Asheville and Key West Real Moments Wedding Photographer

Shooting Critically Acclaimed Wedding Photos
Since 2016

Any Wedding Photographer Can...

Any wedding photographer can stage a few formal family scenes, snap a few shots of the happy couple dancing and cutting the cake, and then call it a day. But that’s just the beginning of the process of telling the story of your wedding.

I’m a wedding photographer, but really I’m a photojournalist and a storyteller who just loves weddings. (Like really loves weddings.)

Or to be more honest, what I love isn’t so much the wedding so much as awesome couples coming together to create something special.

You don’t want a stranger running around on your wedding day telling you where to stand and when to smile. Instead, you want a friend — and trust me, by the time you get married, we’ll be connected through social media, we’ll have talked a bunch online and/or in person, and we will be great friends! — who knows how to capture every special moment, glance and smile, and will be on hand with perfect timing and expert touch to catch the true beauty that is your wedding, for you to have and to hold for generations to come.

As a wedding photographer I’ve helped hundreds of couples over the years capture and keep all the special moments from their special day. Here are some samples of my work. I have lots more. Let me know if there’s anything specific you would like to see and I can pour through the wedding photography blog.

More Than Just A Wedding Photographer

Any wedding photographer can stage a few formal family scenes, snap a few shots of the happy couple dancing and cutting the cake, and then call it a day. But that’s just the beginning of the process of telling the story of your wedding.

I’m a wedding photographer, but really I’m a photojournalist and a storyteller who just loves weddings. (Like really loves weddings.)

Or to be more honest, what I love isn’t so much the wedding so much as awesome couples coming together to create something special.

You don’t want a stranger running around on your wedding day telling you where to stand and when to smile. Instead, you want a friend — and trust me, by the time you get married, we’ll be connected through social media, we’ll have talked a bunch online and/or in person, and we will be great friends! — who knows how to capture every special moment, glance and smile, and will be on hand with perfect timing and expert touch to catch the true beauty that is your wedding, for you to have and to hold for generations to come.

As a wedding photographer I’ve helped hundreds of couples over the years capture and keep all the special moments from their special day. Here are some samples of my work. I have lots more. Let me know if there’s anything specific you would like to see and I can pour through the wedding photography blog.

What I Do As An Asheville and Key West Wedding Photographer

As an Asheville and Key West Wedding photographer, it’s my job to create high-quality images that can help grab your attention from a distance. You want artwork that you can hang on the wall: stunning moments from your wedding that will capture people’s attention as they take your beauty and love. You want a wedding album filled with photos of all the key details that make up your special day, from that tear on a father’s cheek to the gorgeous rings you chose together. 

I use lighting, composition, and camera to not only capture those moments but to display the emotion behind them. As a photographer, those elements are my paint, brush, and canvas: the tools that allow me to show the unique, beautiful nature of each moment. As a result, the raw emotion often calls out from the still image, capturing attention and pulling in the viewer again and again. 

My passion is in trying to capture the essence of the moments that unfold in front of me. I get to see people at their best and most beautiful: not just the bride and groom, but everyone who has come out to celebrate that special day with them. At every wedding, I try to put myself in the shoes of the couple to help me capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the day so you can relive and cherish those memories forever.

The Wedding. The Venue. The People You Love.

The Wedding. The Venue. The People You Love.

As an Asheville and Key West Wedding photographer, I have had the opportunity to connect with my clients in a variety of unique and incredible ways. I help capture and commemorate the special, once-in-a-lifetime moments that make up a couple’s wedding day, from the tear in a father’s eye as he walks his little girl down the aisle; the groomsmen who burst in at the ideal moment, celebrated by everyone around them; the flower girl tripping as she walks down the aisle and the colorful petals that fly through the air as a result.

All of those moments make up your special day—and I aim to help capture them in a way that you can look back on with joy, laughter, and love for years to come. It’s not just about the moments between the bride and groom, though I certainly aim to capture those with skill and precision. It’s also about unobtrusively photographing the organic real moments among the other people who came to celebrate you, the lovely setting for your wedding, and the love that brings you all together.

Preserving Your Dream Wedding Day Through Photography

Preserving Your Dream Wedding Day Through Photography

Many people start thinking about their wedding day, and their future spouse, from the time they’re very young. Little girls imagine what their dress will look like, the beauty of the veil, the vows her groom will speak. Little boys might imagine how their spouse will look like coming down the aisle toward them.

As a relationship grows, so does the dream. Many couples start talking about their wedding long before they even become engaged. They might start to imagine their vows, who they will have around them on their special day, even the personal themes or private touches that will help make their dream a reality. Often, the special moments that lead up to your wedding are built over years: phone calls, private moments lying together, quiet “I love you’s” that help to build your connection to one another.

