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Dennis Drenner Photographs

Baltimore , MD
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3646 Elm Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211 US (map)

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301-437-6972

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ABOUT US

In college at the University of Maryland, Dennis Drenner was studying to be a biologist when he began taking pictures for the student newspaper and fell in love with photography.... Read more
In college at the University of Maryland, Dennis Drenner was studying to be a biologist when he began taking pictures for the student newspaper and fell in love with photography. Fascinated as he was by the workings of the natural world, Dennis found the observation of our own peculiar species even more compelling. By graduation, he had decided to trade in his microscope for a camera lens.

Seventeen years later, Dennis has now photographed extensively around the United States and all over the world, always with the scientist's habit of looking for the basic truths under the surface of things, the common human stories that lie beneath our external differences.

Dennis' work has won awards in the national Pictures of the Year competition, three Maryland State Arts Council Grants, an Arthur Burns Fellowship to work at the German magazine Stern , and a Fulbright Fellowship to photograph in Pakistan. His clients include such publications as the Washington Post, New York Times, US News and World Report, The Sunday Times (London), and Der Spiegel (Germany).

Over the past five years Dennis has developed a passion for Latin America, has traveled extensively in the region and speaks fluent Spanish.

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Early on in my career, two of my newspaper colleagues asked me to photograph their weddings one summer. Imagining myself a rugged, world-traveling photo-stud, I was of course appalled. “I don’t do weddings! I don’t shoot those cheesy, staged photos! I’m not going to spend hours arranging bridesmaids!” They calmly told me that they didn’t want me to do that either. “Just take your own pictures. We like your pictures.” they said. And I was flattered, and I relented, and the rest is history.

What I quickly learned is that weddings have everything photojournalists love to shoot - emotion, pageantry, drama - all wrapped up in a neat eight-hour package with an open bar. I also learned that there are hordes of people in the world who also want my sort of pictures, candid photographs that reflect their own particular personalities and relationships rather than Martha Stewart’s idea of how things should be.

The other thing we photojournalists love is to make a difference with our photographs, to illuminate, to educate, to make people see through our eyes. And while my wedding photos are seen by far fewer people than my work published in the Washington Post for example, the effects are far deeper and longer lasting. And so is my satisfaction when a bride tells me my photos made her hands shake with emotion, or a groom says that I took the best picture of his grandfather he has ever seen, or when I run into a couple five years after the wedding and learn that photos I have nearly forgotten remain fresh and powerful in their minds and in their lives. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Slideshow/Montage, Toning, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints, Proofs

REVIEWS

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Chelsea
Wedding:
4/22/2017
5.0/5.0
Dennis took absolutely amazing photographs for our wedding at Celebrations on the Bay on 9/23/16. Having good pics of the wedding day was my #1 priority and Dennis delivered and then some. I could not have been happier and will truly cherish his photos for the rest of my life!! Visit the link below for proof of the wonderful work he did at my wedding: https://www.facebook.com/DennisDrennerPhotographs/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1270617362978211
Dennis took absolutely amazing photographs for our wedding at Celebrations on the Bay on 9/23/16. Having good pics of the Read more...
Dennis took absolutely amazing photographs for our wedding at Celebrations on the Bay on 9/23/16. Having good pics of the wedding day was my #1 priority and Dennis delivered and then some. I could not have been happier and will truly cherish his photos for the rest of my life!! Visit the link below for proof of the wonderful work he did at my wedding: https://www.facebook.com/DennisDrennerPhotographs/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1270617362978211 Read less
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Kelli
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Dennis' work really speaks for itself and his personality and talent come through on his blog that's actually interesting to read even if you're not shopping for a wedding photographer. After looking at dozens of photographer's websites that all started to look the same we put them up on our flat screen tv in full screen view to look at the photos and it was Dennis' photos that just vibrated with life, like, how am I crying about this strangers wedding! Take a look and you will see how he can capture the emotion and life. My wedding photos look natural and beautiful, they're some of the best photos I've seen of many people in my family. Looking at the moments he captured will bring me so much joy for the rest of my life. He's also a seasoned photographer that's been all over the world working for major news organizations and commissioned projects so really your wedding is small potatoes for him, but he would never act like it because he has more humility in his pinky finger than most people do in their entire being. Dennis graciously gave us advise on many things from the traffic patterns in Baltimore to vendor recommendations. If I was to do it all over I would have booked Dennis first and then asked for his top five wedding venues to find a location for my ceremony and reception (blog post idea Dennis!). I would also recommend not giving Dennis a shot list. Stay away from the lists on pinterest or wedding websites of the 65 photos you must get, he's done tons of weddings, he knows to get photos of the flower arrangements and he should be given the maximum amount of creative license to do what he does, which is capture your wedding in the most luscious higher than life way. Book Dennis now, like five minutes ago, seriously why are you still reading this review go call him!!! :)
Dennis' work really speaks for itself and his personality and talent come through on his blog that's actually interesting Read more...
Dennis' work really speaks for itself and his personality and talent come through on his blog that's actually interesting to read even if you're not shopping for a wedding photographer. After looking at dozens of photographer's websites that all started to look the same we put them up on our flat screen tv in full screen view to look at the photos and it was Dennis' photos that just vibrated with life, like, how am I crying about this strangers wedding! Take a look and you will see how he can capture the emotion and life. My wedding photos look natural and beautiful, they're some of the best photos I've seen of many people in my family. Looking at the moments he captured will bring me so much joy for the rest of my life. He's also a seasoned photographer that's been all over the world working for major news organizations and commissioned projects so really your wedding is small potatoes for him, but he would never act like it because he has more humility in his pinky finger than most people do in their entire being. Dennis graciously gave us advise on many things from the traffic patterns in Baltimore to vendor recommendations. If I was to do it all over I would have booked Dennis first and then asked for his top five wedding venues to find a location for my ceremony and reception (blog post idea Dennis!). I would also recommend not giving Dennis a shot list. Stay away from the lists on pinterest or wedding websites of the 65 photos you must get, he's done tons of weddings, he knows to get photos of the flower arrangements and he should be given the maximum amount of creative license to do what he does, which is capture your wedding in the most luscious higher than life way. Book Dennis now, like five minutes ago, seriously why are you still reading this review go call him!!! :) Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Dennis and Karen were both absolutely fantastic to work with, and we couldn't be happier with the results. We were immediately drawn to Dennis' work, to his photo-journalistic style, to his gorgeous portraits, and--most important to us--the candid shots that really captured the spirit and unique energy of each event. His photos looked like something you'd see in a magazine accompanying a feature, and not at all like typical event photos. We didn't need to browse through his portfolio for long before we knew that we wanted to work with him on our wedding.

