About Tracy

Hi and welcome to M. C. Kinney Photography (pronounced "Emcee Kinneee) in the Appleton area in Wisconsin. I've been taking photographs since I was 15 years old, and have been photographing professionally for over 24 years. Although I received my Bachelors in Communication, Theatre and English and actually worked in television (as a Director/Technical Director) for nine years out of college, I was always still drawn to photography and wanted to create images that told stories, inspired people and created lasting memories for people to enjoy. So, in 1994, I attended one of the top photography schools in the nation, Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology to learn my craft. Since then, I have continued to attend seminars and conventions and even compete on an international stage while serving my clients. 

I photograph High School Senior Portraits, Families, Children Heritage Portraits, The Santa Storybook Art, Commercial and Executive Headshots. I specialize in all aspects of photography though, including Restoration, Maternity, Newborn, Event and Pet Photography. I also photograph School Pictures and Sports images for several area schools and lay out those schools yearbooks. Our Sportraits Composites are extremely popular with athletes, musicians, and actors. Commercial Photography is one of our ongoing product lines, and includes photographing staff, buildings, machinery, liquids, and tabletop products. Photographing large Birds (loons, owls, eagles, osprey, egrets and herons) for purchase for office and hotels and Light Painting of automobiles, motorcycles and hobbies for collectors are personal favorites.


Here are a few more things about me I'd like to share:

2018 Recipient of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association Photographer of the Year-Portrait Award and the Artist of the Year-Runner-Up Award, in addition to a Court of Honor, Best of Show, Clean Sweep and Top Ten Photographers in the State Awards. 

World Photographic Cup Inaugural Year 2014 Represented Team USA for Commercial Image (one of 10 photographers in the United States); Team USA won this event

Professional Photographers of America member since 1995; Received Master Photographer Degree in 2005; Received Certified Professional Photographer Degree in 2005; Photographer of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016; Received Top Ten in NorthCentral District-Wisconsin in 2013, 2015; Received Grand Imaging Award 2nd Place Commercial 2014; 4 Loan Images and over 50 Merit Award Images

Wisconsin Professional Photographer Association member since 1995; President 2012-2013; Associate Fellowship for Service 2012; 2 Additional Bars for Service; Named Top Ten Photographer in the State for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2018.

Fox Valley Professional Photographers Association member since 1995; President 2005; Fellowship for Service 2005; Additional Bars for Service 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014.

American Society of Photography member since 2008

2 Kodak Gallery Awards 2010



Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology/Degree

St. Norbert College/BA


For fun, I enjoy a wide variety of activities. My favorites include travel, reading, downhill skiing, bowling, photographing large birds, spending time with my family, oh, and photography. I hope that together we can create wall art, storybooks and images that will make you proud and happy to view for many years to come.


Tracy Van Zeeland

Master Photog., CPP