Michael is SO fantastic! I can't say enough great things about him! He was very easy to get ahold of and quick to respond! He is very accommodating and is basically willing to do anything to get the perfect shot! He was so much fun to work with and had so many great ideas and great advice. I HIGHLY recommend him. And, his prices are super reasonable!
Michael was an incredibly kind, personable, and professional photographer. My husband and I are very pleased with our photographs. Michael was hired to take photos, but also decided to video a few special moments from our ceremony for us completely on his own. He worked with our schedule and made sure to get lots of candids which are some of our favorites! We are very happy with our decision to hire Michael and think you all will be as well.
Michael is the best!! He is SO accommodating, and really goes the extra mile for the perfect shot! In my first photo I uploaded, he was IN the middle of a bush. His photography is astounding and I'm so excited to get all of our shots back! He photographed us at Four Fillies Lodge in Peterstown, WV, and I think he had as much fun as we did!! I HIGHLY recommend Michael for ANY photography needs!!
"It isn't me being the client, it is you as the photographer who inspires the great feedback!! If you do an awesome job, it's my job to reciprocate a review without asking!!!" - Brooke Wilson
After working with Michael and seeing his finished work with our pictures, my husband and I are thrilled we chose him to be our wedding photographer. He beautifully captured important moments before and during the ceremony as well as at the reception. Furthermore, he has a great eye for the smallest of details which shows he is truly a professional photographer. Michael is very easy to work with and has a fun personality to help you feel at ease when taking pictures for an all-day event such as a wedding. He has wonderful ideas for creative poses and backgrounds, which turned out to include many of our favorites. - Candice G.
My husband and I got married in June at Claytor Lake State Park and had our reception at Rockwood Manor in Dublin, Va. Mike was referred to us from a friend who got married at Claytor Lake last year. We couldn't have chosen a better photographer for our wedding! He came in Saturday morning while the bridesmaids were getting ready to talk to me about how I wanted the day to go. I had mentioned to him if we had time in the evening to go back to the lake to take pictures in the water (yes, in my wedding dress!) Of course we knew we wouldn't, but he had a brilliant idea... a sunrise photo session the next morning in the water (and at Lane Stadium!) It turned out INCREDIBLE!! Mike has such an amazing eye for things! Not only did he capture some great pictures at the lake and the football field, but all of the pictures were great! Our family and friends can't stop talking about them and say they are the most beautiful pictures they've ever seen! We would HIGHLY recommend Mike to anyone! And if you have a crazy idea, like getting in the water in your wedding dress, he's all for it! He'll even get in the water with you to make sure he gets the most beautiful moments!! Thanks again Mike! You're amazing!!
"It was wonderful to have Michael as our photographer! We could not have found a better photographer for our special day! Michael has been professional, friendly, and a pleasure to work with! Before the wedding, Michael took the time to kindly answer a lot of questions that I had, which was extremely helpful. Our wedding was small, and we did not have a rehearsal, and we had some last minute adjustments in timing of the ceremony and reception, and Michael was flexible and attentive throughout the day! He was very easy-going and wanted to make sure that we had our important moments on camera. He suggested certain shots that we would not have thought of, which made the pictures even more special. I wish that we had had the time to capture all of the shots that Michael suggested. Michael went above and beyond our expectations. We have received our online gallery and the pictures are colorful and beautiful! We are grateful to Michael for making our wedding pictures personal and meaningful. We found our time with Michael to be too short, so we will be meeting up with Michael for a future shoot for more portraits. We are very much looking forward to meeting with him a second time!"
Hiring Michael as our wedding photographer was the best decision we made in the whole wedding! He was easy to talk to and gave us different photo packages for the wedding day that had different degrees of price. We didn’t feel like there was only one really expensive option. One thing I was concerned about was having one photographer get the whole ceremony. Michael assured me that he could get everything we wanted by himself. AND HE DID!!! He was able to get anything and everything that I wanted from the ceremony and reception! We were incredibly pleased with how the photos turned out and we couldn’t be more grateful to Michael for capturing our special day. He even went above and beyond when he drove us up a mountain to get photos of our first look on a cliff. He is a true talent and we are so happy he was there for our wedding!
