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TASTEMAKER: Michael Briggs Photography

Mr. Briggs (or Briggsy as he’s affectionately known) isn’t just another wedding photographer. Based in the Yarra Valley, his couples often consider him a friend first, photographer second.

It’s a testament to his good humour and willingness to go above and beyond for each of his clients. And as for his images? They’re amazing in their own right. Scroll down and see.

Tell us a bit about your business…

I’m a wedding photographer from the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria.

Can you share some of the things that go on behind the scenes?

There’s so much more than just rocking up and taking photos on the day. Emails, bookkeeping, marketing, editing, albums, planning, meetings, social media, the list goes on!

I’m a one man band, but I have learned to outsource parts of my business that someone else can do faster and better than me. This enables me to focus more of my energy on doing what I love – shooting.

Yarra Valley wedding photographer
Yarra Valley wedding photographer
Yarra Valley wedding photographer

Do you think there are any preconceptions about the wedding industry?

That we only have to work one or two days a week, ha!

What are some of the main questions couples ask you? And what are the answers?

Q. When we do the ‘portrait session’ (the time typically between the ceremony and the reception) will you be posing us? We don’t like posing.

A. When it comes time for the portrait session, I believe that there should be enough direction given so that you don’t feel lost in what you are doing. But at the same time, enough space given, to allow you to relax and be yourselves. I am most interested in capturing the two of you as honest and as raw as possible. It is my number one priority when photographing a wedding, that when you look back on your wedding photos, you should remember yourselves, and how you felt on your day – not what someone was telling you to do the whole time.

Q. How long do you reckon we should allocate to the ‘portrait’ session?

A. About 30 – 45 minutes is perfect. Anything in excess of 60 minutes is not required, unless we’re travelling to different locations. My style of photography is simply not suited to portrait sessions that go on for hours. A wedding is a big, awesome party where you should be spending as much time as you can celebrating with each other, your family, your friends etc. It should never become a photo shoot, where you just so happen to be getting married!

VIC wedding photographer
VIC wedding photographer
VIC wedding photographer

Can you describe what sets your business apart…

I’d hopefully like to think I’m more than just ‘another wedding photographer’. I think my level of enthusiasm on a wedding day and my interactions with the couple and their loved ones sets me apart. People on the day often think I’m a good friend of the couple, not another hired supplier – and that’s a massive compliment.

I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I feel very fortunate that when most of my couples book me to photograph their wedding day – they’re not booking me because you need to book ‘a wedding photographer’ and that ‘s what you do when you’re getting married. But they have booked me because they specifically wanted ‘Briggsy’ and what I can bring to the table on the day and in the product they receive after.

What’s your next predicted wedding trend?

Spending the whole day together on your wedding day, having breakfast and lunch together, getting ready together – and not avoiding each other for majority of the day.

cool wedding photographer
cool wedding photographer
cool wedding photographer

Check out Michael Briggs’ work via his WedShed profile or enjoy his beautiful Instagram – @michaelbriggsphotography.

Want more advice from the experts? Check out more of our Tastemaker interviews here

31st January, 2018

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