This one is for our parents.
Chris & Lynette
My favorite subject to photograph of all time is Caitrin. Caitrin is a sweet, sweet girl who loves getting her photograph taken. Sometimes she is a little silly, but her sessions are always a lot of fun.
As Caitrin is getting ready to “graduate” from middle school and enter high school, we want to let her know that we are proud of her and wish her all the best for much success in high school.
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.
Below are some photos of a mini-session we had with Baby Michael, the grandson of good friends of ours.
We had been asked to come over and take 1 large family portrait including great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. and thought that while we were there, we would snap a few photographs of baby Michael, who had not yet had an formal pictures taken on him despite being almost 6 months old. So we took advantage of the time that we were there, advantage of the fact that it was not nap time, and advantage of the fact that he is a good-natured baby in a good mood. Great timing and these photographs are wonderful.
I 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.
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 had to cut the session short to let her get back to sleeping).
We look forward to watching you grow up, Sophie!
Enjoy your photographs.
Ok, in my first blog I said that I was going to repost all that I had posted in 2008, but I am now finding that it may be too much. So I decided to condense my 2008 baby and children photographs into 1 or 2 posts of my favorites from last year and post them that way. It will be easier for me and it may be easier for you to view.
Hello world. Hope that this post finds you well.
Well, let me be honest for a moment. I have known about blogs–and I’ve been using them for a while. I had my photo blog entwined with that of my other business and thus it got lost. So this is my effort to untangle them and keep my photo efforts on their own. You may see some video on this site, but the video is to highlight my photography and not the video portion of myself-although recognition for my video is always welcome 🙂 .
So here we go…
First, an introduction. My name is Chris McKenna. I have been a photographer for as long as I can remember. I remember picking up my fathers 35mm SLR camera when I just a wee lad, and probably broke it trying to figure out how it worked. Sorry Dad-I’ll replace it soon. Anyway, my parents gave me their old 110 camera when they moved into the Polaroids in the late 70’s, and I purchased my first SLR in the early 80’s and I have never looked back. Photography has always been my love, and right now it is my passion. I love digital photography and what it allows me to do. I am currently a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (www.wppionline.com) and the Pierce County Professional Photographers Association (www.pcppa.net) and am just three photographs shy of earning my Professional Photographers Certificate from the New York Institute of Photography.
In 2004, my wife and I started McKenna Video Services and were up and operating in 2005. We are now heading into our 5th year in business and we are happy to have made it this far. Operating in Puyallup, WA has had its challenges, but we love what we do and will push through those. In 2007, we formed MVS Wedding Productions to focus on wedding video as well as photos.
Like photography, my video background began over 20 years ago and over the years we have continued to hone our editing and shooting skills as technology has evolved. We are currently members of the Association of Video Professionals and WEVA International (www.weva.com) as well as a handful of business memberships including the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce. Besides video production, which can be quite expansive (including weddings, corporate training, web video, trade show video, memorials/funerals, etc.), we also create photo video keepsakes (montage), transfer 8mm and 16mm film to DVD, convert video tape (VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, 8mm, Hi-8, beta, mini-dv, and mini-dvd) to DVD, DVD/CD/Video Duplication, convert videotape to digital media (Quicktime .mov, Windows Media .wmv, and Flash .flv), limited digital media recovery, slides and photographs to .jpg, and many other services. If you don’t see it listed here, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do it, but if we don’t chances are we know someone who does. And all of our services can be customized, personalized, and individualized to create exactly the video that our customer wants-something that the competition won’t do. We plan to use this forum to help educate our customers and to share our thoughts on certain subjects.
In the next week or so, you will see a number of posts from me as we plan to migrate posts from the last year on the other service, share some customer comments about our photography, post helpful hints and insights, and other topics related to photography.
God’s blessings on your day,
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