I have way too much energy, but have been told that it is contagious. I spent my childhood running around the woods and trails, and most of my adult life with my toes in the water and ass in the sand. I grew up in Western North Carolina but ended up in the culinary world prior to becoming a photographer. It took me to Florida and ultimately to Key West where I found and created my passion for photography.
I love to go hiking, take a vacation to the Philippines to go surfing, then end the year in the mountains of Colorado snowboarding. I am a foodie, and growing plants and gardens are my jam. I am considered a dog whisperer. I also sang onstage at Carnegie Hall, John Ritter’s Requiem Mass to a sold-out Easter Sunday crowd!
The Florida Keys and Asheville are home, where I have photographed over 260 weddings, but I still love to travel. I consider myself a global citizen. I have made trips to Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Washington DC, and New York for my couples, capturing every meaningful moment of their weekends. I was published in Rolling Stone. I’ve been named one of the Top 150 Wedding Photographers in the World & Top 100 Artistic Wedding Photographers in the World by the Wedding Photojournalist Association and featured on MagMod’s How I Shot It.
I have an empathetic and genuine approach to every couple’s relationship. I deep dive, because that’s where the beauty is. I’ve got big energy, and I’ve got a big love for people who embrace living their day to the fullest and aren’t bothered by what mother nature throws at them!
17 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
23 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits
27 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
4 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Michael Freas as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.
3 'At Work' Photos
The following photos are of Michael Freas at work.