Posts Tagged ‘puyallup photography’

Julie’s Senior Pictures

July 7, 2010

Well, I’m a goof. I admit it. In the hustle and bustle of end-of-school-year activities, weddings, other work and life in general I neglected to post our good friend Julie’s senior photographs.

We actually took these photos a few months back at Heritage Park in Puyallup, WA and in our studio. We had such a great time with Julie over those two sessions. She is such a spark of life and we are happy to know her.

So, without much more adieu, we give you a video of Julie’s Senior Pictures.

Way to go, Julie. Congrats on making it through and best wishes for much success in life.



You can view more of Julie’s photographs at


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! ūüôā


    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,


    Tips for Taking Great Halloween Photographs

    October 29, 2009

    halloweenHalloween is a great time for photography! Halloween parties, carved pumpkins, costumes and trick-or-treaters are just part of the fun that you will want to capture for posterity. So here are few tips to make sure that you get great Halloween photographs.

    1.   Fall leaves make great backgrounds for Halloween photographs. If the weather is cooperative, make sure to capture the full array of colors in those photographs;

    2.   Make sure to vary your shooting angles. Something unique may give your photo that extra something to make it fantastic;

    3.   Get down to their level. If you are trying to take photos of small children, take the photograph at their eye-level;

    4.   Taking photographs of people in costumes? Make sure you take them early when makeup is still fresh;

    5.¬†¬† Take a variety of photographs: some posed, some candids, some groups, and some individual. Make sure the background is appropriate for the subject (i.e., not putting the pretty princess in the “graveyard”);

    6.¬†¬† Play around with the “night mode” on your camera. Many pictures are ruined by harsh flash, try to turn off the flash (if area is appropriately lit), raise your ISO to 400 or 800, turn down your shutter speed, and put your camera on a tripod.

    And above all else stay safe!!!

    Happy Halloween.


    Dee & Zac: Our Life Begins Together

    September 22, 2009

    All our best to Dee and Zac Bishop, who were married just a few short weeks ago at Laurel Creek Manor, in Sumner, WA.

    We were honored to be chosen as the photographers for their incredible wedding. The day started out with a terrible rainstorm, and we were all concerned that with the rain the wedding might have to shift to plan B, but with a few prayers the rain lifted and their beatiful ceremony was allowed to proceed.

    This video is a short montage of some of the photographs we took of their day.

    Congratulations, Dee and Zac, and enjoy the video.

    God’s blessings,


    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! ūüôā 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 Рbabies grow far too quickly so it is important to capture enough photos as they grow out of infancy.

    2.   Get down on their level Рmove 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 Рfeeling 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 Рuse common object to show how your baby is growing.

    9.   Use a plain background Рa 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.

    A Customer Testimonial (Wedding Photography)

    June 11, 2009

    Kristine and AndrewI received this testimonial today and I thought that I would share it with you.

    “Chris is a very professional photographer who was very easy to work with. He was on time for all meetings and was very well organized the day of our wedding. I would recommend him to everyone I know. He has a great customer service attitude and his number one concern is his client’s satisfaction and happiness with his work. We were very pleased with the quality of his work and the time he spent to get the right shots on our big day. We were so glad we decided to go with Chris McKenna Photography for our special day. No regrets, only total satisfaction. ” ~ Kristine Richmond

    Thank you, Kristine, for your nice sentiments and for giving us the honor of capturing your special day.

    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

    About Chris McKenna Photography – Puyallup Photographer

    May 13, 2009

    I started this blog over a month ago, moving it over from that of my other business, McKenna Video Services. In my haste to get this blog up-and-going and add some content, I failed to do one important thing: to tell you something about myself. So here it goes.

    I have always been fascinated by photography; it was my first love. I remember when I was very young picking up my father’s 35mm SLR when I should have been napping, and trying to figure out how it worked. I played with the shutter, the lenses, the winding mechanism, etc. and in my process of examining it, I broke it. At least that is what my father tells me. Soon after, he thought it wise to get me my own camera and let me play with that instead. So, my parents bought me a Kodak 110 Instamatic Camera and I was off and running.

    I purchased my first SLR when I was 16 years old and took my first photography class soon after. I was so excited to learn about aperature, shutter speeds, ASA (now called ISO), composition and all the basics of good photography.

    Since then, I have studied professional photography at the New York Institute of Photography and under the tuteleage of a few of this country’s greatest photographers including Bambi Cantrell and David Ziser. I have attended a number of¬†seminars offered by¬†Robert Lino, Frank Salas, Catherine Hall, Michael O‚ÄôNeill, Doug Gordon, Bruce Dorn and Peter Eastway.

    I am currently a member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (, the Pierce County Professional Photographers Association (, and the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce.

    If I have the good fortunate to have you as my subject, you will notice that I try to use some humor in my sessions to put you at ease. Your photograph should not be stiff and lifeless, unless that is your goal, but rather  to show you as you are: a beautiful creation.

    Professionally speaking, I am an event, ¬†portrait and wedding photographer. I am now branching into sports photography in a joint venture with a company called Sportog. And if you are planning a trip, call on me to be your official trip photographer. I would be happy to entertain any travel offers you might bring me. ūüôā

    You can see some of my photographs on this blog and even more on my website, If you wish to see even more, please give me a call (253-539-3438) and I’ll have you over to the studio to view some sample albums and more photographs.

    God’s blessings, ¬†