About 5 years ago Shannon Mackie (who was still a teenager at the time) got himself a new neighbour. Japanese photographer Kuni Takanami moved in next door, and it wasn’t long before the two struck up a friendship. For the young Shannon, it would be an alliance that would be pivotal in his future choices and his career.
‘Kuni gave me my first camera, and showed me how to use it,’ says Shannon. ‘From the outset I was hooked, and I’ve been doing it ever since.’
Shannon quickly forged himself some key contacts, and took up video as a natural extension of photography. He started by taking video of friends like Adam Melling and James Woods surfing, and toured with Melling as official videographer.
His profile has continued to build with several photos featured in the surf mag STAB, and he has rounded off his education with a formal Diploma of Screen and Media from SAE.
These days he offers a wedding video service, but is also dabbling in TV, having been part of the shooting of a TV pilot in Tasmania last year.
From the time Shannon videographed his first wedding for Adam and Jaymin Melling, word spread fast and he was in high demand for his artistic skills. Shannon says he ‘focuses on capturing all the emotions and memories of a bride and groom’s special day so they can relive it for the rest of their lives.’
All in all it’s looking very promising for the young photographer and video wizz.