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Michael J. Distasio - Photographic Artist ~ HD Video Production

Little Falls , NJ

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Little Falls, NJ US 07424 (map)

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Nicole
Wedding:
9/11/2013
0.0/5.0
Please don't use ! He is a scam artist! They take your money and run ! If they do produce a product they give it to you years later !!!!
Please don't use ! He is a scam artist! They take your money and run ! If they do produce a product they give it to you Read more...
Please don't use ! He is a scam artist! They take your money and run ! If they do produce a product they give it to you years later !!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1/26/2013
0.0/5.0
My fiancé and I booked Michael Distasio for our July wedding. Prior to booking us, Michael was very accommodating and responsive. That soon changed. We scheduled our engagement session with Michael in NYC. He showed up to the shoot with his wife and daughter dressed unprofessionally and without his glasses. We spent most of the session walking around from place to place, not posing. As far as the pictures, they were armature, point and shoot. Michael did not suggest any creative poses or shoot from various angles.
Michael is difficult to get in touch with and does not return phone calls or emails. Do not use this "photographer".
My fiancé and I booked Michael Distasio for our July wedding. Prior to booking us, Michael was very accommodating and Read more...
My fiancé and I booked Michael Distasio for our July wedding. Prior to booking us, Michael was very accommodating and responsive. That soon changed. We scheduled our engagement session with Michael in NYC. He showed up to the shoot with his wife and daughter dressed unprofessionally and without his glasses. We spent most of the session walking around from place to place, not posing. As far as the pictures, they were armature, point and shoot. Michael did not suggest any creative poses or shoot from various angles.
Michael is difficult to get in touch with and does not return phone calls or emails. Do not use this "photographer". Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.8/5.0
I would like to share my experience with everyone because I would HATE for anyone to go through what I have been going through. It has been over 2 months since my wedding and still have not received my thank you cards yet. Everytime I speak with Michael and his wife, they come up with another excuse as to why I have not received my thank you cards. I will admit that they were on time on the day of my wedding; however I will admit that alot of very important pictures were NOT taken: picture of the ice sculpture, picture of the bride and groom with the in-laws, and pictures of the bride and groom's wedding bands! At this point in time, I am wondering if I will ever receive my thank you cards, wedding album, and videos. Please take this into consideration because it might happen to you and it is an awful feeling and it should not be this way at all. Lastly, I paid over$ 5,000 for these services and have not received ANYTHING!!
I would like to share my experience with everyone because I would HATE for anyone to go through what I have been going Read more...
I would like to share my experience with everyone because I would HATE for anyone to go through what I have been going through. It has been over 2 months since my wedding and still have not received my thank you cards yet. Everytime I speak with Michael and his wife, they come up with another excuse as to why I have not received my thank you cards. I will admit that they were on time on the day of my wedding; however I will admit that alot of very important pictures were NOT taken: picture of the ice sculpture, picture of the bride and groom with the in-laws, and pictures of the bride and groom's wedding bands! At this point in time, I am wondering if I will ever receive my thank you cards, wedding album, and videos. Please take this into consideration because it might happen to you and it is an awful feeling and it should not be this way at all. Lastly, I paid over$ 5,000 for these services and have not received ANYTHING!! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Jonathan
Wedding:
7/3/2012
0.0/5.0
DO NOT USE!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANYONE RECOMMENDING THIS MAN OR HIS WIFE SHOULD BE SUED!!!!

September 25, 2013 - 4:35PM
Little Falls Municipal Court in session

Wedding Photographer Michael J. De Rubeis (A.K.A. Michael J. Distasio) was arrested on multiple counts of disorderly persons, theft by deception, and impersonation charges.

In court today his bail was set at $7500 and is due in Passaic County Court where we will face the Grand Jury on October 15, at 8:30AM.

Anyone who has contracted this photographer for their wedding, whether under his real name Michael J. De Rubeis, or another alias (Michael J. Distasio, Creative Photography and Video, MKD Studio of Photography and Video, KM Photography and Video, Inc., CP Photography & Video, Impressive Images Photography and Design, Inc. or MK Photographic Artist) is encouraged to contact the Little Falls Police Department at 973-256-2411. File a complaint immediately. The detective handling the case is Detective Sgt. James Briggs.

Also, contact an attorney for legal advice in bringing civil charges against him. It is also advised that you contact the Attorney General and request that they bring civil charges against this man and his wife Kathleen De Rubeis, as they have scammed more than 70 victims in New Jersey, plus 60 or more victims in New York that they were charged for and sued for back in 2003.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/17/n-j-wedding-photographer-accused-of-scamming-dozens-of-couples/
DO NOT USE!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANYONE RECOMMENDING THIS MAN OR HIS WIFE SHOULD BE SUED!!!!

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DO NOT USE!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANYONE RECOMMENDING THIS MAN OR HIS WIFE SHOULD BE SUED!!!!

September 25, 2013 - 4:35PM
Little Falls Municipal Court in session

Wedding Photographer Michael J. De Rubeis (A.K.A. Michael J. Distasio) was arrested on multiple counts of disorderly persons, theft by deception, and impersonation charges.

In court today his bail was set at $7500 and is due in Passaic County Court where we will face the Grand Jury on October 15, at 8:30AM.

