Nan Mac

Nan Mac

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My portrait style is formally called Pictorialism and is also loosely called the Old Master or Renaissance Aesthetic. It is an approach to photography that emphasizes the softness and beauty of subject matter via tonality and composition.

I started my visual artist career with an Instamatic Camera when I was 12 or so. By the time I was 17, I was using a 35mm film camera by a brand called Minolta. The funny thing is, however, I didn’t think I was very good at it because my photos didn’t look like other people’s. The perspectives or the style I “saw” didn’t seem to match the style of the day. Photography remained a hobby for many years while I worked in CORPORATE. ( emit a small scream)

Eventually, I had a divorce that left me as a single mom of a disabled child, who needed a lot of my time. A 9 to 5 job wouldn’t work. To make a long story short, I ended up as a freelance make up artist. When it turned out I was doing the make up, styling, and lighting, but the photographer was getting paid the big bucks just to press a shutter button, I went back to school.

The Creative Circus in Atlanta accepted me and honed my work. With the help of some outstanding professors, students, and photographers, I realized that my work looked different, not because it was bad but because it was above average.

I began winning International awards. I’m one of two women in the world to win an Award of Excellence in Photography from Communication Arts Magazine in 2013 and 2015. That’s been a trade publication since 1959 and, inside the industry, it’s like winning an Oscar. Thanks for reading. I hope you like my work

Fine Art Portraits


Fairest of the Fair

The Lowcountry


Bluff Botanicals