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Julie’s Senior Pictures – Puyallup Senior Photographer

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 and a view of a couple of Julie’s Senior Pictures.

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

Blessings,

Chris.

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Baby Lilian

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 photos and the video.

Blessings,

Chris

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Nordlie’s Family Dentistry

Just a quick post to wish our good friend, Dr. Mark Nordlie, all our best with the launch of his new website: Nordlie’s Family Dentistry.

Dr. Nordlie is an amazing dentist–the best that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He has been my dentist for over 17 years and I have no qualms about recommending him.

And thank you, too, for having us take your staff portraits for your site. They look great on the site!

Blessings,

Chris.

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Chris McKenna Photography Unveils New Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(February 18, 2010)

Chris McKenna Photography Unveils New Logo

(Puyallup, WA)  Chris McKenna Photography announced today that they are unveiling a new logo.

“We are so excited about how our new logo will bridge the gap between McKenna Video Services and Chris McKenna Photography,” says co-owner Chris McKenna. “For the last five years, we have been searching for ways to bring unity to all our operating units and we believe that this new logo will help us achieve it,” he adds.

The logo, the result of a contest between 20 different graphic designers will be implemented immediately into all McKenna video productions, including weddings, and the photography side of the business, Chris McKenna Photography.

McKenna will continue to operate all 3 of their websites independent of each other for marketing purposes, but all printed marketing materials, videos and photographs will now bear the ‘McKenna Video and Photo’ brand.

For more information on McKenna Video Services and Chris McKenna Photography, visit their websites at www.mckennavideo.com and www.chrismckennaphotography.com or call 253-539-3438.

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Wedding Planners in Pierce County, WA

TO STRESS OR NOT TO STRESS

Do you have a friend who is getting married, or are you getting married yourself? Have you ever been to a wedding which was chaotic and unorganized-where the wedding party didn’t know where to stand, the food was cold and the DJ stopped playing music leaving “dead air” during dinner? Awkward!?!?!

We have had the honor of documenting so many beautiful weddings over the years, some of which were well organized, others, well, could have used some (OK…a lot) of help. If you are a bride-to-be, my advice to you is to take that extra step to get new and innovative ideas, add a touch of luxury and alleviate the stress from your most beautiful wedding day.

We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing wedding planner/coordinator, Tricia Fisk, of Weddings Realized (www.weddingsrealized.com). Her expertise in providing planning and coordinating services is evident in her personality and knowledge of her profession. In the years that she has been in the “wedding business”, she has offered couples an opportunity to truly enjoy every aspect of their wedding, from the planning stages to the day of their union.

What many couples don’t realize is that someone needs to be the “go to guy”, especially the day of their wedding. There are so many details that need to be attended to; delivery of the flowers, DJ, food, cake, making sure all parties needed for photos are in place and ready to smile, dress is flawless, officiant is present, and so many other needs.

Also, many couples don’t know that a wedding planner has great connections to other wedding professionals, and can refer you to an appropriate vendor. Often times a wedding planner can orchestrate and pass along a professional discount on flowers, rentals, venues etc. She can refer you to the best photographers and videographers in the area, where you can be sure that your wedding day is documented perfectly forever.

Couples preparing to be married should be able to concentrate on each other, not the minuscule details that can make or break their wedding day. Hand these stress makers over to a pro. I recommend that you call Tricia for a brief consult and see if she is a good fit for you.  Ensure that your wedding day runs smooth and beautiful. Hire a professional wedding planner. It will be so worth your while.

God’s blessings,

Chris.

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Jodi and Alden: My Life and My Love

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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Tips for Taking Great Halloween Photographs

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.

Chris

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Laurel Creek Manor – Another Great Place to Get Married

A few weeks back, we had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at one of the nicest places that we’ve ever had the privilege to shoot at: Laurel Creek Manor.

As I previously posted, Dee and Zac’s wedding was great. They were a great couple and with this awesome wedding venue (and also for other events) it was truly one of the highlights of our wedding photography career.

Laurel Creek Manor, located in Sumner, WA, has everything that a bride and groom could want in a venue. It has a large, beautiful suite that the bride can use to get ready, a separate groom’s area, lots of windows with great light, manicured gardens, and large, outdoor ceremony and reception area, and plenty of room to move indoors should the weather take a turn for the worse. If you saw our previous entry, you’ll notice that there are a lot of areas to get some unique and wonderful photographs. Laurel and Kirsten were great to work with as well as the rest of the staff.

I would recommend Laurel Creek Manor to any couple who are looking for a great venue. Visit them online at http://www.laurelcreekmanor.com/ .

Enjoy the video!

Blessings,

Chris.

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The South Sound Wedding Show – Fashion Show Video

First, I want to say a special thank you to all the brides- and grooms-to-be who stopped by my booth at the South Sound Wedding Show this last weekend, which was held at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. It was very nice to meet you and to talk with you all about your weddings. We would be honored to help you document your day in any way that we can.

I also want to thank Paula Lowe and the team at the South Sound Wedding and Event Magazine for putting together a great show. The facility was great and all the booths were incredible. And thank you also for having me be the official fashion show photographer. It was a lot of fun–the models were fabulous and the gowns, hairstyles, and makeup were incredible.

I put together this short video with some of the pictures that I shot. I hope that you enjoy.

And see you at the next show!!

God’s blessings,

Chris.

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Don’t forget the South Sound Wedding Show this Weekend

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.

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