Stereotypical in appearance Scottish Highlander with a sense of humor as big as he is. If it has to do with cameras, he's all over it.
1. The Camera his father gave him.
2. Family heirloom sterling silver necklace of the MacGregor Clan brooch
3. The only existing photo of his mother.
4. You never put your hands on a lady. (God help you if it’s his little sister)
Sean grew up near Loch Ness in Scotland. He spent the majority of his youth following documentary makers around the Loch. Starting with selling them lunches, and then later, acting as a guide. This is where he found his early fascination with cameras. When he wasn’t doing this he was helping his father in his occupation as a Scottish gamekeeper (Ghillie).
His father mostly took the boy along with him as it was the easiest way to keep an eye on the boy after Sean’s mother died in a house fire. Sean was quite young when this occurred and really doesn’t remember much about it.
As the years went on Sean’s father bought him his first real camera, an old 35mm film (not digital) Nikon. Sean took it with him everywhere he went. His father told him that Sean would have to pay for the developing costs himself. The boy soon learned to stop “snapping photos” left and right, as this soon became quite expensive. He became very deliberate with his photos in checking the lighting, angles, time of day, camera settings, almost religious use of a tripod, etc. Most of the film crews coming to the Loch were impressed with the boys dedication and professionalism for one so young. Sean would spend hours with them, picking their brains on anything to do with photography.
Word soon came to be that if you were filming or shooting around or near the Loch, Sean was the person to seek out to take you to the best locations. The extra income from this along with whatever job he had at the time went into photography.
Once Sean graduated from school he joined the British Army. Signing up for a stint in the infantry he wound up in “The Black Watch”, a very historied division of the Scottish Highland Infantry. The unit’s Chaplain soon learned of Sean’s skills with a camera and commandeered him to act as his driver.
After he served his time in the Army,he earned degrees in photography and in journalism. He has spent the last few years earning his living selling his photos, primarily, to various magazines and news sources. He has also worked on several documentaries as a cameraman.
He has moved over to the digital format used in photography now, but still takes the old Nikon his father gave him so many years ago with on every venture. The first shot on Amy job is always taken with this camera and he sends the photo to his father.
Sean’s father did remarry when Sean was in his teens. His new wife brought along a stepsister for Sean. She is now a very angsty teenager and looks upon Sean as a hero figure. ( though she would never admit it). Sean thinks she’s a spoiled brat but is extremely protective of her.