About this Vendor

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Unlike some of the larger photo studios, when you work with McShea Photography, you will meet me face to face for our consultation, and you will be able to reach me by phone or email with whatever questions you have leading up to your wedding day. If you hire me…you get me.


Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern, Vintage

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress

Starting Price Range


Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Online Proofing, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Same-Day Edits, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums, Photo + Video

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Contact Info

Serving Greater Philadelphia, NJ, DE, MD area. (732) 674-7240

Reviewed on 2/03/2018 Vanessa B

Dave McShea is hands down the most amazing photgrapher! He made our entire wedding process a breeze! From our first meeting to the big day, Dave was with my husband and I for the entire process. Dave photgraphed our friends wedding, and after seeing his work we knew we wanted no... Read More one but him! Dave made sure to know everyone in our wedding party and he made sure he knew our parents by name. Photos at the church went so quick because he is so organized and ran the entire process! Dave captured close to 800 photos of our special night! By looking at his pictures, you would think their were 4 of him that night! He captured every moment, and never was in the way! I refer to him as a fly on the wall who captures the entire night! I can not express enough how amazing Dave is! From one bride to another, go with McShea Photgraphy and you will not be disappointed for one second!! Family have been calling since we got our photos back raving about how beautiful they are, and how they can purchase pictures from him! My husband and I will 100% use McShea photography for future life events!!

2018-02-05T08:21:23 Response from the vendor

Thanks Vanessa! You and Tom were great. Your bridal party was one of the most fun ones of the year. Definitely winning the award for the best party performance with a golf cart too. Very happy to be the fly on the wall for your... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/27/2018 Stephanie B

We decided to meet with Dave due to his fantastic reviews on the Knot, and we were so happy with our decision to book him for our wedding. Dave was so easy to work with throughout the entire process. He was extremely honest. We had a limited time between the ceremony and... Read More cocktail, but we were able to get all of our family and bridal formals done, and arrive within minutes of cocktail hour starting. Dave was able to capture so much, and not be in the way. He was willing to setup shots that we requested, but would remind us that if we were having too much fun and did not want to step away from the dance floor that was fine. He was such a pleasure to work with - even our family and guests had nice things to say. He took SO many pictures, and we are very happy with how they turned out!

Reviewed on 1/09/2018 Serena Y

Dave was amazing to work with! Words can't even describe how amazing he was! He made it seem so effortless and didn't force us to do photos we did not want to do. I also liked that he met with my husband and I to discuss what kind of photos we would like to take. Honestly he is... Read More so good you didn't even realize he was there but yet somehow captured amazing photos of our big day! I would love to work with Dave in the future, potentially for our family portraits 😊 he's also hilarious which is a plus!!

Reviewed on 10/31/2017 Kelly S

My now-mother-in-law recommended Dave McShea when she located his page from The Knot. He was the only photographer that we had contacted due to his fantastic ratings and we were certain he wouldn't be available for our 9/2/17. Luckily another client fell through and we... Read More immediately met with him when he traveled all the way out to us for a consult. From the moment we met we knew that he was going to be our photographer. He was extremely detailed in accommodating our requests and made sure that he did not miss a moment. On our wedding day, requests that even we had forgotten about, Dave made sure that he captured them. Dave made our vision come to life. Our guests throughout the night kept pulling him aside, even took him outside at one point and Dave even asked the venue staff to help him capture a request of one of our guests. Dave will make 300% certain that your wedding day photos are perfect and beautiful. He is simply the BEST PHILADELPHIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER and we could not have been anymore ecstatic that we were lucky enough to book him. Any couple would be lucky to have him. Dave is VERY reasonably priced for the work he does and he will make absolutely certain everything is perfect. THANK YOU DAVE!!!

