About Dena Shearer

A portrait of a Dublin Wedding Photographer

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.

After finishing my studies, I 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. It is there 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.

In addition to photography, I also have a great passion for travelling the world that we live in, and experiencing 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.

Dena Shearer Wedding Photographer
Wedding photography at Kilronan Castle, Kilronan Castle wedding, Bride and groom photography at Kilronan Castle

About documentary style wedding photography

I am a wedding photographer in Dublin but travel all over Ireland for weddings and work abroad for elopements. I am focused on taking wedding photography that is unobtrusive, fun, candid and natural.

A part of my fascination with photography is the power a photograph has to immediately transport you back to that fleeting moment in time it has captured. It amazes how photographers can lock history in time and give us the chance to experience what they were feeling at a space in time, far removed from our own.
Maybe Shakespeare said it best; “A picture paints a thousand words”!

Natural, documentary wedding photography is a passion for me, and so is your day. I want to make sure that I look after you both in the best possible way with premium service, so you have a great experience on your special day.

Nothing thrills me more than helping a client feel totally at ease during the shoot and bringing forth the very best of themselves as a result.

When shooting couples, I am compelled to capture those precious moments of unspoken love; the unutterable intimacy of intertwined fingers, a locked eye contact. All those glimpses of perfect beauty crystallised for eternity.

Happy couples

newlyweds standing by the pool at Finnstown House

Carol & Tim

My husband and I were so lucky to have Dena take the photographs of our wedding. [...] She really captured the mood, and even though I didn't have a videographer, the photographs told the story of our wedding day. Dena is such a professional and I couldn't have chosen a nicer person to spend the day with our families. I would completely recommend the engagement photoshoot which was part of our package and was such a good way to get us ready for our wedding photos. The quality of the photos are first class and I couldn't believe that they were of me. I would 100% recommend Dena for your wedding photographs.

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Alison and Spenser's wedding portrait in Galway, Lisdinagh House

Alison& Spenser

My husband and I had Dena shoot our wedding and she was fantastic. She captured all of the big moments and everything in between. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and got our photos to us really quickly!

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Wedding Portrait at City Hall, Belfast

Mika & Marius

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

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Caitriona and Jack's wedding at Roundwood House

Caitriona & Jack

[...] Dena was amazing to deal with from start to finish and of all the wedding vendors we engaged with we were most impressed by the professional, yet personal, service Dena provided. [...] Dena helped us pull together a schedule for the day to ensure everything ran seamlessly and no shot was missed. Her non-intrusive, documentary style really suited what we were after. Guests commented that they barely saw Dena on the day and yet it feels like not a moment was missed in the fabulous images she captured. Dena was incredibly efficient and helpful post-wedding and we are delighted with our final pictures and album.

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