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!
9 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
18 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits
17 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
2 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.