2017-10-31T09:56:48 Response from the vendor

I was so thankful to be freed up for your wedding right before we met. If I missed out on a Phillies wedding, I would have been pretty angry. One of my most fun weddings of 2017 and you guys were so nice to work... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/30/2017 Marisa R

Dave was hands down one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. From the initial meeting to the day of the event, he was easy going, easy to get a hold of, and easy to work with. He took in stride my new husbands mandate of no more than 10 minutes for formal bridal shots... Read More and ran with it, giving us some gorgeous photos and plenty of time to enjoy our cocktail hour with guests. Most of the night he floated in the background hardly noticed, but managed to capture moments of the evening that I had no idea even had taken place. He also caught us during the ceremony giving each other the side eye that I hoped no one had noticed but was so completely us that I am grateful to have it saved forever in film. When we needed him (like to take pictures of our extended families mid reception) he was there and willing to almost fall off a chair to capture the shot. I would hire Dave again in a heartbeat, and hope that we have the change to work with him again in the future...maybe with more then 10 minutes to spare this time!

2017-10-31T08:20:56 Response from the vendor

10 minutes was less than usual, but plenty of time for me to snap a few nice shots of the two of you. Especially on your venue's grounds. Works perfectly every time I shoot there. And I always love knowing what shots couples enjoy the... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/30/2017 Rebecca L

Dave did an absolutely beautiful job photographing our wedding. He is so friendly, professional, hard working, and his photos are completely wonderful! Despite the craziest weather ever, Dave braved the torrential rain to get all the best shots. He also got so many fantastic... Read More candids of me and my husband, our families, and our guests. Seriously, call off the search and hire Dave. You will not regret it!

2017-10-30T12:38:25 Response from the vendor

Dont think I've experiences that kind of crazy weather ever, let alone for a wedding day. SOOO glad that even though the weather was rough, the wedding was a blast and it showed in the photos. You guys were so sweet and easy to work... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/30/2017

David McShea was absolutely wonderful to work with, from the initial meeting until our wedding day, and beyond. He is talented, professional, reliable, and has the kind of approach that immediately puts you at ease. From our conversations, I knew he was on top of the details and... Read More understood exactly what we wanted. During the ceremony and much of the reception, I didn't even notice he was there ... not 'in your face' with the camera, but always watching what was going on, and capturing everything. Our guest thought he was delightful, and we LOVE our pictures (delivered exactly when he promised them). We would highly recommend David McShea!

Reviewed on 9/28/2017 Rob C

We don't even know where to start. There are not enough great things that we can say about Dave and what it was like working with him for our wedding. He was very laid back and easy going, but was also able to keep our families "in-line" to get all of the pictures that we... Read More wanted for the wedding. Everything from our first meeting, to the preparation phone calls before the wedding, through the final pictures has been an A+++ experience. The pictures look amazing! We loved working with Dave and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer for any occasion. The next time that we need a photographer, we will not look any farther than McShea Photography!

2017-09-28T20:58:28 Response from the vendor

Everyone's family is the same, Lisa. Comes with the job on yelling at family members to get in line :) So happy that you enjoy the photos. Thanks again for letting me pull you out of the reception quickly for our night shot. Both of... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/28/2017 Julie M

We initially heard of David through a friend, from our first meeting I knew David was the perfect photographer for our wedding! The pictures turned out amazing! David is such a professional it was a breeze doing all the photos! The day of the wedding I was able to relax and... Read More fully trust in Dave to keep us on time. We ended up being the first ones to arrive at our cocktail hour :) I can't praise him enough!

2017-08-28T15:35:04 Response from the vendor

Your wedding is in the running for my favorite wedding of the year along with the most reception shots that I've taken in a few years. Such a fun crew and everyone was so nice to work with. Glad we got all the shots that... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/22/2017 Kevin W

Dave did our wedding in November, on a freezing day on a lake in Perkasie, PA. It was a hike from his base in Philadelphia, but Dave was nothing but enthusiastic throughout the entire day. He was excellent in the cold and dark night getting the last family shots we needed, and... Read More captured too-many-to-count, absolutely excellent in-the-moment candids. We are more than thrilled with the result, and for the entire experience from beginning to end (not to mention the engagement photo shoot in Doylestown that he did for us as well - which was awesome). We could not have had a better photographer for our day, all of our family members love him, and YOU SHOULD BOOK DAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! Thanks again, Dave.