Your wedding day makes those dreams a reality.

As an Asheville and Key West wedding photographer, I work with couples to help understand their dreams and the poignant moments they’re hoping to create on their wedding day. I’m here to capture the reality of those dreams, from the artfully crafted little details of your wedding to the stunning emotion in every moment of your special day.

Capturing Your Day As It Unfolds Naturally

Capturing Your Day As It Unfolds Naturally

Your wedding day is made up of dozens, if not hundreds, of special, magical moments. Each wedding is as unique as the two people getting married—not to mention all the people who come out to share that special day with them. As I work with my couples, I capture those special moments and bring them together in a compelling, comprehensive way that you can look back on and remember, not only the details but also the love and full experience.

“Blink and you’ll miss it” is particularly apt when it comes to Key West and Asheville wedding photography. It’s part of both the challenge and the magic. I aim to unobtrusively blend into the scenes around you while capturing those critical details from the perspective of the bride and groom, offering a stunning look at your special day through the lens of the camera. My goal is to photograph your day as it organically: not to manufacture moments, but to capture them. The magic is already there between you, and that’s something that can’t be faked.

As a Key West and Asheville wedding photographer, it’s my job to not only capture the bride and groom’s point of view but all of the moments that are happening around them. Each wedding, just like each couple, is unique and deserves to be photographed in a way that brings out the couple’s personality and love. When you work with me, I’m there to capture everything as the excitement, planning, and anticipation coalesces into a beautiful ceremony.

Honest, Sexy, Funny, Emotional, and Fun: Wedding Photography Has It All

Honest, Sexy, Funny, Emotional, and Fun: Wedding Photography Has It All

There are few moments in a couple’s life that contain the same raw emotion that you’ll often find at a wedding. As an Asheville and Key West wedding photographer, I’ve photographed the wide range of emotions that happen at weddings, preserving the unscripted and candid moments that make true memories. By mastering wedding photojournalism I’m able to capture those vital moments as they’re happening, so you don’t have to worry about missing a single moment of your wedding.

In both Asheville and Key West, my goal is to capture photos that evoke the best emotion, not just the obvious (aka bland) ones. There’s stunning vibrancy and energy to the air, whether your guests are arriving in the gorgeous North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains or standing on the shores of Key West. My job is to capture still shots within that cacophony of life and movement that make up the amazing moments of your wedding day—not only to provide an honest look at what is, but to pull back the metaphorical veil and showcase the emotion present throughout the day.

As an Asheville and Key West Wedding photographer, I have had the opportunity to connect with my clients in a variety of unique and incredible ways. I help capture and commemorate the special, once-in-a-lifetime moments that make up a couple’s wedding day, from the tear in a father’s eye as he walks his little girl down the aisle; the groomsmen who burst in at the ideal moment, celebrated by everyone around them; the flower girl tripping as she walks down the aisle and the colorful petals that fly through the air as a result.

All of those moments make up your special day—and I aim to help capture them in a way that you can look back on with joy, laughter, and love for years to come. It’s not just about the moments between the bride and groom, though I certainly aim to capture those with skill and precision. It’s also about unobtrusively photographing the organic real moments among the other people who came to celebrate you, the lovely setting for your wedding, and the love that brings you all together.

Many people start thinking about their wedding day, and their future spouse, from the time they’re very young. Little girls imagine what their dress will look like, the beauty of the veil, the vows her groom will speak. Little boys might imagine how their spouse will look like coming down the aisle toward them.

As a relationship grows, so does the dream. Many couples start talking about their wedding long before they even become engaged. They might start to imagine their vows, who they will have around them on their special day, even the personal themes or private touches that will help make their dream a reality. Often, the special moments that lead up to your wedding are built over years: phone calls, private moments lying together, quiet “I love you’s” that help to build your connection to one another.

Your wedding day makes those dreams a reality.

As an Asheville and Key West wedding photographer, I work with couples to help understand their dreams and the poignant moments they’re hoping to create on their wedding day. I’m here to capture the reality of those dreams, from the artfully crafted little details of your wedding to the stunning emotion in every moment of your special day.

Your wedding day is made up of dozens, if not hundreds, of special, magical moments. Each wedding is as unique as the two people getting married—not to mention all the people who come out to share that special day with them. As I work with my couples, I capture those special moments and bring them together in a compelling, comprehensive way that you can look back on and remember, not only the details but also the love and full experience. 

“Blink and you’ll miss it” is particularly apt when it comes to Key West and Asheville wedding photography. It’s part of both the challenge and the magic. I aim to unobtrusively blend into the scenes around you while capturing those critical details from the perspective of the bride and groom, offering a stunning look at your special day through the lens of the camera. My goal is to photograph your day as it organically: not to manufacture moments, but to capture them. The magic is already there between you, and that’s something that can’t be faked.

