scene as the background, and the photo shoot was truly amazing! I had so much fun, and Michaela really knew how to make me feel at ease and was able to capture both posed photos as well as natural ones. She took many different photos, and assured me that I would be happy with the end product, which I was. In fact, the photos came out beautifully, and exceeded even my highest expectations!I would encourage anyone who wants professional photographs taken for weddings, engagements, a special event, or just to have a fun experience to hire Michaela at Sol Focus Studios! She is personable, professional, accommodating, affordable, and a truly gifted photographer! You definitely will not be sorry!
Sol Focus Studios's reply
Thank you so much, it was such a pleasure working with you and I appreciate all the great feedback!Michaela
May 19, 2021
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Thumbtack Customer

My wife had some photos done by Michaela, and they could not have turned out more beautifully! She was really able to capture my wife's beauty and her wonderful spirit. I will treasure these pictures. I would enthusiastically recommend Michaela and Sol Focus Studios for any of your families' photographic needs.
Sol Focus Studios's reply
Thankyou very much, Johnny!
May 21, 2021
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Harmony R.

Wedding and Event Photography

Michaela is great to work with! She is professional, on time, responsive, easy to communicate with, open to ideas, and accommodating to your vision. She has a relaxed demeanor and works hard. She got a second shooter. Her pictures were beautiful and she delivered within a week.
Sol Focus Studios's reply
Thanks so much Harmony! It was such a beautiful event to work with, happy to help!
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May 10, 2021
Orion G.

Michaela really puts her creativity and whole self into every aspect of her photography. Her portraiture is absolutely beautiful; she brings out the best image if the subject’s personality. Of course she arrives with a pleasant, happy, and professional demeanor. Her equipment and technical skill are top level. I was impressive that she really studied her craft with a technical education before the “ digital filter” age of photography. She’s the real deal ! I wouldn’t think of anyone else for my Daughters first portrait.
Sol Focus Studios's reply
A huge thanks to you Orion - your daughter was such a beauty to work with!
Mar 30, 2021
Juliana B.

I loved the quality and genuine artistic images!! Great and outstanding look!
Mar 27, 2021
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Michaela Gardner


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My prices are lower than most simply because I'm building my business on Yelp and also looking for repeat patrons who I can offer great discounts to.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a bachelor of arts degree in photography from a top photography school: Brooks Institute of photography in Santa Barbara. I have extensive training in lighting, portraiture, architectural photography and digital photo editing.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I have been a photographer since childhood and have done various art shows in both Hawaii and California. I have worked with designers on a line of photographic greeting card.

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