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Mackenzie Kruvant

Editorial Portraits for a Personal Site

Story by Wesley Verhoeve December 23rd, 2015
Mackenzie is a senior editor at Buzzfeed, and also runs their various Instagram channels. We got together one morning and moseyed around Williamsburg to shoot a set of editorial portraits for use on her new personal site. My goal was to capture Mackenzie’s charming, witty, and easy-going personality in as natural way as possible, and we found some lovely locations and light to help make that happen. Below are some of the shots, including some outtakes.

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One of my favorite things Mackenzie has written was an enlightening piece about finding community in the One Direction fandom, after Zayn’s departure. The fandom world is not really one I was all too familiar with, and the article left me with a better understanding beyond the standard “oh those teen girls are just crazy” hot take one typically finds. Take a gander here for more of Mackenzie’s writing.

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Playing With Light

The two photos below were shot in extreme light spots, and edited as black and whites, to create a more cinematic atmosphere. For the first shot, we played around with a ambient and grainy setting that inspires a possible narrative. For the second shot, we went with a narrow spot light and a more casual feel, emphasizing Mackenzie’s kind and open smile.

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The Outtakes

These two didn’t make it to the final round, for various reasons. I loved how Mackenzie’s hair interacted with the texture of the wood behind her (right), but the general set up might be a bit too obvious to stand out on a personal website or in an article. My favorite part of the photo on the left is how I accidentally captured the gentleman inside of that yellow box, while Mackenzie is out of focus as the object of his gaze.
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The Blooper Reel

“Also, these don’t work for obv reasons but if we’re being totally honest these are the most me photos in this whole batch”. - Mackenzie’s feedback.
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Get In Touch

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, United States