I have been an avid photographer since purchasing my first SLR camera in the early 1980’s. Photography has always been an integral part of my life-ever since I picked up my fathers 35mm camera when I was a small boy and broke it while trying to learn how it worked.
It is my belief and vision that every picture and photo session should tell a story, and my personal goal is to capture that story for you. I have traveled parts of the globe in search of that absolute unique photograph, and I vow not to rest until I have photographed all four corners of our planet. OK realistically that probably won’t happen but I at least have that as my goal.
In 2004, we started McKenna Video Services to round out a full complement of services in the visual arts. It has been our mission, whether with photo or video, to provide our clients with cherished keepsakes or images that fulfill their needs. We take pride in our ability to work with all our clients to also capture their visions and create results that we call all be proud of.
I have a certificate in professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography and I have studied with some world renowned photographers. 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.
We would love the opportunity to discuss your wedding photographs or personal portrait or photographic session with you. Whatever you need, it is our honor to be chosen to capture those memories.
When I was a kid, my parents bought a 110 pocket camera for me. It was the newest and coolest camera at the time, and I packed it in my back pocket (with my comb, haha). I was always taking pictures of my friends, my family, the dog, and if I was feeling particularly reflective, I might grab a quick shot of a sunset or mountain. I get that from my mom. She has over one hundred photo albums that she has compiled over her adult life. I guess the need to document life comes from her need to remember how precious life can be. Thanks Mom!
After a few years of assisting Chris in many of his photo shoots, I felt the need to take my love of photography to a professional level. I set out to affix credentials to my name, and I did it!! I learned who I was as a photographer, and who I wanted to become as a photographer. Good lessons for a life’s career. I discovered that, although I can capture beautiful traditional images, my love is the off-beat, the spontaneous, the unexpected. I gravitate toward the photo-journalistic look and fill my sessions with planned candids. My goal is to capture my subject’s personality to its fullest. The quirkier the better. I especially love the high school seniors with their independent spirit and rebellious nature. Helps me stay young 🙂
Here’s to a year of new friends, new challenges, and happy smiles!
Please call for a personal, no-obligation consultation.
~ Karen M. (August 2018)
“I think Elissa probably stared at her pictures all day today 🙂 I am certain she showed everyone she ran into.
She said no one has ever captured “who she really was” before. She LOVES what you have done :)”
~ Shauna E. (September 2017)
“You can’t go wrong hiring these two!
Thank you so much for all your hard work and Jillian & Brendan’s wedding today. ”
~ Leslie, maid-of-honor (August 2017)
“The pics are beautiful! Thank you.”
~ Laurie V. (October 2016)
“Absolutely love the pictures!
Thank you for such well written words in the blog. We are fortunate to have met a genuine person such as yourself! Can’t wait to see the rest of the photographs.
~ Vidya (July 2015)
“Lynette, excellent work! I see my mother in her
~ Jim M. (April 2015)
“WOW!!!!! I have tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms. Thank you, Lynette, for the fabulous photos of Jordan. You really captured the many facets of his personality. You truly have a gift! We enjoyed our time with you on Saturday, and I paused to smile on the bridge when I walked the trail on Sunday.
~ Jackie Z. (November 2014)
“Thank you again for everything! You are an artist with the camera…love ALL the pictures. It will be difficult to choose.”
~ Tricia L. (May 2013)
“Just a note to let you know that Mark’s photos are fabulous!!
Thanks so much.”
~ Kathy M. (April 2012)
We got so many complements on you and we couldn’t have done it without you. We thank you so much for helping our special day be a perfect fairy tale. We both loved the first look–how it gave me butterflies. Tyler kept complementing your work-we are so pleased and love you both.”
~ Melanie & Tyler (February 2011)
“I would highly recommend Chris McKenna for anyone who wants to work with a photographer and videographer who is honest and works very hard to accommodate their clients. They have done the photography and videography of my son’s wedding (April, 2009) which also included his engagement pictures on the waterfront in Tacoma and a movie to be played at the wedding of the bride and groom and family members. They also helped us put together the most beautiful wedding album I’ve ever seen (and I’m in the wedding business as a florist and see many albums, pictures, etc.).
They also did an on location session of my grandson’s first pictures. They came to the home so the baby could be in his own bassinet and surrounded by his own blankets, toys, etc. I thought this was very caring and the pictures are just beautiful. This company is A#1 and I will only use and recommend them to anyone who needs a first class photographer and videographer.”
~ Kory Pederson, Owner of Benton’s Twin Cedars Florist,
“Thank you for the great job on my photographs! You took 10 years off. The staff is jealous because my photograph ‘glows’ are theirs don’t.
~ Becky H. (September 2010)
“We love the pictures. They look great and every one gives us the feeling like we’re right there again.
~ Monica & Tim (July 2010)
“We just wanted to say thank you, you guys were amazing and made our special day even that much better! You guys were wonderful and your photos really reflect that. I have showed off my album to numerous people and have even given your name and number out.
I can’t wait to work with you guys again…hopefully for pictures of a new addition to the family!!
~ Kari & Derrick (June 2010)
“You are a fantastic photographer, Chris! The pictures turned out incredible and you guys did a beautiful job of capturing the day! Thank you both for your photographic genius, your support and your friendship!”
~ Jodi & Alden (November 2009)
“I want you two to know how much we love the video you made for us. You also did a fantastic job on our pictures. You’re the best–thanks so much.”
~ Kim & Reese (October 2009)
“Chris and Lynette were great. They are easy to work with and our pictures are more beautiful than IÂ ever could have imagined. They helped us out a lot of our actual wedding day and were respectful of our requests. I would highly recommend Chris McKenna.”
~ Stacy & Shaun (August 2009-excerpt taken from Pictage)
“Chris is a very professional photographer who was very easy to work with. He was on time for all meetings and was very organized on 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 for our special day. No regrets, only total satisfaction.”
~ Kristine &Â Andrew (January 2009-excerpt taken from Pictage)
“We hope you know how much we appreciate all the hard work and dedication you put into our wedding-you worked so hard and genuinely cared about capturing the whole day!
We feel that thank you is not enough. The pictures are gorgeous and the video you did for us makes me cry every time. People at work are always commenting on how good it was (and how many people it brought tears to).
So thank you for adding that special touch!!!”
~ Sinead & Kevin (October 2008)
“The photos are fantastic!!! We love them-thank you so much. It’s going to be tough to choose which ones we want as prints.”
~ Jane & Duane (August 2008)
Our wedding photographs are wonderful! Not only do we have excellent quality photo’s but we’ve created cherished family memories.
Our family is thrilled with our photos from Chris. Of all the photos we’ve had taken over the years, these are the best. They will be special to our family for years to come.
Chris was the perfect choice for our small family wedding. ”
~ Kathy & Ron (January 2008)
“Just a note to let you know that Mark’s photos are fabulous!!