Michael came to us a reference from the officiant we found on Wedding Wire. After trying to get married three times, my husband and I decided to have a small intimate wedding. Unknowingly my best friend contacted my officiant who highly recommended Michael and boy did he go above and beyond. Michael extensively spoke with my best friend to see what type of flavor she thought the wedding pictures should be and when she became sick and was not able to make it to the wedding, Michael went above and beyond by picking up a flower bouquet for our wedding. He did his best to work with the family under the unique pandemic restrictions and provided pictures immediately. I highly recommend Michael if you want someone to help tell the story of your family, friends and loved ones through his pictures. Thank You Michael for going above and beyond and your very polite demeanor!!!
Michael helped make our wedding a day that we will cherish forever! And if that wasnt enough, we didnt get a sunset photo that I had my hopes on, so Michael came out the next day and not only captured amazing sunset photos but also did a whole photo shoot with us! OH, and not to mention, he didnt ask for any kind of payment to come out the next day!!
Our package included our engagement photos and these were so much fun! We felt comfortable and it showed in our amazing photos that now decorate our house.
When it came to the wedding, Michael was down for what ever I wanted. All of our shots capture our love for each other and they will be photos that I can look back on forever to remember the happiest day of my life!
I don't think I will ever be able to use another photographer again!
I HIGHLY recommend Michael of Photographic Dreams!
Can not say enough about our experience with Michael!! Everything we had hoped for and more! Due to the crammed wedding schedule and the weather, Michael went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we had the PERFECT pictures we had been looking forward to, coming back the next day. His professionalism and him as a person made for PERFECT wedding memories. Michael made sure to keep in touch from booking (we booked a year in advance) until our wedding day to make sure he knew every little detail. Could not have asked for more!!! If we ever need a photographer again we will absolutely be calling Photographic Dreams!!!! Brides..... lock your date in, you will NOT be disappointed! Michael...... THANK YOU for giving us the amazing pictures we had wished for!! We love you!
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.
Michael is a wonderful photographer. He did a fantastic job with both our engagement and wedding photos. It was important to us to include my dog in the photos. She is an abused rescue who doesn’t trust new people and gets scared easily. In other words, not the easiest to work with, but Michael was extremely patient and got some great photos of us with her. Could not have been happier. To top it off, he’s very affordable for the pictures and service he provides. We will definitely be using him in the future for any professional photos that we need.
Michael truly went above and beyond when photographing our wedding last weekend! He came to our rehearsal dinner and took pictures, even printing a shot he took of me and my bridesmaids in matching wedding themed T-shirt’s and bringing it to me the morning of the wedding! We are so thrilled with the pictures that we have already seen and can’t wait to see the rest. He was professional, reliable, communicative, and repeatedly went above and beyond. We definitely recommend him for your wedding or any other special occasion!
Michael did a lovely job with our wedding photos. He was a great communicator and made sure we had a variety of photos and poses, and asked for our input. Everything we asked for, he delivered! Michael worked with us on our budget, and was positive, personable, and enthusiastic. We loved our First Look photos the most, but there were many others from the day that came out better than I could have imagined! Michael is sincere and genuine, and celebrates the day with you. We are grateful to have had him for our photographer!
Michael with Photographic Dreams was excellent to work with. He really wanted our input on our pictures, (even from my extended family, he was very patient), and went above and beyond what I would of expected from a wedding photographer! I have received compliments that my wedding photos are the most beautiful many people have ever seen.
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 Keyes has absolutely stunned us as well as our families. He promised great documentation of our wedding day and delivered FANTASTIC documentation. His style allowed for the capturing of all of the details (big and small) that we and our families attempted to achieve on our big day. He left nothing to our imagination--when we received our pictures we were able to tell exactly what went on during the entire event. Not only was Michael's work incredible, but his personality and character was just as appealing. He was fantastic to work with, was not afraid to express his opinion and share his ideas and his sense of humor helped us get through the potentially awkward/stressful moments of the day. We can't thank Michael enough for creating such an important, life-long gift.
