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Meet Encino Photographer: Mackenzie Lenora

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mackenzie Lenora.

Mackenzie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My father has been a musician his whole life. Growing up I’d travel with my parents across the country and I always wanted to document our adventures. I honestly thought the way I felt about photography was how everyone felt. I wanted to take pictures of everything. By the time I was 15 I had decided I wanted to make it into my career. I started out photographing bands because a lot of my friends were musicians. It wasn’t until I had a following and knew more of what I was doing I started to do more lifestyle and portraits.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think everyone struggles along the way when they are artists. I never had a plan b or c. It was always photography for me. When I was in college I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a photographer or how I was going to do it. I just tried to meet as many people as possible and I was going to figure it out along the way. I ended up meeting someone who got me a job as a retoucher for a photographer in LA. Through that, it gave me more time to figure out my own style and find out more about the industry first hand.

How would you describe the type of kid you were growing up?
Growing up I wish I could say I was extremely social or liked but I wasn’t. When I was little I didn’t talk for a few years and my mom thought something was wrong. My doctor told her I must not have anything to say and eventually one day I couldn’t stop talking. When I was in school I always preferred to write poems or read books over hanging out with people. I think I just didn’t feel understood because I was so creative. Even to this day when I go out, I feel I need a day to myself directly after to recharge.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
One of my favorite memories as a kid is actually captured in a photograph. I remember being 6 or 7 and my mom had asked me to do something while we were at my grandfather’s. I didn’t want to and at the time my big thing was sticking out my lower lip in a pout. My great grandmother told me “if you stay like that for long your face will get stuck”. I just kept making the face and my grandfather took this photo of me. To this day the photograph is framed in his house and he always tells me how he’ll show my future husband to embarrass me. I always thought it captured me perfectly because I was being so over dramatic in classic 90’s attire.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
When I was in college I created different zines for classes and fell in love with designing. For a while, I had been planning on doing one again every 4 months or so and selling them. They’d have different themes and updates on my work. At the beginning on 2016, I completely revamped my look. I had been out of college for almost a year and was finally finding myself in the art world that now I feel I’m at the next point where I need to do something fun and on another level of my creativity.


  • 4 looks /3 hours of shoot time. 50 edited images. $300

Contact Info:

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Image Credit:
Model: Ashlyn Killham (pink bricks)
Model: Grant Woell (yellow/black geometric)
Model: Tanya Negin (yellow/blue geometric)
Model: Austin North (car)
Model: Nicole Murray (spells purse)
Model: Anna Abel (white/black mural)

1 Comment

  1. Héloïse

    October 30, 2016 at 21:39

    She is really inspiring and talented!! I love your work Mackenzie 😘

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