Anyone who has contracted this photographer for their wedding, whether under his real name Michael J. De Rubeis, or another alias (Michael J. Distasio, Creative Photography and Video, MKD Studio of Photography and Video, KM Photography and Video, Inc., CP Photography & Video, Impressive Images Photography and Design, Inc. or MK Photographic Artist) is encouraged to contact the Little Falls Police Department at 973-256-2411. File a complaint immediately. The detective handling the case is Detective Sgt. James Briggs.

Also, contact an attorney for legal advice in bringing civil charges against him. It is also advised that you contact the Attorney General and request that they bring civil charges against this man and his wife Kathleen De Rubeis, as they have scammed more than 70 victims in New Jersey, plus 60 or more victims in New York that they were charged for and sued for back in 2003.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/17/n-j-wedding-photographer-accused-of-scamming-dozens-of-couples/ Read less
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Barulicm
Wedding:
5/18/2012
2.2/5.0
Ehhhh not that great, Michael himself didn't even come he sent two ladies one which was his wife she was nice and then a pregnant girl that was complaining about walking around to much, stairs etc. We were going to Verona Park they hit a traffic light ended up going to the wrong side by the time they made it our way we only had time for literally 3 pictures...super disappointing. I hope the albums are nice..
Ehhhh not that great, Michael himself didn't even come he sent two ladies one which was his wife she was nice and then a Read more...
Ehhhh not that great, Michael himself didn't even come he sent two ladies one which was his wife she was nice and then a pregnant girl that was complaining about walking around to much, stairs etc. We were going to Verona Park they hit a traffic light ended up going to the wrong side by the time they made it our way we only had time for literally 3 pictures...super disappointing. I hope the albums are nice.. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
1.8/5.0
I will begin by saying that it is now Febraury (almost a year later) and I still dont have my album, despite their contract timeline. They have made every excuse in the book as to why I don't have it, from personal family issues to professional equipment issues. I have asked for my money back many times, and everytime I do they annouce that they are about finished and that I will have my album ASAP. Then that deadline passess and we are playing phonetag/email tag/text message tag for the next week. This has been the worse experience I have ever encountered with a vendor, and quite frankly it was the worse experience during my wedding. Please, do yourself a favor and do not hire this couple. They are not honest with their services and do not uphold their contracts.
I will begin by saying that it is now Febraury (almost a year later) and I still dont have my album, despite their Read more...
I will begin by saying that it is now Febraury (almost a year later) and I still dont have my album, despite their contract timeline. They have made every excuse in the book as to why I don't have it, from personal family issues to professional equipment issues. I have asked for my money back many times, and everytime I do they annouce that they are about finished and that I will have my album ASAP. Then that deadline passess and we are playing phonetag/email tag/text message tag for the next week. This has been the worse experience I have ever encountered with a vendor, and quite frankly it was the worse experience during my wedding. Please, do yourself a favor and do not hire this couple. They are not honest with their services and do not uphold their contracts. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
Please help me to find this vendor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
PLEASE don't use him! I have paid $7,200 so far, and all I received is a roughly edited dvd and 100 thank you prints (which took over 3 months to pick up and many phone calls later).

My husband and I are currently filing a civil lawsuit as well as a complaint with the Little Falls police department. We have also filed a formal complaint with the BBB.

Michael and his wife are unprofessional and full of excuses. They were all about us to get us signed, and after that slowly started to ignore us. Our engagement photos were rushed (20 minutes) though they were very nice. On our wedding day, Michael was early and seemed very attentive. He took over 2,000 pictures and had them posted for us to see the day after our wedding! Many were nice but some of the pictures look blurry and have shadows (very disappointing).

That's where the niceness stopped because Michael had all of our money. Now I'm fighting legally to get my photo proofs and my raw dvd footage so I can take it to another company and get it finished properly.

Please please please do not use him! He was the biggest upset of my entire wedding.
bk1184@gmail.com

Brenda Adams
PLEASE don't use him! I have paid $7,200 so far, and all I received is a roughly edited dvd and 100 thank you prints Read more...
PLEASE don't use him! I have paid $7,200 so far, and all I received is a roughly edited dvd and 100 thank you prints (which took over 3 months to pick up and many phone calls later).

My husband and I are currently filing a civil lawsuit as well as a complaint with the Little Falls police department. We have also filed a formal complaint with the BBB.

Michael and his wife are unprofessional and full of excuses. They were all about us to get us signed, and after that slowly started to ignore us. Our engagement photos were rushed (20 minutes) though they were very nice. On our wedding day, Michael was early and seemed very attentive. He took over 2,000 pictures and had them posted for us to see the day after our wedding! Many were nice but some of the pictures look blurry and have shadows (very disappointing).

That's where the niceness stopped because Michael had all of our money. Now I'm fighting legally to get my photo proofs and my raw dvd footage so I can take it to another company and get it finished properly.

