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frequently asked questions

01. When did you become a photographer?

Professionally since 2011, but in my heart since I first picked up a film camera in 2004.

02. What’s your favorite part of a wedding?

Those peaceful moments photographing with the couple before the party begins.

03. What do you shoot with?

Top of the line Canon equipment with all prime (fixed) lenses.

04. How long have you lived in Los Angeles?

I moved to LA in January 2010. Before that I lived in Boston, and I’m originally from the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

05. How would you describe your artistic style?

Paris meets Palm Springs! Think elevated whimsy -  take the romance and classic elegance of Paris and mix it with the clean lines, color, and funkiness of Palm Springs.

07. Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into?

It's a toss up between Gryffindor and the most underrated house, Hufflepuff. Let's call it...Gryffinpuff!

08. How far out do you book?

Typically I book about a year to 15 months out. However, if you want more information, please feel free to reach out whenever you have a venue and date confirmed!

09. I’m not having a hot pink wedding. Are you going to be bummed?

No way! I love ALL colors - mustard yellow, gray, dusty blue, pale peach, sage green, you name it!

10. What is your turn-around time?

About a month for an engagement session, about three months for a wedding. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to editing! 

11. Do you travel for weddings?

Yes, absolutely! Nothing inspires me quite like a brand new destination. Don't be shy about asking - I'm always looking for an adventure! My travels have taken me to Hawaii, Paris and New Zealand, to name a few!

06. Do you Capture elopements or only big weddings?

I capture marriage ceremonies of any and all sizes! 

praise from clients:

“the final photos are magazine-quality & breathtaking.”

I firmly believe that the most important vendor for your wedding is the photographer. I am so lucky to have found Mary to shoot our engagement photos and wedding. She did an amazing job, paid close attention to all the details and made sure to capture all the right shots. The final photos are magazine-quality and breathtaking. Everyone who has seen our engagement photos and wedding photos have raved on and on about Mary's work. I couldn't be happier! I will definitely be booking an anniversary shoot with Mary in the future!

- Christine & Alan

 "Our photos are so stunning and working with Mary was a joy."

MARY IS AMAZING!!!! She is so talented, creative, friendly, and professional. She has such an amazing eye!!!! All of our family and friends have been freaking out over our wedding photos. We had a very large wedding party, and both of us have a large family. Mary was so kind to my husband's uncle who also wanted to snap a few photos, and wasn't frazzled when taking family photos was like wrangling cats. If you are looking for a photographer that's as kind as she is talented, Mary is it! Our photos are so stunning and working with Mary was a joy, even for my husband who is camera shy! We truly couldn't recommend her more!

- Jen & Joe

 “She was our favorite person to work with during our wedding process.”

We had the opportunity to work with Mary for our engagement shoot and wedding day, and she absolutely knocked both out of the park. She was punctual, professional, and has a great sensibility of her client's desired aesthetic. She was open to our ideas and suggestions, but also was there to lend her expertise and keen eye for what she knows what would ultimately result in a great shot. During our wedding day, Mary went above and beyond to ensure we had all of the photos we wanted and then some. She truly loves what she does and her passion is evident in the end result! I'm so thankful to Mary for her kindness, patience, and for lending her talents. She was our favorite person to work with during our wedding process. I simply couldn't say enough great things about working with Mary and her team!

- Winslow + Carlos

 “Her style is so unique and fit the vibe we were going for perfectly.”

I had been following Mary Costa on Instagram and loved her aesthetic. When my husband and I got engaged, I knew I wanted her to be our photographer. Her style is so unique and fit the vibe we were going for so perfectly. I can't imagine having had anyone else do the job. Weddings can be so stressful and knowing that I didn't have to worry at all about our photos turning out how we wanted was the best feeling. She is so sweet and her second shooter was also phenomenal. We honestly cannot recommend her enough! Thank you, Mary!

- Kim + Will

 “you made us both feel so at ease AND we had SO much fun.”

We are both usually so uncomfortable in front of a camera but you made us both feel so at ease AND we had SO much fun. You gave us every shot that I wanted - from a handsome solo shot of Paul being so cute, an amazing photo of Arizona scenery with a tiny me & P in the front to make it extra perfect, and then a pic of the back of my dress where you can see all the detailed beading, OMG yesssss. ALL the heart eyes!!!!!

- Deidre + Paul

 “She exceeded our expectations in every regard.”

We feel so incredibly lucky to have found Mary! She exceeded our expectations in every regard. Mary is the absolute perfect balance of professional and personable! She's such a joy to be around. Her work is absolutely breathtaking and you are able to see the amount of time and love she pours into each and every photo. We just feel so thankful! Mary, you've given us such an amazing gift. Thank you!

- Debbie + Zack

 “We are so happy and grateful to have these memories.”

Mary is beyond wonderful. She is professional, friendly, and knows exactly what she's doing. She traveled for our wedding in Denver, Colorado, and took time before the wedding to scope out locations for some amazing photos. We chose to have her photograph both our wedding and a "day after" shoot in the mountains; every photo she provided us with captured our day perfectly. We are so happy and grateful to have these memories.

- Margaret + Chris


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My wedding couples typically spend between $4,000-$6,000. All of my packages include me as the lead photographer, a customized photography timeline, beautifully edited high-resolution photos, and an online gallery with the option to purchase prints.

Elopement packages begin at $2,500.


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