Tom McKenzie

Photographer Tom McKenzieI am an editorial / commercial photographer. I live in Michigan, work everywhere, which is both good and bad. Good because I am in the middle, which means I can get anywhere in the country in a timely manner. Bad, I used to say the we have the Lions but that has even changed now. A big advantage of being near Detroit is that I’m less then 6 hours by car to places like Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and everywhere in between. The airlines can’t always make that promise!

A non-traditional means of becoming a photographer, 10 years in the US Navy, student at Southern Illinois University, Working calibration / repair while running a photography business locally, various assisting, and the super experience of back to back years at the Santa Fe Work Shops, studying under Andrew Eccles and Frank Okenfels 3, have given me an advantage of interacting with all kinds of people, and experiencing many different types of environments, seeing the beautiful things they offer, and the ability to inject those qualities into my portraits. Relating with people is what makes a great picture, and my past makes it a little easier for me to do just that.

Call Digital Photo Academy at 1 877 372 2231. Lots of people seem to hang up if our welcome recording comes on instead of a live voice, but we promise to return your message within a day or two if you leave one with your name and number.  It would be even better if you included your e mail address as well as the date and city of the class you are considering.  If leaving a voice mail message is not your thing, please email us at or

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  1. “We had a perfectly nice day in Downtown Detroit (Greektown). Our trainer Tom was able to gap the bridge between beginners and experienced photographers.”

    – Ulrich Gollwitzer

  2. “Thank you so much for the wonderful class taught by Tom McKenzie in Detroit!!! I was visiting from Boston, and my sister bought me a space in his class. He did a beautiful job – as I learned so much from his instruction.”

    – Claudia Vanderpool

  3. “Great group; nice meeting everyone. Hope to see some of you again.”

    – Ayana

  4. “I learned so much! I loved Tom. He is an awesome instructor! I just shot my first engagement session in manual the day after (Sunday) and the photos turned out amazing.”

    – Lauren

  5. Tom Krueger
    June 20, 2016

    “I really wanted to attend this workshop but family doings prevented it.

    I hope it was a success and you will be planning another at this location. I have attended several in Michigan and Arizona and the quality has always been excellent.

    thank you”

    -Tom Krueger

  6. beerock99
    May 7, 2018

    The class at the Conservatory was great. I learned a lot about composing a shot and different details on how my camera works. I will definitely look to taking another class from DPA.

    Thank you!

    Beth Rockford

  7. Lisa Kern
    August 2, 2018

    “Thank you, Tom, for a great class! I am so thrilled to really be using my camera! No more automatic setting for me! Michael- I really enjoyed working with you as a co-participant and your pictures- including that beautiful daughter. I also loved working with the black & white and learned so much!

    What an empowering class!”

    Thanks again,

    -Lisa Kern

  8. Tom Witek
    December 13, 2018

    “All went well. I learned some things and had a good time. Thank you”

    -Tom Witek

  9. Tracy Walker
    August 13, 2019

    I did enjoy the Tom McKenzie workshop on August 10th and looking forward to the September 14th date.

  10. Amanda Terry
    August 15, 2019

    The weather was quite beautiful! Tom was great and helpful.

  11. Janice Smith
    September 17, 2019

    The class that was offered was very rewarding, it allowed me to get more familiar with my camera and usage. The class was an excellent and the size was also good to allow to us to ask questions. I had never used my camera to take monochrome pictures. It was different, but yet beautiful. I like the look! I have included some pictures that I took. I also plan to start posting on you website for Facebook. Thank you and Thank you to Tom, for he was an amazing and experienced teacher.

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