Interviewer: Why was that?
Denis Reggie: Not so much because I loved the way they were being photographed,
but actually in response to what I did not like, and that was that wedding photography
was somewhat kitsch, and predictable and sort of cheesy at times, and I thought,
what if we took a sports photographer's
mindset to a wedding?
What is your style and approach to photographing a wedding?
Denis Reggie: My philosophy which was obviously learned from my sports
photography background, was to not be a leader, to not even be in control of the
situation, but to rather document the event as a witness, as a historian, as a
Interviewer: Back in the 70's did you have problems convincing people that
this was the way forward?
Denis Reggie: In the 70's when I first began there was some resistance
from families that had their previous daughter's, first daughter, second daughter,
maybe or cousins photographed in the traditional portrait posed way, although
I must say, that third child, whichever daughter was contacting me at that point
in time was thinking: ' This is cool! You mean, I can actually get married, kiss
my husband, walk down the aisle and not have to sit for two hours of portraits
either before the ceremony or after for that matter. ' And of course, my answer
was: 'that's right!' And so, it had a hook.