Nordlie’s Family Dentistry

April 14, 2010

Just a quick post to wish our good friend, Dr. Mark Nordlie, all our best with the launch of his new website: Nordlie’s Family Dentistry.

Dr. Nordlie is an amazing dentist–the best that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He has been my dentist for over 17 years and I have no qualms about recommending him.

And thank you, too, for having us take your staff portraits for your site. They look great on the site!




Launched: Galleries on

March 15, 2010

For many different reasons, not the least of which was cost, we decided to pull the plug on Pictage and relaunch our galleries on  If you are the event owner of one of our galleries on Pictage, let us know if you need us to repost the gallery and we’ll get it up.

This move will give us greater flexibility in sharing the galleries without having to register each guest. It also allows for easy photo ordering, feedback, and embedded slideshows. Furthermore, it allows us to use as the launching point rather than some generic web address with an unidentifiable event number.

We know that this move will only make your experience with McKenna Photo and Video (aka McKenna Video Services, MVS Weddings, and Chris McKenna Photography) much better.



Chris McKenna Photography Unveils New Logo

February 22, 2010


(February 18, 2010)

Chris McKenna Photography Unveils New Logo

(Puyallup, WA)  Chris McKenna Photography announced today that they are unveiling a new logo.

“We are so excited about how our new logo will bridge the gap between McKenna Video Services, MVS Weddings and Chris McKenna Photography,” says co-owner Chris McKenna. “For the last five years, we have been searching for ways to bring unity to all our operating units and we believe that this new logo will help us achieve it,” he adds.

The logo, the result of a contest between 20 different graphic designers will be implemented immediately into all McKenna video productions, including weddings, and the photography side of the business, Chris McKenna Photography.

McKenna will continue to operate all 3 of their websites independent of each other for marketing purposes, but all printed marketing materials, videos and photographs will now bear the ‘McKenna Video and Photo’ brand.

For more information on McKenna Video Services and Chris McKenna Photography, visit their websites at, and or call 253-539-3438.


Getting Married in Pierce County, WA?

February 19, 2010

So 2010 is the year that you are planning to get married? Maybe 2011 or 2012? Or maybe you’re already married. Great! Congratulations.

Well, we are in the process of collecting nominations for 10 best places to get married in Pierce County, WA (we’re actually planning to produce a video that features these places). So if you have your venue or church picked out, let us know what it is and where it is so we can add it to our list. (of course, it helps in the venue is beautiful and not your backyard). At the top of our list so far is Laurel Creek Manor and Rock Creek Gardens.

So let us know your thoughts. Drop us an email at info@chrismckennaphotography or or look us up on facebook ( ) and leave a note there.

We look forward to hearing from you. And we promise not to try and sell you something–unless you want us to. 🙂



Wedding Planners in Pierce County, WA

February 19, 2010


Do you have a friend who is getting married, or are you getting married yourself? Have you ever been to a wedding which was chaotic and unorganized-where the wedding party didn’t know where to stand, the food was cold and the DJ stopped playing music leaving “dead air” during dinner? Awkward!?!?!

We have had the honor of documenting so many beautiful weddings over the years, some of which were well organized, others, well, could have used some (OK…a lot) of help. If you are a bride-to-be, my advice to you is to take that extra step to get new and innovative ideas, add a touch of luxury and alleviate the stress from your most beautiful wedding day.

We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing wedding planner/coordinator, Tricia Fisk, of Weddings Realized (  Her expertise in providing planning and coordinating services is evident in her personality and knowledge of her profession.  In the years that she has been in the “wedding business”, she has offered couples an opportunity to truly enjoy every aspect of their wedding, from the planning stages to the day of their union.

What many couples don’t realize is that someone needs to be the “go to guy”, especially the day of their wedding.  There are so many details that need to be attended to; delivery of the flowers, DJ, food, cake, making sure all parties needed for photos are in place and ready to smile, dress is flawless, officiant is present, and so many other needs.

Also, many couples don’t know that a wedding planner has great connections to other wedding professionals, and can refer you to an appropriate vendor. Often times a wedding planner can orchestrate and pass along a professional discount on flowers, rentals, venues etc. She can refer you to the best photographers and videographers in the area, where you can be sure that your wedding day is documented perfectly forever.

Couples preparing to be married should be able to concentrate on each other, not the minuscule details that can make or break their wedding day.  Hand these stress makers over to a pro.  I recommend that you call Tricia for a brief consult and see if she is a good fit for you.  Ensure that your wedding day runs smooth and beautiful. Hire a professional wedding planner. It will be so worth your while.

God’s blessings,


Thank you for 2009

December 31, 2009

As we say goodbye to 2009, we would like to offer our thanks to all our clients this past year for your trust and support. And a special thank you to all our brides and grooms this past year for the honor of capturing your special day.

