Rachael McKenna

“Every subject provides me with a challenge

 to peek into their soul and capture their true character”

At the age of 8, after watching her Grandparents develop their own images in their Dark Room, Rachael announced that she was going to be a Photographer!


Growing up with a strong passion for photography and a true love of and natural empathy with animals, it was inevitable that Rachael McKenna (nee Hale) would create a name for herself combining her true passions. Though it is not only animals that grace the lens for Rachael, they say ‘never work with Animals or Children’ yet these are the two subjects that sit so comfortably in front of Rachael’s camera trusting her to capture their true personalities.


Rachael’s career has spanned more than two decades, working in her homeland New Zealand, along with extended time spent working in Europe and New York. With 19 Books to her name, numerous Editorial and Commercial commissions, plus hundreds of private clients, Rachael’s collection of images is one to aspire to.


Rachael has the unique ability to capture the soul of each subject and immortalize a moment; through patience and a well-trained eye, Rachael is able to tame the rambunctious, enliven the docile, and find symmetry and peace in the most chaotic.

New Zealand

Central Otago & Nationwide

Tel 021 057 2951

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