2017-08-22T10:07:08 Response from the vendor

You guys were great. I got to cover up. You were a champ going outside for our sparkler shots in 30 degree weather without looking cold at all. Always love the chance to get couples outside at night and the shots we got were great.... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/17/2017 Lauren F

One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring Dave to be our photographer. From our first meeting till the day of our wedding, he made us feel comfortable and at ease. He is very personable and makes you feel as if you are the only wedding he is working on. We... Read More have seen 3 pictures of our wedding so far, and to say we are excited for the rest is an understatement. If you hire Dave for your wedding, you will not be disappointed! The quality of pictures and him as a person is top tier.

2017-08-22T10:15:58 Response from the vendor

I was so excited to see the shots that we got that night. Especially the night shots. Some of my favorites of the year. Thank you so much for letting me pull you off the dance floor to get those shots. Such a cool wedding... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/24/2017 Martha M

We're so glad we went with McShea Photography for our wedding! Dave was great to work with from our first meeting to our last. The pictures are fantastic; everyone has been raving about them! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.

2017-08-22T10:19:19 Response from the vendor

It was such a sweat Sunday wedding with you two. Still loving that hat that you pulled off, Martha. You guys were so nice and I'm so happy the weather cooperated for you two. Good luck with everything. Hope our paths cross in the future.

Reviewed on 5/02/2017 STEPHEN T

Looking for your wedding photographer? Feel free to check that off your to-do list because you just found him. We cannot express how glad we are we booked McShea Photography to photograph our wedding ceremony and reception. We found Dave on WeddingWire and The Knot and were... Read More impressed by the overwhelmingly positive reviews, coupled with great examples of his work on his website. We set up a casual meeting with Dave last summer and discussed our plans, what we were looking for, timelines, et-cetera. Long story short, we decided to book his services and we can't express how glad we are we did. We had an amazing engagement shoot in Philly in the fall, and the photos we have just seen from our ceremony and reception are simply amazing. Throughout it all Dave was patient, professional, and his work speaks for itself. His rates are also very reasonable. We booked a package with him that included 8 hours of coverage for the day, the engagement shoot, the album, and a print credit for a very fair price. Do yourself a favor and get in touch with Dave. You'll be glad you did.. thanks for everything Dave !!!

Reviewed on 3/10/2017

Dave was fantastic! He took the time to really get to know our family and he is really a wonderful photographer. He made our son's Bar Mitzvah such a perfect day, and captured so many fantastic moments. He has excellent communication skills and was able to work in all the photos... Read More we were hoping to have to remember our event. I highly recommend Dave, he is very warm and caring, and incredibly professional. You cannot go wrong!

