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Congratulations to Tyler and Breanne!

What an incredible weekend! Amidst the blowing wind and driving rain, God opened up a brief respite. Wow! One of our best weddings yet! Last Saturday was a glorious display of love and commitment for our couple. Breanne and Tyler, as you will see, are one of the most beautiful couples we have ever seen. They showed love and affection to each other through their wedding day, with no anxiety or irritation to be seen. These two love birds are a perfect couple. We had a great time with them and their entire family! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Selland. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your most special day. It was an honor and a privilege. Blessings to you:)

~Chris and Lynette

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Girls Soccer-FPHS vs. Sumner

It has been a great soccer season for the Franklin Pierce high School girls, and they are now preparing for the last couple of regular season games.  Looks like they will be on to the play offs in November! These ladies have put in great effort and tremendous sportsmanship this year. With all of their hard work and new coaching staff (thanks Coaches Green and Pich!) they are poised for a quality record this year. Please enjoy a few photos from Thursday’s game against the powerhouse, Sumner.

Go Cards!

~Lynette

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Brett-Class of 2014

I had the great honor to photograph Brett this past weekend. What an awesome guy! We had a great time shooting his senior photos in downtown Tacoma near the Museum of Glass and UW Tacoma. Brett is a terrific athlete (this season on the football field) and so fun loving. As you can see from this small sample from his senior session, Brett is all smiles and spreads joy to all he comes in contact with. I can hardly wait ’til we meet up for the second half of his senior session. I am calling it the “stadium shoot”, where we will be concentrating on all things football. Enjoy these few photos of Brett, and stay tuned for round two!

Congratulations, Brett! We wish you the very best for your senior year and all that life will bring you. You truly are a light in this world.

~Lynette

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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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Thank you for 2009

As we say goodbye to 2009, we would like to offer our thanks to all our clients this past year for your trust and support. And a special thank you to all our brides and grooms this past year for the honor of capturing your special day.

  • Kristine and Andrew Bicking
  • Jessica & Shyenne Feist
  • Jason & Jennifer Radach
  • Mary & Byron Eagle
  • Ashley & Jason Bishop
  • Kara & Josh Gillanders
  • Stacy & Shaun Moody
  • Dee & Zac Bishop
  • Kim & Reese Andy
  • Jodi & Alden Erickson
  • We are looking forward to a great 2010 and we hope that your new year is full of incredible blessings. Live life, be charitable, smile a lot and be happy! 🙂

    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 better vacation photographs

    You plan for months, you pack your luggage, pile the kids into the car and you’re off on that family vacation. And like most people, you probably want to capture (i.e., photograph) all the fun times you are about to have so to be able to relive those memories over and over and over again. Great! Nothing wrong with that-I do it too.

    But maybe, perhaps maybe, you want this round of photographs to be better than the last one. Sure, you want to get that photo of the family standing in front of that monument, but you also want something unique, something cool, something better.

    Here are a few tips to help.

    1. Make sure you pack a good camera. Forgetting a camera is never a good thing, but brining a camera that is not up to snuff is almost as bad. Sure, I have family and vacation photographs that were taken using something less than a decent camera and when I look as some of those photos today I am reminded that I want to continually kick myself for not having better equipment with me at that time.
    2. Don’t forget to actually take a photo of the family. Like I previously mentioned, you want to take that photograph of the family in front of the monument, but when you take it, make sure that you can actually see and indentify the family. Many times, the family is nothing more than some distant object in the frame of the picture. Move in close and take that photo with the family identified; take a separate photo of the landmark if you wish.
    3. Not all photos need to be posed shot, so be sure to get lots of candid’s of your family doing what they do.
    4. Take detail shots of your subject. A lot of interesting pictures come in the form of detail so don’t be afraid to get in close, but always remember safety first! (Your camera/lense combination may have some limitations on how close you can get so pay attention to the focus)
    5. Don’t always take your photographs standing perpendicular to the subject. Vary your perspective and create angles. Framing and lighting might be better as well as visual pleasure by just moving yourself a few feet this way or that.
    6. Take a lot of photographs. With the advent of digital photography comes a very low cost per picture (no film, no developing) and if you don’t like how the photograph looks you can always delete it.

    Happy shooting and have a great vacation.

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    Become a fan of Chris McKenna Photography on Facebook

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    You can become  a fan of our services on Facebook by clicking on the link below. We thank you in advance for your support.

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    God’s blessings,

    Chris.

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    Fixing Digital Photographs

    In my business, I get a lot of questions regarding how to “fix” digital photographs. Of course, the best fix is to take a good photograph that doesn’t need any fixing. But, even professionals like myself can’t help taking a photo that needs a tweak or two. So how do you do it?

    Adobe Photoshop is absolutely the best software package out there to use to fix a photograph. It can do just about anything from retouching a skin blemish to changing a background. However, Photoshop is very expensive and can be quite intimidating for the non-professional. So what can I do, you ask?

    Easy, Adobe recognizes that Photoshop is not for everyone so they have released a program called Adobe Photoshop Elements. Think of it like Photoshop’s little brother without the big expensive price tag and without the intimidating interface and learning curve. You will be able to find about 90% of the “fixes” found in its big brother and it even contains tutorials and “recipes” for fixes and enhancements.

    Download a free trial version at the following link

    http://www.download.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Elements/3000-2192_4-10057110.html

    Best wishes in your efforts.

    Chris.

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