Born and raised in Orange County, CA, Shawn grew up immersed in the board sports lifestyle...surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. After graduating college with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design, knee injuries forced him to put the board sports on hold, which is what prompted him to pick up a camera. His love and passion for photography grew while working as a Graphic Designer in the surf industry, and finally decided to make the jump to full time photography in 2009. Since then, his work has been featured in editorial publications like Surfing Magazine, Surfer Magazine, The Surfer's Journal, Surfline, ESPN, Slide Magazine, On the Board Magazine, Nalu Magazine, and more. He was also recently awarded the 2012 Follow the Light Award by Surfing Magazine. With a background in Graphic Design, Shawn has a unique eye for composition and color, and is always striving to push his creativity.