Let’s Start With Why

My name is Michael Santos and I am a portrait photographer. I remember from a young age being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always liked artistic work, but have never been able to draw or paint. When I was a little older I figured why not try photography and from there I fell in love. To me, photography is so much more than taking pictures, it’s capturing moments, moments that won’t happen again.

I never had the chance to meet my grandfather on my dads side, unfortunately he passed before I was born, but I’ve seen photos of him when my dad and uncles were children. The photo that stands out the most to me, is the wedding photo that my grandmother has had on her nightstand for decades. To her, it’s more than a simple piece of paper with a picture on it, it’s a cherished memory.

Recent Work

Michael Santos Photography Process

Step 1:

Get In Contact

Step 2:

Introductory Call

Step 3:

Lock In Date

Step 4:

Capture Magic

Step 5:

Receive Photos/Products

Capturing the priceless moments of your lives shouldn’t go to the lowest bidder.

Just Saying…

I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Costa Mesa, CA. And I’m dedicated to providing my clients with the best possible portrait and wedding photography. Most photographers take pictures, I tell stories. Let me tell yours.

Several years ago I noticed a trend in photography – everyone who knew how to push a button on a digital camera started calling themselves professional photographers. While it’s easy enough to push a button, it takes passion, care, and years of training as a true artist to tell your story.

I am inspired by your story and am as passionate as you are about making it come to life. This passion fuels my desire to truly get to know you, understand your love, and tell your unique story on that special day.

You deserve your day to be surrounded by people who are passionate about about what they do. Passionate about creating unique art specific to you, and passionate about beautifully and elegantly telling your story, let me be there help you.


I love traveling almost as much as shooting with my camera.

My wedding collections represent some of my most popular products and albums. All of my wedding collections include an online gallery, and full resolution files with a print release for personal printing rights. Most of my couples also invest in heirloom albums, large canvases, and print enlargements.

My full wedding collections begin at $3000. Each collection offers products that I stand behind. Please don’t hesitate to ask about a destination wedding. My passport is current and I love to travel. I can always create a custom wedding package for you as well, so don’t be shy to ask! I understand every wedding is unique, so please feel free to let me know what your needs are and I will be more than glad to customize a package just for you! To view my full wedding collection, please drop me a line.


It costs $3000 for you to take photos at my wedding?

Yep, do you think you are going to be okay with that?

Double O.M.G.

It costs $250 for a maternity and newborn session with you with no digital files???

Yeah, do you trust me to create beautiful artwork for your home?

Triple O.M.G.

It costs $125 for a portrait session with no digital files?

Yeah, do you trust me to create beautiful artwork for your home?

A Few Words From Clients


I absolutely loved my images. To the point that they brought tears to my eyes. Michael did such a good job capturing my relationship with my son.

Jessica and Jose

What can I say?! From start to finish Mike made the whole process so easy. And he was so great at putting the both of us at ease in front of the camera. Our engagement and wedding photos came out amazing!

Norma and Brandon

Michael was referred by one of my good friends. I loved the way he captured her photos for their sessions and I knew I just had to have him! He captured our ceremony beautifully.

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