Born and raised in Western Canada, Mackenzie knew she wanted to be a photographer after she first stepped into the darkroom at age 12. Her teenage fascination with photography led her to study Multi-Media at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. After teaching photography for a few years, she continued her studies, completing her MFA at Concordia University in Montreal.
Mackenzie loves portraiture in its many different forms: playful and energetic to intimate and introspective, and she is equally at home in the studio or on location. Whether photographing an actor, author, politician or someone with a story to tell, she aims to create an atmosphere where subjects feel at ease and authentic images can be made. She credits her ability to disarm people with humor from her extensive exposure to Monty Python and classic Steve Martin movies.
She lives in New York with her husband and son, and when not taking photos, she can be found biking around Brooklyn in search of the perfect espresso.