He was the son of Sir Cyril Holland Shakerley, 5th Baronet and Elizabeth Averil Eardley-Wilmot, and educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Oxford. After an initial period of study for the Bar exams, he decided that his interest in photography would make a more fulfilling career.
He 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.
On 27 July 1972, Shakerley married Lady Elizabeth Anson, daughter of Thomas, Viscount Anson, and Princess Anne of Denmark, and sister of society fashion photographer Patrick Lichfield in Westminster Abbey. The Princess Anne was one of the bridesmaids. Lady Elizabeth Anson 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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