Posts Tagged ‘WA’

Happy Anniversary Jennifer and Jason

May 16, 2010

We want to wish Jennifer and Jason a very happy anniversary.

Monday marks the 1 year anniversary of their wedding-which is in actuality their 2nd anniversary. Confused? Well, Jason is serving our country in the military and was due to be deployed so they got married just before he shipped out. When he returned, about a year later, they got married again-this time with friends and family present.

This ceremony and their reception took place at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in beautiful Puyallup, WA on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

We are posting this video here in honor of their first, er second anniversary. Thank you for your trust and honor of being your photographer. We are so happy to hear you are in love with your photos, the album and this video.

God’s blessings,

Chris.

McKenna Video Earns Best Wedding Videographer Nomination

September 2, 2009

BOWWMcKenna Video has once again been nominated for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington Wedding Videographer.

Last year, we placed 3rd with only 3 days of voting between our nomination and the time voting closed. That speaks volumes to us about you, our loyal customers and friends (we appreciate it and thank you for your support). This year, we have about a month between the nomination and the time voting closes and are hoping that the extra time translates into a few more votes.

So we are asking you to help us acheive the #1 spot in voting. Click on the banner above and you will be taken to our profile in the BOWW website, where you can vote for us.

Thank you so much for your support.

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

Choosing a Digital Camera that works for me!

May 11, 2009

I remember the first camera I ever picked up weighed as much as a brick. Sure it took great photographs, but it was large and cumbersome. But today, I can find a digital camera as small as the head of a pencil—and it probably weights as much as that too!

The digital revolution has had some great benefits in photography. Big is out and small is in. And small doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing quality and speed. These days, a compact digital camera can be as small and a deck of playing cards and pack as many features as their bigger and more awkward brothers.

There are many other benefits to a compact digital camera besides just a small size. Price for one. Many good cameras can now be purchased for well under $500. I have even seen some for under $100, but would be skeptical about purchasing one of those if good, quality prints is your aim. Primarily, one should be looking to spend about $300 for something that would rate as decent for snapshots by the “professionals”.

Digital cameras do not use film to capture an image, they use a digital sensor. And sensor resolution seems to be the big selling point with manufacturers these days. Some camera manufacturers are now touting resolution of 21 mexapixels . Sound good? Sure, the additional resolutions will make for crisper images, but at what cost. How about file size! You see, the larger the number of pixels in an image the larger the file size. And the larger the file size, the less pictures that you can take on any given memory card as compared to what you can take on that card with smaller file sizes.

Another consideration in digital cameras is their ability to shoot in low light. Some cameras have an ISO factor of 100, which is great to shoot at in daylight, but not at night. ISO 400 is better for lower light situations. There are some cameras that have a range of ISO from 100 to 1600 or more, but at the higher ISO’s something called something called “digital noise” can be introduced into your photographs (noise can be analogous to grain in film). Noisy photographs can be very distracting.

Zoom features is another feature that many consumers look at. But before you throw down your hard earned money on a camera with a zoom factor of 40x, check to see if that is digital zoom or optical zoom. An optical zoom will actually move the glass to bring you in closer to your subject whereas digital zoom just makes the pixels bigger. The result of digital zoom is an image with a lot of pixelation, and the result is one ugly picture. My recommendation is to compare optical zooms only and if you have a camera with digital zoom turn that feature off.

Best wishes finding that perfect compact digital camera.

Jessica and Shyenne: The Preview

May 7, 2009

The following video is something that I put together from some of the photographs I took for Jessica and Shyenne’s engagement session a few weeks back. We had been trying to get for a couple of months to get these shots, but the weather kept getting in the way. Finally, on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon, we got the break we were looking for and took these great pictures. 

We hope that you enjoy the video and the photos from their engagement photo session. 

Blessings.

 

One of the Best New Places to get Married in Puyallup, WA

May 6, 2009

We are happy to help promote the Rock  Creek Gardens as one of the best places in Puyallup, WA to get married.

We met Gracie at a Chamber of Commerce function a few weeks back and she invited us out to come tour their new facility. And what can we say-we were blown away by how incredibly beautiful this facility is. Rock Creek Gardens provides 5 acres of secluded gardens featuring Koi-filled ponds, beautiful waterfalls, and luscious green lawns nestled among some soaring evergreens.

They offer:

  • a newly renovated bridal suite;
  • ceremony and reception seating for up to 300 guests;
  • rental of white reception tents, banquet and buffet tables, ceremony and reception chairs;
  • a catering room;
  • onsite parking attendants and parking for up to 150 cars;
  • complete privacy;
  • and absolutely endless opportunities for pictures.

If you are in the need of a venue for any occasion, we would highly recommend you consider looking at Rock Creek Gardens. www.rockcreekgardensvenue.com      rockcreekgardens@q.com  253-389-2304.