As a Key West and Asheville wedding photographer, it’s my job to not only capture the bride and groom’s point of view but all of the moments that are happening around them. Each wedding, just like each couple, is unique and deserves to be photographed in a way that brings out the couple’s personality and love. When you work with me, I’m there to capture everything as the excitement, planning, and anticipation coalesces into a beautiful ceremony. 

There are few moments in a couple’s life that contain the same raw emotion that you’ll often find at a wedding. As an Asheville and Key West wedding photographer, I’ve photographed the wide range of emotions that happen at weddings, preserving the unscripted and candid moments that make true memories. By mastering wedding photojournalism I’m able to capture those vital moments as they’re happening, so you don’t have to worry about missing a single moment of your wedding. 

 

In both Asheville and Key West, my goal is to capture photos that evoke the best emotion, not just the obvious (aka bland) ones.  There’s stunning vibrancy and energy to the air, whether your guests are arriving in the gorgeous North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains or standing on the shores of Key West. My job is to capture still shots within that cacophony of life and movement that make up the amazing moments of your wedding day—not only to provide an honest look at what is, but to pull back the metaphorical veil and showcase the emotion present throughout the day.

SERVICE LOCATIONS

bride and groom at fort zachary taylor first kiss

Key West Wedding Photographer

Michael Freas is one of the leaders in wedding photography in Key West. As a Key West resident himself, he knows all the best spots to take that perfect wedding photo in paradise.
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Florida Keys Elopement Photographer

Looking to capture a destination wedding or elopement in the Keys? We've helped hundreds of couples capture their "I Dos" in the tropics.
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Florida Keys Engagement Photographer

Whether you're planning on posing the question you want to take photos after the fact we can help your once in a lifetime memories of your engagement.
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a couple dancing in their wedding event

Asheville Wedding Photographer

Michael Freas captured beautiful mountain top and valley weddings in the Asheville North Carolina area and has been both awarded and critically acclaimed for his one of a kind picturesque shots.
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Sunset Post Wedding Session At Max Patch In Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Elopement Photographer

Asheville is a one of a kind place to have an elopement wedding. Surrounded by mountains and beautiful historic buildings, there are plenty of opportunities to capture lasting memories on your special day.
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engagement photos at vineyards at Betty creek

Asheville Engagement Photographer

No matter where you're from, there's nothing quite like getting engaged in scenic Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains.
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LETS MAKE YOUR WEDDING STORY THE BEST EVER TOLD

ASHEVILLE & KEY WEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Nature Inspired Wedding

Photography for Adventure Inspired Hearts

You choose your own adventure, and I’ll document every minute of it.

Want to hike away from everyone and everything and get married with the Blue Ridge. Mountains as your witness?I’m so there for that.

Coast on down the seaboard and land in the Florida Keys and say I do on a sandbar at sunset with your closest friends and family? Color me there.

Wherever your adventure lies, your wedding photos should represent your journey finding each other. They should show the story of YOU.

That’s the story behind the story I want to tell. No cookie-cutter photos, I want you to feel like you can step inside the photos and breathe in the feelings you had on your wedding day.

Connections matter to me, and the clients that hire me to get to know me and I get to know them. My goal is that by the time I show up on your wedding day, it will feel like you’re seeing a friend!

YOUR ADVENTURE

Whatever you want your day to be, it can be. Your wedding adventure starts when you decide what you want your day to look like. My job is to make photos that capture that day of adventure and to have a hell of a good time with you doing it.

YOUR PHOTOS

Creative, relaxed, dynamic, journalistic, raw and emotional. The clients who work with me are looking for all those things in their wedding photos. If you trust me, I will create some crazy-amazing-fearless photos that go beyond static imagery.

YOUR WEDDING

You’re getting married here for a reason, right? You’re imagining a day outdoors, with sunsets, margaritas, flip flops, good music and all the best people around you. Your wedding should be the start of an amazing adventure, and what better place than the Florida Keys? Let me show you The Keys beyond the touristy kitsch.

ABOUT YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi, my name is Michael Freas. I’m the guest you didn’t invite to your wedding, but you’re so glad that I came.

I’m North Carolina born and bred, but I’ve spent the last 15 years living and traveling all over Florida and North Carolina. I’m now thrilled to call Asheville home, but I still love to travel, both throughout this great state and the world at large.

Nature, light, and music have always drawn me in and quieted me. I don’t run from chaos, I dive in head first… that’s where the beauty is!

