Regina Wyllie is already well on her way to making a name for herself as a photographer — and she's only 9 years old.
The Ayrshire, Scotland resident may be young, but she's already booking jobs, including her first wedding earlier this year. Her father, photographer Kevin Wyllie, told TODAY he was by his daughter's side at her recent wedding shoot, but didn't direct Regina.
"She does everything all on her own," he said.
Wyllie said he began teaching his daughter about cameras and photography when she started showing an interest at 3 years old. She began walking around the house with a small toy camera, and eventually graduated to professional-grade cameras.
Originally, "she started taking photographs, and to me, it was just my daughter trying to play with her camera," Wyllie said.
In a blog post, Wyllie explained that Regina had joined him for various shoots in the past, but the wedding — whose bride and groom are family friends of the Wyllies — was a first.
"Whilst I don't advocate child labour ... and I would never never have thought of taking her along to a full wedding," he wrote, "It was the bride and grooms request, when they booked me, that she shoot with me."
The 9-year-old even took some creative measures her professional photographer father had not considered during the shoot. Wyllie said that after he photographed the bride's shoes, Regina thought to put them on the bed for photos.
"I looked at the shoes and thought, 'I wish I had that set up. That's not a bad shot,'" he explained.
Regina and Wyllie have received positive feedback on social media, but some commenters have written that Regina must have had help from Wyllie at the wedding. Wyllie told TODAY that his daughter was on her own creatively the entire time. "The bride and groom have said that they would verify that she did everything herself," he said.
The wedding is not the only proud-dad moment Regina has given her Wyllie. ThinkTank Photo, a well known camera bag company used a photograph that Regina took when she was 7 years old for one of its campaigns.
Regina's photography prowess has earned notoriety already. Her Instagram account has more than 3,700 followers and she has been contacted by fans all over the world.
Although Wyllie said the attention can be "frightening," he acknowledged that the attention has helped build Regina's confidence. "I suppose it's a good thing because she knows it's not just mom and dad saying, 'You take really good photographs,'" he said. "She's starting to realize what she's capable of."
He added: "She does what she does and I'm the proudest dad in the world."
Wyllie's pride doesn't quite mitigate the knowledge that his family's talents will cost him as Regina's little sister is also starting to show interest in photography. "It's costing an absolute fortune in camera and lenses," Wyllie said.
But for now, Regina is honing her skills and having fun. She told TODAY that she's not quite sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she's continuing to take pictures and work alongside her dad.
If she's already this skilled, we can't imagine how impressive she'll be when she's older.