Melbourne, Australia Hasselblad 80mm Hasselblad 500CM

Briars Atlas


Briars Atlas Active since 2012
I’m a photographer, designer, and community builder in Melbourne, Australia. One half of my magic-energy-mana-bar is spent photographing the most fabulous creative couples all around the planet (including a giant women’s science expedition and some penguins in Antarctica this one time), and the other half is spent asking the question “how can we do education differently”. This has led to my mini creative platform called A Strange Atlas, and a local community in Australia called Humble Gatherings, where I pour my passion for democratised learning, instead of the leader & follower model (let’s be honest, it’s had it’s run). We just sold out and hosted our first retreat where we had a bunch of really great activities that got everyone learning from each other and having a voice, and it was radical, and you should come.
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“My spoon’s too big”

Quick Questions

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What is a fun fact about you?
My left hand got kicked by a heavyweight a few years ago when I didn’t block correctly, and now it occasionally just falls out. Also, I can vibrate my eyelids horizontally.
How did you land your first wedding?
A friend picked up a camera around the same time as I did, and together we figured it would be a great idea to give it a red hot crack.
Who or what inspires you?
Prince was pretty great, hey? We could all learn a lot.
What were you doing before you became a photographer?
I sold hamburgers, cars, lawnmowers and war (I worked in advertising). I also worked as an illustrator, occasional sound designer, one-time voiceover artist (i’m on a submarine somewhere) and even worked night-shift at a pillow factory, which at 3am was a specially perverse flavour of suffering.
What’s your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
There’s a really nice and incredibly worthwhile challenge in trying to not project ourselves into what we’re shooting. So many exciting and mundane moments happening at once, so many ways of displaying affection that don’t necessarily fit our own, it’s all pretty fabulous. I think finding those differences and making sure they’re all given the same respect and weight is my favourite thing about the job.

Advice to my
younger self

What I wish I knew Personal

The climate is so different now. We are more easily and quickly influenced. This was always a challenge, but it’s just dialled up a little now. I’d say find your in-person community. Put value on and energy into that. Minimise the

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