I used to talk about how I first picked up a camera sometime around a decade ago, but a bit of evidence above to the contrary surfaced recently.
These days, i've traded in shooting mums moccassins from a commando-crawl position, to photographing connection and ritual, all over the world.
Humans in love, and the people that matter to them, in all sorts of weird and wonderful places, in as many different styles of celebration.
So what about the name?
A briar is a sweet rose. Or something like that. It's connected to all this love and romance stuff. The atlas part is where things get interesting, because like love and romance, it's not nearly as straightforward as we think - and nor is your wedding. I'll photograph all the obvious stuff, but the real things i'm interested in are the little offbeat moments that make the day, yours.
Everything is wonderful, and everything is fair game, and everything is worth being stored, not just the things you might think are important.
If you feel connected to my work, as all the wonderful couples on that page did (and I hope you also do), you can reach out to talk about having your wedding photographed here.
Since moving from animation to advertising to photographing humans and ritual, Oli has used his background as an internationally awarded cinematographer and designer to become the choice for fellow creatives and beyond, and led a genre shift into a moodier aesthetic rooted in a cinematographic sensibility.
A brief collection of gold stars over the years on pieces of paper or shiny faux-glass objects.
Head-On photo festival finalist (landscape category)
International Wedding Photographer of the Year (double category finalist)
Rangerfinder New York - 1st Place
Rangefinder New York: top 30 worldwide rising stars
Teds Master - 1 of 6 nationally
Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year (overall winner)
Atom Awards (AUS) Music Video of the year
American Photographic Association Short Film Contest winner: Music Video
Moran Photographic Prize (AU) - Semi Finalist
Monster Children (AU) photo annual (top 4 category winner)
A regularly-commissioned writer for leading industry publications. Select pieces & interviews:
Rolling Stone Australia
Capture Emerging Photographer of the Year winner (portrait)
Capture Emerging Photographer of the Year finalist (wedding)
Capture Emerging Photographer of the Year finalist (doco/journalism)
& creative coach.
With a double-major in talking smack, Oli is commissioned to teach photographers on all continents (yes, including a session in Antarctica) with his innovative thinking on creative practice and progressive approach to storytelling.
Way Up North
Life of the Artist
Wolves, Canary Islands, Spain
Midwest Gathering, Detroit, USA
Camp Common Folk, Perth AU
The Business Romantic, Mel/Syd AU
Melbourne Knowledge Week
Image & Tech - Athens, Greece
Pause Fest - Melbourne, Australia
Rural Workshop - Barcelona, Spain
BODAF - Lisbon, Portugal
WRKSHP - New York, USA
Way Up North - Rome, Italy
Field Trip - California, USA
SNAP photo festival, Wales UK
Canada Convention, Vancouver
Work-Shop: Analog course, Melb
Deloitte, Melb AU
Hands On workshop: Melb, AU #2
ABMS: Nelson, NZ
Hands On workshop: London, UK
Hands On workshop: Melb, AU
Hands On workshop: Perth, AU
ABMS: Auckland, NZ
ABMS: Queenstown, NZ
Zero Regrets conference, Melb AU
International speaking CV