Michael was fantastic. He agreed to photograph our destination wedding, even though it wasn't going to be a large or long event. He drove 2+ hours each way, just to be there for us, and at a VERY reasonable rate. Not only was he professional and punctual, but he was so easy to work with. On top of the beautiful pictures, which he sent to us on a USB drive, he included a video of the wedding, which meant so much. Then, when I panicked at having lost the USB drive on a trip to see family, he sent me a new one and didn't even want to charge me. Michael was very kind and friendly, as well as willing to be a little outside the box with regards to our venue. Hire him. You will NOT be sorry!
Michael Keyes at Photographic Dreams was amazing! He goes above and beyond the call of duty. He sat with us on a few occasions to map out our photographs, which we wanted to travel all over the Tech campus. He not only drove us, but provided refreshments! Beyond that, we had dreams of having our pictures taken in Lane Stadium but the recently locked the tunnel. Michael made it happen! He contacted people and got us into the stadium and even into the tunnel to touch the Hokie Stone! He came to our rehearsal dinner just to get to know the family and us and our interactions so that he could capture the right pictures at our wedding. He takes his time in getting the right pictures and is willing to put the time into editing. Our favorite picture had a pole right in the middle of the background, and he edited it out and made it look so natural! I would highly recommend Michael Keyes!
Michael is the only part of the first wedding that I wanted to carry over into my second wedding. He is so creative! The caliber of his work is on par with photographers that charge at least double what he charges. I called him several times before the wedding and he was full of questions about the venue and the local flavor. He brought props for photos and had put some thought into how to get the shots he wanted. I'm glad we brought him in for the rehearsal too! He did such a great job last time. I can't wait to see the album included with the larger package I purchased this time!!
We had our wedding at Mountain Lake Lodge on October 7. Mountain Lake highly recommended Michael as a photographer and we are so happy they did! Everyone I contacted for the wedding was excited when I said he was the photographer and told me he is the best in the region. It is so true! Michael goes above and beyond to ensure the photographs are perfect. He worked with us for months prior to the wedding to understand everything we wanted. He scouted the area for the perfect photo locations and studied photos I sent via email to ensure my visions were realized. He even volunteered to return another day if we weren't able to capture the right shot! Michael truly stands by his work, and I can't recommend him enough to couples looking for a photographer! You will not be disappointed!
My wife and I live in the United Kingdom---working with Michael made our wedding back near Charlottesville perfect. He was responsive, professional and everything we could have hoped for in a wedding photographer. He was quick in replying to our questions, extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful before and during the day and worth every penny. I'd gladly recommend Michael to anyone interested, whether they get married in Virginia or farther afield. It's unsurprising that Michael has so many wonderful reviews and we're glad to echo the wonderful words others have written. Best of luck to Michael (and all couples getting married soon)!
Our friends referred Michael Keyes for our engagement pictures and we are SO HAPPY they did. We knew from day one we were planning a destination wedding and assumed we'd hire the resort photographer for ease. Once we worked with Michael on our engagement photos and saw his great work, we were hooked and knew we had to take him with us to Jamaica. Throughout the entire process and planning, Michael was very helpful, supportive and always went out of his way for us including helping us place the wedding day timeline and come up with a shot list. Once the days in Negril arrived, Michael integrated and connected with our guests right from the start. He was even able to keep the kiddos' attention during photos and helped calm all of our nerves. We also did a day after shoot that was so much fun! We toured around Negril with another couple and were able to get awesome photos of some of our favorite places around the island. We just received our photos back - great timeline for getting them back - and we are in awe. Our wedding photos are absolutely stunning. He helped create magical moments that we will forever cherish. I would highly suggest Michael to any bride and groom that is getting married in the US or abroad. His work speaks for itself and he is beyond professional. We hope to be able to work with Michael for future photoshoots!!!
After two long years of heartfelt planning, I was able to host the Destination Wedding of my dreams in Negril, Jamaica. Photographic Dreams was just that an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! Michael was very personable and did an amazing job! He was professional, detail oriented and always thinking about the big picture! He not only shot our engagement pictures, our beach wedding and general vacation pictures while he was there but also took us for an EXTRA DAY around the island to take breath taking pictures! He was all about the "shot" and lighting was always key - which I loved! This is something I'll never forget, Michael wasn't just the photographer at my wedding he was a VISIONARY! He became a Life Long Friend that captured our once in a lifetime moment, his Artistic Talent, Unique Attitude and willingness to go the extra mile, resulted in truly a Magical experience! Michael is a MUST for your Wedding!
