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Shawn McGinniss attended the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in psychology and Certificate in photography in 2007.

At Pace, Shawn learned to shoot classic black and white film (silver halide processing and printing) as well as digital imaging and retouching techniques. He worked as a teaching assistant for photography courses and as a darkroom technician, helping numerous photography students improve their printing technique.

Shawn's photography has been featured in several juried student exhibitions and student-centered publications. He has also shot covers for Pace University Performing Arts Department playbills, including Marat/Sade and The Diary of Anne Frank. During his senior year, Shawn served as the Photo Editor and Senior Photographer for LEGEND Yearbook, where he first began shooting events.

With the launch of Shawn Mac Photography in 2006, Shawn shoots freelance weddings and events in the greater New York City metropolitan area, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island. He occasionally shooting commercial and portrait assignments as well.

Aside from photography, Shawn's professional interests lie in instructional design and technology, photo retouching, web design, visualizing data, and exploring new advances in technology and computing. He is also learning poi, a fire-spinning performance art which originated with the Māori people of New Zealand.