Lori Newdick specialized in Philosophy and Contemporary English Literature at the University of Toronto from 1988-89 and graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto in 1999, winning the Medal of Excellence in Photography that year. She graduated from the Master of Fine Art Program at the University of Guelph in 2001, having been awarded eight scholarships during her two-year degree.

Newdick's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally since 1999, garnering attention early on in her career with reproductions in Italian Photo in 2000. Museum venues include the Centre for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York, and the Kamloops Art Gallery in Kamloops, B.C. Her work can be found in the collections of the Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery, Guelph, ON, the National Portrait Gallery, Ottawa, ON, and the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Photography Collection.