The other side of the lens | South West photographer profile

Shannon Stent is a professional wedding photographer based in the Margaret River region, with a unique talent for capturing both the emotion behind some of the most important days in people’s lives, as well as the ever-changing mood of South West WA. 

A dramatic and wistful capture by Stent, featuring the region’s iconic rock formations, is the Augusta Margaret River Mail Facebook feature banner and we sat down with him to talk photography, life and taking inspiration from Mother Nature.

Tell us a little about your work and how you came to establish yourself as a photographer down south?

My passion for wedding photography and film-making started in the ocean — I have always been fascinated with the sea, and it was my inspiration to first pick up a camera and start taking pictures and making movies.

Over ten years later, I still get the same buzz and satisfaction in capturing Mother Nature in all her glory — one fraction of a second at a time.

How do you balance your landscape and aerial photography opportunities – of which there are many in the South West – with your wedding photography?

When my two daughters came into this world, I naturally began to develop an interest in photographing people.

I tend to take a natural, organic approach to my photography, with heavy focus on the mood and feeling of the moment.

I also love the new opportunities with aerial photography and the South West provides countless spectacular photo locations.

I always try to integrate the natural environment into my wedding photography, and the South-West has unlimited locations and opportunities. 

From the sun-drenched countryside to the beautiful coast near Yallingup and Margaret River, embracing the natural beauty of this wonderful state helps set the mood and provides a wonderful backdrop.

Check out more of Shannon’s work here: