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Michael Rastall Photography

Vernon Hills , IL
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Vernon Hills, IL US 60061 (map)

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847-863-7944

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ABOUT US

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! Now that you've selected a date, so begins the fun of making all aspects of the wedding uniquely your own. When it comes down to... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! Now that you've selected a date, so begins the fun of making all aspects of the wedding uniquely your own. When it comes down to photography, shouldn't the images uniquely reflect the personality and atmosphere of you and your wedding? With over 10 years of commercial, editorial, and event photography experience, I create imagery which provides a unique visual narrative of your day. Every wedding is approached differently as every bride/groom, location, and theme are indeed different. My site and blog are always being updated with new work so please stop by and have a look. Currently booking booking 2012 season and select 2011 dates. I look forward to hearing from you and learning about your wedding plans! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Lauren
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about what a great job Michael did at our wedding! He captures wonderful candid moments and his work is beautiful! I highly recommend him as a photographer and a professional!
I cannot say enough about what a great job Michael did at our wedding! He captures wonderful candid moments and his work Read more...
I cannot say enough about what a great job Michael did at our wedding! He captures wonderful candid moments and his work is beautiful! I highly recommend him as a photographer and a professional! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have found someone better than Michael! The pictures from both our engagement session and wedding day came out amazing and were exactly what we wanted. Our pictures are natural looking and really captured our emotions. He was easy going but knew what he wanted to capture and communicated well with our entire wedding party. I relive the day we got married every time I look at our pictures. Michael is very gifted and I would recommend him to anyone!
We couldn't have found someone better than Michael! The pictures from both our engagement session and wedding day came out Read more...
We couldn't have found someone better than Michael! The pictures from both our engagement session and wedding day came out amazing and were exactly what we wanted. Our pictures are natural looking and really captured our emotions. He was easy going but knew what he wanted to capture and communicated well with our entire wedding party. I relive the day we got married every time I look at our pictures. Michael is very gifted and I would recommend him to anyone! Read less
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Prianka
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Michael was amazing, not only did he show up early on the day of the wedding, but he unexpectedly brought a second shooter which came in handy for all of our bridal party shots! He was committed to getting the best angle/lighting etc. and we even did some really cool fun shots as well. I can't wait to see his finished product but have no doubt that it will be amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND him!
Michael was amazing, not only did he show up early on the day of the wedding, but he unexpectedly brought a second shooter Read more...
Michael was amazing, not only did he show up early on the day of the wedding, but he unexpectedly brought a second shooter which came in handy for all of our bridal party shots! He was committed to getting the best angle/lighting etc. and we even did some really cool fun shots as well. I can't wait to see his finished product but have no doubt that it will be amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND him! Read less
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yesh
Wedding:
5/25/2012
4.9/5.0
A friend referred me to Michael after giving me rave reviews of her own wedding photographs. I looked at Michael's website and loved all the samples, especially the ones he took of Indian weddings. While looking for a photographer, I wanted someone who had a good eye for the little details. Too many times, Indian wedding photographers focus more on the people (which is the biggest requirement for a lot of Indian families with wedding photos). However, I wanted the nuances and intricacies of my wedding ceremony to be captured, along with candid moments to be valued above portrait or group shots. The only concern I had with Michael, from looking at his portfolio, was that he had never shot a South Indian/Tamil wedding before. Tamil weddings are heavily ritual based, with each ritual having its own significance and importance. Throughout our relationship with Michael, he listened. He listened to exactly what we wanted, he paid attention to information I sent regarding the individual rituals pertaining to a Tamil ceremony, and even during the three-day event, he listened to suggestions and requests thrown at him from us and our family members/guests. Everyone we've spoken to both during and after the wedding has told us that Michael was extremely professional, very nice, and so helpful. The final product is a perfect example of all this. My husband and I couldn't be happier with our photos. Moreover, the comments from our family and friends basically say that the pictures are beautiful. My favorite comment about the pictures was that Michael captured a South Indian wedding and its rituals and emotions better than what this family member had ever seen.

Naturally, I highly recommend Michael Rastall Photography. I'm so glad I took my friend's referral and met up with him. I love looking at my photos - both wedding and engagement session. You won't be disappointed by choosing Michael Rastall.
A friend referred me to Michael after giving me rave reviews of her own wedding photographs. I looked at Michael's website Read more...
A friend referred me to Michael after giving me rave reviews of her own wedding photographs. I looked at Michael's website and loved all the samples, especially the ones he took of Indian weddings. While looking for a photographer, I wanted someone who had a good eye for the little details. Too many times, Indian wedding photographers focus more on the people (which is the biggest requirement for a lot of Indian families with wedding photos). However, I wanted the nuances and intricacies of my wedding ceremony to be captured, along with candid moments to be valued above portrait or group shots. The only concern I had with Michael, from looking at his portfolio, was that he had never shot a South Indian/Tamil wedding before. Tamil weddings are heavily ritual based, with each ritual having its own significance and importance. Throughout our relationship with Michael, he listened. He listened to exactly what we wanted, he paid attention to information I sent regarding the individual rituals pertaining to a Tamil ceremony, and even during the three-day event, he listened to suggestions and requests thrown at him from us and our family members/guests. Everyone we've spoken to both during and after the wedding has told us that Michael was extremely professional, very nice, and so helpful. The final product is a perfect example of all this. My husband and I couldn't be happier with our photos. Moreover, the comments from our family and friends basically say that the pictures are beautiful. My favorite comment about the pictures was that Michael captured a South Indian wedding and its rituals and emotions better than what this family member had ever seen.