Please please please do not use him! He was the biggest upset of my entire wedding.
bk1184@gmail.com

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Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.9/5.0
DO NOT USE THIS GUY - he sucks! it has been over 2 years and we havent received anything! the day we booked someone was waiting outside his place and told us how bad he was. they give you the run around every time. we are tired of his bull sh*t. the quality of pictures a 4 year old with a cell phone can take. there is nothing special. he is always late. late to the engagement shoot, late to the wedding! they sit around and dont take pictures we went over that were a must. PLEASE STAY AWAY - we are thinking about getting lawyers involved now.!! GO ELSE WHERE!
DO NOT USE THIS GUY - he sucks! it has been over 2 years and we havent received anything! the day we booked someone was Read more...
DO NOT USE THIS GUY - he sucks! it has been over 2 years and we havent received anything! the day we booked someone was waiting outside his place and told us how bad he was. they give you the run around every time. we are tired of his bull sh*t. the quality of pictures a 4 year old with a cell phone can take. there is nothing special. he is always late. late to the engagement shoot, late to the wedding! they sit around and dont take pictures we went over that were a must. PLEASE STAY AWAY - we are thinking about getting lawyers involved now.!! GO ELSE WHERE! Read less
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Sheri
Wedding:
11/12/2011
0.0/5.0
I wish I saw these negative posts before!!! I am starting to believe anything positive Michael is writing about himself. HE IS A SCAM ARTIST!! We have nothing 15 months and counting!!! My husband and I saw reviews prior to hiring him and all seemed great.... Maybe he should spend more time completing paid jobs and less writing inaccurate reviews about himself in order to lure others in his trap!
I wish I saw these negative posts before!!! I am starting to believe anything positive Michael is writing about himself. Read more...
I wish I saw these negative posts before!!! I am starting to believe anything positive Michael is writing about himself. HE IS A SCAM ARTIST!! We have nothing 15 months and counting!!! My husband and I saw reviews prior to hiring him and all seemed great.... Maybe he should spend more time completing paid jobs and less writing inaccurate reviews about himself in order to lure others in his trap! Read less
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jen
Wedding:
11/5/2011
0.3/5.0
Michael took great pics, my photo proofs were available online withing 2 wks, there are a hundred couples who have their albums avail for online viewing but ours however is "difficult" This man has more stories and excuses as to why I still do not have what I paid very good money for, he is not cheap that's for sure. I had my video within a couple months after my wedding and that was very well done, don't get me wrong, I love my photos but I would very much like to have them along with my album. A couple of friends who are getting married asked if I would recommend him, and the answer is "if you're ok with waiting 7+ months for your pics, then yes" otherwise a big fat NO!! I had to pay him in full prior to my wedding, so why would he rush for me??!!! I am sorry I didn't use a different vendor.
Michael took great pics, my photo proofs were available online withing 2 wks, there are a hundred couples who have their Read more...
Michael took great pics, my photo proofs were available online withing 2 wks, there are a hundred couples who have their albums avail for online viewing but ours however is "difficult" This man has more stories and excuses as to why I still do not have what I paid very good money for, he is not cheap that's for sure. I had my video within a couple months after my wedding and that was very well done, don't get me wrong, I love my photos but I would very much like to have them along with my album. A couple of friends who are getting married asked if I would recommend him, and the answer is "if you're ok with waiting 7+ months for your pics, then yes" otherwise a big fat NO!! I had to pay him in full prior to my wedding, so why would he rush for me??!!! I am sorry I didn't use a different vendor. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
1.5/5.0
Where do I start; had to do 2 e-photo shoots bc first go around was with second photog, who was 1 hr late, rushed us, shadows, insulted my husband and forgot her step stool. Luckily Michael redid the e-photo shoot and the thank you card came out nice, although took him 4 months and 2 tried to get us the right amount. Day of wedding showed up without a second photog (which we paid for them to eat and also in our contract), his wife showed up as our videographer when we saw his sons videos at initial meeting, did not take any photos of cocktail hr, poor photos of couples walking down aisle, none of my harpist. Poor video quality and bad editing. Constant excuses about getting our albums - he was sick, his dad was sick, he sent the photos/albums to another company (he told us originally he did all the processing/editing himself), etc. 10 months later we finally get our items - the 2 wall photos were wrong, the parents albums were cheap and not what he showed us, luckily our album came out nice. Don't get me started on the video. The CD with our photos was blank, still waiting on that! I expressed my concern and unhappiness with them and they took a small amount off our final payment but that doesn't make up for the stress I went through or the poor quality items we received. The online proofs are difficult to see. The pictures just look outdated and amateur. I have since told my venue to stop recommending him based on my experience. It seems form previous posters that his work/business has gone downhill over the past year or so.
Where do I start; had to do 2 e-photo shoots bc first go around was with second photog, who was 1 hr late, rushed us, Read more...
Where do I start; had to do 2 e-photo shoots bc first go around was with second photog, who was 1 hr late, rushed us, shadows, insulted my husband and forgot her step stool. Luckily Michael redid the e-photo shoot and the thank you card came out nice, although took him 4 months and 2 tried to get us the right amount. Day of wedding showed up without a second photog (which we paid for them to eat and also in our contract), his wife showed up as our videographer when we saw his sons videos at initial meeting, did not take any photos of cocktail hr, poor photos of couples walking down aisle, none of my harpist. Poor video quality and bad editing. Constant excuses about getting our albums - he was sick, his dad was sick, he sent the photos/albums to another company (he told us originally he did all the processing/editing himself), etc. 10 months later we finally get our items - the 2 wall photos were wrong, the parents albums were cheap and not what he showed us, luckily our album came out nice. Don't get me started on the video. The CD with our photos was blank, still waiting on that! I expressed my concern and unhappiness with them and they took a small amount off our final payment but that doesn't make up for the stress I went through or the poor quality items we received. The online proofs are difficult to see. The pictures just look outdated and amateur. I have since told my venue to stop recommending him based on my experience. It seems form previous posters that his work/business has gone downhill over the past year or so. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/16/2011
1.1/5.0
Horrible this vendor is a thief who cared about just getting a pay check. Leading up to the wedding we would be in contact every other week after he vanished. Its been over a year and a half and I have spoken to them 3 times ever time they stall. Micheal had the audacity to blame the recent hurricane in our area for the reason why we haven't received our pictures. When we got married over a year and half before it. If anyone else is out there i plan on filing a lawsuit against him. We payed a lot of money for his services I hope no one else falls in his scheme.
Horrible this vendor is a thief who cared about just getting a pay check. Leading up to the wedding we would be in contact Read more...
Horrible this vendor is a thief who cared about just getting a pay check. Leading up to the wedding we would be in contact every other week after he vanished. Its been over a year and a half and I have spoken to them 3 times ever time they stall. Micheal had the audacity to blame the recent hurricane in our area for the reason why we haven't received our pictures. When we got married over a year and half before it. If anyone else is out there i plan on filing a lawsuit against him. We payed a lot of money for his services I hope no one else falls in his scheme. Read less
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Antoinette
Wedding:
9/2/2011
0.0/5.0
WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!! DO NOT USE!!! Michael and Kathy are the biggest scam artist!!!! Both myself and my boss used them and had the exact horrendous experience. They rob you of your money and do not fulfill any of their obligations except for showing up at the wedding with a camera. I could have had my 15 year old cousin take better quality pictures. Not only terrible quality but they were given a very extensive list of photos to take and somehow managed to take all the ones we wanted. They even took family pictures and neglected to add the groom! Any of these people on here that wrote good reviews for them I would love to see their pictures, albums, thank you cards etc. I have a really strong feeling based on my experience that those people actually do not exist and is probably those scam artists writing them. There is absolutely no way they could have done one thing well when they have been completely horrible for us. They have been unprofessional and unresponsive the moment the wedding was over. Not once have they initiated contact with us. It has been over a year and a half since my wedding and every time I schedule am appointment to work on my album they come up with another excuse when they cancel the appointment the day of last minute. Now it has gotten to a point where they won't even return my call, I am contacting my attorney, and the potentially the media. My only hope at this point is I can help one other couple my spreading the word to not use them and be thoroughly disappointed and robbed.
WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!! DO NOT USE!!! Michael and Kathy are the biggest scam artist!!!! Both myself and my boss used Read more...
WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!! DO NOT USE!!! Michael and Kathy are the biggest scam artist!!!! Both myself and my boss used them and had the exact horrendous experience. They rob you of your money and do not fulfill any of their obligations except for showing up at the wedding with a camera. I could have had my 15 year old cousin take better quality pictures. Not only terrible quality but they were given a very extensive list of photos to take and somehow managed to take all the ones we wanted. They even took family pictures and neglected to add the groom! Any of these people on here that wrote good reviews for them I would love to see their pictures, albums, thank you cards etc. I have a really strong feeling based on my experience that those people actually do not exist and is probably those scam artists writing them. There is absolutely no way they could have done one thing well when they have been completely horrible for us. They have been unprofessional and unresponsive the moment the wedding was over. Not once have they initiated contact with us. It has been over a year and a half since my wedding and every time I schedule am appointment to work on my album they come up with another excuse when they cancel the appointment the day of last minute. Now it has gotten to a point where they won't even return my call, I am contacting my attorney, and the potentially the media. My only hope at this point is I can help one other couple my spreading the word to not use them and be thoroughly disappointed and robbed. Read less
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Jeremiah
Wedding:
8/14/2011
0.0/5.0
Message For Everyone searching for their photographs and video from Michael!!!!!!

