When to hire your wedding photographer?

  • Published February 3rd, 2014 by Mary Lou Guinn

Planning you wedding is probably going to be one of the biggest task you will have to do!

One of my favorite tips is to get a wedding planner or get a book to help you out.  "The Knot Book of Wedding List"  suggest that between 9-11 months you need to do these things: 

  • Send out Save the date cards -  I can help you with those! Let's make personalize photocards!
  • Book your caterer - I can recommend some amazing places - see my previous post and facebook post about who my fav's are
  • Book your florist - Again I can recommend some amazing florist for you to check out!

No one needs to tell you again that when everything is said and done with the wedding, your wedding pictures are going to  be the only thing that last.  So how do you go about making these decisions for who will be taking pictures at your wedding.  

Price - What does it cost for wedding pictures? 

Some couples choose a family member or freind who takes good photos and has a nice camera to help cut the cost of the wedding.  I like the idea of savings money but I would say to carefully reconsider this. The skill and professional education from a professional photographer is well work the investment you make.... Yes, I said INVESTMENT.  Be sure to consider that this is an investment that will last 20-30-40 years from now. As with all investments your wedding album and photos will only grow in appreciation over time where as a set a bad wedding photos will only build resentment and sadness over the years.

Style? What style of photography do you want?

Every wedding photographer has a unique style that may include traditional, photojournalistic, high fashion or a blend of all of these.  I suggest that you meet with you photographer you are interviewing and look at recent work and ask lots of questions.  One of the things that I really enjoy is meeting with couples and showing them my work. I am a traditionally trained photographer but that doesn't mean that is all I do.  You see, when you know HOW to create a great photo or wedding picture, then I can go and start breaking all the "photography rules" to create those UNIQUE wedding photos and pictures that every bride wants in her album.   Take a look at my work, you'll find that I am a blend of all three types. and you can look at my work any time you want in person with a free wedding consultation.


So bottom line it this.... Don't wait to hire your wedding photographer!  9-11 months is still cutting it close, My studio books 10-14 months out.  The sooner you secure your photographer the better. This will give you time to make your payments to pay off your wedding pictures 30 days before the big wedding day! 


So let's get started! Call me at 253-225-7108 


Happy Wedding Planning!


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Outdoor Wedding Heating

  • Published October 1st, 2013 by mary Lou Guinn, Point of View by Lou Photography

Here is a helpful tip for fall outdoor weddings. As you know, this time of the year, the weather isn't always cooperative for an outside wedding, even with a tent. You may need to consider renting a portable heating unit, your guest will appreciateit especially if the temperature  us less than sixty five degrees. The options are electric and gas heaters and they come in different sizes. Contact the rental company to determine which one is the best for your event. 

One of my favorite rental companies is American Party Place in Tacoma WA http://www.americanpartyplace.com/lighting.html

American Party Place 253-473-3300 4522 South Tacoma WA 98409

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Kerrie & Shannon's Wedding - Sneak Peak!

  • Published August 18th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn, Point of View by Lou Photography

What an Amazing Day for Kerrie & Shannon's Back Yard Wedding! 

These two are one of the funnest couples I've ever met! Everything they do is done in laughter. Kerrie's dress was stunning & Shannon's eye's teared up when he saw his bride for the first time coming down the aisle.  The atmosphere was casual and fun.  Great Grandma Mona's attendance made the day super special to create a four generation picture that they will find so special. Kerrie's Dad build the arch in the backyard especially this day and her Mom planted every beautiul flower in the garden so it would bloom for this day.  The bubble made the picture perfect exit for them to escape for their special honeymoon! 

Congratulations you guys! 





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  • Published August 14th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn

This is the post I made on my facebook page - Please read! 

I got a call today (8-14-13) from a mom who considered hiring our studio for her son's wedding but then chose to go with someone who was less expensive. 

I listened while she shared one horrible thing after another. The posing was bad, the photos were dark and blurry, she was over an hour late and had family members waiting, she crossed the line talking about her own failed marriage to the wedding guest, there was no order in getting photos, and while at a beautiful golf course with multiple fabulous options for backgrounds, all the photos were up against the wall of one of the out building. 

The recourse for this family is minimum... small claims court at best.... but the photos of all the missed family members, the missed kiss... all of those things cannot be re-done.

My heart is broken for this family, the bride and all of the family.

The Facebook Comments...