When I first put a camera to my eye, so many years ago, it unlocked something inside of me. I’d always been the funny one, the loud one, the athletic one, but never the CREATIVE one. Turns out, that creativity was in me all along, it just took a dusty old Kodak Ektra 100 camera from my grandpa to even know to start looking for it. Well, I found it and I’m never letting it go.

First and foremost, I’m a photojournalist and a storyteller. But I’ve never found a story I prefer telling then the story of two people committing to each other for the rest of their lives.

LET’S ROLL

We’ll start with talking about you and what you want as a couple. I want to hear it all. The good the bad, what you are worried about, and what you are hoping for when you look at your wedding photos 25 years from now. I’ll give you ideas on locations, logistics, what to expect and some insider tips on the islands. On the day, I’m your photographer, your tour guide, your reminder-to-hydrate guy, and I’m ready to roll with anything. And I do mean anything.
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Check out my feature on Magmod’s new show, How I Shot It, where I talk about how I was able to capture some of the best shots I’ve taken throughout my career.
Engagement photo session with a couple and their dog in the Asheville NC Mountains

LETS MAKE YOUR WEDDING STORY THE BEST EVER TOLD

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATION

I want to get to know you, and understand your vision. Before booking, I offer a free video consultation so we can learn more about one another! This allows us to connect on a deeper level so I can provide you with the most spectacular images on your big day.

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MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER

Besides being your personal photographer, I offer the experience of good energy. I’m here for you in anyway I can help. Let’s have fun and bring out the best memories through images!
Bride with her veil flowing in the wind at sunset in the Asheville mountains

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

We may be a Key West, FL & Asheville, NC based Wedding Photography studio, but there are no places too far to tell our clients’ stories. All travel weddings consist of 2 photographers. We do have special pricing & considerations for destination weddings. Please contact us directly for full pricing information

I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. I strive to deliver unique images for my clients with each image I deliver. Generally speaking, provided clients are doing all the traditional customs, clients will receive approximately 60-80 images per hour of photography coverage
We strive to turn around the images to our clients as quickly as possible, while maintaining the impeccable quality our clients expect. Generally, wedding images will be uploaded to an online gallery no more than 45 days after the wedding. Sneak Peeks are usually ready in 2 weeks.

NO! The images that I capture during your day are carefully curated for quality and storytelling elements.  I edit all of the usable images and deliver them to you in an online gallery.  You can download and print at a lab of your choice.  I offer print options in the gallery too.  

bride chasing groom during trash the dress session

LETS MAKE YOUR WEDDING STORY THE BEST EVER TOLD

WEDDING TESTIMONIALS

I’ve worked as a wedding photographer with hundreds of couples, helping them to capture all the moments that matter on their special day. Check out what a few of those couples had to say about our time working together:

“He made us feel very special on our wedding day and made the photo shoot very memorable. Neither me, nor my husband enjoy in general posing for photos but Michael made the whole experience super enjoyable and fun. It was actually one of our favourite parts of our wedding day – hanging out around Palm Beach with Michael taking photos.

He was also absolutely amazing at finding spots and locations for our wedding photo shoot and did all the research for that. 

Michael didn’t just take our pictures but he created a relationship with us and became a friend that was part of the wedding. We would 100% recommend working with Michael!”

-Teodora & Juan

“My husband and I are blown away by Michael’s talent. He made our wedding day the most special day of our lives! From the moment we met Michael we knew he was the one. His work speaks for itself and he has a way of brining the day to life with his eye for magic and his warm and refreshing personality. I personally hate taking pictures but our wedding day was my one exception, thanks to Michael making me feel so at ease.

I feel Michael has a supernatural gift for capturing once in a lifetime moments and he keeps it fun, professional and spectacular all the way. He is a genius at what he does and I’m so happy to see someone who is so talented and gifted, using their gifts to bless the world.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts 💕”

-Yoselyn & Gian Carlo

“Leading up to the wedding day Mike communicated with us perfectly to show how prepared and professional he was for our big day. This is an important step in capturing a wedding. Most people look over the hard work that goes on before and after the wedding day. The results speak for themselves.

As a photographer Mike excels in capturing candid moments in time while playing with light and composition. As a fellow photographer that is all I asked for. Looking back on our photos it takes us back to the wedding day and brings back all the emotions we experienced. That’s what you get when you hire Mike and we couldn’t be happier!”

-Maggie & Tate

groom giving ring to bride during ceremony

CONTACT ME

Imagery That is About You!

Tell me a little about you! What’s most important to you, who is most important to you, what plans you’ve made for your wedding already – really anything that you would like to share to get us started.

Simply fill out the contact form below to check if I have your date available then we can set up a time to meet and see if we’re a good fit! If you don’t hear back from me within 24 hours please call 305-896-6314 or send me an email at info@michaelfreas.com.