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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

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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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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:
1+ year 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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Sophia
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis was an absolutely wonderful photographer! I originally met him through a friend's wedding, and was so impressed with his work that, as soon as I was engaged, I called to ask about his services. Dennis not only managed to work within our budget, but he also agreed to leave the Baltimore area and travel to our wedding venue in Charlottesville. His photos are gorgeous and perfectly capture the event, and he provided them to us very promptly after the wedding, even though it was mid-holidays! I can't recommend Dennis highly enough--he was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day.
Dennis was an absolutely wonderful photographer! I originally met him through a friend's wedding, and was so impressed Read more...
Dennis was an absolutely wonderful photographer! I originally met him through a friend's wedding, and was so impressed with his work that, as soon as I was engaged, I called to ask about his services. Dennis not only managed to work within our budget, but he also agreed to leave the Baltimore area and travel to our wedding venue in Charlottesville. His photos are gorgeous and perfectly capture the event, and he provided them to us very promptly after the wedding, even though it was mid-holidays! I can't recommend Dennis highly enough--he was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day. Read less
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Celeste
Wedding:
11/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis was nothing but amazing! We got married in Key West and had an original date in September when we had a tragic family loss 4 days before we were to get married. He was totally cool about the craziness that followed. Cancel reschedule and the emails back and forth. He was so gracious and soooo understanding. When we finally ended up getting married 2 months later, Dennis was there. The photos are beautiful! He was so great, like I knew him forever. If you're debating between two, Choose Dennis!!!!
Dennis was nothing but amazing! We got married in Key West and had an original date in September when we had a tragic Read more...
Dennis was nothing but amazing! We got married in Key West and had an original date in September when we had a tragic family loss 4 days before we were to get married. He was totally cool about the craziness that followed. Cancel reschedule and the emails back and forth. He was so gracious and soooo understanding. When we finally ended up getting married 2 months later, Dennis was there. The photos are beautiful! He was so great, like I knew him forever. If you're debating between two, Choose Dennis!!!! Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis did a wonderful job capturing the day of our wedding. I cannot tell you how many times I look through the album he loaded to his facebook page so we can share a snapshot of the photos with our friends. Everytime i look at the photos I smile as I am able to relive my wedding day. He does a great job of capturing the emotion and excitement of the day from your perspective and your guests perspective. Everyone who looks at the photos tells us what a wonderful job he did and they are only seeing a small selection of the photos we actually received. Dennis was very quick with getting us our proofs and the disc with the photos. When we got back from our honeymoon, which was two weeks, the photos were waiting for us. It was the perfect way to end our honeymoon.
Dennis did a wonderful job capturing the day of our wedding. I cannot tell you how many times I look through the album he Read more...
Dennis did a wonderful job capturing the day of our wedding. I cannot tell you how many times I look through the album he loaded to his facebook page so we can share a snapshot of the photos with our friends. Everytime i look at the photos I smile as I am able to relive my wedding day. He does a great job of capturing the emotion and excitement of the day from your perspective and your guests perspective. Everyone who looks at the photos tells us what a wonderful job he did and they are only seeing a small selection of the photos we actually received. Dennis was very quick with getting us our proofs and the disc with the photos. When we got back from our honeymoon, which was two weeks, the photos were waiting for us. It was the perfect way to end our honeymoon. Read less
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Mario
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis is a great photographer to work with, is very professional, laid-back, and flexible, and his photographs are beautiful.
Dennis arrived about an hour before our ceremony and captured some great photos of both of us getting ready for the wedding. The photos from the wedding ceremony itself were beautiful. He conducted the formal portraits with ease and encouraged everybody to relax, which resulted in some great photos. The photos of the two of us were similarly very well done. He captured many wonderful photos at the reception as well.
In general, his style is photo-journalistic, which suited our tastes very well. At the reception he got lots of candid shots of our guests enjoying themselves, as couples, as groups on the dance floor, and even some great pictures of the kids and babies that attended the reception.
After our wedding, he completed his editing very quickly and had our photos on their way to us in about a week. All-in-all, I was very pleased and would highly recommend Dennis.
Dennis is a great photographer to work with, is very professional, laid-back, and flexible, and his photographs are Read more...
Dennis is a great photographer to work with, is very professional, laid-back, and flexible, and his photographs are beautiful.
Dennis arrived about an hour before our ceremony and captured some great photos of both of us getting ready for the wedding. The photos from the wedding ceremony itself were beautiful. He conducted the formal portraits with ease and encouraged everybody to relax, which resulted in some great photos. The photos of the two of us were similarly very well done. He captured many wonderful photos at the reception as well.
In general, his style is photo-journalistic, which suited our tastes very well. At the reception he got lots of candid shots of our guests enjoying themselves, as couples, as groups on the dance floor, and even some great pictures of the kids and babies that attended the reception.
After our wedding, he completed his editing very quickly and had our photos on their way to us in about a week. All-in-all, I was very pleased and would highly recommend Dennis. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis was one of the first vendors we hired and we made sure to be in touch with him as soon as we knew our wedding date. Dennis had photographed at both my brother's and sister's weddings and my husband and I loved his photojournalist style and laid back demeanor. Dennis was very responsive when I first got in touch and always answered my emails very promptly despite being in Vietnam with a somewhat spotty internet connection! Dennis also has very reasonable prices for the services that he provides.

