Brittany Long is a Melbourne live music photographer on wheels. Long has captured well-known artists including the likes of Alice Cooper, Rob Thomas, Killing Heidi, Vanessa Amorosi, The Veronicas, Hoodoo Gurus, Glass Animals, The 1975, Boyzone and British India. Long has also photographed several Australian music festivals; Beyond the Valley, A Day On The Green, Groovin the Moo, Under the Southern Stars, Dream Machine, Ability Fest, Spin Off, Wine Machine, Good Things, and at international music festival Snow Machine in Japan. Long is passionate about capturing the passion and energy of an artist onstage and freezing the atmosphere of a live show, allowing her audience to relive a concert through her photographs.
Long is also a passionate advocate for raising awareness surrounding accessibility and inclusivity in the music industry, and is currently undertaking a portrait project entitled ‘Stairing Through the Lens’. A series which involves taking portraits of musicians on stairs at music venues and festivals Australia wide, to initiate the conversation surrounding accessibility and inclusivity.
Hiding away the funds of her part-time job, Brittany saved to buy her first DSLR camera at the age of 14. Self-taught through trial and error and the mentorship of peers, photography soon became her passion. After capturing a P!NK performance from the audience at Rod Laver Arena, Brittany was struck by photography’s ability to suspend motion, breathing life into a live performance well beyond its time on stage.
Since formally opening her photography business Simply Photographz in 2017 and starting out as a family, maternity and newborn photographer Brittany has since found her niche and true passion as a music and portrait photographer.
She has gone onto capture well-known artists such as Alice Cooper, Rob Thomas, Killing Heidi, Illy, Peking Duk, Tash Sultana, and LANY. Brittany is the photographer for Melbourne based label Tomboi Records and has photographed music festivals right across Australia including the likes of Dream Machine, Wine Machine, Groovin the Moo, Good Things Festival and at international music festival, Show Machine Japan. Brittany also continues to regularly contribute to online publications, including Girl at a Rock Show and Amnplify.
In 2016, Brittany was the recipient of the Heart Project’s Young Heart mentorship program, allowing her to work closely with female mentors such as digital artists and photographer, Karen Alsop. Brittany was also nominated as a finalist in the Australian Women in Music Awards 2021 Music Photographer of the year awards and has been shortlisted for her work as part of the annual Monster Children photography competition.
She has been published in Killah Magazine, online at RedBull Australia, had her work included in the Australian photographer’s collaboration book ‘2019: A Year Before Lockdown’ and been exhibited in Melbourne Music Week’s 2020 ‘Music is aLIVE’ exhibition. She was also the recipient of Arts Access Victoria’s first music mentorship program, Music Makers in 2021, paired alongside renowned live-music photographer, Michelle Grace-Hunder.
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"I was taken aback by one of Brittany’s photos that she took of U.S. group, Vintage Trouble. I got in touch and we finally worked on our first project together for a showcase event for Melbourne rock group, Lipstereo. I just received the photos back from the show. Her brief was to capture live shots, some backstage footage and industry shots. I was excited to see she captured the essence of the band and experimented with colour and composition… on the fly. We really didn’t have a plan but Brittany certainly had a strong idea of what she wanted and was a very good communicator. I can honestly say that there are photos in this collection that will become band classics in the years to come. Apart from her professionalism, Brittany is easy to get along with and she is now part of the artist services team at our label, Pop Preservation Society. We have already commissioned her to do behind the scenes photos for an upcoming music video release and I would strongly recommend Brittany as a music photographer for anyone in the music or entertainment industry."
"Britt first caught my attention zooming around at laneway fest and I thought this girl is a BOSS!! I hired her services initially for my first co headline show and was beyond impressed! Her ability to capture both moments onstage, but also make me feel confident in offstage shots is out of this world. Besides being a master of her craft, she is also just genuinely a blast to have around. Don’t think I’ll ever not have her at my gigs now!!!"
"Britt is an incredible photographer, who has a great eye for detail. With our Sisters Doll show, we have a lot going on… Pyrotechnics, flames, lasers and all sorts! For her to capture those moments with such distinction and clarity is a talent in itself. Every image is crisp when we receive the photos back, which helps to keep up with social media these days. Apart from taking photos, she’s an incredibly great person to work with and we look forward to working with her for future shows"
"I first met Brittany while supporting Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus. I was instantly surprised with her enthusiasm for live music and a real interest for the art that i was performing. Britt has a great eye for capturing a shot at the perfect moment, with a real natural feel and emotion. But what I love the most about Britt is that she treats you like an old friend,which is rare today."
"As a band we tend to be indecisive when it comes to things like photoshoots, as we never really know what we want. Thankfully, Britt took all the hard work out it for us. Britt has an amazing eye for angles and shots, and has a unique creative perspective that left us with photos we couldn’t be happier with. We would absolutely love to work with her again in the future. She’s passionate about what she does, and really knows how to get the best out of who/what she’s shooting."