couple holding hands standing in the flower gardens of Ballintubert House
gay couple standing at the window and The Merrion, wedding photography at The Merrion
bride and groom sitting in the pub in the Clarence Hotel, Dublin
bride and groom kissing at Glendalough lake
Bride and groom standing at the window in The freemasons Dublin
couple standing at the wall holding hands at the National Gallery of Ireland
couple sitting in the walled garden at Cloughjordan House
grooms standing in the Dublin sunlight

Dena Shearer contact Documentary wedding photography

Hi, I'm Dena Shearer

A documentary wedding photographer.

I’m a wedding photographer based in Dublin but travel all over Ireland to shoot weddings and elopements. I am also a LGBTQ+ wedding photographer and offer packages that range from a registry wedding right up to a full wedding day wedding.

I adopt a documentary approach to my photography and absolutely love capturing those magical moments that happen throughout the day. Your portrait sessions will be short and sweet but very creative, all the while feeling comfortable and undirected.

As much as your photography is important to me, so is customer service. From the minute you get in touch with me, I make it my goal to have an overall enjoyable, professional and relaxed experience.

I love to get to know my couples and have a great relationship before the big day. I believe this is important for your wedding photography and will allow you to be more natural and l forget I am even there.

Happy couples say

Bride and group in the gardens of Cloghjordan House

Eve & Michael

Dena was a fantastic choice for our big day and we were thrilled with the natural moments she captured. Dena was really chilled, really got our brief and was so great to have around at the wedding. She captured so many precious moments and I would recommend Dena to anyone!

Wedding Couple standing in the rain, smiling with an umbrella

Aish & Paul

Dena is an incredibly talented photographer. [...] She was such a professional and is just such a lovely person. [...] We were on our honeymoon when the photographs came through. We spent hours looking at them and loved each photograph more than the last. Dena did a fantastic job of capturing the mood of the day and all the little things you can miss on the day as the bride and groom. Dena was such a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her.


Sultan and Marium

Dena is easy going, professional and meticulous in her research ahead of the events. She listens carefully and provides flexible guidance to her clients. I cannot emphasise any more on to how pleased we are with the photographs.

Wedding Portrait at City Hall, Belfast

Mika & Marius

We like to say a huge Thank you to you Dena! Highly recommended your work, your experience and your attention to the smallest details. Many are seeing with professional gear, but not many could have your point of view behind the expensive lens. Each photo we're looking at is full of emotions. We're so glad that we had the chance to have you for our ceremony. Thank you again!


Julietta & Sam

I cannot recommend Dena enough as a wedding photographer to future couples. Her style was exactly what we were looking for which was a more documentary approach mixed with some traditional shots. Dena was able to capture the most important and emotional moments without we even realising she was there. She made us feel super relaxed and put us all at ease which was great on such an important day.


How I work

What is documentary wedding photography?

My goal is to be attentive whenever you need me but in the background when you don’t. I want you to feel as if I have looked after you 100% but that you hardly ever saw me on your wedding day whilst providing you with incredible memories to cherish of the whole day; I have literally been called ‘The Ninja Photographer’ :-)
I believe in providing premium customer service to my clients that goes far beyond just taking good photographs.

couple walking holding hands at Portmarnock beach
Gay couple walking hand in hand in the streets of Dublin


Dublin City Love

“Dena, I recall the very day we made phone contact. I hold that day very close to my heart. I recall looking at my now husband whilst pointing to the phone and quietly trying to mouth, this is the one for us. We had been searching for a while and organising our special day from overseas is no mean feat. We were a little nervous as we asked, are you available on New Year’s Eve!?

The photos speak for themselves. Dena worked her way beautifully with the wintery Dublin lighting, the colourful Georgian doorways, the waterways and the slowly setting sunshine. The photos captured the city, the venue, us, our friends and family with perfection. Dena’s style and method to capturing those magical moments made us feel so comfortable. We left Dena to it, and Dena let us have fun and to thoroughly enjoy every moment of the day.

From day one to receiving the final photos, Dena was always in contact and would send us the occasional sneaky peeks of what to expect. Dena and the photography was an experience on its own. Not just a component of the wedding plans, Dena captured the day with ease, which allowed us to relax and enjoy our day.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – R&V”

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