Any engagement photographer can stage a few casual family scenes, snap a few shots of the happy couple in staged poses, and then call it a day. But that’s just the beginning of the process of telling the story of your relationship
I’m a wedding photographer, but also a photojournalist and storyteller who cares about bringing out the best in people.
Or to be more plainly, what I love isn’t so much the wedding itself so much as awesome couples coming together to create something special.
You don’t want a stranger running around, telling you where to stand and when to smile. Instead, you want a friend — and trust me, by the time you have your photos, 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 relationship, for you to have and to hold for generations to come.
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. I’m now thrilled to call the Florida Keys & Key West 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.
As a wedding and engagement 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 archives.
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.
“Where do I even begin with Mike and his work? Mike shot my wedding in Sorrento, Italy. He was incredibly professional, informative, and helpful throughout the whole process.
My husband and I are quite awkward in front of a camera, but with Mike’s humor and guidance, our pictures came out amazing! Because our wedding was a destination wedding, Mike took the time to video chat with us, and we looked on Google Street View at all the local spots.
He also arrived several days early to scope out some good spots near the venue to take pictures. I would recommend him to anyone who wants their wedding to be fun, relaxed, and beautifully captured! We cannot thank Mike enough for all the time, care, and work he put into capturing our perfect day.”
-Thais and Caleb
“My husband and I truly cannot say enough how happy we are that we chose Michael Freas Photography for our wedding. From the day we hired him it was easy, efficient, and smooth sailing.
Michael really cares about each of his clients and is extremely talented. On the day of the wedding Michael ran the show which is exactly what we needed. He took control of the day and made everything run smoothly and made sure we got all the photos we wanted but still stayed on time and it was honestly the most helpful quality.
The day of can get really chaotic but Michael and his team made everything run smoothly which eased our nerves. Then we got our photos back (in less than a month) and we were blown away. The quality of his work is channeled though every photo and we relive our wedding day every time we look through them.
He captured every candid special moment and we are so beyond grateful. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, look no further than Michael Freas Photography. He is AMAZING in every way“
-Ashley & Thomas
“Absolutely the best. Michael Freas is so easy to work with. He’s kind, funny and makes you feel comfortable instantly.
He knows you to genuinely make you laugh for a great photo or how to disappear in the background so you don’t even notice he’s snapping away. He truly gets to know you and takes the time to take your traditional, non traditional, must have and “I didn’t even know I wanted that” photo.
I am not photogenic and I am not comfortable in front of a camera. Yet our engagement and wedding photos actually made me look and feel beautiful. When Michael did our wedding we had an array of other issues (as any wedding will) and he was our ride to the ceremony “come on get in!”, sprinted down the jetty to capture my husband coming in by boat, booted out some wedding crashers and stayed late when we missed our own cake cutting. I could go on for days.
But if you truly want a wedding photographer who will surpass your expectations and present you with beautiful artistic elegant photos (and some hilariously fun ones too) be sure to book Freas Photography! Oh and not to mention. We got our photos back FAST!!”
-Tara & Ryan
Are you getting married?
Having an engagement party?
Want to make sure your photos are as special as your big day?
Drop me a line and let’s figure out how we can work together to capture all the moments that matter on your big day.