Leading up to the wedding Dennis was very easy to get in touch with. He was very flexible with working around our schedule and he provided a great suggestion about where to take the bridal party photographs before the wedding. Dennis came into DC to meet at our venue the week before the wedding so that we could get to know each other a bit and we could show him the venue and the way the wedding and reception would flow.

On the day of the wedding, Dennis and his wife/assistant Karen were great to work with. They were punctual, laid back and very easy to get along with. Dennis was very unobtrusive and I really did not notice him taking pictures most of the time!

Now onto the photos themselves...they are fabulous! We really could not be happier with how they turned out. Dennis took literally hundreds of pictures that we love. He really listened to what we wanted in the photos and we got a great mix of portraits and how the event looked, and then lots of fantastic candid shots. I love all the emotions in them and I know these will be pictures we will cherish for years to come. Thank you, Dennis!
Dennis was one of the first vendors we hired and we made sure to be in touch with him as soon as we knew our wedding date. Read more...
Dennis was one of the first vendors we hired and we made sure to be in touch with him as soon as we knew our wedding date. Dennis had photographed at both my brother's and sister's weddings and my husband and I loved his photojournalist style and laid back demeanor. Dennis was very responsive when I first got in touch and always answered my emails very promptly despite being in Vietnam with a somewhat spotty internet connection! Dennis also has very reasonable prices for the services that he provides.

Leading up to the wedding Dennis was very easy to get in touch with. He was very flexible with working around our schedule and he provided a great suggestion about where to take the bridal party photographs before the wedding. Dennis came into DC to meet at our venue the week before the wedding so that we could get to know each other a bit and we could show him the venue and the way the wedding and reception would flow.

On the day of the wedding, Dennis and his wife/assistant Karen were great to work with. They were punctual, laid back and very easy to get along with. Dennis was very unobtrusive and I really did not notice him taking pictures most of the time!

Now onto the photos themselves...they are fabulous! We really could not be happier with how they turned out. Dennis took literally hundreds of pictures that we love. He really listened to what we wanted in the photos and we got a great mix of portraits and how the event looked, and then lots of fantastic candid shots. I love all the emotions in them and I know these will be pictures we will cherish for years to come. Thank you, Dennis! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
4/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis did our engagement photos and wedding photos. He is a super photographer and also a fun person to work with. Professional, always on-time, easy-going, and creates beautiful photographs.
Dennis did our engagement photos and wedding photos. He is a super photographer and also a fun person to work with. Read more...
Dennis did our engagement photos and wedding photos. He is a super photographer and also a fun person to work with. Professional, always on-time, easy-going, and creates beautiful photographs. Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing experience with Dennis Drenner Photography! Dennis has photographed 3 weddings in our family so far and each one was perfect! (I hope he is still working when our daughter gets married!)

Dennis really listens to what you want and takes time to get to know you in order to capture your wedding the way you want it recorded.

He caught the feel of our fabulous event. When I saw the preview pictures, the first thing I noticed was how much fun everyone was having. As the bride and groom, you can't possibly enjoy every happy moment as it's happening...Dennis gave us the opportunity to enjoy everyone's joy!

Dennis was easy to work with, responded to questions quickly, and provided us with excellent, efficient service.

We highly recommend Dennis Drenner Photography for any important event you want to capture!
We had an amazing experience with Dennis Drenner Photography! Dennis has photographed 3 weddings in our family so far and Read more...
We had an amazing experience with Dennis Drenner Photography! Dennis has photographed 3 weddings in our family so far and each one was perfect! (I hope he is still working when our daughter gets married!)

Dennis really listens to what you want and takes time to get to know you in order to capture your wedding the way you want it recorded.

He caught the feel of our fabulous event. When I saw the preview pictures, the first thing I noticed was how much fun everyone was having. As the bride and groom, you can't possibly enjoy every happy moment as it's happening...Dennis gave us the opportunity to enjoy everyone's joy!

Dennis was easy to work with, responded to questions quickly, and provided us with excellent, efficient service.

We highly recommend Dennis Drenner Photography for any important event you want to capture! Read less
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