Aoife and Glen and Morgan

At the beginning of the year, Aoife and Glen purchased my Mums’ to be Portrait Package which includes a maternity shoot and then a visit back to the family once the baby was born. After Aoife’s Maternity shoot in Mount Usher Gardens (which was absolutely fabulous by the way!) it was only fitting that we make the most of the natural surroundings in the ever so pretty town of Trim followed by some natural shots at their home. The stunning Autumn sunshine came out for us just when we needed it.

Aoife, Glen and Morgan are truly a handsome family but its the love in these photographs that really shines through. So glad to have been a part of this journey with you guys and give you special little memories to cherish forever.

Thank you Aoife and Glen for believing in me and supporting me. Great friends and Angels. xxx

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Yvonne and Efka

The Wedding of Yvonne and Evaldas “Efka” Cekanauskas

 

Yvonne and Efka crystalised their beautiful relationship on 25th June 2016 with their stunning wedding at the Church of the Nativity in Kilmessan followed by a reception in the elegant and luxurious surroundings of the Station House Hotel.

 

Having spent the previous six, wonderful years together, purchasing their house and creating a happy loving home with their beautiful daughter Keelin, tying the knot was the natural next chapter for Yvonne and Efka.

 

Making sure to follow proper protocol in these matters, Efka first ensured he had Keelin’s blessing by asking her for her Mother’s hand in marriage! Upon securing this important endorsement, Efka and Keelin set about planning the proposal. True to the spirit of fun (and practical joking!) that pervades their family, Yvonne was surprised on her birthday with her stunning engagement ring hidden away in a Pennies bag!

 

The picturesque, little Church of the Nativity hosted the charming ceremony, attended by the couple’s wide group of family and friends, including Efka’s family who arrived from his home country of Lithuania bringing with them an abundance of laughter, energy and joy. Onward to the reception at the Station House Hotel, the day was a kaleidoscope of beauty and cheer, love and laughter, not to mention more than a few tears (my own included!) throughout the incredibly poignant speeches.

 

To have been invited to capture this incredible wedding was truly an honor and I am thrilled that I was part of such a special day for Yvonne and Efka. To say my task was made all the easier by working with such a beautiful couple would be to understate it.

 

Yvonne and Efka, you are a gorgeous couple and I wish Keelin and you both every happiness throughout your lives together.

 

“A month on today from our wedding, and we are so grateful that we have such amazing photographs to remind us of what a great day it was. We are delighted to have found such a great photographer, who was so easy to work with, and was so accomodating with regard to our requests. Dena’s cool, calm and collected personality allowed us to feel confident that she knew exactly what she was doing and wow did she deliver! From our first meeting to our last, Dena was such a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is considering booking a photographer for their wedding! Thank you Dena!!” Yvonne Davis Cekanauskas

 

Hair: Jolene McCarthy @jolenehairroom

Make-up: Michelle Regazolli

Flowers: Justines (Blanch Village)

Music: Vetra,

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Venue: Station House Hotel

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Flower Power 70’s inspired Pregnancy Shoot

If you haven’t been to Mount Usher Gardens in Wiclow..Go!I came across it researching for places to go for Aoife and Glens shoot and I am so glad I did, what a hidden Gem. Aside from its astounding beauty its so peaceful and you feel as is you have really escaped the rat race of everyday life. I knew that it would work so well for the theme that we wanted and although we had to postpone the first time due to bad weather, it was worth the wait because the day we had was incredible. Having know Aoife and Glen for quite some time now and watched their lovely relationship grow I was so happy to photograph them before they start this wonderful new chapter in their lives. Aoife you look so beautiful and you the love between you two really shows. Thank you for such a great day and letting me share such beautiful photos that I hope will be cherish for a long time.

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Revisiting Clients in London, The Doherty’s

Two years ago my cousin Kirstie asked me to go over to London and do a family portrait for her. It was great, we had loads of fun in the garden as we were blessed with a beautiful day and Caitlin was just so good! So I was very excited to go back to meet their new arrival, Charlotte and do some family/newborn shots. Tea, coffee, cake and more cake later we managed to get a good variety with all involved. Thank you guys for thinking of me again and I am so happy you love the pics. Its so great to be a part of a family growing up! xx

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Tribute to Girl Power xxxx

Anyone who knows my beautiful sister, Debbie and her adorable daughter, Hannah knows that this past year hasn’t exactly dealt them the best hand.. I have been meaning to do a portrait session for sometime now but I’m glad, that a year on, much stronger, happier and more beautiful than ever, I waited. These two young ladies are testament to how love can help us move from the most painful of situations we will ever experience. Their love for one another is eminent in their everyday lives and of course will be in their portraits. Debbie, you are SUPERMOM and Hannah, you are just the cutest little thing who is growing up SO FAST!

Aside from being my family and I love you unconditionally.. I have so much respect for you and will always be in awe of your strength. Go girl power! Women rock!!! xxxx

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Dil and Anne-Marie’s Surprise Wedding

Web Collage 1One way to create the wedding that only the two of you want…Surprise all of your guests, including your family! That’s exactly what Dil and Anne-Marie decided to do.

 

Having been engaged for a while and concerned about the stresses that an wedding can bring upon all involved, they decided to throw all the traditions out the window and surprise their nearest and dearest with the best day of their lives.

