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Diving the Puget Sound – Thanksgiving 2017

Hi Friends,

So over the summer I did something that I always wanted to do–learn to scuba dive. Work and raising a family have always been obstacles, but after discovering Hawaii last year and enjoying our time in the water Lynette gave me the awesome gift of lessons for my birthday this year. And after some classroom time, time in the pool, and certification dives in the Sound, my dream of being underwater was finally realized.

Now as a photographer, I am not satisfied just doing something for the sake of just doing it. I always need my camera and to photograph something relevant. It doesn’t matter whether that is hiking, or watching an airshow, I need my camera. And why would diving be any different? So, with new skills in hand and a camera capable of diving with me, off I go.

The following photographs are pictures that I took while diving this last weekend with my daughter. I still have a long way to go to master this new genre, but I think they are interesting enough to share.

For now, blessings and enjoy!

Chris.

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Mi Familia – A Golden Anniversary Celebration

Well, just a personal note.

Last week was my parents 50th anniversary. 50 years of wedded bliss. Can you believe it?? A rare event these days to say the least. Anyway, last night we celebrated with a little dinner party with immediate family. What a great night! We don’t get together often enough, so this was a wonderful time to come together and celebrate the reason that every single one of the people in these pictures is here.

So thanks, Mom & Dad, for deciding to spend the rest of your lives together and for being great role models of marriage to us all.

Love you guys!

Blessings,

Chris.

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Hello blogging world!

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,

Chris.

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Chef’s Night Out – Puyallup Photography

We had the honor of being the official photographer of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce’s Chef Night Out last evening. Chef’s Night Out is a major fundraiser for the chamber and an opportunity for chamber members to come together with community VIP and give back to the community. This event took place at the Puyallup campus of Pierce College.

Below are but just a few of the photographs that we took last night. We hope you enjoy them.

Blessings,

Chris.

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