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I'm passionate about life and I love digging in and being passionate about all of my clients lives too. I capture your story in a way that is full of intention and soul - creating images that make you feel. . .  that is my why.

I grew up in a home that was full of intention. We lived a simple lifestyle and we loved hard. I carried this into my professional life right outside of college when I first picked up a camera.  Soon after connecting with my clientes and capturing their stories, I knew this is what I was made to do on this Earth.  In 2020 I made the jump to make this my full time job and stay home with our daughter, Kesslie. The fire and passion I have behind this business is indescribable and I get excited thinking about all of the stories I'm going to document in this lifetime. 

Your story deserves to be told in a passionate, intentional way.

A little about me


I'm Makenzie

Not just your photographer - your positive + energetic sidekick

I have mastered techniques that create a gallery full of images that tell your story without it being too staged.  Everything I do on a wedding day is with intention, the way I position you, the way I use light, the way I create an environment where you're allowed to let out your true emotions, the way I create your timeline to ensure we have time to let things naturally flow - the list goes on. 

After you receive your gallery, you're going to feel like you are right back in that moment of time. You're going to pass down beautiful photos from generation to generation with a beautiful story to be told.

"Light is power.
Light is emotion.
Light tells stories."

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I'm inspired by a lot.  I'm inspired by inspiring others - by telling your story in the most raw, emotional, storytelling way. I'm not sure if that made a whole lot of sense, but what I'm trying to get at is that this job of mine, capturing your love story, inspires me. After you watch me in action you'll find out really quickly that this is true. These aren't just words that I'm putting on my page to catch your attention - these words are true. I pray that if you look at my photos you'll find that to be true.

Every single story is a unique. Every wedding day is unique. No matter how hard anyone can try, no wedding day can be mirrored exactly the same. 

Which is why I approach each wedding day with a creative mind and an inspired soul ready to document your day with a lot of energy and passion.

Your story deserves to be told in a passionate, intentional way.

Lately. . . you can find me in my kitchen trying to master the perfect Vanilla Latte, chasing my daughter around, getting lost while reading a book or trying out a new recipe from Magnolia's cookbook

If you follow me on instagram, you know that aesthetics, intentionality and family are big to me.  I am passionate about the aesthetics in my home and my business, I always try to lead with intention and value and my family is my #1 priority. 

I'm going to list a few of my favorite things, but, like I said before I'm a very passionate person so I'm all over the place with this question:

- My family
- My new espresso machine
- Learning to cook
- My herb garden
- Plants (I own a 70 year old succulent) (no pressure :))
- Reading - mostly love romance novels 
- Telling my clients stories to the world
- Making my home welcoming and comfortable
- Investing in education to help grow my business
- Teaching
- Hot tea on a rainy day
- Iced coffee espresso - I've mastered this lately!

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Your day is a big day, yes, but all the work leading up to it will feel big to you too. I've seen, captured and experienced hundreds and hundreds of weddings and I know that this is a huge advantage when wedding planning - which is why I'm an open book and available to all my brides when they are going through wedding planning. From bride guides to outfit planning to which way you should face your ceremony or what time your ceremony should be - I'm there for you every step of the way.

You've worked hard, you've invested money, you're ready to have a great time and you just pray it runs smoothly. You need someone there to help lighten the mood, but also keep everyone on time - I'm your girl. 

I will walk into your wedding day buzzing with energy to capture one of the most important, memorable days of your lives, and I won't miss a moment from the beginning of the day to the end.

I'll capture getting ready prep, to ceremony, reception and intimate sunset photos. I'll work quietly behind the scenes when needed to capture those in-between, emotional moments while also making sure that I step up and lead/pose when needed without making it too forced to ensure that the photos look relaxed and most importantly, YOU. 

“Her creativity and spunk made our engagement and wedding pictures incredible…"

Sydni & Zach

“Makenzie Kriss is THE best in the business!”

Lyndi + Brandon

“Makenzie is the Midwest photographer you want and need for your special moments!! "

Kathryn + Kennon

Sweet Nothings

No story is one and the same.
Yours will be finessed to share your unique journey.

One Story

Two Souls