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.
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern, Vintage
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Same-Day Edits, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video
Dave McShea was the best!Reviewed on 7/16/2014 Katie P
Dave is an absolutely amazing photographer and captured our wedding day so beautifully. From the moment we first met with Dave, we knew he would be right for us because he was easy going, professional, and had great attention to detail. On the wedding day, he was a pleasure to work with, and had a way of making us all feel relaxed and comfortable instead of stiff and posed. We couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out. He really captured true emotion and through the photos, we can relive everything about the wedding day. I would not hesitate to recommend Dave to anyone looking for an amazing, down to earth, and incredibly talented photographer. Thank you Dave!
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 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. :)
Genuine, Professional, AMAZING!Reviewed on 5/31/2014 Robyn L
David McShea made my fiance and I feel like we had known him our entire lives from the first moment we met! He was easy to meet with, asked us all of the right questions and made us feel like it was our wedding and party, not his day to photograph us, as we had felt with meeting other photographers. It's very easy when meeting wedding vendors to feel like your in a car dealership and that not purchasing right away, will somehow break the deal! Dave didn't make us feel that way at all! His genuine interest in our lives, not just our wedding day, but getting to know us, so that our day went perfectly, would have been priceless in and of itself. Then genuine nature he has made our photographs come our beautiful and natural, rather than posed and stuffy. We couldn't be happier with McShea Photography and I have several friends getting married who I have already passed his number along to! Thanks Dave! You're GREAT!!!
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 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!!!
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 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!
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 candids of me and my husband, our families, and our guests. Seriously, call off the search and hire Dave. You will not regret it!
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 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!
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 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!
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 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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 !!!
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 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!
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 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
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!!!!
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 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!
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 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!!
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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 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!
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 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!
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 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!
Dave is fantastic! From our first appointment to receiving our pictures he has been responsive, helpful and easy to work with. About a week before our wedding we talked through our ideas for first look and wedding party pictures around Headhouse Square in Philly. Dave captured our vision perfectly and took the most stunning photos we've ever seen - we continue to get so many compliments. Thank you Dave - we love our photos!!!
Meet The Owner
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.