Nantahala Wedding Photography by Michael Freas

Your wedding day is more than flowers and a beautiful dress—it’s the start of your legacy together. I treasure capturing the unplanned, heartfelt moments that make your day uniquely yours. From a mother’s approving gaze to the groom’s raw emotion, these are the memories that matter. Explore my recent work, FAQs, and pricing details below.

A bride and groom walking down the aisle at a Nantahala wedding.

Investment in Professionalism

The Easiest Way to Enjoy Your Day

Each wedding day is unique, yet they all share a common need for a solid foundation and complete coverage.

My wedding photography services offer two options: $6400 for 1 photographer or $8500 for 2 photographers. This includes:

  • 10 hours of coverage
  • 10×10 Studio Wedding Album
  • Online gallery
  • Sneak Peek within 72 hours
  • All edited photos delivered within 8 weeks with online cloud backup for 3 years

To secure your date, a $1500 retainer is required, with the remaining balance divided into three payments, all due 30 days before your special day.

MY PROCESS

01

Initial Meeting

Couples or their planner usually reach out and I send over an initial text to schedule a call or consultation

02

Booking

You’ve signed, and you’re ready to make it official! We cheer, or toast, or perhaps send a few aggressively enthusiastic emojis. Then, to reserve your date on the calendar, a digital contract and online invoice are sent. It’s as easy as that!

03

Planning + Consultations

You receive a welcome delivery from me and then we book your engagement session date. I am always available for text/phone/video chat to help help out in anyway I can. Friends with cameras!

04

Engagement Session

We play go for a hike, hit the town or roll around in the grass at a park. The plan is, to get to know each other, and vibe! Afterwards you receive your previews within 48 hours and full gallery within 3 weeks.

05

Logistics

I send out a questionnaires that come via your client portal.  We schedule Zoom calls to discuss timings and create a custom photography schedule based on your unique needs, requests, and the logistics of your day.

06

Wedding Weekend

Michael Freas and team ensure the day is documented with a focus on both elegance and authenticity creatively so that you can feel at ease and in your element. Our presence will be felt like a supporting character of a film: never obtrusive, always supportive.

07

Gallery Reveal

Within 6-8 weeks of the wedding date, We schedule a date for the reveal. I then deliver the slideshow, album layout and full gallery to you to share, download, and re-live one of the best experiences of your life.  All photos are yours to reprint and share to your heart’s content.  

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Beyond the Wedding

Working with Michael Freas does not end after your gallery delivery. I am always here for you for any future milestones in your lives. Whether its a Honeymoon, Anniversary, Maternity, Family sessions. I offer my expertise to those who have been by our side from the start.

Ceremony set up shot of Nantahala weddings shot while being a second photographer

I’ve photographed countless weddings and learned the keys to an unforgettable day: keep it simple, stay stress-free, and expect the best. My collections begin at $5900 which includes 7+ hours of coverage and a complimentary engagement session for every couple. 

Every couple receives the following:

Thoughtful and Intentional Wedding Day Coverage

Priority Communication for Your Convenience

A Photography Experience Like No Other 

Sneak Peek Gallery to Relive Moments Sooner

Secure Cloud Photo Backup and Full Rights to Your Photos

Curated Online Gallery and Print/Album Shop Available

High-Resolution Digital Images Edited in My Signature Style

Travel Included Within 100 Miles of Asheville, NC

Assistance with Timeline Planning and Vendor Referrals

Why should we choose you as our photographer?

Because I find immense joy in creating something beautiful and authentic for you. Because capturing your story in a way that’s as genuine and unique as you are brings me true happiness. Because I prioritize making you feel comfortable and ensuring we have as much fun as possible throughout the process. Because I treat every wedding with the utmost care, warmth, and positive energy. Because I’m laid back and wholeheartedly believe in stress-free optimism. And because I’ll be here for you every step of the way.

How do we hire you?

Use the contact tab to check my pricing and availability. After our discussion, I’ll send you a password-protected site for signing the contract and paying the retainer—all done online in less than five minutes. Once booked, I’ll be there to capture your big day!

How do you make camera-shy people comfortable?

The only time you’ll really notice the camera is during group photos and creative portraits. I focus on making you feel relaxed and genuine so I can capture your true selves. Building a relationship beforehand helps, so by your wedding day, it feels like we’re old friends.

 

What is your photography style?

My style is artistic journalism. I blend candid, real moments with artistic elements to document your wedding day naturally. I use my photojournalism background to capture your day as it unfolds, highlighting the chemistry and emotions unique to you as a couple. Traditional family photos, bridal portraits, and artistic portraits are all part of the package. Your parents will also love the beautiful, posed family photos we create.

Do you travel for weddings and engagement sessions?

Absolutely! I book my own travel arrangements, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. I’ve photographed weddings and engagement sessions globally. Whether we meet in your town or a special location, I’m excited to capture your special moments

Do you offer multiple payment options?

Absolutely! Once you’ve paid the retainer to secure your wedding date, we can be flexible with the remaining payments. For those who prefer to handle it all at once, I also offer a Pay-In-Full option. We’ll go over all your options during our initial consultation call.

 
When will we see our photos?

You’ll get a sneak peek of your images within a week after the wedding. The full gallery will be ready in 10 weeks, along with an album layout and slideshow, accessible through your personal online gallery.

A bride and groom hugging in front of bushes.

Engagement sessions, or forever sessions as I call them, are a wonderful way to get to know me and get comfortable in front of the camera.

These sessions are a special way to celebrate who you are as a couple and reflect on your love story and what you love to do together. We’ll set something up that is unique to you, where you met, what you enjoy about life together.

Platinum Album Design Service

We bring your wedding memories to life in a cinematic presentation and expertly guide you in creating your dream album, all from the comfort of your home.

See for yourself why We’re the easiest choice for couples like you.

How much does it cost to get started?

A retainer of $1500 is required when booking to secure your date. I recommend booking as early as possible, as popular dates tend to fill quickly. Don’t wait—contact me today to discuss your wedding photography needs and to reserve your date.

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event that deserves to be captured by a skilled and experienced photographer. With my unique blend of candid storytelling and artistic vision, I will transform your special day into a collection of memories that will last forever.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Choose Michael Freas Photography for breathtaking wedding photos that truly capture the spirit of your day. Contact me today to discuss your wedding photography needs and to reserve a date. I can’t wait to be a part of your love story!

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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.