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.
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!
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.
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 my best shots.
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.
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
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.
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
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