 

Having all come the their beautiful son Phoenixes’ Baby Naming Ceremony, the guests thought they were coming back to the house for a few nibbles and drinks to commemorate the special occasion. Unbeknownst to them, there had been much preparation going on, from chefs creating delicious canapés and main dishes, to a complete revamp of the 2nd level of the house into a ‘Little Chapel’, secret Gospel Choir running up the stairs to commence the special occasion.

 

Guests were entertained downstairs, with a String Quartet, bubbles, Canapés and some great comedic action by their good friend Steve Cummins whilst the finishing touches we being made. At this point Anne-Maries’ parents were informed if the events to follow (tear jerker moment!)

 

Guests were then ushered upstairs to discover the beautiful little ‘Wedding Chapel’ that had been made up for them. Bridesmaids were informed that they were Bridesmaids! Dill, Anne Marie and Pheonix came down the third level of stairs with their newly formed wedding party an emotional “Flower Duet, by Lakme” played by the String Quartet. AMAZING!

 

The ceremony was to the point, real and emotional, very emotional. The love that was around the room was almost tangible and the words spoken from Dil to Anne-Marie and Anne Marie to Dil were straight from the bottom of their hearts. I felt so honored to be a part of such a special day for them both as well as their loved ones and most of all I couldn’t help but think how far Irish culture has come! A year ago this day would not have been possible and now two women who have fought for the right to equality get to be married. Yes!

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Bed Full of Roses

When little Darcy was born late last year I couldn’t wait to go over and take some photos of her. She is such a chilled out baby!! I wanted to create a little mood to the photos with some lovely fresh roses to compliment her beautiful skin and add a bit of girliness to the shoot in a fresh way. Delighted how the photos turned out and really feel that this can be a start of an ongoing series with flowers and babies. Thank you Linda and Colin for always giving me free reign on my portraits and your constant faith in my work. xxDarcy Roses BlogDarcy Roses Blog 2

Maternity and Newborn Competition Winner

Jenny Newell won my Newborn Competition that I ran a couple of months ago and I decided to include a maternity shoot for her as I think its such an important part for mum to remember. Both shoots were taken in their home in Malahide. Her partner Keith and her son Matthew took part in both shoots and everyone was very patient with me putting them into all sorts of poses. Their love for one another and baby Robyn really showed in the photos and I was delighted to be allowed to use them in my portfolio. Thank you guys, it was a pleasure to meet you all. xxJenny Maternity 1 Jenny Maternity 2 Jenny Maternity 3 Jenny Maternity 4 Jenny Maternity 5

Ida and Lucas Maternity Shoot

I was so happy when Ida asked me if I would do the ‘Mum to be’s Final Journey Package’ for her. I have known Lucas and Ida for a couple of years and think they are one of those couple that have really found ‘The One’. They are friendly, fun, creative people so I knew this was going to be a great shoot. Ida and I worked together to achieve the looks that she wanted and she also let me work away with my creativity. the shots were taken in their beautiful new home in Trim and then we set off to the woods to get the outdoor shots. These photos just go to show, you do not need a fancy studio to create good shots, just a bit of imagination. They very kindly let me use some of the intimate and beautiful shots taken from the day. Really looking forward to the arrival of the little one and can’t wait for the second phase (Newborn) of the Package.

Six weeks after lovely little Noa was born we set out to shoot the second phase of my ‘Mum’s to be Final Journey’ Package. The shoot was set in their beautiful home in Trim. Lucas and Ida worked tirelessly with me to create all the scenes we both wanted and Noa bless her little soul put up with four hours of modelling work. The hard work payed off and the photos that were achieved we exactly what I had envisioned. Such a pleasure to see all the ideas be brought to life and have a happy couple with memories to cherish forever.

Thank you Ida and Lucas and Noa amazing shoots!

“Dena, we are just looking at the picture there now. They are amazing, loving every single one of them! It’s gonna be so hard to chose some pics.
Thanks again for the wonderful pictures.” Ida J.Bird

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Emily Soto London Workshop

When I found out that Fashion Photographer Emily Soto
was hosting a workshop in London, I snapped up the chance to go. She had held a workshop in Dublin the previous year and I was unable to go, so this was the last chance for a while.

Emily Soto is a bit of an inspiration to me as she started out her photography career later on in her life and moved away from a totally different vocation with just love that she had for Art, Fashion and Photography the sheer determination to succeed in a world that she knew nothing about expect for the fact that she was meant to be in it!

Together with her husband, they set out to take the Fashion World by storm, of recent work, creating a subtle, painterly and classic style of Photography emanating old Baroque Artists such as as Johannes Vermeer. (My view anyway)

The first day of the Workshop was held in the beautiful Capel Manor Gardens in Hertfordshire just outside of London. Couldn’t have ask for such interesting surroundings. the second day was spend learning from Emily in the boardroom.

We had the very patient and beautiful models Abigail (Red hair) at La Moda Models @abigailtaralilly1 @lamodamodels and Dylan at M&P @d__glover (blond). Amazing girls! Really discovered a new found respect for how hard the art of modelling actually is.

Incredible Stylist Yanina Nikitina @yanina_nikitina, creative hair by Andy Dowall @andyhair68 and beautiful makeup by Emily Rebekah @emilyrebekahphotographer.

Desinger’s Ivanka Hristova @hristova_i, Sonia Funnell @sonialfashion, Vilune Daunoraite @vilu_dau and Chantal Mallett  @chantalmallett brought the most magnificent pieces for the models to wear.

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Inspiring feels like such as small word to describe how I came away feeling from the whole event. Amateurs and professionals alike, if this chance comes along again, take it!