  • Kristine and Andrew Bicking
  • Jessica & Shyenne Feist
  • Jason & Jennifer Radach
  • Mary & Byron Eagle
  • Ashley & Jason Bishop
  • Kara & Josh Gillanders
  • Stacy & Shaun Moody
  • Dee & Zac Bishop
  • Kim & Reese Andy
  • Jodi & Alden Erickson
  • We are looking forward to a great 2010 and we hope that your new year is full of incredible blessings. Live life, be charitable, smile a lot and be happy! 🙂


    Jodi and Alden: My Life and My Love

    December 12, 2009

    Our congratulations go out to Jodi and Alden, who were married last month in a beautiful ceremony in Mineral, WA.

    What a magical evening!  Witnessing Alden and Jodi’s vows to each other and their children, was one of the highlights of our year.  We are honored to have been able to participate with them during their wedding day.  Here’s to you Jodi and Alden!  Many blessed years together!

    Kim and Reese: Loving You Forever

    December 9, 2009

    We have been real busy the last couple of months and have somewhat neglected getting some photos and video online for you to view,  and now we’re trying to catch up…

    Attached is a photo montage of photographs that we shot at Kim and Reese’s wedding, which occured on a very rainy and blustery October 17 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA (you know-the same one that the Beatles stayed in during their visit to Seattle). We were asked to only photograph some formal family pictures and the ceremony. Nonetheless, we shot some great photographs and wanted to share them with you.

    Our congratulations go out to Kim and Reese, and we wish then many happy years together.

    Enjoy the video.


    Tips for a Great Christmas Photo Card

    December 6, 2009

    With summer well past us, I figured it was time to provide you some tips on how to take a great family photo to use for your Christmas Cards this year.

    1) Prepare:

    Everyone know that getting the entire family together for a formal photograph can be a daunting task. Family must come from all over the place, some have short attention spans, babies crying, making sure make-up is correct, other wanting to go out shopping, eating, and visiting others. So, giving the photo subjects plenty of time is key. And not planning the day, but also the time. to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Make sure that your location is scouted out, that everyone knows where it is, and that lighting is sufficient for that locale.

    Having everyone dressing in similar colors that complement the background will also help in getting that winning shot. Not that everyone has to dress in the same outfit, but outfits that are similar in appearance so the tones complement the location (lighter shirts for a dark background, etc.).

    Make sure that you know who is taking your photographs. Do they know how to operate your camera or will they use their own? Will you be using a self-timer and trying to “run into” the photo? Either way, make sure that equipment “issues” don’t prevent you from getting the photo.

    2) Arrange your subjects:

    When you get to the location, make sure you pay attention to the arrangement of your subjects. Don’t line everyone up like tin soldiers. Make sure that you don’t arrange so people are standing directly in front or behind others. Find unique arrangements and experiment. Start with an “anchor” person (maybe someone that needs extra help) and fill in the others around them. Try arranging in a triangle, perhaps. Bring in any ground cover for people to sit or kneel on, if needed.

    Place children last–that way they are not complaining about having to stand around so long while you prepare everyone else.

    And above all else, on sunny days arrange so the sun is behind people and use a flash. Having the sun directly in front of people creates “squinty eyes”, but having the sun behind will add depth to the shot.

    3) Take the shots:

    When the time has come and everyone has been placed, go ahead and start shooting. Like previously mentioned, use your flash even though your camera might be telling you it is not needed.

    Vary your shots. Try taking some from slightly different angles. Try arranging your subject differently. Get all the formal shots out of the way first, and then try some fun shots. Let everyone relax but keep shooting. Try an arms raised or a group hug shot. And with digital photos, don’t be afraid to take 50 or more photos. If you’re experimenting with different things, you’ll want to make sure that you have some good shot in case the “experimentals” don’t turn out as expected.

    4) Print and share!

    Finally, don’t keep the photos to yourself. Print them out at your favorite photo printer and get everyone a copy. They’ll appreciate much more than if you were to just email it. And most printers offer templates for those special Holiday Cards–go ahead and get some printed with your great family photo. Or do something crazy and get that photo printed out on a sweater and wear it around. It will definitely show your holiday spirit!

    God’s blessings to you and your family this Christmas,


    Jodi and Alden: Let’s Be Together

    October 29, 2009
    This is a short photo montage video that we put together for Jodi and Alden, who are going to be married next month.

    I took the photographs contained within this montage at a local park, here in Puyallup, not too far from our studio. It was a great shoot, despite the rain, and we enjoyed our time with this great couple.

    Congratulations, Jodi and Alden, on your engagement and we are looking forward to your wedding.