Logistically, working with Dennis couldn't have been easier. He spent time talking to us about our ideas and our vision, and communication was great throughout the whole process. On the day of the wedding, he and Karen were both extremely nimble, always there to capture a moment without ever being obtrusive. And once everything was wrapped up, he was very quick to deliver all of the files. We're thrilled with the results, and working with Dennis couldn't have been any easier.
Dennis and Karen were both absolutely fantastic to work with, and we couldn't be happier with the results. We were Read more...
Dennis and Karen were both absolutely fantastic to work with, and we couldn't be happier with the results. We were immediately drawn to Dennis' work, to his photo-journalistic style, to his gorgeous portraits, and--most important to us--the candid shots that really captured the spirit and unique energy of each event. His photos looked like something you'd see in a magazine accompanying a feature, and not at all like typical event photos. We didn't need to browse through his portfolio for long before we knew that we wanted to work with him on our wedding.

Logistically, working with Dennis couldn't have been easier. He spent time talking to us about our ideas and our vision, and communication was great throughout the whole process. On the day of the wedding, he and Karen were both extremely nimble, always there to capture a moment without ever being obtrusive. And once everything was wrapped up, he was very quick to deliver all of the files. We're thrilled with the results, and working with Dennis couldn't have been any easier. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
Dennis and his wife were lovely. They took beautiful photos of everyone at my wedding and got some really lovely shots of my husband and I on our special day. My only regret was not being more specific about the photos I would have liked taken. While all of the shots were beautiful, we got a LOT of individual candid head shots of our wedding guests. I would have preferred to have had more candid group and family shots. I know if I would have been more clear with Dennis, he would have made sure to have gotten these shots.
Dennis and his wife were lovely. They took beautiful photos of everyone at my wedding and got some really lovely shots of Read more...
Dennis and his wife were lovely. They took beautiful photos of everyone at my wedding and got some really lovely shots of my husband and I on our special day. My only regret was not being more specific about the photos I would have liked taken. While all of the shots were beautiful, we got a LOT of individual candid head shots of our wedding guests. I would have preferred to have had more candid group and family shots. I know if I would have been more clear with Dennis, he would have made sure to have gotten these shots. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Dennis and Karen!
We loved working with Dennis and Karen!
We loved working with Dennis and Karen! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Dennis and Karen Drenner photographed our wedding and reception at Cylburn Arboretum in May 2015. They are remarkably talented and incredibly easy to work with: zero stress. And we are thrilled with the amazing photos they took of our big day. What’s really amazing is how Dennis and Karen managed to capture so many funny and special moments without anyone really noticing. It’s like they were everywhere but nowhere at the same time. This was perfect. Our wedding was truly a DIY affair and we had many crazy surprises for our guests, during the ceremony, dinner, dessert and the reception. We were beyond thrilled that Dennis and Karen managed to capture everything that we'd worked so hard to pull off -- plus our guests' priceless reactions. We also loved that Dennis already knew of so many beautiful spots to take more formal photos at Cylburn so not a second was wasted scouting out locations. The wedding party and extended family portraits were just beautiful. Dennis directed all 50 (!) of us to the perfect spot, shot the photos very quickly and kept everyone in good spirits, capturing just how relaxed and happy we all were. We are grateful to have such lovely photos and very highly recommend the Drenners to anyone looking to preserve the fun, the emotions, and the people at their wedding or other special event.
Dennis and Karen Drenner photographed our wedding and reception at Cylburn Arboretum in May 2015. They are remarkably Read more...
