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There’s nothing quite like a life spent in pursuit of adventure! From running around the woods and trails of Western North Carolina, to surfing tropical waves at exotic beach destinations – I have an infectious energy that seems unquenchable. Early in life, I worked my way through the culinary world, living up and down the East Coast.  I picked up a camera in 2014, left the kitchens of Key West and never looked back before eventually making my way home to Asheville, NC.  

Being back in the North Carolina mountains is great! For fun you can find me hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, surfing in the OBX or snowboarding fresh powder somewhere out west! I’ve been playing competitive soccer since age 8 and still play weekly.


I live the snow and surf adventure life! From being behind a lens at Mountain Dew Winter Sports Tour and scoring pristine CO powder to head high glassy barrels at Cloud 9 in Siargao.


After graduating high school, I went to college to learn to teach history and coach soccer - until culinary arts lured me away into kitchens and events for 14 years.


9 Years Professional
Photographed over 700+ Events
WPJA & ISPWP Top 150
Masters Top 10 N. America 2020, 2022


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Michael Freas

I am a documentary wedding photographer with 10 years of experience.
Multiple Top Award Winning Images and published in Rangefinder, Rolling Stone, Variety, Insider and Destination I Do.