Northwest Focus Co.
Have you ever looked at a photo of yourself and thought "oh yeah, there I am"? Photos and films have an artistic power to make us feel like ourselves, to truly bring out the unique and special parts of us that we want to be seen. In a world that focuses on the shallow and fleeting ideals of the material space we live in, there is a deeper part of us that really knows who we are. And you know what? I want to really see you, to deeply capture that.
It would be easy for me to make some pretty pictures and send you on your way, but where is the magic in that? What I am asking of you is that you trust me with the quirky parts of you, the romantic depths of your relationship, the silly things that make your heart flutter, and that is a lot to ask. When your nose scrunches up and your cheeks flush because he's looking in your eyes? I want to capture that. So let's play, my friends!
If you’re looking for me you will most likely find me outside, with my camera in hand, and my son in tow. The Pacific Northwest has been home to be for my entire life, and as much as I have traveled, I still couldn’t think of a better place to spend my time. I first picked up my camera almost 8 years ago now, and the way that it allowed me to pull these hidden parts out of people just felt so right. Being a photographer has changed me. It has given me this space to explore people, what they love about themselves, and more importantly what they don’t.
I have been a professional wedding photographer for over five years and have photographed countless couples along their journeys. I have been featured in magazines, photography blogs, and honed in my skills through workshops and online courses. Every year I continuously pursue further education in photography and update my gear religiously to ensure you will receive the highest quality service from me.
I believe in lovingly guiding you and your partner during our time together in ways that feel natural to you, never forcing smiles or posing you to “perfection” but rather encouraging you to be yourselves and working with you to make sure you feel comfortable and confident during our time together! I want you to look at your photos and know that they reflect who you truly are.
I am an avid fisherman, I love a good cold beer, I think that puppies and babies make everything better. If you want to meet up for a few brews and a pizza and talk about your wedding day dreams I am your gal! Let’s make a date and brainstorm a seriously epic adventure for you and the person you love most.
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Warm and Fuzzy inside.
Makenzy is truly the absolute BEST! She came into our wedding without meeting us beforehand and she instantly got our laid back, artistic vibe. Her photos will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Not only is she an amazing photographer and immensely creative, but she is also incredibly kind, gentle, funny and just a beam of light and positivity. My husband and I are awkward photo people and you cannot tell in any of our pictures that we are camera shy. I highly recommend her. If you are debating whether or not to go with a video, YOU MUST DO IT. It will make you legit happy cry and let you relive all those precious moments. Makenzy, we love you.
- Morgan Ferrario
1 of 10
best choice for my wedding day!
I highly recommend Makenzy! She will always make you look and feel your best while having a great time! She really knows how to capture the moment in an authentic way! She’ll have you smiling and laughing the whole time! If you are nervous about being in front of the camera (like I usually am) she should be your girl to see!
I have no words, these photos! All my cherished memories!
- Lindsey Stewart
2 of 10
Treasured memories for years to come
I still can’t believe these are MY photos. That this is ME. I have always dreamed of my wedding day, and choosing Makenzy was by far the best investment we made in our day. She made us so comfortable, really captured who we are and how hard we love each other, and I know these photos and the film will be something we treasure for years to come. I can’t wait until we can show these to our grandkids! Trust us, your memories are worth the investment in someone who truly cares about your wedding day.
- Megan Mckay
3 of 10
my first choice, my best decision.
This girl is seriously amazing and so talented! I've had her do countless photoshoots of mine and she was my first choice to shoot our wedding! She's made photoshoots of ours, with our wild toddler that doesn't hold, still look gorgeous! I recommend her to anyone asking for a great photographer. She's so easy to work with, has always helped us with outfit choices even, and always has captured exactly what we were envisioning!
- Samantha Holden
4 of 10
an ally, an artist, and a friend.
Makenzy was nothing short of amazing from start to finish. We truly and deeply feel like we have created a best friend through the process. She was direct but open, helping us create a vision for our photoshoot (as a couple) that had direction but also felt effortless and open to anything happening. We were cracking up the entire time and couldn’t have chosen a better photographer! The photos themselves are moody, vibrant, and as a fellow artist we are proud to hang these photos on our wall. You will be so happy with not only your photos but your experience as well, we can’t stress it enough. Oh and, she is an ally of the LGBT+ community and that made all the more comfortable and worthwhile. Thank you so much! I will cherish these forever!