I was able to get in touch with a woman named Laurie (Can't recall the last name) who has been brought in by a third party to sort out all the past due albums and videos. She has been given Michael's business cell phone (973-202-0542) if you need to get in touch with her and she was able to get my albums sent out to me. She told me to put the word out that she will assist in getting people their product. Feel free to give me a call beforehand at 917-656-6772 if you need more information.

- Jeremiah Dalton
Message For Everyone searching for their photographs and video from Michael!!!!!!

I was able to get in touch with Read more...
Message For Everyone searching for their photographs and video from Michael!!!!!!

I was able to get in touch with a woman named Laurie (Can't recall the last name) who has been brought in by a third party to sort out all the past due albums and videos. She has been given Michael's business cell phone (973-202-0542) if you need to get in touch with her and she was able to get my albums sent out to me. She told me to put the word out that she will assist in getting people their product. Feel free to give me a call beforehand at 917-656-6772 if you need more information.

- Jeremiah Dalton Read less
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Vertil
Wedding:
7/30/2011
0.0/5.0
WORSE VENDOR!!!! It's going on 2 yrs and still nothing. I decide to drive by store and to my surprise place is EMPTY. For rent signs are up. Does any1 have contact number for him or his wife.?? I have nothing. I paid my money now I need everything which I paid for. Any info will b helpful.
WORSE VENDOR!!!! It's going on 2 yrs and still nothing. I decide to drive by store and to my surprise place is EMPTY. For Read more...
WORSE VENDOR!!!! It's going on 2 yrs and still nothing. I decide to drive by store and to my surprise place is EMPTY. For rent signs are up. Does any1 have contact number for him or his wife.?? I have nothing. I paid my money now I need everything which I paid for. Any info will b helpful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/24/2011
0.0/5.0
ATTENTION ALL CUSTOMERS,

