Shawn Mertz began photographing as a hobby at the age of 11. After high school he attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and received a degree in Photography / Multi Media. Much of his 30 years experience photographing was for a chain of newspapers. Shawn won a Keystone Press Award, and an award from the News Photographers of Greater Pittsburgh. In 1998 he entered into business. photographing for businesses, sports, weddings, and other private events.