God’s blessings.

Rockcreek Gardens

5 Camera Terms You Need to Know Before Buying a New Camera

May 2, 2009

olympus-stylus-750-7-1mp-digital-camera-2Most digital cameras available on the market allow you to simply point your camera and quickly snap a picture with the touch of a button, there is often a lot more going on behind the scenes than you may have realized.

All sorts of things happen in the camera once the shutter button is pressed. And understanding the most important terms about digital cameras will allow you to make an informed purchase of a new digital camera, let you have more control over your digital camera’s features, and help you to take the best quality photos possible.

 1. Megapixel

The term megapixel refers to the maximum resolution at which a digital camera can take photos. Simply put a megapixel is a million pixels. This means that a camera with a range of 4 megapixels can take photos which each contain a maximum of 4 million pixels.

But what does this mean to you? One word: quality. A higher megapixel count means better quality photos, and considering the price of digital cameras getting lower all the time; you should try to stick with a digital camera that has at least 5 megapixels, especially if you intend of making large prints of your photos.

2. Digital Zoom

Digital zoom is a term that seems to be given a lot more attention than it deserves. Unlike optical zoom, which uses the physical lenses inside the camera to enlarge a scene, digital zoom electronically enlarges the pixels in the center area of a photo, meaning that any time you use the digital zoom function on your camera you are sacrificing the quality of your photos. My recommendation is to disable the digital zoom function all together to stop this from happening.

3. Focal Length

Unlike zoom, focal length is a term overlooked far too often in amateur photography. Focal length refers to how much the lens of a camera can magnify a shot. Focal lengths are generally split into two categories, these being wide-angle and telephoto, which are better for spacious and narrow fields of view respectively.

Digital camera manufacturers seem to provide wide-angle lenses in a lot less cameras, even though these lenses are better suited towards the type of photos that most people commonly take.

4. ISO

The term ISO, formerly called ASA in old film cameras, stands for the International Standards Organization, but what does this have to do with your digital camera? The organization sets standards for photography, and the ISO range of a camera refers to how sensitive the camera is to light.

A low ISO number (100 or under) is not very sensitive to light, and is best for shots in good lighting conditions. A higher ISO range means that the camera will be suitable for photography in darker conditions, so it is best to look for a camera that has an adjustable range; ISO 100 to 400 should be adequate for most people’s needs. Just remember that high ISO’s can introduce “digital noise” into a photograph.

5. Shutter Lag

Shutter lag refers to the time between pressing the button to take a photograph and the time when the picture actually gets taken. This may not seem a very important factor when buying a camera, but think of it this way: if you have to wait a second or longer for a photo to be taken, like with many older and inexpensive digital cameras, then chances are that you won’t end up with the photo you desired. Many camera manufacturers do not list the shutter lag time for their cameras, so the best way to find this out is by testing a camera before you buy.

 

I hope that this post has helped you to better understand some of the most important terms used when talking about digital cameras, and in turn will help you to choose the digital camera that best suits your needs. I think that testing a digital camera before you make a purchase can help greatly when it comes to making a final decision, and it makes sense to do so; you may be using the camera you choose to capture your memories for years to come. 

Blessings.

Engagement Session of Dee & Zac

April 28, 2009

Dee and Zac are one really cool couple. We had the opportunity to photograph them this last week while they were in town (I think that I have now set a record for getting previews online). We had a great time getting to know them while shooting their pictures around the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. The weather was awesome-we didn’t have to dodge rain showers and bird poo (my friend Michele had some experiences with this one) but we did have one unfortunate accident with doggy doo (please, please, please clean up after your pets!).  Gross but no serious harm done.

Dee and Zac will be getting married on September 5 and we are honored to be their photographers. Thanks for a great time time, guys, and enjoy the preview!

Customer Testimonial

April 24, 2009

We were at the 2010 Buckley Jr. Miss Pageant last weekend photographing the event for the contestants and their families (pictures to follow soon). While we were working to get the photos processed and online for the girls, I received a very kind note from one of the girls mothers. In it, she included the following:

“The girls were all so impressed with your professionalism and how comfortable you made them feel while taking the photos. Thanks so much! ~ Shelley Siewert ”

Thank you, Shelley, for your kind comments and thank you, 2010 Buckley Jr. Miss contestants (and 2009 ones too), for being such great photo subjects.

God’s blessings,

Chris.

Baby Sophie

April 24, 2009

We are so excited to share these photos with you. This is Baby Sophie. She is such a sweet little girl. So quiet, so mellow. But she was not feeling too good (just getting over the flu) when we photographed her a few weeks back. But she was such a good sport for only being 5 months old while and really not feeling too well.

We look forward to watching you grow up, Sophie!

Enjoy your photographs.