If you have been ripped off like my wife & I were, I suggest you go to LITTLE FALLS POLICE DEPT. on Monday April 29, 2013 and file a police report. He was arrested last week for ripping people off and he is due in court to face criminal charges on April 30. The more that come foward, the better chance we all have of receiving our photos of a day none of us can get back.
ATTENTION ALL CUSTOMERS,

If you have been ripped off like my wife & I were, I suggest you go to LITTLE FALLS Read more...
ATTENTION ALL CUSTOMERS,

If you have been ripped off like my wife & I were, I suggest you go to LITTLE FALLS POLICE DEPT. on Monday April 29, 2013 and file a police report. He was arrested last week for ripping people off and he is due in court to face criminal charges on April 30. The more that come foward, the better chance we all have of receiving our photos of a day none of us can get back. Read less
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Johanna
Wedding:
6/24/2011
4.7/5.0
Michael was helpful in everything we requested.
Michael was helpful in everything we requested.
Michael was helpful in everything we requested. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
ATTENTION ALL PARTIES/FAMILIES/COUPLES:

Anyone has used Michael J. Distasio Photography for any event and have been scammed by paying for services and not receiving your product you paid, please contact Little Falls NJ Police Department to file a complaint (973) 256-0200.

I would like to talk to you too, feel free to contact me at: jerseyshorerae@gmail.com
ATTENTION ALL PARTIES/FAMILIES/COUPLES:

Anyone has used Michael J. Distasio Photography for any event and have Read more...
ATTENTION ALL PARTIES/FAMILIES/COUPLES:

Anyone has used Michael J. Distasio Photography for any event and have been scammed by paying for services and not receiving your product you paid, please contact Little Falls NJ Police Department to file a complaint (973) 256-0200.

I would like to talk to you too, feel free to contact me at: jerseyshorerae@gmail.com Read less
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jessa
Wedding:
5/28/2011
0.0/5.0
I have been trying to contact this photographer in hopes of receiving my albums, video and other products that we have paid in full for. Unfortunately this does not seem that it will happen. Has anyone filed with the court system? What court house did you go through town or county? Any help would be appreciated since we are deployed in Japan and can't goto the court house for assistance. Please email me at Jbweddingsc@gmail.com if you have had any success. Thank you!
I have been trying to contact this photographer in hopes of receiving my albums, video and other products that we have Read more...
I have been trying to contact this photographer in hopes of receiving my albums, video and other products that we have paid in full for. Unfortunately this does not seem that it will happen. Has anyone filed with the court system? What court house did you go through town or county? Any help would be appreciated since we are deployed in Japan and can't goto the court house for assistance. Please email me at Jbweddingsc@gmail.com if you have had any success. Thank you! Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
5/20/2011
4.9/5.0
They were down to earth and took great pictures. The only thing I wish I could of requested was that they give a little more direction as in where to look or focus on. I had a couple photos where a couple of my bridesmaids were looking at one photographer and the rest at the other.
They were down to earth and took great pictures. The only thing I wish I could of requested was that they give a little Read more...
They were down to earth and took great pictures. The only thing I wish I could of requested was that they give a little more direction as in where to look or focus on. I had a couple photos where a couple of my bridesmaids were looking at one photographer and the rest at the other. Read less
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STACEY
Wedding:
5/15/2011
0.0/5.0
My husband and I hired "Michael J. Distasio" for our wedding. We paid for pictures, video, and a photo-booth, over $5000. So far we received a website address with horrible quality proofs and an unedited shaky video that cuts off before the last hour of our wedding because he left early. There were so many things promised in our contract that we never received, such as edited videos, our wedding album, parent albums, an album that people were supposed to sign with their photo-booth pictures and more. The worst part, my brother in law passed away since our wedding and it was the last time we had pictures or videos of us all together. My father attempted to send the proofs we took off of his website and send them to a professional album maker, who told us the quality of the pictures were so poor because the cameras he used were so outdated and unprofessional that it would be an injustice to take our money. He is a disgusting con-man who turns what should be the best day of someone's life into bad memories of theft and deception. He should not be given the opportunity to declare bankruptcy again only to start another business under a new name in another state. He, and his wife, should be in jail for what they’ve done.
My husband and I hired "Michael J. Distasio" for our wedding. We paid for pictures, video, and a photo-booth, over $5000. Read more...
My husband and I hired "Michael J. Distasio" for our wedding. We paid for pictures, video, and a photo-booth, over $5000. So far we received a website address with horrible quality proofs and an unedited shaky video that cuts off before the last hour of our wedding because he left early. There were so many things promised in our contract that we never received, such as edited videos, our wedding album, parent albums, an album that people were supposed to sign with their photo-booth pictures and more. The worst part, my brother in law passed away since our wedding and it was the last time we had pictures or videos of us all together. My father attempted to send the proofs we took off of his website and send them to a professional album maker, who told us the quality of the pictures were so poor because the cameras he used were so outdated and unprofessional that it would be an injustice to take our money. He is a disgusting con-man who turns what should be the best day of someone's life into bad memories of theft and deception. He should not be given the opportunity to declare bankruptcy again only to start another business under a new name in another state. He, and his wife, should be in jail for what they’ve done. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
1.1/5.0
We booked him at a bridal show because he charged very good for photography, video & a photobooth - but brides PLEASE do not book because of this. This is the proof that you get what you pay for. My biggest regret now of my wedding day is hiring this photographer and his videographer to capture our day.

