What were you doing when you were 9 years old? Aside from reading as many books as possible and trying to figure out how to convince my friend to trade me his Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kid card, I wasn’t doing much. Safe to say, many 9-year-olds these days aren’t either. But one 9-year-old, a 4th grader from the UK, can look back one day and say, “When I was 9, I was photographing weddings.”
Passionate about photography at just three years old, Regina Wylie attended a mountain bike race with her photographer father and owner of KSG Photography who was hired to shoot the event. The precocious toddler wanted to shoot as well and brought along her toy camera. As the bikers raced by, Regina decided she wanted to take real images and dug up a Canon G9 from her father’s gear bag…and so began her photography career.
In the formative years, Regina would listen intently as Dad’s fellow photographer friends would sit around and discuss different photography techniques. She asked many questions, wanting to know what the various buttons on a camera did, and what each photography accessory was used for. Everywhere she went, she took the G9 until she learned to use a DSLR on full manual. Her dad, Kev, tells us in an email,
Several times, I encouraged her to use AV and TV but she’d heard me saying too often that anything automatic meant that the camera was making decisions instead of the photographer, so that’s what she’d repeat to me whenever I made the suggestion to try a different mode.
Over the years, Regina would tag along to fashion and portrait shoots as well as events and portrait sessions with her father, using whatever gear she could get her hands on. From an old 40D to a monopod mounted Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4, she would make suggestions for shot ideas and shoot alongside her father. One of Regina’s images was even chosen by ThinkTank Photo for use in an ad campaign. Her work has also earned her dad an opportunity to be the brand ambassador for Cotton Carrier who saw Regina’s image (below) where her dad was wearing one of their systems.
At the ripe old age of 6, Regina sold her first image. She was photographing a welcome home parade for the Scots Guards as they returned from a tour in Afghanistan; The senior Warrant Officer chose her image over that of her father’s.
In 2014, Kevin switched to the Fuji X system and now Regina uses an X-E1 with the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 and 18mm f/2 lenses. Earlier this year, after seeing her work, close family friends specifically requested Regina to shoot their wedding. Accompanying Kevin as a second shooter (and with no prompting, coaching or direction from dad), Regina used the Fuji X-T1 and the 35mm f/1.4 for most of the day. Now, several brides have asked Kevin to have Regina come with him to photograph their weddings as well.
Here are some of Regina’s images from that first wedding:
Regina is still learning about post processing and how to use Lightroom (we can help with that!), though she follows her dad’s principle of getting exposure and composition correct in camera as much as possible.
It looks like Regina is well on her way to a promising photography career as she joins the KSG Photography team, and inspired us all. You can follow Regina’s work on an Instagram account her dad set up for her here.