Interviewer: What makes a good wedding photographer?
Reggie: Someone who is willing to give up control. They're not there to
make the news. They're there to report the news, to find the moments, to sense,
to anticipate, to capture reality as it occurs, so I think that one of the best
ingredients is someone that has that ability to be quiet and to be motivated by
small details, nuances, seemingly simple occurrences that to their eye, to their
mind are worthy of documentation. I'm not sure that it is something that can be
taught as maybe it's almost a product of one's personality.
Interviewer: What about from a technical point of view?
Denis Reggie: To be brain balanced.To have your left brain
proficiency, F stops and films and the technical part, getting the
exposure and so on, but then on the right brain, to have the heart and a mind
and a consciousness to almost be an art director that's not in control, a person
that sees it in an artistic way and knows what will be a great picture so in essence,
to know how, but to know what to photograph.
Interviewer: He has to know how to work very quickly as well.
Denis Reggie: We
don't have the luxury in wedding photography of setting up
and those that work
in my little realm don't even enjoy incident flash meters, you know,
which is a great thing, because they're so accurate. We have to rely on reflective
metering, things that are much quicker because speed is of the greatest essence
in terms of success in wedding photojournalism.