Hi there, I’m Michael, most call me Briggsy though. I’m a Yarra Valley wedding photographer, husband to my beautiful wife Kelly, ultra proud father to two crazy toddlers, Quinn & Klay.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my website.
I think it’s imperative you get to know your photographer, as you’re going to be working very closely with them during the planning & celebration of your wedding day. And I’m definitely not a ‘stand in the corner silently, awkwardly and zoom in’ kind of guy. One of my favourite indirect compliments that I can get from a wedding guest is when they ask me – ‘So, how do you know the couple’? It’s always awesome to be seen like another wedding guest and friend of the couple, and not just hired help.
I was born and bred in The Yarra Valley & cannot imagine living anywhere else.
It’s such an extraordinary part of the world. I love all the incredible venues & locations that are in my own backyard, and I love how the seasons change. I'm less than an hours drive to Melbourne, where there are so many amazing and unique wedding venues in the city and inner suburbs that I get a huge creative kick out of photographing.
It also still seems bloody crazy to me, that every year I get flown interstate a few times to photograph weddings. I've even had the privilege of travelling to Las Vegas to photograph one of the most fantastic wedding days of my career to date.
I’m forever thankful that deciding to pick up a camera has opened so many doors for me, that I never thought would be possible. But it hasn’t just fallen in my lap. I’ve worked hard and continue to work hard for what comes my way.
As soon as I started taking photos, I absolutely knew that 'this is what I want to do'. Being fortunate enough to be able to give up 'normal' 9-5 life is an incredibly fulfilling and fantastic feeling, to be supporting my family doing something that I love.
I could never have dreamed that when I first started photographing weddings a few years ago that this would become my full-time job. I still pinch myself every day that this is actually real.
It's a complete honour for people to let you in, and allow you to be a part of such an important day in their lives.
JUST LIKE YOU.
My real favourite work is telling the entire story of a wedding day from start to finish, which you can click on a few below just here to see.
I encourage you to check out a few of these, as I feel that they capture the real essence of my style and how I work on a wedding day. If these stories resonate with you, and having your wedding photographed this way is something you can envision, I’d love to hear from you.
Lastly – it’s also important to note that all of the photos on my website are from real couples, at real weddings. None of them are models. And none of the images on my site are from pretend ‘styled shoots’ – where everything, including the weather, is planned to perfection. These are all couples like you, who were probably just as nervous about having their photo taken as you might be. It’s my job to make the portrait session one of the best parts of a wedding day – not one of the worst.
Passion. Teamwork. No awkward shit.
Photo + Video
A lot of couples ask if I do video too. I just specialise in photography only. But working with videographers who are on the same page as I am, is something I'm incredibly passionate about.
The right photographer/videographer combination means you're going to have an even better wedding day experience, and you'll get an even better product from both.