Mackenzie Janzen

 
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PHOTOGRAPHER

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Capturing authentic connections, and telling your story.

 

WHAT STEPS DID IT TAKE TO GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

Over the last few years of being a photographer, I've learnt to stand true to my style and trust my gut. When I started photography (back in 2014), I was driven by photographers that inspired me, but I never felt like I was at the same level as them. It took years to understand and accept my personal style as an artist and feel comfortable sharing it with the world. I used to be so hard on myself and my photography business, but through those years I grew to love myself, my style and what I can offer the world. I am so happy with where I am now, and I respect myself so much more as a business owner.

 

HOW DO YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR FIELD?

Sometimes it's so hard to find ways to stand out in a field like photography. There are so many talented photographers in Saskatoon alone, but I do feel like I offer something unique and special. I have my Bachelors Degree in Education, and I use this love of people and of children to motivate me when establishing connections with others. I have such amazing relationships with my clientele, and I work hard to foster and nurture those relationships. I find that with my passion for lifestyle photography, I desire to capture AUTHENTIC and real connections. I find that this comes so naturally when you already have meaningful relationships with your clients.

 

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? HOW DOES THIS HELP YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?

Years and years ago, I was recently new to photography and I had a photoshoot booked with a family. I instructed poses and guided the session along to how the client wanted her images done. Mid-way through the session her child was crying and screaming to the top of her lungs, because she didn't want to sit still and smile. Her mother was in tears of frustration. This was not a real depiction of the joy within that family. I thought to myself, "I do not want to do this' I came to the realization that those moments are so often forced, pushed, fake and not genuine to the actual family dynamic. I quickly learnt that I wanted to capture REAL families and REAL moments. Once I made this decision I started shooting only lifestyle sessions. It was weird at first when I would turn clients away because I wasn't what they wanted, but I began to attract clients who saw my vision and wanted the service I offered. Now I get to work exclusively with people who share my love of capturing real life. And that is why I do what I do.

 

WHAT TYPE OF COLLABORATIONS ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

Collaborations are an amazing way to connect with others and support each other. As a photographer, I work with many other business that intertwine with mine. I find that when we work together we can offer even better services to our clients and to the community. In my field, there are so many partners that can work along side me. Including: make-up artists, hair-stylists, florists, hotels, coffee shops,.. and so much more! The sky is the limit when we can work together.

 

WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE WAY TO GET INSPIRED?

Honestly, real life. I tend to have photography in the back of my mind when I'm carrying on with the events of my day. Grocery shopping, playing outside with my daughter, catching up with a friend over coffee - it's always something that I think about. I look around at others who are living their day-to-day lives and I feel inspired at what I could capture for them. These moments ARE important, and often overlooked. You're making your baby laugh on the swings, OH WHAT JOY is in their heart! This is life. And it is BEAUTIFUL.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOURSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CAREER TO EASE YOUR ANXIETIES?

STAND TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER. Oh my dear girl, things will take time. And that's okay! Every day that offers new opportunities are moments that will help you grow as a photographer. Follow your style, and don't be afraid to say no to clients that aren't looking for what you offer.

 

WHAT NEEDS REVAMPING IN YOUR BUSINESS RIGHT NOW?

Oh boy. Adjusting to balancing photography and my home life. So often I need to tell myself that - editing can wait a day, your daughter wants to snuggle. I need to focus on dividing my time and relishing in these moments.

 

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Jesus, my family, my friends. AND The Well Collab + Tammy of course.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT YOU’RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I'm so excited to continue uplifting women through my boudoir photography business. Through Women of Elysian, I can connect women to hairstylists and make-up artists that will be a part of their boudoir experience. Our goal is to motivate and encourage confidence in women through boudoir.