I can't exaggerate how terrible our experience was with this photographer. From start to finish our time with him was terrible. We met up for our engagement session in NYC and we were done in 20 minutes. I'm sorry but there was no variety to our pics, all our pics showed how uncomfortable we were. The wedding day was fine, he arrived on time and punctual which is good, but at the reception I caught him actually sitting down and NOT taking any pictures at all. I'm sorry, is that what I paid you for??

The worst of it is the aftermath. First, We didn't get our thank you's until 3 months after our wedding. But as I write this, August 2012, a year and 4 months after our wedding day - we STILL do not have our wedding album OR OUR WEDDING VIDEO!! We don't have parent albums either. He has nothing but excuses when you want to come and pick them up... and as of right now, we are being ignored. We are seriously about to go to the better business bureau and complain about him because this is now so beyond unprofessional.
We booked him at a bridal show because he charged very good for photography, video & a photobooth - but brides PLEASE do Read more...
We booked him at a bridal show because he charged very good for photography, video & a photobooth - but brides PLEASE do not book because of this. This is the proof that you get what you pay for. My biggest regret now of my wedding day is hiring this photographer and his videographer to capture our day.

I can't exaggerate how terrible our experience was with this photographer. From start to finish our time with him was terrible. We met up for our engagement session in NYC and we were done in 20 minutes. I'm sorry but there was no variety to our pics, all our pics showed how uncomfortable we were. The wedding day was fine, he arrived on time and punctual which is good, but at the reception I caught him actually sitting down and NOT taking any pictures at all. I'm sorry, is that what I paid you for??

The worst of it is the aftermath. First, We didn't get our thank you's until 3 months after our wedding. But as I write this, August 2012, a year and 4 months after our wedding day - we STILL do not have our wedding album OR OUR WEDDING VIDEO!! We don't have parent albums either. He has nothing but excuses when you want to come and pick them up... and as of right now, we are being ignored. We are seriously about to go to the better business bureau and complain about him because this is now so beyond unprofessional. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.4/5.0
I would NEVER recommend this photographer to anyone. We are over a year out from our wedding and have not even seen our album yet. He is not professional and will take weeks to even return your calls. It is unfortunate that this is how he runs his business because he does take very nice pictures. Do yourself a favor and not stress out about a photographer and DON'T use him.
I would NEVER recommend this photographer to anyone. We are over a year out from our wedding and have not even seen our Read more...
I would NEVER recommend this photographer to anyone. We are over a year out from our wedding and have not even seen our album yet. He is not professional and will take weeks to even return your calls. It is unfortunate that this is how he runs his business because he does take very nice pictures. Do yourself a favor and not stress out about a photographer and DON'T use him. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
For anyone considering this guy please see this news article: http://fstoppers.com/wedding-photographer-scams-clients-out-of-140000
For anyone considering this guy please see this news article: Read more...
For anyone considering this guy please see this news article: http://fstoppers.com/wedding-photographer-scams-clients-out-of-140000 Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
We are still waiting for our wedding album, parent's album, DVD of pictures, and all prints. This has been ongoing for TWO YEARS AND SIX MONTHS. Michael has told us FOUR times he has picked up our albums and he still will not send them to us. He refused to answer his phone and only replies to emails when we tell him are finally a complaint or getting an attorney. He has been paid in full, but uses every excuses in the book to include sick family members , just too busy, lost your information etc. etc.

STAY CLEAR OF HIM or you will be fighting to get you album for years!
We are still waiting for our wedding album, parent's album, DVD of pictures, and all prints. This has been ongoing for TWO Read more...
We are still waiting for our wedding album, parent's album, DVD of pictures, and all prints. This has been ongoing for TWO YEARS AND SIX MONTHS. Michael has told us FOUR times he has picked up our albums and he still will not send them to us. He refused to answer his phone and only replies to emails when we tell him are finally a complaint or getting an attorney. He has been paid in full, but uses every excuses in the book to include sick family members , just too busy, lost your information etc. etc.

