Posts Tagged ‘tacoma photography’

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!

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Don’t forget the South Sound Wedding Show this Weekend

September 25, 2009

Just a quick reminder to visit the South Sound Wedding Show this weekend, September 26 & 27, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Event Center, located at 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Brides- and grooms-to-be will receive bags filled with treasures, coupons, and copies of South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine at the show. Plus, prizes will be awarded hourly.

See the latest hairstyles, makeup, gowns and apparel at the fashion show at 3 pm on Saturday. Watch the Arthur Murray dancers demonstrate the first dance. Dancers will also perform on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 pm

Try on wedding gowns, special occasion gowns (for your bridesmaids, moms and grandmoms). Costs range from $99 to $799. Presented by Brides Against Breast Cancer. Proceeds benefit Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.

Meet high-quality wedding professionals who can make your wedding day exactly as you wish it to be Meet caterers, photographers (including yours truly), makeup artists, hair stylists, wedding and event planners, dessert-makers, and talk to representatives from a variety of venues for your wedding and reception.

See us Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission.

God’s blessings,

Chris.

Fixing Digital Photographs

June 29, 2009

In my business, I get a lot of questions regarding how to “fix” digital photographs. Of course, the best fix is to take a good photograph that doesn’t need any fixing. But, even professionals like myself can’t help taking a photo that needs a tweak or two. So how do you do it?

Adobe Photoshop is absolutely the best software package out there to use to fix a photograph. It can do just about anything from retouching a skin blemish to changing a background. However, Photoshop is very expensive and can be quite intimidating for the non-professional. So what can I do, you ask?

Easy, Adobe recognizes that Photoshop is not for everyone so they have released a program called Adobe Photoshop Elements. Think of it like Photoshop’s little brother without the big expensive pricetag and without the intimidating interface and learning curve.  You will be able to find about 90% of the “fixes” found in its big brother and it even contains tutorials and “recipes” for fixes and enhancements.

Download a free trial version at the following link

http://www.download.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Elements/3000-2192_4-10057110.html

 Best wishes in your efforts.

Chris.

Another website up and going http://www.chrismckennaphoto.com

June 28, 2009

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

www.chrismckennaphoto.com

Right now, it is almost a mirror image to www.chrismckennaphotography.com. 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.

Blessings,

Chris

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.