Michael Keyes is not just the best professional photographer in southwest Virginia, he is a talented artist who is able to capture the magical moments of life and special events like no other photographer I have ever seen. Only now, several months after the wedding of my daughter and son in law, am I able to fully appreciate his talent and ability as our wedding photographer. His work not only produced the most stunning wedding pictures I have ever seen, but they take me back to the special day just as if I was there every time I look at them. Michael is an artist in every sense of the word. His ability to understand emotional connections among family and friends along with his style in working with people allows him to capture in pictures what is magical and special in life. The beauty of life is reflected in the superior quality of his work. It is clear that photography is his passion. You will be thrilled with the stunning work that he creates.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer then look no further than Micheal Keyes! He was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Professional, efficient, friendly and, most importantly, took the most fabulous photographs of my best friend's wedding at a GORGEOUS venue, and in challenging weather conditions like rain and cold.
He captured some beautiful pictures with the most beautiful views. He was very patient with my wild and fun 4 year old boy who was the ring bearer. He has gifted me some photos of my son that I will cherish forever. The best photographer I have EVER dealt with. Thank you, Michael.
Michael Keyes is so pleasant to work with! He found creative and unique ways to capture stunning photos that look so good! We are very pleased with the quality, flexibility, and responsiveness of his services.
Michael is an amazing photographer!! We recently had him do maternity photos after we had him photograph our engagement, wedding and bridal portraits in 2016. All of the photos turned out absolutely gorgeous!! Michael is so very easy to work with and accommodating. He came to our cabin along the Blue Ridge Parkway to do a few photos there then we drove to Mabry Mill and Chateau morrisette winery along with a beautiful overlook along the BRP. Last minute, I asked him to take a couple with my Jeep as well! Those are some of my favorite pictures!! I highly recommend Michael for all of your photography needs!!
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
Michael is a very talented photographer who makes you feel comfortable during any photo shoot. He is very respectful and is very open to ideas and suggestions. His packages are well priced and the quality is amazing. I highly suggest you pick him as a photographer. Fun Fact: His photographs are often the Main pictures on wedding venues websites.
As an LGBTQ couple, it can be difficult to find an accommodating vendor who will be open and professional; Micheal was both. He went out of his way to be available and considerate of our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer. The photos were excellent and we received the photos in a timely manner. We received so many photos, it is hard to pick a favorite.
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 was an amazing photographer to work with. He was great about setting up our engagement pictures and spent most of the day with us, which was great and there were multiple different places we went to. He was gracious enough to help at our rehearsal and got wonderful shots that night. Our wedding was amazing and looking back at the pictures, I am so glad we were able to get him as our photographer! We couldn’t ask for better pictures, he has great ideas and will work around anything. We had plans to do a bridal shoot before my wedding with my dogs... all 4 of them, but I got sick. He has been gracious enough to work with me after the wedding so that I can have my pictures with our pups. Not every photographer will do that! I thank him so much and will definitely turn to him whenever we need photos taken.
Michael is a pro! Our pictures were absolutely beautiful! Because of Michael our day will always be memorize as one will will never forget. His price was very affordable and congruent with the quality of photos we received. He was friendly, professional, and very helpful with choosing just the right pose. I recommend Michael to anyone!
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...Thank you so much for taking the time to capture our special moments on our wedding day! We loved your positive Attitude and Excitement throughout the day & night. The photos we have are absolutely breathtaking! Thanks again for your great work!
Photographic dreams was so very nice to work with! Michael was very accommodating and responded quickly but was also patient with me as an out of town and student bride. He did a wonderful job capturing our wedding day and we are so grateful to him! He went above and beyond to provide an excellent service before, during, and after our wedding. I would highly recommend Photographic Dreams to any couple looking to capture their special day.
It was a pleasure to work with Michael. He's such a talented, genuine guy and I know we couldn't have asked for a better all around experience with any other photographer.