Michael has by far been one of the biggest blessings throughout our wedding planning process. Not only is he quick to respond to emails and very friendly, he is extremely talented and at such a reasonable cost. When looking for a wedding photographer I was looking for one that did not sacrifice quality for a lower cost, I also wanted one that would make us feel comfortable on our big day. After seeing some of Michael's work and then having over an hour conversation on the phone with him chatting about random things during our first convo, I knew he was our guy. We originally had planned on doing our engagement photoshoot in DC by the cherry blossoms, but sadly it rained and we had to reschedule. I was really bummed but Michael immediately offered other ideas for where we could have the shoot and sent me his next available dates. He then proceeded to tell us he would come to DC next year after the wedding to do a photoshoot of us in our tux and gown by the cherry blossoms free of charge! I was amazed and so excited, what photographer offers to drive 4 hours out of his way to do an extra shoot for his couples? After rescheduling our engagement shoot twice we finally met Michael at our venue which was around a 3.5 hour drive for him. He spent three hours with us there, made sure we got plenty of amazing shots (including the sunset), then drove all the way back home. He has such an artistic eye and is very creative, especially when the sun is setting. We got so many amazing shots that day - I received many compliments and people kept telling me "that photo looked like it was out of a fairytale!" The owner of our venue even commented on how amazing it was that he spent so much time with us. We have been so blessed to have found him, and we are so excited to have him shoot our wedding in two months! Trust me, if you are looking for a fun, creative, talented, reasonably priced photographer who loves his couples/work - you need to go with Michael.
I first met with Michael Keyes in 2006 when I hired him to shoot my first wedding. He was new to the area and I knew someone in common and that is how we came to meet. I loved his photos so much that when found myself remarrying, I remembered that the only time I have ever felt beautiful in photos was in my 2006 wedding photos, so I looked to Michael Keyes once again. I explored many options but found that anyone near his caliber and passion were priced much higher than Michael. You can find other photographers in Michael's generously priced range, and I am sure the photographers are lovely people, but their photos did not have the same professional look to them as Michael's. Once my new husband met with Michael and saw his work, he was also thrilled to work with him. This time, I also hired Michael to take engagement photos. Michael provided me with sample photos the day after both the engagement shoot and the wedding. My engagement photos arrived much quicker than expected and I am confident I will receive my wedding photos on time or early as well. The photos are high quality and he demonstrates a true knowledge of lighting, filters, lenses, backgrounds, etc. Michael has a passion for what he does and always comes prepared with many ideas. He goes above and beyond his job description and delivers more than promised. I fully plan on hiring him for future family and baby photos.
Michael beyond exceeded my expectations! I called him only 7 days before our big day. The ceremony (elopement) was at 2:00pm but we desperately wanted sunset pictures. Michael insisted that he stay with us after the ceremony so we could also get sunset pictures. This was my Husbands and I first time doing professional photos EVER and he we were worried it was going to be awkward since we hate having our photos taken, BUT Michael's inviting personality made us feel very comfortable through out our whole journey! We met up with him the following day before heading home (we are from Florida) and he already had some photos edited and printed on 8.5X11 for us to take with us! He said he will be in our city for a wedding next year and we have decided to book him on his trip for family pictures! He has the personality for any event so we would recommended him to ANYONE looking for any type of photography!
Words cannot express how wonderful Michaels work is. He is a true and genuine joy to work with. He goes above and beyond for the happy couple. He did my engagement, bridal and wedding photos and I cannot express how happy I am with the outcome. His personality and eye for detail are above and beyond! If I could rate him 10+ stars I would. He is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from this happy bride!
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Michael. He is so upbeat and positive. He made it so much fun and he has such an amazing artistic eye. I honestly could not have asked for a better photographer or even imagined it going any better than it did. He made us feel so comfortable. I thank him so much from the bottom of my heart for helping to make it an amazing day. It means so much!!
He went out of his way for us. We paid for the 8 hours of the wedding day but he drove all the way to us a day before the wedding so he could get shots of the rehearsal. My husband and I were so thrilled.
Michael is professional, fun and so creative. We were blessed to have him!!
I just finished reviewing the pictures from my October 1st Virginia mountain wedding and they are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Michael of Photographic Dreams did a fantastic job customizing his shots to focus on candids (my favorite!), and there are so many great moments and memories that he caught on film. The quality of the shots are top notch and the sharpness of the colors are outstanding, everything pops and looks so vibrant and gorgeous! Micheal is a very personable, talented photographer who was a breeze to work with and who truly wants to cater to your needs, making it a celebration to remember. I would definitely hire Photographic Dreams to cover any future event in the SW Virginia area :)