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Ristaino Photography
delightful whimsy, inherent joy, delicious authenticity
delightful whimsy, inherent joy, delicious authenticity

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I loved meeting this awesome family a few weeks ago at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota where we knocked out photos for the whole family, senior portraits for Jackson, and a few business headshots for Erin. Whew. And wouldn’t you know, it was the ONE day in months that mother nature decided a little rain was in order. But she held out and we were able to get some great images around the park. phillippi estate park family session

Many people ask me “What should we wear?” My best piece of advice is to think in terms of coordinating and complementing. Gone are the days of white polo shirts and blue jeans. No one wants to see matchy-matchy, or worse end up on that Funny Family Photos website. Erin did a great job of coordinating her family in shades of yellows and blues. Perfectly coordinated and complementary, not matchy. To read more tips on what to wear, head on over here see what I have to say about your interior decor and how it can lend a hand in your outfit coordination!

#ristainophotography #sarasotafamilypictures #sarasotafamilyphotography

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What if you could bottle up every last bit of your daughter’s childhood and tuck it away to remember forever?
Time is a funny thing. It just keeps pressing forward whether we want it to or not.

These little humans continue to morph and change right before our eyes. One day they are toddling around like little drunken sailors and the next, they’ve transformed into beautiful young women.

But there are glimpses, are there not? Glimpses of that little girl that still shine through…in the crinkle of her nose, and the giggle she can’t contain. So when Heather asked me to capture this transformative time in Abigail’s life. I emphatically said YES! And what an amazing human she is….I’m so excited for you to meet her.

#bestsarasotaportraits #Sarasotaportraitphotography #sarasotatweenphotography #sarasotateenportraits #sarasotachildphotography #ristainophotography #michaelaristaino

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Horse? Dog? Lizard? (ahem, excuse me. DRAGON.) Check, check, and check!

Whenever someone asks if we can do a photo session with their animal, the answer is always a resounding YES!

So, here we are and YES, I absolutely love it when clients ask to include their sweet fur balls in their session. Animals are magical, aren’t they? They make us laugh and make us love. They sneak into
our hearts and set up shop and there they stay. And aren’t we better because of is? So, I guess it’s settled. I should add a new title to my specialities:


#sarasotapetphotography #sarasotapets #sarasotapetphotographer #ristainophotography #michaelaristainophotography

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A girl and her horse | Old Myakka Farm Photoshoot

Cathy-and-Ben-Sarasota-horse-pet-photography-Michaela-Ristaino-Photography_0006.jpgWhen your new friend invites you to come out to Old Myakka and do a photoshoot with her and her horse and her sweet pup? You say YES! And when she offers to take you on a horseback ride? You say, ABSOLUTELY

My fun day with Cathy, Ben & Bozeman is up on the blog!

#ristainophotography #sarasotapetphotography #sarasotahorsephotography #sarasotaportraits #bestsarasotaportraits #horses #farmlife

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Sand is the New Snow | Siesta Key Beach Portraits

The sweet D family arrived in Sarasota in August to start a new adventure. When Kristin contacted me for her family portraits, she knew that the beach was a must for their session.
After all, what says Christmas more than Siesta Key beach portraits on your holiday card?

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

#sarasotafamilyphotography #sarasotabeachportraits #siestakeybeachportraits #ristainophotography #michaelaristainophotography

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My heart is full....

Holiday Mini Sessions | An Exercise in Kindness | Phillippi Estate Park

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously,
that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it,
that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return.
And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now),
that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”
Mini-sessions ― Neil Gaiman

On Sunday October 30, 14 families descended on Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota for Holiday Mini Sessions.

#sarasotafamilyphotography #sarasotafamilyphotographer #sarasotaminisessions #sarasotaholidayminisessions #ristainophotography

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Meet Marguerite. She is Beauty Revived. Sarasota Teen Headshots.

“If you have anything at all, you have something to share with others.”

Wise beyond her 14 years, Marguerite knows a thing or two about moving. Having moved 4 times before the age of 13, she knows how hard it can be. The start of her 7th grade year, found Marguerite and her family in Sarasota, FL, starting over yet again.

#sarasotateenheadshots #sarasotaheadshots #sarasotateenphotography #ristainophotography

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Beautiful Alice is up on the blog!

Alice’s Senior photos speak for themselves.

A beautiful girl with an even more beautiful spirit. When Alice asked if we could do her senior photos at Beer Can Island I was ecstatic. It felt like a Florida rite of passage to trek through the grove of downed mangroves to reach this secluded beach. Huge driftwood trees decorated the beach with their intricate weaving of lace-like roots. It was the perfect backdrop to capture Alice’s senior photos.
Yes, it was 95 degrees. Yes, the humidity was eleventy-jillion percent. Yes, I was a sweaty mess. But then there was Alice. A smile that lit up the entire beach, looking as cool and fresh as could be. This young lady is going places. And I can’t wait to cheer her on.

#sarasotaseniorphotos #seniorphotos #seniorology #ristainophotography #sarasotaseniorportraits

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I was a total fangirl when the baby whisperer Dana Obleman contacted me to do her headshots. And yes, she's every bit as sweet as she looks.

#sarasotaheadshots #sarasotaheadshotphotography #sleepsense #danaobleman #ristainophotography
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