STAY CLEAR OF HIM or you will be fighting to get you album for years! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
The Bride & Groom never got a Photo Album from this con-artist. He is not who he says he is, and he cannot be contacted, as the couple have tried so many times. All they wanted was an Album that they paid a lot of money for. He has not answered any of their calls or e-mails, and he is not at the address that is given in his profile. He made up a lame excuse back 2 years ago about the photos he took at their wedding, of somehow getting lost in a flood...which turned out to be a lie. There are at least 30 other couples who have been duped by this man and his so-called wife. This guy did manage to put together two Parent Albums f this couple, when the parents complained, but those Albums weren't even complete. All that this couple wants is the CD Disc that has their pictures on it, and the right to copy them to make an Album of their own! They are out thousands of dollars, and have no recourse because this man cannot be found in order to approach him and find out why he is screwing this couple and so many others. I hope this will be a warning to other couples, and I sincerely hope that this man will be caught and prosecuted.
The Bride & Groom never got a Photo Album from this con-artist. He is not who he says he is, and he cannot be contacted, Read more...
The Bride & Groom never got a Photo Album from this con-artist. He is not who he says he is, and he cannot be contacted, as the couple have tried so many times. All they wanted was an Album that they paid a lot of money for. He has not answered any of their calls or e-mails, and he is not at the address that is given in his profile. He made up a lame excuse back 2 years ago about the photos he took at their wedding, of somehow getting lost in a flood...which turned out to be a lie. There are at least 30 other couples who have been duped by this man and his so-called wife. This guy did manage to put together two Parent Albums f this couple, when the parents complained, but those Albums weren't even complete. All that this couple wants is the CD Disc that has their pictures on it, and the right to copy them to make an Album of their own! They are out thousands of dollars, and have no recourse because this man cannot be found in order to approach him and find out why he is screwing this couple and so many others. I hope this will be a warning to other couples, and I sincerely hope that this man will be caught and prosecuted. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
DO NOT USE. Unless you want to wait for nearly 2 years for your final album and video. Unless you want to have to never get any follow up calls. Unless you like a photographer that does not return your phone calls. Unless you like a photographer that gives you excuse after excuse why he has not finished redoing pictures or why there was no follow up. Unless you want no input into your video because it is too much work to make changes to video. Unless you want constant hard drive crash excuses as to why the video took 1 year just to not be finished. Unless you want to have a bunch of photos, but none of the shots that you requested, like bride family pics and groom family pics. We had a list of pics we wanted and provided to the photographer and they did not have the list during the wedding and they just winged it.
DO NOT USE. Unless you want to wait for nearly 2 years for your final album and video. Unless you want to have to never Read more...
DO NOT USE. Unless you want to wait for nearly 2 years for your final album and video. Unless you want to have to never get any follow up calls. Unless you like a photographer that does not return your phone calls. Unless you like a photographer that gives you excuse after excuse why he has not finished redoing pictures or why there was no follow up. Unless you want no input into your video because it is too much work to make changes to video. Unless you want constant hard drive crash excuses as to why the video took 1 year just to not be finished. Unless you want to have a bunch of photos, but none of the shots that you requested, like bride family pics and groom family pics. We had a list of pics we wanted and provided to the photographer and they did not have the list during the wedding and they just winged it. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
Got married in July of 2010 and today in jan. 2013- I still don't have pictures, albums, or prints!!! If you are in the same situation, please contact jerseygirl021371 - she left her phone number in her review (it's the long one)!!!! We need to band together to get what we paid for.
Got married in July of 2010 and today in jan. 2013- I still don't have pictures, albums, or prints!!! If you are in the Read more...
Got married in July of 2010 and today in jan. 2013- I still don't have pictures, albums, or prints!!! If you are in the same situation, please contact jerseygirl021371 - she left her phone number in her review (it's the long one)!!!! We need to band together to get what we paid for. Read less
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dtiskosher
Wedding:
7/16/2010
1.3/5.0
Driving past his studio today made me finally think to use this site to see if my situation was unique -- clearly it is not.
My husband and I were very happy with our photos, with few regrets on moments that we "forgot" to capture. (I say WE and not THEY because it was my responsibility to chase them around on my wedding night for particular shots).
I have been married since 2010 and have not received my album or prints. It is the worst feeling to think that you spent x amount of money and have nothing to show for it, worse yet that it leaves a bitter mark on your wedding day.
My husband and I have joked about filing against them and would be more than willing to joint file with any of the anonymous reviewers listed here.
Driving past his studio today made me finally think to use this site to see if my situation was unique -- clearly it is Read more...
Driving past his studio today made me finally think to use this site to see if my situation was unique -- clearly it is not.
My husband and I were very happy with our photos, with few regrets on moments that we "forgot" to capture. (I say WE and not THEY because it was my responsibility to chase them around on my wedding night for particular shots).
I have been married since 2010 and have not received my album or prints. It is the worst feeling to think that you spent x amount of money and have nothing to show for it, worse yet that it leaves a bitter mark on your wedding day.
My husband and I have joked about filing against them and would be more than willing to joint file with any of the anonymous reviewers listed here. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
2/14/2010
3.8/5.0
Michael & Sharon were great. I would definitely recommend them!
Michael & Sharon were great. I would definitely recommend them!
Michael & Sharon were great. I would definitely recommend them! Read less
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Dina
Wedding:
10/2/2009
1.2/5.0
Do not use! You get what you pay for with this vendor. It has almost been a year since my wedding day and I still have NOT received the final proof of my wedding album or final wedding video! He lost several of our photos that were taken outside of the church and we literally asked him 10 times to find them. We still feel there are photos that were taken that are missing. He makes promises that he does not keep and the overall quality and service is horrible. Responsiveness is terrible and never calls back - always has an excuse why something what not done on time, etc.

I would NOT recommend this vendor!! The price tag may seem enticing at first, but you get what you pay for!
Do not use! You get what you pay for with this vendor. It has almost been a year since my wedding day and I still have NOT Read more...
Do not use! You get what you pay for with this vendor. It has almost been a year since my wedding day and I still have NOT received the final proof of my wedding album or final wedding video! He lost several of our photos that were taken outside of the church and we literally asked him 10 times to find them. We still feel there are photos that were taken that are missing. He makes promises that he does not keep and the overall quality and service is horrible. Responsiveness is terrible and never calls back - always has an excuse why something what not done on time, etc.

I would NOT recommend this vendor!! The price tag may seem enticing at first, but you get what you pay for! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
Wedding date was over three years ago. Still no album, and no one returns our phonecalls. We've been playing phonetag for basically two years.

It seems all they can do is collect your money and take a bunch of pictures of mediocre quality.

