Category Archives: Senior Portraits

A Beautiful Day with Kaitlin

It’s almost graduation time! Parties are being planned, trips booked and our newest graduates are getting ready to enjoy their last “real” summer vacation:)

Last weekend, I had the honor of photographing this beautiful young lady. Meet Kaitlin; soon to be a Fife High School graduate, herself. Kaitlin and I met up at one of my favorite locations, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. There are so many photo opportunities here, and we took advantage of many of them. We even ran into some the local wildlife…wild rabbits! So cute! Kaitlin tried hard to quietly walk up to one for a quick pic, but that bunny had different ideas, like getting the heck out of there! Haha, it did make for some good laughs, though.

Kaitlin, I wish you the very best in your life’s journey. I am confident you will find a career path that is perfect for you:) Thank you for your joyful and fun filled spirit. I enjoyed you immensely! Congratulations on being a 2016 Trojans grad!

Blessings,

~Lynette

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An Afternoon With Evan

What a terrific week we have had here in the Pac NW! I was blessed to take advantage of one of these beautiful afternoons with Evan, a Puyallup High School senior, whose parents I have know for over 20 years. Thanks, Dave and Shelley, for seeking me out and giving me the opportunity and privilege of photographing your youngest son!

Evan and I met up at one of my favorite spots to shoot a senior session, the downtown Tacoma/waterfront area. He was a great sport! We spent about 2 hours finding the best urban locations and taking advantage of some great lighting opportunities. It was great catching up with Dave and Shelley, too!

Thanks, Evan, for spending your afternoon with me. I thoroughly enjoyed you and our time together. I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.

~Lynette

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Bryan the Aviator

Happy beautiful Saturday morning, everyone!

On Valentine’s Day I was blessed to shoot my first Senior portrait session of 2016 with a terrific young man who has a passion for flight. Meet Bryan, an upcoming graduate from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley. Bryan and I met up at the Pierce County airport in Puyallup, where he and a group of high school students have been building an aircraft. Bryan told me he would be taking his flight test in this airplane next month. Very exciting! It was a dark, wet day, but we managed to dodge most of the rain and come out with some great images. Thank you to Bryan and his mom for making themselves available on Valentines Day. Also, thank you to my hubby for waiting a couple of extra hours for our celebration:)

Congratulations, Bryan! You’re gonna make a terrific pilot!

~Lynette

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Senior Photos…It’s Time!!!

It’s Senior Season again at Chris McKenna Photography! Whether you want to have your senior photos done during the sunny and relaxed part of the year, or take advantage of your fall/winter sport or activity, now is the time to get your session planned. August/September are the peak senior session months, so contact me today to schedule your session. info@chrismckennaphotography.com 253-297-6945. Don’t forget, if you want to have one of your session portraits in your school yearbook, there are deadlines. Contact your high school to find out when you need to submit your yearbook photo. I will send your image directly to the yearbook contact person for you. Easy! Ask me about this year’s Senior Special. Please visit our website to get inspired from the 2015 collection www.chrismckennaphotography.com

I look forward to talking with you!

~Lynette McKenna, Photographer

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Congratulations, Nicole!

Occasionally, I get a chance to shoot a different kind of senior. Congratulations, Nicole! A recent graduate of Central Washington University, Nicole contacted me to commemorate her college career with a small photo session. Nicole was unable to walk with her classmates, and consequently, had no photo recognition. This is where I came into the picture (no pun intended). I was happy to help her out, and because she was now back at home and had an available schedule, Nicole thought this would be the perfect time to document this exciting time in her life. Thank you, Nicole, for being such a fun and willing participant:)

I wish you all the best in your career plans, Nicole. Stay in touch:)

~Lynette

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Prom Night

This is prom season. A time when our high school seniors celebrate their upcoming graduation with that epic  formal evening. These days, young men and women spend huge amounts of money and time on their wardrobe, make up/hair up-dos, dinner and transportation. My kids have been spoiled by also having professional photos take of themselves, their dates and at times, a group. It has been so much fun for us to photograph our son and daughter with all of their dances and special events. This year Chris and I just had our youngest attend her senior prom. Caitrin will be graduating from Franklin Pierce High School in just a couple of weeks. Documenting her senior prom was something we have been looking forward to for a long time. We took Caitrin and Brett up to the Seattle Center for their photo shoot. They were both stunning in their formal black attire. I hope you enjoy a sampling of the photos from their evening.

~Lynette

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Samantha

Say hello to my most recent high school senior, Samantha. Samantha’s session was one of my favorites. Her family met me downtown Tacoma where she decided to leave her family at Starbucks and have her session with just the two of us. Samantha is such a sweet and beautiful young woman. She is a natural in front of the camera, a photographer’s dream! I love the innocence in her eyes along with the obvious joy she has in life. I hope you enjoy a few of the photos Samantha and I created. Congratulation, Samantha! I wish you many blessings as you head off to PLU. I can’t wait to see who you become:)

~Lynette

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Mikeala

Congratulations to Mikeala! A beautiful young lady from our great little town of Puyallup. Last weekend I had the honor of photographing Mikeala to document her senior year. If you remember, last weekend we had gorgeous weather, perfect for taking photos in the late afternoon. I met up with Mikeala and her mom at DeCousey Park. I love to shoot here; so many little niches for great backdrops. Mikeala brought her tuba and prom dress for some diversity in her photos. I loved it; great back-lighting with her gorgeous flowing dress, and some interesting reflections in the bell of her tuba. It was a great afternoon!

Congratulations, Mikeala!  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you. Best wishes on all of our future endeavors.

~Lynette

Please enjoy a few of Mikeala’s senior photos…

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Kathleen

Last weekend was a busy one for Chris McKenna Photography. I had 3 senior sessions over Saturday and Sunday. It was a beautiful weekend, and I was so happy these times worked out for my 3 lovely ladies.

Kathleen was my first senior model. With aggressive plans for veterinary medicine, Kathleen asked to have her session at the zoo. Unfortunately, when we got there, it was closed. Odd for 4:30 on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, but we needed a back-up plan.  On our way to Pt. Defiance, I drove Kathleen through the waterfront along Ruston Way. She had never been down there before and thought that it would be a good alternative to the zoo. I love shooting on Ruston, so I was happy to oblige:) We had a great session! Kathleen is so photogenic and has a fun and unique sense of style. She is an avid reader and brought a stack of books as a prop for some of her poses. I loved the idea! It was a great afternoon and a fantastic shoot!! I enjoyed Kathleen’s company greatly.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, Kathleen. May a multitude of wonderful opportunities come your way.

~Lynette and Chris

 

Please enjoy a sample of Kathleen’s senior photos.

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Caitrin’s Final Shoot…FINALLY!

Thanks for staying tuned for the saga of Caitrin’s senior year. Our original intent was to get in a senior session once a month throughout the school year. Alas, with Caitrin’s busy schedule, that did not happen. It was a challenge to fit it all in, but I think we got a good representation of who Caitrin is and how she has changed, even in just one year. Caitrin, you are an amazing young woman! I know you will go on to do great and wonderful things in your life. Congratulations on your graduation!  Can’t wait to see what the next phase of life brings. We are blessed by you:)

Please enjoy these few photos that I have chosen from Caitrin’s Nisqually Wildlife Preserve session.

~Lynette

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