I attended the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University, where I earned a BA (cum laude) in psychology and Certificate in photography in 2007. I later went on to earn a MS Ed. in Learning Design & Technology from Purdue in 2013.
I learned to shoot classic black and white film in high school, then continued learning analog and digital photography while studying at Pace. There, I worked as a teaching assistant and darkroom technician, where I helped other students improve their shooting and printing technique.
My images have been featured in several juried student exhibitions and local publications. I have also shot covers for college and community theater playbills, including Marat/Sade and The Diary of Anne Frank. During my senior year, I served as the Photo Editor and Senior Photographer for LEGEND Yearbook, where I got my first taste for shooting events and later editing the resulting images into visual narratives.
With the launch of Shawn Mac Photography in 2006-07, I started shooting freelance weddings and events in the greater New York City metropolitan area, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island. I occasionally shoot commercial and portrait assignments as well.
Aside from photography, my professional interests lie in instructional design and technology, e-learning, multimedia production, and exploring new advances in technology and computing. I am also a fire arts performer, where I practice poi and fire breathing.