Naturally, I highly recommend Michael Rastall Photography. I'm so glad I took my friend's referral and met up with him. I love looking at my photos - both wedding and engagement session. You won't be disappointed by choosing Michael Rastall. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
2/25/2012
5.0/5.0
I was looking for more journalist type photos for my wedding and Michael was spot on. When we got the pictures back I felt like I was reliving the entire day. He caught the candid moments I was hoping to help me remember and document the day
He was incredible to work with and knew I was a little panicked about not having enough background choices due to our Feb date and the ceremony and reception being in the same location. He scouted out the area and nailed down some excellent places to take additional shots. He even drove me and my husband offsite after dinner to get some amazing shots outsides.
He is truly passionate about what he does and it shows in the work he produces. I would recommend him to anyone for their wedding or family pictures, you can't go wrong.
I was looking for more journalist type photos for my wedding and Michael was spot on. When we got the pictures back I felt Read more...
I was looking for more journalist type photos for my wedding and Michael was spot on. When we got the pictures back I felt like I was reliving the entire day. He caught the candid moments I was hoping to help me remember and document the day
He was incredible to work with and knew I was a little panicked about not having enough background choices due to our Feb date and the ceremony and reception being in the same location. He scouted out the area and nailed down some excellent places to take additional shots. He even drove me and my husband offsite after dinner to get some amazing shots outsides.
He is truly passionate about what he does and it shows in the work he produces. I would recommend him to anyone for their wedding or family pictures, you can't go wrong. Read less
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Jalene
Wedding:
11/5/2011
4.9/5.0
Michael was great to work with, super conscientious about all aspects of the photography. We were able to do both an engagement shoot and also the full coverage of our wedding day. All the photos were high quality and and included all of the important people during our day. We were even able to use the engagement photos as the guest book. He was very timely with the full gallery of photos as well. I would definitely recommend him to friends.
Michael was great to work with, super conscientious about all aspects of the photography. We were able to do both an Read more...
Michael was great to work with, super conscientious about all aspects of the photography. We were able to do both an engagement shoot and also the full coverage of our wedding day. All the photos were high quality and and included all of the important people during our day. We were even able to use the engagement photos as the guest book. He was very timely with the full gallery of photos as well. I would definitely recommend him to friends. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Michael was truly amazing and extremely talented, I would recommend Michael to anyone who is look for a reliable and talented photographer. He is very passionate about his work and my husband and I were very happy & luck to have the change to work with him!! Our Engagement & Wedding Photos turned out beautiful and we will charish them forever! Thank you Michael for capturing our special day!!
Michael was truly amazing and extremely talented, I would recommend Michael to anyone who is look for a reliable and Read more...
Michael was truly amazing and extremely talented, I would recommend Michael to anyone who is look for a reliable and talented photographer. He is very passionate about his work and my husband and I were very happy & luck to have the change to work with him!! Our Engagement & Wedding Photos turned out beautiful and we will charish them forever! Thank you Michael for capturing our special day!! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
We were impressed with Michael from day one. He was very professional and creative. We LOVE our photos, and can't wait to get some prints in our house. He was very good about getting each picture that we wanted, and he got many candid shots which are great. He was also affordable.
We were impressed with Michael from day one. He was very professional and creative. We LOVE our photos, and can't wait to Read more...
We were impressed with Michael from day one. He was very professional and creative. We LOVE our photos, and can't wait to get some prints in our house. He was very good about getting each picture that we wanted, and he got many candid shots which are great. He was also affordable. Read less
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bride2blisa
Wedding:
9/23/2011
4.7/5.0
Michael is incredibly creative, easy going, and fun to be around. Our engagement session was done on a horribly cold and misty/rainy day and he still got beautiful pictures of us and made it a fun day. Our wedding photos turned beautiful as well. We love his overall creativity. Several of the bridesmaids and groomsmen mentioned to me how much they liked him and creative he was.
Michael is incredibly creative, easy going, and fun to be around. Our engagement session was done on a horribly cold and Read more...
Michael is incredibly creative, easy going, and fun to be around. Our engagement session was done on a horribly cold and misty/rainy day and he still got beautiful pictures of us and made it a fun day. Our wedding photos turned beautiful as well. We love his overall creativity. Several of the bridesmaids and groomsmen mentioned to me how much they liked him and creative he was. Read less
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Tmaines
Wedding:
8/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Michael was our favorite wedding vendor that we worked with. He was attentive and pleasant during the entire planning process, and on the wedding day, we couldn't believe how hard he worked to capture beautiful images. His great attitude, and his ability to be "on" for 10 hours straight was unbelievable. Our photos came quickly after the wedding, and we are so in love with them. It's hard to find our top 200, let alone select a few to frame. I highly recommend Michael - he is truly talented (and so nice to work with).
Michael was our favorite wedding vendor that we worked with. He was attentive and pleasant during the entire planning Read more...
