Matt McKenzie was born into the family business and was put to work in the darkroom by the age of 12 years old. He started out washing prints and progressed to developing films and B&W printing. Being young and having a strong back, he was also frequently called upon to assist on commercial photography assignments. While in high school, Matt also served as one of the school newspaper photographers.
While attending the University of North Carolina of Greensboro, Matt was able to work in sales at Carolina Camera Center, followed by another sales job with Walnut House Films in Aspen, Colorado.
He returned to Southern Pines and began his full time professional photography career in the spring of 2002, concentrating on weddings and portraits with extra emphasis on digital photography, photographic restorations and Photoshop techniques.