About Take Action Photography
Take Action Photos LLC was established in 2000, by Jessica and Susan Rastelli, and they opened a fully-equipped Home-Studio, located in Frankfort, MI, in 2011.
They specialize in Portraits of: Families, Children, Babies, High School Seniors, Business Executives, also Weddings, Special Events and Sports Action Photography.
Take Action Photo has on-line proofing/ordering capabilities with a full line of new photographic products available. They are able to display slideshows on-site and have on-site printing capabilities upon request. They are members of the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Michigan, and the Benzie Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jessica and Susan have done sports action photography at all the area schools: T.C. Central H.S., T.C. West H. S., East Middle School, West Middle School, St. Francis H. S., SEAS Middle School, Frankfort-Elberta H. S., Benzie Central H.S. They do the area's Pop Warner Youth Football Games, Lacrosse, T.C. Blues Rugby, and Red Wings Training Camps.
Some of the many Special Events they have covered over the last few years include: HGTV's Carter Osterhouse's playground building and dedication in T.C. and Frankfort, The T.C. Film Festival, T.C. Schooner Festival, T. C. Chamber Annual Dinner and Golf Outing, Frankfort ‘Shiver by the River’ Snowmobile Races and Winter Festival, Women’s Winter Tour at Crystal Mt., Frankfort Fall Festival and Easter Egg Hunt, MDA Motorcycle and Ride and Telethon in T.C., Ride for Life in Benzie Co., T. C. Zonta’s Breakfast with Santa, PMOH Auxiliary Holiday Ball, Golf Outings and Annual Meeting/Luncheons, Special Olympics Basket Ball Game with Benzie Sheriff Dept. among others. They like to give back to their community.
With over 27 years of photographic experience, Jessica Rastelli began her love of photography when working on her high school yearbook and developing B & W film. She pursued a business career in college, but minored in photography…always with the hopes of having a career in photography. That career was encouraged by winning a Kodak Student Photo Contest.
While shooting some motor cross races, capturing all the action, she was offered good money for the images she shot. Her brother told her there were companies in Arizona who printed on-site at similar races, and she should consider it. Well, she did. Starting with one camera, one laptop, one LCD screen and one printer, along with her mother, Susan, they began shooting local hockey and high school sports and grew quickly in size and reputation. They were soon lugging a lot more equipment to the high school and elementary sporting events. Known as the “picture ladies”, they were even interviewed by Vic McCarty on 9 & 10 TV, because they were the only daughter/mother team and the only women in the area that shot action sports. Jessica shot the games and Susan, downloaded, edited and printed the pictures. It was hard, physical work but they enjoyed it. The Year Book Staff loved the images that they donated each year.
In 2010 Jessica was blessed with the birth of her baby girl, Maya, a true miracle for her. Because of Maya, they decided to open a home-studio, so Jessica could raise Maya and run her business more easily. They do not do as many sporting events now, but will continue to do Pop Warner and Lacrosse through the YMCA. They are concentrating on Portraits along with building their Wedding Business. They will continue shooting Events such as the Traverse City Film Festival and other fundraising/community events. Jessica is the principal photographer. Susan, who has a MBA and business background, runs the business end and acts as the second shooter at events.