Michael was our favorite wedding vendor that we worked with. He was attentive and pleasant during the entire planning process, and on the wedding day, we couldn't believe how hard he worked to capture beautiful images. His great attitude, and his ability to be "on" for 10 hours straight was unbelievable. Our photos came quickly after the wedding, and we are so in love with them. It's hard to find our top 200, let alone select a few to frame. I highly recommend Michael - he is truly talented (and so nice to work with). Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were recommended Michael from a friend, and so happy we received his name. Michael was a pleasure to work with from our initial correspondences. We actually felt so comfortable from our friend’s recommendation, reviews of his blog and website, and phone/email correspondence, that we signed our contract with him before meeting him in person. (We were planning a Chicago wedding from Seattle.) We were of course reassured by our choice when we met him in person. We met him at a coffee shop just to meet and discuss some of our wedding ideas. Michael brings a wonderful relaxed, calm, and easy presence, which is wonderful on the wedding day. We had so much fun taking pictures, and the results were beyond our expectations. Michael doesn’t disappoint. Even when we received our DVDs of pictures in the mail he made special covers for the cases featuring some of our photos. Michael made things easy for us on the wedding day. He knows the pictures to get and how to get them, and he has is own special touch and eye for things too. We couldn’t believe the angles he was getting. He was crouching on ledges, down on his knees, and climbing on fences to get the perfect shot for us. We were over the moon with how he captured our wedding day. We only received positive comments back from our family and friends when we shared the photos too. Ladies and gentlemen, you’re lucky if you can get Michael Rastall for your big day.
We were recommended Michael from a friend, and so happy we received his name. Michael was a pleasure to work with from our Read more...
We were recommended Michael from a friend, and so happy we received his name. Michael was a pleasure to work with from our initial correspondences. We actually felt so comfortable from our friend’s recommendation, reviews of his blog and website, and phone/email correspondence, that we signed our contract with him before meeting him in person. (We were planning a Chicago wedding from Seattle.) We were of course reassured by our choice when we met him in person. We met him at a coffee shop just to meet and discuss some of our wedding ideas. Michael brings a wonderful relaxed, calm, and easy presence, which is wonderful on the wedding day. We had so much fun taking pictures, and the results were beyond our expectations. Michael doesn’t disappoint. Even when we received our DVDs of pictures in the mail he made special covers for the cases featuring some of our photos. Michael made things easy for us on the wedding day. He knows the pictures to get and how to get them, and he has is own special touch and eye for things too. We couldn’t believe the angles he was getting. He was crouching on ledges, down on his knees, and climbing on fences to get the perfect shot for us. We were over the moon with how he captured our wedding day. We only received positive comments back from our family and friends when we shared the photos too. Ladies and gentlemen, you’re lucky if you can get Michael Rastall for your big day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
How the photographer interacts with the guests is almost as important as the photos themselves - and that is why Michael is awesome. Great photos and great service - we're extremely happy with our choice to go with him!
How the photographer interacts with the guests is almost as important as the photos themselves - and that is why Michael Read more...
How the photographer interacts with the guests is almost as important as the photos themselves - and that is why Michael is awesome. Great photos and great service - we're extremely happy with our choice to go with him! Read less
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Pathik
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
So many of our friends came up to us at the wedding, reception, and in the days after and made sure to tell us how polite, kind, and personable Michael is. That is not something you can tell by looking at a photographer’s portfolio, and it is important because a vendor’s attitude can either be supportive on the day of or just add to more stress for the bride and groom. Nobody wants a pushy photographer making anyone in the bridal party feeling like they’re in the way of taking pictures, and same goes for the videographer. It is important for the vendor to relate to your guests and politely maneuver his/her way through the crowd while capturing all the great moments. That is exactly what Michael did, and at an Indian wedding of 500+ guests, that is very impressive. Michael is great at capturing expressions and using the colors present in a scene to the best advantage possible. Basically, it’s a perfect technique for Indian weddings that flow with so many different hues of clothing. He also did a great job capturing the essence of our Chicago-themed reception! We not only have memories of the décor of the evening, but also of the experience and ambience that was created.
So many of our friends came up to us at the wedding, reception, and in the days after and made sure to tell us how polite, Read more...
So many of our friends came up to us at the wedding, reception, and in the days after and made sure to tell us how polite, kind, and personable Michael is. That is not something you can tell by looking at a photographer’s portfolio, and it is important because a vendor’s attitude can either be supportive on the day of or just add to more stress for the bride and groom. Nobody wants a pushy photographer making anyone in the bridal party feeling like they’re in the way of taking pictures, and same goes for the videographer. It is important for the vendor to relate to your guests and politely maneuver his/her way through the crowd while capturing all the great moments. That is exactly what Michael did, and at an Indian wedding of 500+ guests, that is very impressive. Michael is great at capturing expressions and using the colors present in a scene to the best advantage possible. Basically, it’s a perfect technique for Indian weddings that flow with so many different hues of clothing. He also did a great job capturing the essence of our Chicago-themed reception! We not only have memories of the décor of the evening, but also of the experience and ambience that was created. Read less
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LBC11
Wedding:
6/25/2011
4.8/5.0
Michael was the best photographer we could have chosen for our wedding. He was early for most meetings, immediately responsive to emails, and he had many of his own ideas for photographs. We were looking for a journalistic style, with some art elements as well. He was not the old-school photographer who insists on getting pictures of the bride with every family member possible. He spend the exact right amount of time on posed photographs (as little as needed!) and then he spent the rest of the day and night capturing all the exciting moments.

