The Difference of Working with Brian Briggs
"With the Merrill Lynch migration to the new Broadridge advisor team web platform, we decided investing in better photography would add value to our marketing strategy. We wanted to select a photographer who was familiar with our firm guidelines and processes and did some research on Brian Briggs Photography, which came with good Merrill Lynch references. Their advance preparation was thorough and the day of the shoot was very smooth. Brian and Heather, his project manager, work well together; they both build quick rapport with their clients to put them at ease making for more natural shots and expressions. Perhaps the biggest plus was the amazing retouching that came with our shoot. Brian removed distracting pillars, double chins, crow’s feet and even a pair of non-matching suit trousers. Now that is full service! I would highly recommend Brian and Heather within the Merrill Lynch environment (or elsewhere). In my first career, I owned an advertising agency and am familiar with large scale commercial photoshoots. Brian and Heather deliver that quality without the week long shoot schedule, costs, or the prima donnas!" - Susan G. Palombo, the Palombo Team, Merrill Lynch Austin, Texas
“Working with Brian Briggs Photography was a fantastic experience. Brian is incredibly professional, accurate, and determined to get the perfect shot. His attention to detail in the editing process is exceptional. He and Heather removed my necklace (which was off-center), trimmed off split ends, and smoothed away any imperfections as if they were never there. I would recommend Brian Briggs Photography to even the most discerning client out there.”
- Malia Morales, Senior Vice President Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch PBIG Houston, TX, Stanford Alum, and Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
"Highly recommend and refer. We just finished taking our team pics, and they are as professional as they come."
- Steven Nagel, Managing Director, O'Neil Nagel Pierce & Assoc., Merrill Lynch at The Star, Frisco, TX
"When I saw Brian was going to be in my Merrill office, I decided to take a chance, because I was still so upset from the last photographer I worked with. With that other photographer, I paid good money for a photo that was unusable - I even looked at his website, which had great photos, and later determined that he had purchased the downtown Dallas photo business from another photographer and was saying that photographer's work was his own. Even worse, I could have held my breath in the amount of time he spent with me; the lighting was terrible, and he used an instant software to smooth my skin, which made me look unnatural, like a 2-D painting. By contrast, there are so many, many positives about Brian, the first being, he's simply amazing. He knows lighting, he knows Photoshop, he is an artist, and most importantly, he cares about what I care about. In my mind, you go to a professional because you're not a pro model who knows how to make any photo look good. You don't want to put just any photo out there when you're a brand like Merrill Lynch. I went into Brian's shoot with three other financial advisors who wondered if it would be worth it - and I don't think I've ever heard such incredible feedback for a corporate photographer. I'm so happy with my new pictures, and I can't wait to recommend Brian to the next photo-shy person.
- Michelle Addington
Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor
"After having taken our team photo twice before with two different photographers and being very unhappy with the results, we worked with Brian & Heather for hopefully the photo that depicted our team... and when the final versions came back we couldn’t have been happier. It’s the perfect photo that we were looking for. We will definitely use Brian again going forward for any future photo needs. He is professional, understands what we are looking for and has vast experience, especially in the financial services industry. I highly suggest anyone looking for that special photo to reach out to him."
- Carla Lang, the Lang Preston Group, Illinois
"I was very impressed with the amount of detail Brian and Heather put into delivering a high-quality, very-modern, professional picture for me to use in my practice. Brian took the time to understand what I was looking for and delivered a product that exceeded my expectations. Would use him again and recommend to others without a doubt!"
- Scott T. Kawecki
Merrill Lynch Financial Adviser
“Brian and his assistant made me feel confident and completely at ease during the photo session. He asked me questions about what I did professionally, and what message I wanted to convey to my clients. The end result was perfect - my head shot looks exactly how I wanted to look.”
- Morgan Smith
Mirabella Fenz Abalos Group
Merrill Lynch - Houston, Texas
"Having worked in the higher echelons of global advertising (Leo Burnett - London and Chicago; Euro RSCG Tatham), I am quite particular about the quality of photographer with whom I choose to work. It has been my pleasure to work with Brian Briggs and his advertising team. His work is not only a fine finished product - his process is enjoyable. His biggest gift, however, is his ability to put people at ease no matter how stressed the situation. That is a true professional."
- Phil Gayter, Gayter Gollianis Advertising
"Brian Briggs is a truly gifted photographer and marketing visionary. He is remarkable at putting the subject at ease with the camera, and virtually eliminates any inhibitions. His work is flawless, and what's even more special, is he is a teacher every step of the way. He has photographed much of my art, and my portrait for several magazine features. There is no photographer I would rather work with."
- René Romero Schuler, One of the Most Important and Well-Collected Contemporary Artists to Emerge out of the Midwest in the Last 10 Years
"Brian has a truly exceptional gift for advertising and photography. When you are a chef, your food is your art; when you care that deeply about the way it is presented and portrayed, you want the very best. Brian's advertising vision and photographs give an identity to our restaurant - the food and the people who make it unique. Each time we hire him, we get something new and fantastic. We'd never hire anyone else."
- Thierry Lefeuvre, Executive Chef, Froggy's French Café, Chicago
"As a former Art Director, Creative Director, Account Executive, and Ad Agency CEO, I have never worked with a photographer with more talent, passion, and consistency despite last minute deadlines or in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances."
- John Dearlove, President and CEO, Innermark, Inc.
"We just had our Senior Management Team of The Family Wealth Alliance book a professional session with Brian Briggs, who is integral in the Global Marketing Campaigns of the Merrill Lynch PBIG teams across the U.S. We were quite pleased at the result and it gave our website and professional bios a lift to a whole new level. I encourage you to consider what a real pro could do for you and your organization!"
- Thomas Livergood, CEO,
The Family Wealth Alliance
"Brian captured the uniqueness of our team by creatively personalizing our group and individual photography experience. Nobody really loves the camera, but Brian and his team were encouraging and put us at ease. Without disruption to our large group of eight people, Brian adjusted and blended the technicalities of light control and setting to flatter and enhance his photography. He strives for candid and comfortable smiles and successfully paints them onto a professional canvas."
- Patricia Zavagnin, The Stephans Van Liew Oiler Group, Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investments
- Bill Pintas
William G. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
"We have worked with Brian two times - he is a gifted photographer and a true professional. Working with Brian is easy, and will give you the image you want in pictures."
- Patrick Baldwin, The Baldwin Marcovici Team
Merrill Lynch PBIG, Chicago
"So thankful that Brian and Heather were the ones to shoot my company portrait. They were great to work with and made me feel comfortable and confident. Thank you!"
- Robert S. Lopez, ML Financial Advisory, Chicago