Hi, I’m Dena. Ever since I can remember, art has been the driving passion in my life. Whilst studying Fine Art at Rhodes University in South Africa I was introduced to the wonderfully inspiring world of photography and, from that first moment, I knew that photography would be a huge part of my life forever.
I finished my studies and moved to Dublin where I fell in love with the City while working as a staff photographer for The Dubliner magazine. After two years in Dublin my itchy feet took me off to travel Australia and New Zealand and, whilst there, I was blessed to work as a Portrait Photographer on Daydream Island in the Whitsundays for 7 months. It is here that I first learned to connect with my model on a really personal level, which enabled me to find the beauty within and bring that shining through. A very formative time for me as a photographer, this experience gave me the confidence and the skill-set to work independently.
Part of photography’s fascination for me is the power a photograph has to immediately transport you right back to that fleeting moment in time it has captured. It’s amazing to me how great photographers can lock history in time and give us the chance to experience what they were feeling and living at a space in time far removed from our own. Maybe Shakespeare said it best; “A picture paints a thousand words”!
In addition to my photography, I also have a great passion for the world that we all live in and travelling to see and experience as much of it as I can. What really underscores this for me though is the rich tapestry of people I meet and work with along the way and the sheer unbridled joy that we can all bring out in one another. I have always worked really well with all types of people on a personal level and nothing thrills me more than to really help a client feel totally at ease during the shoot and to bring forth the very best of themselves as a result.
Similarly, when shooting couples I am compelled to capture the precious moments of unspoken love for one another, the unutterable intimacy of intertwined fingers or locked eye-contact, and to crystallise for eternity that glimpse of beauty and perfection.
Thank you for taking the time to view my portfolio; I hope that you enjoy the photographs. A huge thank you to all those who have believed in me and supported me on my journey.”