We were married in downtown Chicago, and Michael scouted a number of spots that were perfect for showing off the city. Somehow, in the only two hours we allowed between ceremony and reception, he fit in a number of locations. He also guided us into natural-looking, but model-esque poses. Some of the photographs look like they belong in an art gallery with Michael's lighting and composition techniques.

The photographs were processed early, and they were absolutely gorgeous. We got three beautiful CDs of more than 1,000 photographs with moments we could never have remembered without him.

Michael also was so patient on one of the most stressful days of our life! Until the party started, we were a little on edge, but Michael gently calmed us down and made sure that we had everything we needed. He managed the mothers, fathers and maids perfectly, bringing out everyone's personality to a T. He even calmed me down when we had to gather every single member of my family for a photograph my parents insisted on. This was no easy task. ;)

I am so glad we hired Michael--he was one of the best decisions of our wedding! I could not recommend him more highly.
Michael was the best photographer we could have chosen for our wedding. He was early for most meetings, immediately Read more...
Michael was the best photographer we could have chosen for our wedding. He was early for most meetings, immediately responsive to emails, and he had many of his own ideas for photographs. We were looking for a journalistic style, with some art elements as well. He was not the old-school photographer who insists on getting pictures of the bride with every family member possible. He spend the exact right amount of time on posed photographs (as little as needed!) and then he spent the rest of the day and night capturing all the exciting moments.

We were married in downtown Chicago, and Michael scouted a number of spots that were perfect for showing off the city. Somehow, in the only two hours we allowed between ceremony and reception, he fit in a number of locations. He also guided us into natural-looking, but model-esque poses. Some of the photographs look like they belong in an art gallery with Michael's lighting and composition techniques.

The photographs were processed early, and they were absolutely gorgeous. We got three beautiful CDs of more than 1,000 photographs with moments we could never have remembered without him.

Michael also was so patient on one of the most stressful days of our life! Until the party started, we were a little on edge, but Michael gently calmed us down and made sure that we had everything we needed. He managed the mothers, fathers and maids perfectly, bringing out everyone's personality to a T. He even calmed me down when we had to gather every single member of my family for a photograph my parents insisted on. This was no easy task. ;)

I am so glad we hired Michael--he was one of the best decisions of our wedding! I could not recommend him more highly. Read less
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McJenn
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
It was absolutely wonderful working with Michael! He was so easy to get along with it was almost like he was more my friend than my photographer. We loved his style and really loved how our Engagement photos turned out. Got a taste some of our wedding photos and they are amazing as well! I will highly reccommend Michael to any friends that may be getting married in the future! I hope to be able to use Michael in the future for other photography needs.
It was absolutely wonderful working with Michael! He was so easy to get along with it was almost like he was more my Read more...
It was absolutely wonderful working with Michael! He was so easy to get along with it was almost like he was more my friend than my photographer. We loved his style and really loved how our Engagement photos turned out. Got a taste some of our wedding photos and they are amazing as well! I will highly reccommend Michael to any friends that may be getting married in the future! I hope to be able to use Michael in the future for other photography needs. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We just got married a few weeks ago. We talked to so many photographers. As soon as we met with Michael we knew he was it. If we were only allowed to say one word about Michael it would be AMAZING. Not only is he an absolutely fabulous photographer, but he helped in the moments when the nerves were too much to take. He was there with us every step of the way, reassuring us and making sure that all of our needs were met. He really did make the entire process much easier, and a lot of fun. He is a true artist! We cannot wait to see our pictures!
We just got married a few weeks ago. We talked to so many photographers. As soon as we met with Michael we knew he was it. Read more...
We just got married a few weeks ago. We talked to so many photographers. As soon as we met with Michael we knew he was it. If we were only allowed to say one word about Michael it would be AMAZING. Not only is he an absolutely fabulous photographer, but he helped in the moments when the nerves were too much to take. He was there with us every step of the way, reassuring us and making sure that all of our needs were met. He really did make the entire process much easier, and a lot of fun. He is a true artist! We cannot wait to see our pictures! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Michael was very professional and responsive to our needs. He really listened to what we wanted but also provided really creative ideas and feedback. We absolutely loved our pictures and are so thankful to have picked such a fantastic photographer. We could not have been happier with Michael and would recommend him to everyone!
Michael was very professional and responsive to our needs. He really listened to what we wanted but also provided really Read more...
Michael was very professional and responsive to our needs. He really listened to what we wanted but also provided really creative ideas and feedback. We absolutely loved our pictures and are so thankful to have picked such a fantastic photographer. We could not have been happier with Michael and would recommend him to everyone! Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Michael was by far my favorite vendor to work with and produced amazing images that we will cherish for years to come. Photography was the most important decision for us and I must have met with 10+ Chicago-area photographers. I could not have been happier with my decision to use Michael Rastall. He captured our wedding beautifully and was very easy to work with from start to finish. He was everywhere the whole day/night, yet you don’t notice him. Many family members have said to me that they couldn’t believe he captured so many little moments and emotions throughout the entire day. He didn’t miss a thing and documented our day beautifully. He was always responsive during the planning process and seemed to genuinely care about us and our wedding – which is not something you get from most vendors. Michael was the best decision we made for our wedding and he was the one vendor that I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about. I would recommend him 100% to any bride and I agree with a previous post that Michael is so good you almost don’t want to share the secret!
Michael was by far my favorite vendor to work with and produced amazing images that we will cherish for years to come. Read more...
Michael was by far my favorite vendor to work with and produced amazing images that we will cherish for years to come. Photography was the most important decision for us and I must have met with 10+ Chicago-area photographers. I could not have been happier with my decision to use Michael Rastall. He captured our wedding beautifully and was very easy to work with from start to finish. He was everywhere the whole day/night, yet you don’t notice him. Many family members have said to me that they couldn’t believe he captured so many little moments and emotions throughout the entire day. He didn’t miss a thing and documented our day beautifully. He was always responsive during the planning process and seemed to genuinely care about us and our wedding – which is not something you get from most vendors. Michael was the best decision we made for our wedding and he was the one vendor that I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about. I would recommend him 100% to any bride and I agree with a previous post that Michael is so good you almost don’t want to share the secret! Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure having Michael as our photographer. He could not have been more helpful, professional, responsive, flexible, etc. Not to mention our engagement pictures and wedding photos are awesome!!! We love them and so do our family and friends!
It was such a pleasure having Michael as our photographer. He could not have been more helpful, professional, responsive, Read more...
It was such a pleasure having Michael as our photographer. He could not have been more helpful, professional, responsive, flexible, etc. Not to mention our engagement pictures and wedding photos are awesome!!! We love them and so do our family and friends! Read less
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keelin
Wedding:
6/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Michael was outstanding in every way! From an extra long engagement short (because we came form out of town) to being flexible on the wedding day, Michael was perfect.

