Posts Tagged ‘puyallup photograper’

Baby Lilian

April 14, 2010

This montage is of my newest niece, Lilian.

I was privileged to take her photographs a few weeks ago, along with her older brother and sister (who were so much fun). Lily was so good-definitely the best baby we’ve ever photographed.

Congrats Andrew and Heidi on the newest addition to your family. Enjoy the video.




Come Meet Puyallup Photographer Chris McKenna at the South Sound Wedding Show – Tacoma

July 15, 2009


Chris McKenna Photography and MVS Wedding Productions will be present at the South Sound Wedding Show – Tacoma. We cordially invite you to come and meet us, talk with us and look at samples of our work.

The South Sound Wedding Show – Tacoma is presented by the South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine and Brides Against Breast Cancer / Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. It will be held between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, September 27, 2009 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Free admission.

This show will feature:

• Fashion runway show featuring 2010 wedding dress styles.
• Ballroom dance demonstrations presented by Arthur Murray® School of Dance. Dances include bride and groom’s first dance, bride and groom dancing with parents, dancing at the reception, and more!
• Seminars presented by select wedding show vendors; advice, tips and tricks, and questions answered.
• Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation- Tour of Gowns. More than 2,000 bridal gowns and special occasion dresses on sale for up to 10 percent off regular price. Proceeds benefit the foundation.
• Prizes for engaged couples. Enter to win at the show. Drawings every hour.

For more information, please visit the South Sound Wedding and Event Magazine site.

We hope that you will be able to make it.

See you there,


Tips for Great Fireworks Pictures

July 1, 2009

SOLFW_smallIndependence Day is just a few days away, and if you are like me, you love to take pictures of all the day’s events, including fireworks displays. While your average family snapshots are a breeze with most of today’s automatic point-and-shoot and semi-automatic cameras, capturing fireworks can be somewhat tricky. So I have prepared a few tips to help you make the most of those opportunities. 

  1.  Find a good display to photograph and get as close as possible. Nothing is worse than a meager display or being so far removed from the action that the display is overshadowed by the back of the crowd.
  2. Usually, using a tripod is my number 1 tip, but although I have relegated it to number 2 here it is still important nonetheless. The reason I say use a tripod is that because it is dark you will need a long exposure to capture the burst and to avoid a blurry picture. Even with today’s anti-shake technology built into cameras and lenses blurry pictures will result from even the slightest movement in a long exposure picture.
  3. Some of today’s new cameras may actually have a “fireworks” mode, and if so, set it to that (I am not intimately familiar with every make and model of camera, sorry folks). If not, put your camera in manual mode and set the shutter speed to 5 seconds, aperture to f8, and ISO to 200 for starters. Snap an image and see how in looks. If needed, adjust only the shutter speed, leaving aperture and ISO as is. A longer shutter speed will allow the burst to expand in your image. But beware, at the end of the show fireworks usually come in fast and furious, so a slower shutter speed may overexpose the image. Adjust down as needed.
  4. If you can, include a landmark in your image. This will help with scale and may provide some relevance. Also, as the fireworks burst over or near that landmarks, they will illuminate it nicely.
  5. Take a lot of photos and discard the bad ones! Digital camera allow us to take a lot of photos with no cost, so shoot away. And ask yourself the question when editing that is always asked of me: “what are you going to do with that picture?” If the answer is not post in my online album, share with friends, or print and/or frame, then maybe it needs to end up in your computers recycle bin.

 Best wishes for great fireworks photos and from my family to yours, have a safe and sane 4th of July!



Another website up and going

June 28, 2009

Well, I hate to say it, but I have yet another photo website up and going. You can find it at:

Right now, it is almost a mirror image to The goal with this site it to continue with my efforts to manage a website that google can actually find (I’m having all sorts of problems with the flash-driven, third-party site I currently use), to use as a proofing site for my clients, but eventually to serve as the site in which I can sell some of my work online.

Enjoy the slideshows and new site.



10 Tips for Photographing Babies

June 22, 2009

Smith_171I love taking photographs of babies. Ok, let me rephrase–I love taking pictures of happy babies! 🙂 Unfortunately for me, I don’t get to photograph them often enough. My own children have grown up so unless business calls, I don’t get much of a chance.

