Elder son and heir of Sir Cyril Holland Shakerley, 5th Baronet, by Elizabeth Averil, née Eardley-Wilmot, he was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Oxford. After an initial period of study for the Bar exams, having previously served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the KRRC, he decided that his interest in photography would make a more fulfilling career.
Sir Geoffrey photographed the wedding of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones; it was later admitted that Prince William's face was digitally enhanced by taking a happier smile from another photograph and placing it on some of the released shots to the press. Shakerley also admitted having used telephone directories, in time-honoured tradition, to adjust the height of some wedding guests in his shots.
He married his first wife, the actress Virginia Maskell in 1962; the couple had two children, born in 1963 and 1966. On 27 July 1972, Shakerley married Lady Elizabeth Anson, daughter of Thomas, Viscount Anson, and Anne Bowes-Lyon—cousin of Queen Elizabeth II—who later became Princess Anne of Denmark,  in Westminster Abbey. Her brother was society fashion photographer Patrick Lichfield. The Princess Anne was one of the bridesmaids. Lady Elizabeth was one of the bridesmaids to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
- "Geoffrey SHAKERLEY Obituary: View Geoffrey SHAKERLEY's Obituary by The Times". Announcements.thetimes.co.uk. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
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