Reviewed on 1/22/2017 Michelle R

We came across David McShea’s reviews while we were searching for wedding photographers through TheKnot.com. Immediately, we were very impressed by his reviews on the website so we decided to take a further look at his photography website. The way he captured the memories for... Read More each couple was what we were looking for. Anyone can take a still photo, but we think it’s the candid moments that mean the most. We decided to hire Dave as our wedding photographer for our September 2016 wedding at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, PA. I’m originally from the Philadelphia area, and my husband is from New Jersey; however, we currently live in Northern Virginia. As you can guess, most of our communication with Dave was going to be either through email or by phone. Nonetheless, Dave was willing to work with us from afar. We had our first conversation with Dave in September 2015, which went very well. My husband took a strong liking to him since he and Dave bonded over their engineering backgrounds. For me, it was Dave’s easy-going personality that made me feel comfortable that we were putting Dave in full control of that day. At that time, my husband and I did not discuss the entire logistics of the wedding, so it was also very reassuring that Dave already had some ideas where he could take photos since he was familiar with Normandy Farm. From that point on, we knew Dave was going to be a great fit for both of us. Any contact we had with Dave over the past year was through email, which was mainly for some contract stuff and a few other suggestions/changes we had along the way. We had spoken to Dave for the second time during the week of the wedding, which was to review the time frames and logistics of the day of the wedding. He had offered to meet up with us the next time we were going to be in the area, but we just couldn’t make the time to meet up. Wedding day: Our wedding day was the first day we officially met Dave. On that day, Dave arrived early afternoon at Normandy Farm to scope out the grounds. Afterwards, he greeted my husband first to make sure that he was ready for our First Look pictures. My bridesmaids and I arrived shortly thereafter so we just waited in the small private room by the hotel lobby. Dave then greeted us and suggested that we take some pictures with my bridesmaids, and by myself, in the room. By 2pm, Dave escorted me outside to the Silos Ballroom Garden for our First Look pictures, where my husband was waiting for me, along with his best man and my bridesmaids. We took our First Look pictures for about a half an hour. Specifically, we were very impressed that Dave was able to capture the picture of us through my engagement ring (My ring size is 3.75). The rest of the afternoon was spent with Dave taking more pictures of us, with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and eventually with each of our families. He was extremely patient with us, and worked with us when we had some of our own ideas for photos. When it came time for the ceremony (around 5pm) and the reception (around 6:30pm), Dave was like a ninja (a description provided by our guests). You know he is there but you can’t “see” him (although the photos speak for themselves). Dave captured some great moments between the ceremony and the reception. Looking back to that day, we are very happy that we chose Dave as our wedding photographer. Our photos turned out AMAZING and we are so happy that he was able to be a part of our special day. Michelle and Jason Root

2017-08-22T10:22:59 Response from the vendor

One of my most thorough reviews ever! You guys were so great to write this for me. I know we never got to meet prior to the wedding day but love out natural you guys came off throughout all of the photos. Came out great.... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 12/23/2016 Colleen G

Dave is the best! So easy to work with and a great photographer! He listened to exactly what we wanted and the pictures came out better than I ever imagined! Highly recommend him to everyone! Thank you, Dave!!!!

Reviewed on 12/23/2016 Brendan G

Dave was recommended to us by multiple couples who had amazing experiences. Our experience was beyond amazing. From the first day we met to talk about our wedding up until the actual wedding day, Dave was extremely easy to work with and great to be around for the entire wedding... Read More party. We did not have to worry about anything at all. He exceeded all of our expectations and delivered amazing pictures beyond what we could have imagined. Not only would I recommend Dave to anyone who is looking for a photographer, but I would strongly suggest to stop all other photographer-searching and book him immediately before he's no longer available. It's comforting to know that a photographer can meet and exceed all expectations of both the groom (myself) and the bride (even more important) and for that reason it goes without saying that Dave is the best photographer around and well worth the investment if you want exceptional wedding photos. Thanks for everything, Dave!

Reviewed on 11/14/2016 Jackie F

Dave was such a pleasure to work with! We had great communication throughout the whole planning process and was quick to respond to any questions I had for him. He works with you to make sure he meets all your photo expectations. The day of my wedding he made things super... Read More comfortable. The final product.... WOW!!! Every picture was so great and he didn't leave out a single detail! So many people have complemented the photos and have even said they were some of the best wedding pictures they had ever seen!!! I will recommend him over and over again!!

Reviewed on 10/22/2016 Katie M

Dave is awesome! I would recommend him to anyone who needs a photographer. From our first meeting we immediately liked him, he is such an easy person to get along with. Dave is prompt with emails and always willing to help. Like many brides I had no clue what I was doing with... Read More all the planning especially when it came to the day of schedule. Dave helped me along with that and answered all other questions I had. We got a portion of our photos taken prior to the ceremony at a different location from our venue. Dave went on to the website for this location prior to our day and then was there early to scope out the land. He started taking pictures of the groom and groommans as soon as they got there. Once my girls and I arrived they were ready for us and knew the exact spots we would be going to take pictures. This was great, I never felt rushed at all that day and we ended up slightly ahead of schedule! It rained the whole day, but that didn't stop us from getting some amazing photos, Dave stood out in that rain shooting away like it was a sunny day. I asked Dave to give me one "wow" shot and he certainly gave us that! Everyone who saw this photo has raved about it and we already know we will be getting a print of it. I really can't say enough good things about Dave. To me the photographer was most important, those pictures last forever. His talent comes through and the pricing is really reasonable.