It rained on our actual wedding day, and Michael made the trip back to our venue the following day to make sure we got to take the photos we wanted. All at no extra cost. My husband and I are both less-than photogenic on a good day, and Michael was able to make the whole process feel fun and natural and get some amazing shots out of it. All this combined with the fact that he gives you digital copies of all the photos to share with as many friends and family as you wish makes him an unbeatable value for Virginia area weddings - or anywhere, for that matter.
Michael is very nice, professional and responsible. He went to the wedding location to guide the direction of arch and chairs a week ahead. And I was previously worried that we will look like dwarfs because he is very tall, but all the photos look great and everyone look as their actual heights, so you don't need to worry about this. We order a package of 4 hours just for noon time, but he came pretty early and offered to take us to a garden after lunch to take more photos. Overall it's a very nice experience. 这个摄影师也很愿意为中国新人服务，特意嘱咐我们写review的时候可以写点中文。他对中国文化有一点了解，拍的照片有些作揖的姿势。而且他还提供订婚照片服务，就是婚礼前可以拍些户外的婚纱照。不管是结婚礼包还是订婚礼包，价格都还是很实惠的。
If you are looking for a wedding photographer then look no further than Michaell!
He was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Professional, efficient, friendly and, most importantly, took the most fabulous photographs of our wedding, in challenging weather conditions!
Michael worked with our budget, and even stayed a few extra hours to capture the pictures we wanted. I can't say enough about Michael! We would most definitely hire him for any other photographer needs that we may have in the future!
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!!
I cannot say enough about how pleased we are with Michael Keyes, Photografic Dreams Photography! He was very professional, creative, accomadating, an excellent value, and reliable. He put us all at ease right from the start. You could tell his goal was for us to be pleased with the most important photos of a lifetime and he did everything possible to make sure that happened. He knows what he is doing. He was creative and also open for any ideas we had. Michael Keyes is very humble and kind, the value you get for his services and talent are of the utmost highest standard. We couldn’t be more pleased. He was beyond our highest expectations!!
"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!"
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!
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!!
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!
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)!
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!
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!!!
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 :)
Michael was very accommodating and full of energy! I really wanted sunset shots but with the time of year it wasn't possible, so even before our wedding weekend got rained out, Michael agreed to come back the day after our wedding to get those sunset shots. Due to the rain, he allowed us to come back another weekend free of charge and took pictures of us for nearly 5 hours! I haven't seen all of the pictures from that day yet, but the few I have seen I am in love with! Everyone who sees them says they are romantic and beautiful, especially how he played with the lighting. Michael came to our rehearsal and had pictures printed out for us the next day. He was pretty much willing to be there the entire weekend, for one price! He was full of ideas for pictures and really friendly. I would definitely recommend Michael Keyes.
Michael is an excellent photographer. He has flexible pricing and tons of fun ideas to get the wedding party involved. Additionally, he has a strong understanding of Blacksburg and the surrounding areas with the know-how to make the shots you want happen. My wife and I could not be more happy with our decision to hire him!
Michael was fantastic! He came all the way from Virginia to Florida for our wedding and he was well worth it! He did amazing beach shots, sunset pics, and went well over and above to make sure we had phenomenal wedding pics of our beach wedding. He also was very detail oriented, and looked at everything the day before to make sure he was well prepared for the wedding day. He photographed our rehearsal dinner, and save the date/engagement pictures as well.
Michael did a fabulous job for us! He made a custom package for us so he was able to stay with us for the rehearsal and all day/night on the wedding day and he gave us a copy of all the pictures, which came out great! He was quick to respond to all requests and processed the pictures for us quickly. His personality is so fun. We are really happy with our decision to go with Michael for our wedding and would use him again.
Our experience with Mike Keys (Photographic Dreams) was just right for us. He is a communicator, creative, very nice and friendly and kind, fun and easy to work with, timely. He captured our private special wedding ceremony with a true photographic eye. We would highly recommend him!
Gary and Georgia Jestice
I would highly recommend him. He had excellent ideas of how to group people and backgrounds for photos. Very personable and enjoyable to work with. Creative, artistic photos. We will cherish these photos for a lifetime!