Dennis and Karen Drenner photographed our wedding and reception at Cylburn Arboretum in May 2015. They are remarkably talented and incredibly easy to work with: zero stress. And we are thrilled with the amazing photos they took of our big day. What’s really amazing is how Dennis and Karen managed to capture so many funny and special moments without anyone really noticing. It’s like they were everywhere but nowhere at the same time. This was perfect. Our wedding was truly a DIY affair and we had many crazy surprises for our guests, during the ceremony, dinner, dessert and the reception. We were beyond thrilled that Dennis and Karen managed to capture everything that we'd worked so hard to pull off -- plus our guests' priceless reactions. We also loved that Dennis already knew of so many beautiful spots to take more formal photos at Cylburn so not a second was wasted scouting out locations. The wedding party and extended family portraits were just beautiful. Dennis directed all 50 (!) of us to the perfect spot, shot the photos very quickly and kept everyone in good spirits, capturing just how relaxed and happy we all were. We are grateful to have such lovely photos and very highly recommend the Drenners to anyone looking to preserve the fun, the emotions, and the people at their wedding or other special event. Read less
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Milagros
Wedding:
5/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Dennis and his wife(assistant) during the wedding were great; they blended with the ceremony/reception and are very professional, punctual and pleasant. I cannot wait to see the beautiful candid shots of my wedding; I know they will be just great. Thanks Dennis.
Dennis and his wife(assistant) during the wedding were great; they blended with the ceremony/reception and are very Read more...
Dennis and his wife(assistant) during the wedding were great; they blended with the ceremony/reception and are very professional, punctual and pleasant. I cannot wait to see the beautiful candid shots of my wedding; I know they will be just great. Thanks Dennis. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/25/2015
4.5/5.0
Dennis did a fabulous job with the photography for my daughter's Big Fat Greek Wedding.. Dennis works in a photo journalistic manner and really was able to capture all of the emotions of the day.
Dennis did a fabulous job with the photography for my daughter's Big Fat Greek Wedding.. Dennis works in a photo Read more...
Dennis did a fabulous job with the photography for my daughter's Big Fat Greek Wedding.. Dennis works in a photo journalistic manner and really was able to capture all of the emotions of the day. Read less
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Misty
Wedding:
10/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Dennis was amazing. We had a surprise wedding, at a restaurant with 100 of our closest friends and family, Dennis was one of ten people that knew what was going to be happening that evening. We did not want the traditional staged pictures, we chose him for his journalist style and ability to capture raw emotion. Our pictures were amazing and perfectly captured the night, the feelings and just overall presence of the night. We couldn't have asked for anything more from him.
Dennis was amazing. We had a surprise wedding, at a restaurant with 100 of our closest friends and family, Dennis was one Read more...
Dennis was amazing. We had a surprise wedding, at a restaurant with 100 of our closest friends and family, Dennis was one of ten people that knew what was going to be happening that evening. We did not want the traditional staged pictures, we chose him for his journalist style and ability to capture raw emotion. Our pictures were amazing and perfectly captured the night, the feelings and just overall presence of the night. We couldn't have asked for anything more from him. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Dennis could not have captured our wedding any better! We are thrilled with the pictures and the emotions he was able to convey through them. His photo-journalistic style captured moments that I wasn't even aware he was photographing. He was unobtrusive but still managed to be in the perfect place at the perfect time. Above all else, his photos truly allow us to re-live such a special day, as they reflect and evoke the joy and celebration shared by everyone.
Dennis could not have captured our wedding any better! We are thrilled with the pictures and the emotions he was able to Read more...
Dennis could not have captured our wedding any better! We are thrilled with the pictures and the emotions he was able to convey through them. His photo-journalistic style captured moments that I wasn't even aware he was photographing. He was unobtrusive but still managed to be in the perfect place at the perfect time. Above all else, his photos truly allow us to re-live such a special day, as they reflect and evoke the joy and celebration shared by everyone. Read less
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