Category Archives: Senior Portraits

Elissa the Great!

Every so often I get the opportunity to take photos for my family. This weekend, Elissa (my niece) and I spent the morning together commemorating her senior year with a fun photo session. Elissa was most interested in an urban setting, so of course, I took her to the downtown area of Tacoma. Elissa is an amazing dancer and wanted to get a few photos with her toe shoes. I think we managed to get some great ones, and of course, all of my niece’s photos were spectacular 🙂

Thanks, Elisa, for asking me to celebrate this year with you. It was a pleasure and an honor and I love you:)!!

~Auntie Lynette

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Lauren and Kaitlyn’s Senior Session

It’s Senior Photo time again! Congratulations to all of the soon to be 2018 high school graduates! Our calendar is filling up and my computer is working overtime, but that’s how I like it!!:) Woohoo seniors!! Love ’em!

Last week Kaitlyn and Lauren met me at the Pagoda on the Tacoma waterfront. This is one of my favorite spots senior photos. There are so many different backdrops offering such a great variety. These lovely ladies were awesome! They were naturals at posing, allowing me more time to shoot. Thanks, you guys!

It was a gorgeous day with clear skies (unusual this summer with the smoke that’s been lingering). I had a blast! And have been editing through the week. Here are a few of my favorites. It was hard to choose from so many great pics.

Congratulations Kaitlyn and Lauren. This will be an amazing senior year for you both! Enjoy everything RHS has for you this year. Here’s to your next great phase in life!



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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!




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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.




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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!





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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. 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

I look forward to talking with you!

~Lynette McKenna, Photographer

Chris McKenna Photography


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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:)


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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.


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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:)


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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.


Please enjoy a few of Mikeala’s senior photos…

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