Our engagement and wedding images are to die for. Michael is friendly, creative, and inconspicuous on the wedding day!

truly a great photographer!! We got a great deal because we booked him so long ago, but even though his rates have increased, he is worth EVERY PENNY!
Michael was outstanding in every way! From an extra long engagement short (because we came form out of town) to being Read more...
Michael was outstanding in every way! From an extra long engagement short (because we came form out of town) to being flexible on the wedding day, Michael was perfect.

Our engagement and wedding images are to die for. Michael is friendly, creative, and inconspicuous on the wedding day!

truly a great photographer!! We got a great deal because we booked him so long ago, but even though his rates have increased, he is worth EVERY PENNY! Read less
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DAndy127
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Michael did our engagement session in March and shot our wedding in May. He was absolutely amazing to work with. He made us both feel very comfortable in front of the camera - which was the top concern for my husband and I. We couldn't believe how much fun we had working with him! He is extremely personable and professional and our guests had nothing but great things to say about him, too. He was up for anything despite the crazy, unexpected heat we had, and amazingly stuck with us for well over 12 hours at multiple locations. The photos turned out amazing, with just the right mix of posed and photojournalistic styles and were delivered in an adorable collection of personalized DVD cases with blazingly fast speed. Having the ability to chronicle the day from beginning to finish with digital copies of all the images taken was priceless. I give Michael the highest recommendation for any photography work you might need - wedding, or otherwise; he never fails to artfully capture the best expressions and emotions of the day. Thank you, Michael!
Michael did our engagement session in March and shot our wedding in May. He was absolutely amazing to work with. He made Read more...
Michael did our engagement session in March and shot our wedding in May. He was absolutely amazing to work with. He made us both feel very comfortable in front of the camera - which was the top concern for my husband and I. We couldn't believe how much fun we had working with him! He is extremely personable and professional and our guests had nothing but great things to say about him, too. He was up for anything despite the crazy, unexpected heat we had, and amazingly stuck with us for well over 12 hours at multiple locations. The photos turned out amazing, with just the right mix of posed and photojournalistic styles and were delivered in an adorable collection of personalized DVD cases with blazingly fast speed. Having the ability to chronicle the day from beginning to finish with digital copies of all the images taken was priceless. I give Michael the highest recommendation for any photography work you might need - wedding, or otherwise; he never fails to artfully capture the best expressions and emotions of the day. Thank you, Michael! Read less
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Sweet39Lemon
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Michael Rastall was so easy to work with, anytime I had an idea he helped me take it to the next level. He made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, but he also made us forget he was there. That made it possible for him to capture some amazing moments and emotions. He stole moments from time that I would not have remembered without him being there, and now I have them to keep forever.
Michael Rastall was so easy to work with, anytime I had an idea he helped me take it to the next level. He made us feel so Read more...
Michael Rastall was so easy to work with, anytime I had an idea he helped me take it to the next level. He made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, but he also made us forget he was there. That made it possible for him to capture some amazing moments and emotions. He stole moments from time that I would not have remembered without him being there, and now I have them to keep forever. Read less
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tanya
Wedding:
12/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael shot our wedding in December at the Newberry Library.