Reviewed on 10/09/2016 Megumi W

Dave did a beautiful job at our wedding. I called him the "wedding ninja" because he seemed to be everywhere yet I never noticed his presence. I have not received our wedding shots, but the preview shots were amazing and just absolutely what I wanted. Our engagement photos... Read More turned out wonderful as well and were used for our save the dates. I really loved that he gave me rights to the prints at a reasonable price.

Reviewed on 9/07/2016 Veronika K

David McShea is awesome! We took engagement pictures in Center City Philadelphia and he did a really great job in capturing our special moments. David is also very fun to work with and is the best of the best. He gets my highest recommendation any day!

Reviewed on 9/07/2016 Joe F

Wow! My fiance and I could not be happier with David's services! We actually found him on The Knot and did not know what to expect. Every single step of the engagement photo process was smooth and accommodating. My fiance wanted certain outfit changes: David made logistical... Read More changes to accommodate it. My fiance wanted particular shooting locations matched with certain outfits: David accommodated it. He's professional, amicable and just an easy guy to work with. Best of all, we were blown away by the work product. After posting some of our photos on Facebook, old friends from yesteryear came out of the woodwork comment on how great they were. The common refrain was "magazine worthy." We are just so happy with David's work and would absolutely recommend him to anybody!

Reviewed on 8/28/2016 Mary Bridget B

Are you looking for a photographer that is reasonably priced, kind, patient, energetic, and an excellent communicator? That's Dave! Are you looking for beautiful photos with creative and unique angles and perspective? That's Dave! Are you hoping for memorable candids, a... Read More package deal, and a flexible personality? That's Dave! Hire McShea Photography-- he's quite literally a one man show, a photographer ninja if you will, and a gentleman who will guide you through your day! We will be working with Dave And McShea Photography for years to come. :)

Reviewed on 8/11/2016 Corinne D

We are so thrilled with Dave's work as our wedding photographer for our 8/6/16 wedding! He is organized, hard-working, and very professional. He is also very personable and we felt comfortable working with him from the very first meeting. He was very responsive to any... Read More questions we had leading up to the wedding. Despite the heat & humidity on the big day, Dave was more than happy to run around the city with us to make sure we captured the shots we wanted. We've had a few sneak peeks of photos so far and we absolutely love them! We're so glad we chose McShea Photography for our wedding, and we 100% recommend Dave to any future brides!

Reviewed on 6/23/2016 Julia P

Dave McShea was the perfect choice for our wedding photographer! He is such a professional on the big day. He will get beautiful photos with your bridal party (we did them all before the ceremony which was great), he will wrangle your families to get the formal photos you... Read More couldn't take before the ceremony, and he will make sure the photo schedule only eats up 20 minutes of your cocktail hour so that you can go and enjoy the party you worked so hard to plan! Best of all, he'll accomplish all of this while being totally calm and zen and very nice. I highly recommend him to any bride and groom who want someone who's low key and easy to work with. Added bonus, he traveled up to New York to do our engagement shoot!


Meet The Owner

David McShea

A chemical engineer by trade, photography has always been a love of mine ever since I was a teenager. After 10 years of working in the chemical industry, I felt that the decision to go into photography shifted me in the right direction. I reached a point in my life where I realized it was important to follow my passion instead of the money. I think it’s not right having to pay $4,000+ for a wedding photographer just to get some decent pictures of your wedding. When I see other photographers label their pricing as "investment" it makes me laugh.