But when I do, I try to follow the follow the following simple guidelines. I post them here in the hopes that if you follow them, you may get some great photographs of your babies.

1.  Take pictures often – babies grow far too quickly so it is important to capture enough photos as they grow out of infancy.

2.   Get down on their level – move to their level, even if it means getting on the floor.

3.   Move in close … – fill the viewfinder or LCD with your subject and eliminate distracting objects.

4.   … but try different angles – create some visual interest, especially in a series of photographs, by varying your angle.

5.   … and don’t forget to get on their level – See tip #2.

6.   Capture feelings – feeling are emotions and it is ok to take photographs of emotion to capture a visually interesting moment in time.

7.   Include other people – babies don’t grow up in a vacuum, so it is ok to include grandparents, sibling, a new friend at the playground, etc.

8.   Show scale – use common object to show how your baby is growing.

9.   Use a plain background – a plain background will focus attention on your baby and will not be a distraction.

10.  Use natural light whenever possible. Turn off the flash, and use natural light to create interesting shadows and highlights.

By following these simple tips, I know that you can snap some better photographs of your baby. Of course, these rules apply to other situations too.

God’s blessings.

Jennifer and Jason Tied the Knot-again!!!! (a video)

June 9, 2009

I received a call from Jason in late April inquiring about our services and availability for their “official” wedding on May 17. In our conversation, I learned that Jason was actually in the Army and had been deployed to Iraq last year. Before doing so, however, he and Jennifer had got married in a small ceremony without their family and friends present. 

So on May 17, they had their big ceremony and reception at the Puyallup Pioneer Park Pavillion. We were fortunate and honored to be asked to be their photographer and were blessed to provide them with some wonderful shots. 

Congratulations, Jennifer and Jason, and we wish you the best for many happy years together.


You can view more of Jennifer and Jason’s wedding photographs at

Jennifer and Bernie: “I’m hoping for a little bit of snow” (a video)

May 14, 2009

When I first talked with Jennifer last November, I believe this is what she said when talking about her December wedding. Little did we know that there would be over 2 feet on the ground before the ceremony even started. Nevertheless, our congratulations go out to Jennifer and Bernie, who were married December 13, 2008 at Alexander’s Country Inn in Ashford (located just outside Mt. Rainier National Park). No one could have asked for a more picturesque location for a beautiful December wedding and we were honored to be chosen to help capture their special day.

This is a video that we pulled together for them back in January, and because of the popularity of our photo videos we decided that we would go ahead and post it here.

Once again, best wishes for a great future together jennifer and Bernie.


(you can view more of their pictures in a gallery on our website:

Sinead says “I do” to Kevin

April 21, 2009

Sinead and Kevin were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on October 18, 2008. This was my first “desination wedding” and I was very happy to take a part in documenting their day. Kevin and Sinead are a great couple and I know that they will be very happy together.

I wish them all my best for many happy years together.

God’s riches and blessings,


Great Night-time Photographs

April 20, 2009

light_streakHave you ever seen a photograph of a city at night? Have you seen those photo’s with the highways almost alive with streaks of red and light light from cars whizzing by? Have you ever tried to take a shot like that and not be able to figure it out? It can be complicated but it is something that everyone can do with the right camera.

The first thing that is required to get a shot like this is a tripod. Don’t have a tripod? Then pack up and go home. You need to be able to secure the camera so it doesn’t move at all and a tripod is a sure way to do that.

After securing your camera, set it so that you have a long exposure shot. Turn off ‘auto’ (and the flash) and enter the mode that allows you to set the shutter speed. You will need to experiment with the correct amount of time to keep the shutter open: start with a full second and adjust from there. If your camera is fully manual, you might set your ISO at 100 (this will eliminate background “digital noise”) and set your aperture at f8. Now continue to adjust your shutter speed to get the right exposure.

When you shoot the photograph, do not press the button. This will introduce movement into the photo and it will blur the entire image. Alternatively, set the self-timer or use an off-camera shutter depress mechanism if your camera has one.

If your camera allows for all this, you should be able to capture some killer night shots.

Best wishes for awesome photographs.