Most importantly, the photos are amazing! I love, love, love them. I have spent way too much time this past month staring at them. It's so hard to choose favorites. He completely captured the emotions of our wedding day. I relive the day every time I look at them.

Not only am I so, so happy with the photos, but he is such a great guy. I felt so comfortable with him all day. Sometimes I didn't even notice him around. He got every shot I could have possibly wanted - I don't know how he did it! He did a nice mixture of photojournalistic style and formal/posed style (which is exactly what I requested). He is affordable and just so amazing. I give him the highest possible recommendation.

The photographer is the most important wedding vendor - and Michael is the best. Absolute best!!

If you haven't booked your photographer, you must book Michael!!
Michael shot our wedding in December at the Newberry Library.

Most importantly, the photos are amazing! I love, Read more...
Michael shot our wedding in December at the Newberry Library.

Most importantly, the photos are amazing! I love, love, love them. I have spent way too much time this past month staring at them. It's so hard to choose favorites. He completely captured the emotions of our wedding day. I relive the day every time I look at them.

Not only am I so, so happy with the photos, but he is such a great guy. I felt so comfortable with him all day. Sometimes I didn't even notice him around. He got every shot I could have possibly wanted - I don't know how he did it! He did a nice mixture of photojournalistic style and formal/posed style (which is exactly what I requested). He is affordable and just so amazing. I give him the highest possible recommendation.

The photographer is the most important wedding vendor - and Michael is the best. Absolute best!!

If you haven't booked your photographer, you must book Michael!! Read less
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Morgan.Hudson
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
I almost hate sharing our secret with everyone, but Michael is absolutely deserving of having his name and talent shouted from the rooftops of Chicagoland. My husband and I are so thankful to have found such a talented, professional and personable photographer to work with for our wedding. My mother and I were both struck by Michael's charisma and love of his work when we first met with him, and after a great conversation and review of his work the choice was clear. I was thrilled to have found a local photographer with the style I was looking for at a price point my patents were comfortable with.

Michael truly exceeded our expectations from the beginning - giving us hundreds of engagement photos from our session; for the wedding, he stayed in touch prior to confirm timing, locations and discuss what we wanted to see. All of our wedding guests commented on his calmness and professionalism; he made us and everyone else feel very comfortable. We couldn't believe that after a full day with us, he still offered to come out to my parents' home to shoot some casual candids of our closest friends and family. The icing on the cake so to speak was the delivery of our photo discs - labeled in cases with custom photo covers using our wedding pictures.

It goes without saying that the photos themselves were beyond what we had hoped for, and I have received nothing but raving compliments about them. Although part of me wants to keep my awesome photographer a hidden secret, I wholeheartedly recommend Michael Rastall to any bride and groom looking for an experienced professional photographer with a unique style and a lot of creativity.
I almost hate sharing our secret with everyone, but Michael is absolutely deserving of having his name and talent shouted Read more...
I almost hate sharing our secret with everyone, but Michael is absolutely deserving of having his name and talent shouted from the rooftops of Chicagoland. My husband and I are so thankful to have found such a talented, professional and personable photographer to work with for our wedding. My mother and I were both struck by Michael's charisma and love of his work when we first met with him, and after a great conversation and review of his work the choice was clear. I was thrilled to have found a local photographer with the style I was looking for at a price point my patents were comfortable with.

Michael truly exceeded our expectations from the beginning - giving us hundreds of engagement photos from our session; for the wedding, he stayed in touch prior to confirm timing, locations and discuss what we wanted to see. All of our wedding guests commented on his calmness and professionalism; he made us and everyone else feel very comfortable. We couldn't believe that after a full day with us, he still offered to come out to my parents' home to shoot some casual candids of our closest friends and family. The icing on the cake so to speak was the delivery of our photo discs - labeled in cases with custom photo covers using our wedding pictures.

It goes without saying that the photos themselves were beyond what we had hoped for, and I have received nothing but raving compliments about them. Although part of me wants to keep my awesome photographer a hidden secret, I wholeheartedly recommend Michael Rastall to any bride and groom looking for an experienced professional photographer with a unique style and a lot of creativity. Read less
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quinn
Wedding:
10/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael was such a pleasure to work with. He was so relaxing, calming, professional and creative; I felt like we were having an old friend take our photos. He had great ideas of his own and also listened to what we wanted to help create the most spectacular set of photos. Michael is the consummate professional regarding the more formal family shots as well as candid shots throughout the evening. Additionally, he provided online links about a month after our wedding date and full quality digital originals on DVD, and remained in constant contact in the months and weeks up to our wedding. For his time commitment and skills, i feel that he could easily charge so much more. Michael Rastall is an exceptional photographer, and a true professional.
Michael was such a pleasure to work with. He was so relaxing, calming, professional and creative; I felt like we were Read more...
Michael was such a pleasure to work with. He was so relaxing, calming, professional and creative; I felt like we were having an old friend take our photos. He had great ideas of his own and also listened to what we wanted to help create the most spectacular set of photos. Michael is the consummate professional regarding the more formal family shots as well as candid shots throughout the evening. Additionally, he provided online links about a month after our wedding date and full quality digital originals on DVD, and remained in constant contact in the months and weeks up to our wedding. For his time commitment and skills, i feel that he could easily charge so much more. Michael Rastall is an exceptional photographer, and a true professional. Read less
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Jamie R
Wedding:
8/2/2009
4.9/5.0
Michael Rastall's work is truly amazing - moving, artful, and creative! It was such a pleasure working with him in the months leading up to our wedding and on the special day, itself. Michael made our planning process so lovely and easy and calmed our nerves with his quiet strength throughout the evening. We honestly could not have asked for a better match - personally and stylistically. His price is beyond reasonable!