- Jorden DeGaetano
5 of 10
Makenzy is an incredibly thoughtful, respectful, and talented photographer. She took my fiancé and I up into the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest to capture our engagement photos, and the result blew us away. She made us feel comfortable and made the entire experience an absolute joy. We got our “sneak peek” pictures the very next day, and the full album in a very timely manner. She is wonderful, I truthfully can’t say enough good things about her. I can’t wait to see how she’s able to capture our wedding.
- Clara Nelson
6 of 10
I am beyond pleased with my overall experience with Northwest Focus Company. I am a fairly shy person, and Makenzy never made me feel uncomfortable during our entire interaction. The whole session was seamless, I had confidence in her the entire time. We decided to bring our blue heeler along with us, who was not exactly cooperative during our couples session- but you’d never know based on the photos she got. Makenzy perfectly captured the relationship between me and my fiancé, and how our blue dog fits into that too. She’s hyper-aware of her surroundings (lighting and colors and I feel she went so far as to coordinate the back drop with our outfits). I will be recommending her whenever I can!
- Cassidy Mills
7 of 10
spontaneous and authentic.
We LOVE LOVE LOVE how our engagement and wedding photos came out. Makenzy did such a good job of catching spontaneous authentic moments in addition to all of the necessary posed shots with extended family. She was so great to work with throughout the entire process from our engagement shoot to our first look to the ceremony and reception. She was super responsive over text and was always open to whatever suggestions for specific shots we were looking for. Even at those times when we didn’t have a clue what to do, she was quick to provide great recommendations and even let us borrow a few props and outfits. We’ve gotten lots of compliments on the photos we’ve posted so far and would absolutely work with Makenzy again without hesitation.
- Ethan Gross
8 of 10
warm and cozy tones
If I could give her 10+ stars I would! Not only am I blessed with the sweetest friend in the world, I was also lucky to have Makenzy as my wedding photographer. Makenzy makes you feel so comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera. Everything feels so natural and not posed. She goes above and beyond and cares about her clients. She is so loving and passionate with her work, it amazes me. I told her what style I was looking for, and put all trust in her and she made it happen. All our photos , both wedding and engagement , turned out beautifully. I love her style of photography and the warm and cozy tones . I highly recommend her!!
- Stephanie Textor
9 of 10
you won't regret this.
Where do I even begin.. Makenzy was so incredibly lovely to work with! After our engagement shoot, my husband just kept mentioning how painless the shoot was and how easy Makenzy was to work with! He was right. She is open to ideas we had and talked us through the shoot! She is someone you are instantly comfortable around. Her photos are absolutely beautiful! She has an eye that produces incredible photos and captures moments that are so special. I highly recommend hiring Makenzy for any kind of photos you want. You will not be sorry.
- Lindsey Bartkowski
10 of 10
Your life isn't just a compilation of magic Instagram worthy moments, and although I know we will create art through your session with me, I want you to know that you can come as you are. Big epic moments with scenery that looks like it's out of a magazine is amazing and I'm totally in if you want to go adventure in an amazing dress, but I'm also there for the little smiles in between the big moments, the in home sessions where you lounge around in cozy clothes and bake cinnamon rolls on a Sunday morning. Just because something isn't epic doesn't mean it isn't meaningful and worthy of being captured on film. So whether you're hiking Mt. Rainier in your wedding dress, or simply cozying up with your person in a cabin in the woods, I believe in your journey, let's go for it!
going above and beyond
Sure, I could just show up on your wedding day, a fly on the wall, and capture some fun candids. I could go through your standard poses found on Pinterest and that might make for a decent portfolio. But here's the thing, your relationship, your love story, and your wedding day are unique in only a way that you know. As your photographer and videographer I have an opportunity to use everything that makes you, YOU, and create something that is really and truly special. My dad always told me to never settle for just doing your job, that's how you live an unfulfilled life. So I will show up for you, in every way, and work my butt off to create something memorable that you will look at and really see yourself in.
what do you value most?
There really isn't a way to put a price on your timeless and cherished memories. Throughout our time together, working and playing and planning, I will be investing all that I have in making sure that your shoot or your wedding day is exactly what you hoped it would be. At the end of the day, the flowers will wilt, the cake will be gone, and the dancing will be over, but what remains are the photos and film that hold your memories for a lifetime and beyond that. Think about the photos you have of your parents and grandparents, and what a lovely testament they are to their love story and the history of your family. These works of art are not only wonderful to have now, but they are also heirlooms that you will pass on for generations.