Professional photography is just one of those few aspects of a wedding that cannot be overlooked. We all understand it’s the one take away from the big day that cannot be replaced or recreated. Trust us, we know this first hand. With years of experience and a brand you can trust. We wanted to introduct our community to Regeti’s Photography. A husband and wife team based in Virginia and ready to take on the world. Read on to be inspired by a story that has a family history of wedding photography and a true understanding of love.
Company: Amy and Srinu Regeti of Regeti’s Photography
Tell us about your business name: We named our company with our last name because we felt it was essential to truly put our name on it if we believed and were so passionate about it and so we did. Often enough our clients believe it to be Italian until they meet Srinu, then the first question is “Did you take her last name?” then I often chime in telling them, “Perhaps not Italian, but certainly tall, dark and handsome.”
Where are you located? Do you travel? Virginia on the outskirts of Washington DC – We travel based on wherever our clients need for us to be.
How long have you been a professional photographer? We have been professionally shooting weddings and portraits since 2004.
How did you get your start? Oddly enough, Amy grew up with a father who photographed weddings but was not interested in pursuing it as a career path. After meeting Srinu in 1998 it was apparent that he had a keen interest and love for photography and at all times was in possession of some kind of camera, he had at the time recently registered in class to learn more on photography. But it was after their marriage and the birth of their second child that it was quickly realized in order to support Srinu’s hobby of photography and avoid it taking from the family he was going to have to perhaps earn some money from it in the process if he wanted to pursue gear any further. Amy, at the time that they met and married was working as a nurse with Hospice but became a stay at home parent while Srinu had continued working full-time as a Software Engineer. It was offered that Srinu could shoot along another photographer assisting and he jumped on it, this began the start of Regeti’s Photography as many of those bride’s bridesmaids began to request Srinu to shoot their weddings and since at the time Srinu was not assisting for payment rather than experience it was decided that they would start their own wedding photography business as a side job. It was quickly learned after booking 35 weddings the first year and 60 our next that this was more than a part-time gig! It was in 2006 they went all in full-time and as a husband and wife photographic team and started to cover all events together, after shooting almost 2 years of mostly church weddings it was then that they photographed their first Indian wedding in which propelled their business into predominately South Asian weddings and events and since have never looked back!
What makes a great wedding photo? This question has a different answer when asked to each of us because what we both see the beauty in is so different. Srinu would respond with quite the technical approach with the perfect camera settings and the ideal lighting condition with the perfection of posing, whereas for myself I would reply stating it is all in the moment – the capture may not have to be perfect but if the moment is right and you are able to isolate and freeze that moment to convey the scene in which it tells the most compelling story that is what makes a great wedding photo. While no answer is obviously wrong, we learned that very early on, and it is the true reason we shoot all of our weddings together as a team with two perspectives at all times because most of our clientele desire the best of both worlds.
Describe your photography style in three words: Blend of Portrait and Photojournalism
What’s in your camera bag right now, 2019?
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 1DX Mark ii
Canon & Nikon Flashes
Flash triggers etc.
Accolades & awards: Our images have graced the content of wedding industry publications such as; InStyle Weddings (Grace Ormonde), theKnot!, WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Virginia Living, Modern Bride, Style Me Pretty, Engaged! Magazine, Maharani Weddings, South Asian Bride Magazine along with several international publications both in Europe and Asia. As speakers, we have had the pleasure of speaking amongst our peers at conventions such as; WPPI and DWF. As educators within our industry we have had the distinct honor of being featured on TLC’s say YES to the DRESS, Nightline ABC, interviewed and published within industry-specific publications such as; Rangefinder Magazine, Image Makers, SWPPA and in multiple book publications through Amherst Media. We are award winning photographers within ILEA (formerly known as – International Special Events Society) and the WPJA.
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a wedding photographer? As you search for the perfect wedding photographer, it is always great to keep in mind that you can purchase products at a later time. So if the photographer you have your heart set on is a bit over the budget, you were hoping to be within considered perhaps purchasing your album or prints at a later date.
What makes you different? What we feel makes us different is our ability to really understand the culture of South Asian weddings and affairs. Srinu being born and raised in India with his parents still living in India keeps us reminded of how important it is to respect and preserve the culture while understanding the struggle with our own children to allow them to express themselves while still honoring that very culture with the added fact that Amy was born and raised here in the United States with a typical relaxed American upbringing has allowed us to truly relate to the struggle our clients often have to see themselves represented within their images but also to respect those things that mean the most to their parents – such as; portraits, symbolic aspects.