We love seeing the evening unfold all over again in the images he captured. The more we look at them, the more we're struck by how well Michael captured the beauty and emotion of this incredibly special day in our lives. 10, 20, 30 ... 60 years from now, his images will remind us of the joy we, and our closest family and friends, felt in those fleeting moments. Those memories, combined with Michael's talent, were one of the greatest gifts we received! WOW!!!
Michael Rastall's work is truly amazing - moving, artful, and creative! It was such a pleasure working with him in the Read more...
Michael Rastall's work is truly amazing - moving, artful, and creative! It was such a pleasure working with him in the months leading up to our wedding and on the special day, itself. Michael made our planning process so lovely and easy and calmed our nerves with his quiet strength throughout the evening. We honestly could not have asked for a better match - personally and stylistically. His price is beyond reasonable!

We love seeing the evening unfold all over again in the images he captured. The more we look at them, the more we're struck by how well Michael captured the beauty and emotion of this incredibly special day in our lives. 10, 20, 30 ... 60 years from now, his images will remind us of the joy we, and our closest family and friends, felt in those fleeting moments. Those memories, combined with Michael's talent, were one of the greatest gifts we received! WOW!!! Read less
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kelso1234
Wedding:
7/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael was one of our favorite vendors for so many reasons! He was so professional yet easy-going the first time we met, and I felt like he was really trying to get to know me and my husband. He knew what was important to us and it really shows in his results-we were so excited once we received all of our photos. Our wedding was in July and I still feel like I was there that day whenever I go through all of them-not to mention he didn't bust our budget!

Bottom line is that you will not be disappointed if you go with Michael-he is extremely talented and a genuine person that does amazing work!
Michael was one of our favorite vendors for so many reasons! He was so professional yet easy-going the first time we met, Read more...
Michael was one of our favorite vendors for so many reasons! He was so professional yet easy-going the first time we met, and I felt like he was really trying to get to know me and my husband. He knew what was important to us and it really shows in his results-we were so excited once we received all of our photos. Our wedding was in July and I still feel like I was there that day whenever I go through all of them-not to mention he didn't bust our budget!

Bottom line is that you will not be disappointed if you go with Michael-he is extremely talented and a genuine person that does amazing work! Read less
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Chibride
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
There were a handful of decisions that were effortless for us: hiring Michael was one of those effortless decisions. Michael is incredibly talented, professional, creative, calm, and easy to work with. I saw his portfolio online and was struck by the beautifully composed photographs. The images are so crisp and emotionally evocative.

Our meetings were relaxed, productive and all of our emails were answered quickly & thoroughly. We felt confident in his skills and experience. Our engagement photo session was awesome. He was fun to work with and a great director when we needed it. Once we got the photos back, we were floored...they totally exceeded our expectations. We couldn't believe how many funny, beautiful, silly, romantic, fabulous photographs there were...of us! Amazing.

Michael did a great job at our wedding too. He arrived early, was dressed to the nines, and got right to work. The groom and I took some photos before the ceremony (which I highly recommend) & got some beautiful images together. After the ceremony, Michael managed to wrangle our raucous families with ease into some great family portraits. He handled every wrinkle in the schedule with ease. It was a pleasure to have him there amidst the chaos.

Choosing the right photographer was really important to us. We feel so lucky to have worked with someone we trusted artistically and professionally. Thank you Michael!
There were a handful of decisions that were effortless for us: hiring Michael was one of those effortless decisions. Read more...
There were a handful of decisions that were effortless for us: hiring Michael was one of those effortless decisions. Michael is incredibly talented, professional, creative, calm, and easy to work with. I saw his portfolio online and was struck by the beautifully composed photographs. The images are so crisp and emotionally evocative.

Our meetings were relaxed, productive and all of our emails were answered quickly & thoroughly. We felt confident in his skills and experience. Our engagement photo session was awesome. He was fun to work with and a great director when we needed it. Once we got the photos back, we were floored...they totally exceeded our expectations. We couldn't believe how many funny, beautiful, silly, romantic, fabulous photographs there were...of us! Amazing.

Michael did a great job at our wedding too. He arrived early, was dressed to the nines, and got right to work. The groom and I took some photos before the ceremony (which I highly recommend) & got some beautiful images together. After the ceremony, Michael managed to wrangle our raucous families with ease into some great family portraits. He handled every wrinkle in the schedule with ease. It was a pleasure to have him there amidst the chaos.

