A New York Vacation for a Key West Wedding Photographer

Why would you go from Key West to New York to vacation? Living in Paradise has its perks. You always have sunshine, everyone is “usually” relaxed. Its a tropical feeling! When you are a wedding photographer who lives in one of the biggest destination locations for weddings in the United States, you sometimes need a vacation from your vacation. It was a busy year in Key West for weddings this year. I shot 40+ weddings, gained many new friendships, and helped capture special moments for my couples. It was a good season.

The busiest months were the last months, so I didn’t get a lot of time for myself. My girlfriend was traveling Japan for three months, so my head was in the grind the entire time. She and I decided that we wanted to go camping for a few days, which I immediately found a ticket and planned to unplug after a busy season. I have never really vacationed much, but thankfully I have someone in my life that has ignited that travel bug! So I boared a plane, armed with limited lenses, a cell phone ( some of these images are from an iPhone6), and the passion to explore!

The following day we packed up our stuff and headed to the airport. After some travel cancellations I found a flight home, while my girlfriend went off to Austin for a girls weekend. That Monday I picked her up and we enjoyed another sunset in Key West. It was a great trip and made me realize the importance of certain people in your life. Make sure you surround yourself with people who will encourage you to go on adventures, make you smile, and just enjoy life. We get wrapped up on what everyone else is doing way too much. We focus on social media and what everyone else is doing, rather than living. Become an influencer. Post images of great adventures, in hopes of creating that interest to explore in others! Next up on the trip list: Steamboat Springs for snowboarding!

Michael Freas

My wedding collections are infused with consistent and creative technique, dynamic portraiture and bold photojournalism. I work with couples who are adventurous, creative and appreciate creative professional photography. They are inspired by and admire the art of visual storytelling. I capture those moments that will be cherished for years on end.