Hi there, I’m Michael, some people call me Mick, most call me Briggsy though. I’m a wedding photographer, husband to my beautiful wife Kelly, fur baby Dad to our boxer dog Ruby and ultra proud father to our baby girl Quinn – born in October 2018.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my website. I think it’s really important that 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 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 a ‘hired goon’.
I was born and bred in the Yarra Valley and can’t imagine living anywhere else, it’s such an awesome part of the world. I love all the incredible venues & locations that are in my own backyard and I love how the seasons change.
As soon as I started taking photos, I absolutely knew that ‘this is what I want to do’. I never could have dreamed that when I first started photographing weddings a few years ago that this would become my full time job. Being fortunate enough to be able to give up ‘normal’ 9-5 life is an incredibly fulfilling and amazing feeling, to be supporting my family doing something that I love. 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. My photography style is a direct reflection of my personality – creative, relaxed, fun & a little romantic. I believe your wedding day should be a big amazing celebration, where you are spending time with your nearest and dearest. It should never become a photoshoot, where you just so happen to be getting married.
It’s also important to acknowledge, there’s plenty of times throughout the day where I give as much direction as needed. Particularly during the couple photos, that typically happen after the ceremony. Unless the couple are both professional models (spoiler, they never are!) – they’re going to need plenty of natural direction, prompts or guidance to help them achieve rad couple portraits, that aren’t awkward. That’s the photographers job! I will immerse myself in your day, and be there to capture all of it in the most honest way possible. But I’m never going to claim that I shoot 100% of the day ‘candidly’, because being honest – I don’t. There’s heaps of amazing moments on a wedding that do happen entirely on their own and it’s my job to anticipate and capture them awesomely. But there’s also times, that gentle (or not so) prompting is required too, and I’m comfortable and confident taking the reins with that when I need to.
I am a huge music lover. I honestly believe that it’s the soundtrack to your own life. I’ve grown up playing in bands and on a diet of punk/rock/emo music – Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin and the likes. I still love these bands to death, but I also find myself listening to a lot of acoustic and folk pop music these days – such as Twin Forks, The Head & The Heart – I think it sounds reminiscent of American road trips.
You can see my work from the portrait sessions (mostly) at a wedding, here in my galleries. But my real favourite work, is telling the entire story of a wedding day from start to finish, which you can see here. I encourage you to check out a few of these, as I feel that they capture the real essence of my style, who I am and how I work on a wedding day. If these stories resonate with you, and you can vision your day being captured this way, I’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch.
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 my photos are from pretend ‘styled shoots’ – where everything, including the weather, is planned to perfection. These are couples like you, who were probably just as nervous of 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.
(shooting alongside the legend Sasha from Apertura Films. Working with videographers who are on the same page as I am, is something I’m extremely passionate about.)
(WAY TOO) KIND WORDS.
Check out even more on my Facey page here. (Just to prove that I didn’t write all these ones myself, haha)
“Duuuuuddddeeee, I have no fucking words, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen, you captured the whole day perfectly. We are both literally in tears of happiness right now.” – Emma & Sam.
“Briggsy’s talent is exceptional and his photography eye is second to none. His excitement and craziness was such a bonus for us on the day, he made us both laugh non-stop and we just had so much fun. He delivered everything we had expected and so so so much more and we cannot recommend him highly enough.” – Caitlin & Damien.
“Briggsy was the best!!! Not only is he a great guy, full of laughs, super chilled and so fun to be around. But he also takes a bloody good photo!! We were so happy with our photos and honestly felt like Michael was a guest at our wedding who was genuinely excited to be there. His pictures are taken in such a natural way that you forget there is a camera pointed your way for most of the day and that style of shooting is definitely captured in his pictures. He also has some fabulous wedding tips for the lead up to your day. All our guests loved him too, he is so energetic and really gets involved. It was awesome having you there on our day and you come highly highly recommended and we cannot thank you enough.” – Sarah & Ben.
“It’s pretty easy to understand now why Briggsy has so many awesome reviews on online. Not only does he shoot amazing photos, but more importantly for me he was so easy to work with on the day. It isn’t too natural having cameras pointing at you all day but Michael just makes it so chilled, relaxed and funny. Really helps you enjoy the day even more and he just feels like a part of the gang more so than the photographer! Can’t recommend enough … thanks mate!” – Lee & Ash.
“Where do I even start! Briggsy you were a superstar at our wedding. Your charisma and creative flair was so great to watch and you went above and beyond our expectations (even climbing a cliff to get the money shot). Thank you so much for everything!!!!” – Jackie & Ben.
“I seriously don’t know where to start with Briggsy! I had followed his work even before I was engaged as his work was just so flawless and once I made the initial contact I knew I wouldn’t regret it… From the moment he arrived on the wedding day he instantly put my nerves at ease and was just a ball of happy energy that any bride needs on her wedding day! His whole persona and personality is just part of the perfect package he has to offer and i am so beyond thrilled he was there to capture our wedding day. We received so many comments on how hilarious he was and guests asked how long we had known him, as he seemed more like a mate. But that did not take away his professionalism. He always manages to capture things so perfectly and literally chases the perfect lighting. I am so bloody grateful for this man and his flawless work. Thanks Briggsy!” – Ebony & Danny.
“I cannot find the words to describe my joy looking through the many, many wonderful photos Briggsy took at our wedding. Not only are the photos of our wedding and our wonderful family and friends to die for, but he is just fantastic to work with. We were aiming for a very chilled out day where the emphasis was on enjoying each other and our family and friends and Michael captured that so well. Thank you Michael from the bottom of our hearts – I would recommend you without hesitation!” – Shanta & Hamish.
“I don’t know what to say to fully express how happy we are that we choose Briggsy as our wedding photographer. He went above and beyond in so many ways… he kept the day running but at the same time was completely flexible when the unexpected happened. Boy, did it happen! In the recent words of one of our guests, “Every photo was perfect, your photographer did not miss a beat!”. We think our photos are breathtaking and totally captured the beauty and the emotions of our day. Michael, thank you so much! X” – Kayla & David.
“Dear Michael, we could not be happier with the stunning photos that you took at our wedding. They capture our day perfectly. In addition to being a deadset legend, you are also super talented, generous with your time, down to earth, hilarious & kind. You went above and beyond for us, and we cannot thank you enough for helping to make our wedding day the best day of our lives. We not only love our photos, but we also loved having you at our wedding! Lots of love. ” – Sarah & Simon.
Highlights video from my own wedding (3mins 40sec)
November 15 2014, Killara Estate, Yarra Valley. Filmed by C2 Films.