"After mastering photography fundamentals, then follow your dreams, daring to be different."
- Denis Reggie
Denis Reggie is widely regarded as the top wedding photographer in the world. He single-handedly transformed the look of staid bridal imagery into the truly natural, editorial style he termed wedding photojournalism. His iconic photograph of John Kennedy, Jr. kissing the hand of his bride Carolyn Bessette is credited by The Wall Street Journal as the watershed image that transformed the look of wedding photography forever and is hailed by editors as "the most famous wedding photograph in history." A series of his wedding photographs requested by the Smithsonian Institution are part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History in Washington. He directs a small, elite team of protégés dispatched to wedding assignments but only after no less than 12 years of side-by-side training with him.
Denis Reggie is routinely quoted and has been the subject of feature stories in each of the major wedding and photography magazines and in various newspapers including a lengthy Style section profile in The New York Times. A native of Crowley, Louisiana, he was the subject of an episode in the popular Louisiana Public Broadcasting series Louisiana Legends. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award – the highest honor bestowed on graduates of the University of Louisiana.
His photographs are frequently used in books on weddings, etiquette, and photography including those by Vera Wang, Letitia Baldridge and Town and Country. Reggie's warm and captivating portrait of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy is featured on the cover of his autobiography- and New York Times best seller -"True Compass". His 2008 portrait of Senator Kennedy has been requested by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington for its permanent collection.
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Denis Reggie, Wedding photographer
Denis Reggie discusses his career and passion for photography in our series of videos introducing our Explorers of Light.