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Working with Michaela is a pleasure, and I'm not just at saying that to be polite. She genuinely makes you feel confident and comfortable within moments of greeting you so you're ready to take the best photos ever. She's amazing with children and has a knack for getting even the toughest kiddos to smile. Her patience and gentle diligence for getting the perfect shot is something you wish you would find in more photographers. If you're looking for a photographer who is a true professional that provides you with the warmth of a close friend, Michaela is the best!

Ashley M.


I will never want to have portraits taken by anyone else!  When Michaela was just getting started, she took pictures of my family and they were PHEMONONAL!  Six years later, she took my son's graduation pictures & we couldn't be happier. She even found a mirror image picture from our first session giving us this remarkable memory & exhibit of the changes from 11 to 17 in ways that separate photos could never show.  Her instincts, insight & creativity make for an AMAZING result.  Run, don't walk to Ristaino Photography.  I guarantee you will be thrilled with the result!  

Trish O.


Michaela captures the essence of the people she photographs, and displays the authenticity of the moment. Her work is effervescent and lovely, and I highly recommend working with her if you want to create lasting photographic memories. She is a delight to work with, professional in her approach but helps you to relax in the moment as she is snapping away. The results speak for themselves. Our family has now used her twice - once for my son's senior photos and once for my business photos. We were thrilled with her work both times. Highly recommended!!

Tara R.


Michaela has been taking photos of our family for years. I think what I find most amazing about her is that after a crazy photo session with two young boys--where I think "there is no way that we got good photos"---not only are the photos amazing, but there are so many amazing ones to choose from! She captures the fun-loving, caring nature of our family in a single shot and we couldn't ask for more. People always comment on the photos of hers we have displayed in our home. I would highly recommend her!

Kelly C.


A skilled photographer with a great eye for composition and a relaxed manner that puts you at ease. She uses outdoor, natural settings whenever possible, which lends a softness and authenticity to her photos.I needed head shots for my author website and made an appointment with Michaela. She had scouted potential locations beforehand, and asked me what type of photos I had in mind, and what I might use them for. She was very prepared, so when it was time to take the actual photos, everything went smoothly, which put me further at ease. Michaela is personable, professional, and artistic. The perfect combo for a photographer!

Stacy D.


I've wanted new family photos for quite a while, but was looking for something special. My family and I are from Germany and we're only here in the U. S. for a limited period of time. When I met Michaela I asked her if she could capture the California spirit in the pictures and, well, that's exactly what she did! She knew the best location and knew perfectly how to set the scene, so that we look beautiful and relaxed. The golden hills and live oaks in the background will always remind me of our wonderful years in the Bay Area.Thank you so much, Michaela, it was a great pleasure working with you! We will miss you now that you're in Florida!

Krissy D.