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Beyond My Photography Portfolio


I can't wait to get to know you and what is important to you. Knowing and understanding how special each moment is throughout your journey, and how nervous you may feel to be in front of the camera, my mission is to make you comfortable and be your authentic self. 

All my focus is on you. When I am with you it is not about my portfolio but consistently finding a way to serve you. It’s all about raw emotions, having fun, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.


I first picked up a camera when my kids were born and documented them over the years. Eventually, finding my way as a Director of Communications in the nonprofit sector. That opportunity opened a door for me to become a photographer. Although I started in action photography, our mission was human emotion and connection. Here is where I fell in love with people and their stories. I'll never forget the moment when I knew that I knew I needed to pursue this passion. 

In 2021, when I decided to take my photography full-time, it was clear to follow the path into wedding and family photography. Not only getting to know people through my time with them but through the words of their friends and family and using those moments to inspire my work.

Photography became a place of joy - It's no secret that I love being behind the lens. I am honored to follow my passion on a path that brings me to an incredible career and eventually meet people like you. Beautiful landscapes and golden light drive my style but are always centered around authentic emotion and storytelling. My goal is to get to know you so that I can capture you authentically.


I can't wait to document these parts of your life, moments that might have come and gone, but are now documented as a permanent placeholder of time. These moments will fill your walls with laughter and your genuine connection. I invite you to come as you authentically are and allow me to document you and those love the most.

Warmly, MacKenzie

Bryce Canyon at Sunrise by Photographer MacKenzie Rana
Portrait of owner, MacKenzie Rana a San Luis Obispo Photographer
Make-A-Wish Foundation Reveal in Santa Maria captured by MacKenzie Rana Photography
Operation Surf participant surfing in Avila Beach captured by San Luis Obispo Photographer MacKenzie Rana Photography
Operation Surf Leadership Training captured by MacKenzie Rana Photographer

Giving Back through Photography

With my background starting in the nonprofit sector, it is important for me to continue giving back to organizations and the communities they serve.


When you work with me, you are part of my mission to use photography as a medium for healing and documenting authentic moments. 


ShellBeachProposal captured by San Luis Obispo Photographer MacKenzie Rana
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