Choosing the right photographer was really important to us. We feel so lucky to have worked with someone we trusted artistically and professionally. Thank you Michael! Read less
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Shena
Wedding:
11/15/2008
5.0/5.0
Michael was amazing. He communicated with us days and weeks before the wedding. He was extremely professional, on time, and didn't need a lot of direction for what I wanted. My husband and I are EXTREMELY impressed with his photos and our wedding album. I've had several comments from friends that it's one of the best wedding albums' they've seen. It looks like a magazine. It's amazing. I'm highly recommend Michael Rastall and will use him again for any personal and professional event that I need.
Michael was amazing. He communicated with us days and weeks before the wedding. He was extremely professional, on time, Read more...
Michael was amazing. He communicated with us days and weeks before the wedding. He was extremely professional, on time, and didn't need a lot of direction for what I wanted. My husband and I are EXTREMELY impressed with his photos and our wedding album. I've had several comments from friends that it's one of the best wedding albums' they've seen. It looks like a magazine. It's amazing. I'm highly recommend Michael Rastall and will use him again for any personal and professional event that I need. Read less
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cwake001
Wedding:
9/14/2008
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Michael! Beginning with our initial meeting, and through to delivery of the photographs and wedding album, Michael was extremely accomodating, personable and genuinely willing to work with us to make our day unique and special. Not only did he take great framed photos of our family and friends, but he did a masterful job capturing the candid shots that we so desperately wanted. He has a very keen eye for recognizing and capturing personalities in the photos he takes, which was most noticeable and appreciated as my wife and I looked through our wedding album for the first time. Michael was a welcome addition to our wedding, and could not have fit in better with his relaxed and personable demeanor. I would highly recommend Michael as a photographer for any occasion, and could not be more thrilled with the experience of working with him, or with the photographs that he delivered.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Michael! Beginning with our initial meeting, and through to delivery of the Read more...
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Michael! Beginning with our initial meeting, and through to delivery of the photographs and wedding album, Michael was extremely accomodating, personable and genuinely willing to work with us to make our day unique and special. Not only did he take great framed photos of our family and friends, but he did a masterful job capturing the candid shots that we so desperately wanted. He has a very keen eye for recognizing and capturing personalities in the photos he takes, which was most noticeable and appreciated as my wife and I looked through our wedding album for the first time. Michael was a welcome addition to our wedding, and could not have fit in better with his relaxed and personable demeanor. I would highly recommend Michael as a photographer for any occasion, and could not be more thrilled with the experience of working with him, or with the photographs that he delivered. Read less
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kator
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
Michael was a pleasure to work with from the start -- responsive, highly professional, respectful, and flexible. On our wedding day itself, he remained unobtrusive and good-natured throughout the day, even as he guided us skillfully toward creative shots that never would have ocurred to us and probably not to many other photographers. When we received our photos and the book Michael made of the most important shots, we were bowled over: we were so happy to see how beautifully he captured our special day, and felt like we were experiencing it all over again, practically minute by minute. Because of the expressions Michael caught on our faces and those of our loved ones, his knack for choosing the most flattering shots and the most emotional moments, and the tiny but precious fleeting details he captured, I felt as if the photos had been taken by someone who had known us all our lives. The photo book is already a precious heirloom in our home; I know we will thumb through it often over the years. Choosing Michael as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.
Michael was a pleasure to work with from the start -- responsive, highly professional, respectful, and flexible. On our Read more...
Michael was a pleasure to work with from the start -- responsive, highly professional, respectful, and flexible. On our wedding day itself, he remained unobtrusive and good-natured throughout the day, even as he guided us skillfully toward creative shots that never would have ocurred to us and probably not to many other photographers. When we received our photos and the book Michael made of the most important shots, we were bowled over: we were so happy to see how beautifully he captured our special day, and felt like we were experiencing it all over again, practically minute by minute. Because of the expressions Michael caught on our faces and those of our loved ones, his knack for choosing the most flattering shots and the most emotional moments, and the tiny but precious fleeting details he captured, I felt as if the photos had been taken by someone who had known us all our lives. The photo book is already a precious heirloom in our home; I know we will thumb through it often over the years. Choosing Michael as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Read less
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Saba
Wedding:
7/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Michael Rastall's work is absolutely amazing! His approach to style and capturing every special moment is proof of his expertise and professionalism. I would recommend him to everyone and anyone! My husband and I were in awe when we saw our wedding pictures and got a lot of great comments from our friends and family. His work is a piece of art that you will cherish for the rest of your lives! If you want your wedding day to be as memorable as ours go with Michael Rastall Photography!!!!
Michael Rastall's work is absolutely amazing! His approach to style and capturing every special moment is proof of his Read more...
Michael Rastall's work is absolutely amazing! His approach to style and capturing every special moment is proof of his expertise and professionalism. I would recommend him to everyone and anyone! My husband and I were in awe when we saw our wedding pictures and got a lot of great comments from our friends and family. His work is a piece of art that you will cherish for the rest of your lives! If you want your wedding day to be as memorable as ours go with Michael Rastall Photography!!!! Read less
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mejum
Wedding:
5/30/2007
5.0/5.0
Michael Rastall is a real professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone for any occasion.
Michael Rastall is a real professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone for any occasion.
Michael Rastall is a real professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone for any occasion. Read less
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