What they are good at is coming up with every excuse known to man why they simply cannot deliver on their end of a signed contract.

I do not recommend them to anyone as they have proven IMPOSSIBLE to get in touch with regarding services AFTER they are paid.
Wedding date was over three years ago. Still no album, and no one returns our phonecalls. We've been playing phonetag for Read more...
Wedding date was over three years ago. Still no album, and no one returns our phonecalls. We've been playing phonetag for basically two years.

It seems all they can do is collect your money and take a bunch of pictures of mediocre quality.

What they are good at is coming up with every excuse known to man why they simply cannot deliver on their end of a signed contract.

I do not recommend them to anyone as they have proven IMPOSSIBLE to get in touch with regarding services AFTER they are paid. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
10/4/2008
0.0/5.0
I tried contacting jerseygirl, because I am in the same boat. I provided a list of pictures for our album, and the parents albums but now over 4 years later I have nothing. It took FOREVER to even get thank you cards and they were horrible. Please let me know if there is a class action suit filed against them. Last time I actually was able to speak to the wife she told me they can print them but now I have to pay the difference of what is costed in 2008 to 2012... are you kidding me??? Its not my fault you lost our list!!!!
I tried contacting jerseygirl, because I am in the same boat. I provided a list of pictures for our album, and the parents Read more...
I tried contacting jerseygirl, because I am in the same boat. I provided a list of pictures for our album, and the parents albums but now over 4 years later I have nothing. It took FOREVER to even get thank you cards and they were horrible. Please let me know if there is a class action suit filed against them. Last time I actually was able to speak to the wife she told me they can print them but now I have to pay the difference of what is costed in 2008 to 2012... are you kidding me??? Its not my fault you lost our list!!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
This has been revised as of 3/5/13: MIKE TOLD MY HUSBAND IN TEXT ALBUMS/VIDEO WERE READY BUT HE STILL HAD TO GET THEM AT FEDEX WHICH IS A TOTAL LIE. IT HAS BEEN 5 YEARS AND STILL WAITING FOR ALBUMS, VIDEO AND PARENTS ALBUMS:


PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU ARE ALL INTERESTED IN FILING A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT, MY NUMBER IS LISTED BELOW. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE TO PUT MIKE AND HIS WIFE BEHIND BARS FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

IF THERE ARE BRIDES IN THE SAME SITUATION AS ME WITH THIS PLEASE CALL ME AT: 973-320-2090. WE ALL NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO FILE A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT AGAINST THIS HORRIBLE MAN AND ALSO HIS WIFE AS WELL.


Hello Future Brides to Be:

I want you all to stay clear from Michael Distasio. I got married 5 years ago and still waiting for my wedding album, raw video and 5 videos that were included in my wedding package. This photographer already has been paid in full and told us he could not give us our photos/video until everything was paid in full.

I have left numerous emails, voice mail and text messages for Michael and his wife Kathy and as of to date my husband and I have not heard back. It has been 5 years married and the only thing we have received was our thank you photos. Michael no longer has a secretary (going on two years now) hence to say why he does not answer any of our calls.

It is now to the point where my husband and I are going to a lawyer to get this resolved.

I just want to warn those bridges who are seeking a photographer not to go to Michael Distasio. Who knows if I will ever get my video or photo album back and these are lifetime memories for my husband and I.

If there is anyone on this job board that has used Michael and Kathy and experiencing the same issues please let me know. I believe there are others out there where we can file a class action law suit against this horrible business
This has been revised as of 3/5/13: MIKE TOLD MY HUSBAND IN TEXT ALBUMS/VIDEO WERE READY BUT HE STILL HAD TO GET THEM AT Read more...
This has been revised as of 3/5/13: MIKE TOLD MY HUSBAND IN TEXT ALBUMS/VIDEO WERE READY BUT HE STILL HAD TO GET THEM AT FEDEX WHICH IS A TOTAL LIE. IT HAS BEEN 5 YEARS AND STILL WAITING FOR ALBUMS, VIDEO AND PARENTS ALBUMS:


PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU ARE ALL INTERESTED IN FILING A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT, MY NUMBER IS LISTED BELOW. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE TO PUT MIKE AND HIS WIFE BEHIND BARS FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

IF THERE ARE BRIDES IN THE SAME SITUATION AS ME WITH THIS PLEASE CALL ME AT: 973-320-2090. WE ALL NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO FILE A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT AGAINST THIS HORRIBLE MAN AND ALSO HIS WIFE AS WELL.


Hello Future Brides to Be:

I want you all to stay clear from Michael Distasio. I got married 5 years ago and still waiting for my wedding album, raw video and 5 videos that were included in my wedding package. This photographer already has been paid in full and told us he could not give us our photos/video until everything was paid in full.

I have left numerous emails, voice mail and text messages for Michael and his wife Kathy and as of to date my husband and I have not heard back. It has been 5 years married and the only thing we have received was our thank you photos. Michael no longer has a secretary (going on two years now) hence to say why he does not answer any of our calls.

It is now to the point where my husband and I are going to a lawyer to get this resolved.

I just want to warn those bridges who are seeking a photographer not to go to Michael Distasio. Who knows if I will ever get my video or photo album back and these are lifetime memories for my husband and I.

If there is anyone on this job board that has used Michael and Kathy and experiencing the same issues please let me know. I believe there are others out there where we can file a class action law suit against this horrible business Read less
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