I’m only in my early 30’s. But I’ve worked so many random different jobs in my life. When you are 16, high school puts all this pressure on you, to ‘decide your subjects, chose what you want to do for the rest of you life’. To me, that’s a stupid amount of pressure. My parents never put that pressure on me & I will never ever do that to any of my children, when that time comes.
I’ve played music forever. And I still play gigs every month or so. In my twenties, still having a passionate love for music, I bought my first shitty digital SLR camera, in an effort to seek out something else creative, other than playing guitar to rooms full of drunk people.
In that time, playing music, taking a lot of blurry photos, and working a lot of jobs that I never really loved , like in call centres, on building sites, at advertising agencies, the lot. I got my camera out any chance I got, and took photos of anything I could. I photographed a few friends weddings, then a few friends of friends weddings, then a few strangers weddings. And I absolutely fell in love with it. But it hasn’t fell in my lap, no way. In the last few years, I’ve worked my absolute arse off and compromised a lot to get where I am now. And I still feel like I have so far to go. But from that first time I picked up a camera, until now, I’ve lived and breathed photography, weddings and a passion for capturing people in their most honest moments. So they can look back at the photos and remember themselves. Exactly as they are.
It’s crazy to think, that if someone came up to me a few years ago, whilst I was working on a building site, and said – ‘You know what Briggsy, in a few years, you are going to be chilling out in forests taking pictures of pretty girls for a living’ – I probably would have laughed in their face.
It’s kind of awesome how life pans out. And I love it.
Here’s a little shoot below, of me hanging out with another musician friend of mine – the outrageously talented Sarah Valentine. So when I’m not shooting weddings, I get to collaborate with amazing and beautiful people, and take photos. It’s pretty damn surreal.