"If you think it is expensive to hire a professional, try hiring an amatuer." - Christie Von Ditter 

"Reading this breaks my heart for the bride and groom. Being an upcoming bride myself I am so happy that I went with my heart and knew IMMEDIATELY I have made the right choice! October is just around the corner....Jeremy and I will be seeing you soon:)" Judy Peters 

"unfortunately I hear this story often. It is always the same, thought they could save a little and thought the memories were where they could trim. Isn't all photography the same??? Sadly no, no it is not." Trina Jones 

"Sadly consumers still continue choosing the cheap photographer, even after being told stories like this, they just don't get it till it happens to them." Sondra Siems

Again, Words to the Wise Bride, ALWAY choose a professional photographer. Don't have regrets!

Wedding Photo Popular Suggest

  • Published August 14th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn, Point of View by Lou Photography

Here is a quick list of some of the most popular wedding photos to consider for your wedding. I had this posted on my blog at BridesClub.com some time last year and I thought I would share it again.  Always helpful infomration. 


Getting Ready

  • Bride's clothes hanging on the wardrobe, on the bedpost, or over a chair
  • Bridesmaids doing bride's hair and makeup
  • Bride and bridesmaids getting dressed, applying makeup
  • Mom helping bride with one last detail, such as veil
  • Full-length shot of bride in gown checking herself out in mirror
  • Detail of clothing, shoes, garter, something borrowed, something blue
  • Touching shot of bride with parent/s and/or stepparent/s
  • Touching shot of bride with sibling/s 
  • Bride hugging honor attendant
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with all the women
  • Groom getting ready with Dad and pals (tying the tie is a classic)
  • Touching shot of groom with parent/s and/or stepparent/s
  • Touching shot of groom with sibling/s
  • Groom with his arm affectionately around best man
  • Groom with all the groomsmen
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres or bowties
  • Intimate shots of bride and groom chatting with/crying with/hugging parents and siblings preceremony
  • Dad whispering last-minute advice to groom
  • Groom ready to go
  • Bride ready to go
  • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/hall/stairs)

The Ceremony

  • Guests streaming into the site
  • Ushers escorting guests to their seats 
  • Ushers escorting moms to their seats (Christian wedding)
  • Close-up of groom's adorably nervous mug waiting for his other half
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Flower girl and/or ring bearer entering
  • Honor attendant walking down the aisle
  • Grandparents walking down the aisle (Jewish wedding)
  • Wedding party waiting at the altar
  • Groom walking down the aisle
  • Bride and Dad/escort/parents (Jewish wedding) walking down the aisle
  • Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance
  • Bride and groom at the altar
  • Altar or canopy from the back during ceremony
  • Wide shot of audience during ceremony, from bride and groom's point of view
  • Faces of bride and groom as they exchange vows
  • Close-up of bride's and groom's hands as they exchange rings
  • The kiss
  • Bride and groom proceeding up the aisle, guests' smiling faces at their sides
  • Bride and groom outside ceremony site
  • Congrats shots: bride and groom hugging, laughing, and crying with good friends and family
  • Bride and groom leaving ceremony site
  • Bride and groom in limo backseat
  • Before the Reception (During the Cocktail Hour)

Note: You can also take these before the ceremony.

  • Bride and groom together
  • Bride with her happy, proud parents and/or stepparents
  • Bride with her entire immediate family 
  • Groom with his happy, proud parents and/or stepparents
  • Groom with his entire immediate family
  • Bride and groom with all parents
  • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
  • Bride and groom with groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom with whole wedding party

The Reception

  • Shot from outside reception site (to set the tone)
  • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses
  • Bride and groom arriving (make it dramatic -- their faces through the dark limo windows, the two lovebirds atop a staircase or pushing through a curtain)
  • Receiving line moments
  • Bride and groom at head table
  • Parents' table
  • Guests' tables
  • Close-up of friends and family making toasts
  • Bride and groom sipping champagne
  • Bride's and groom's parents whispering to each other during dinner
  • Bride and groom chatting up the guests
  • Bride and groom's first dance (maybe with a slow shutter speed so the movement blurs the image a little)
  • Parents dancing
  • Bride and Dad dancing
  • Groom and Mom dancing
  • Wedding party dancing
  • Grandparents dancing
  • Kids playing or dancing
  • Musicians or DJ doing their thing
  • Guests going nuts on the dance floor (again, slow shutter speed could be effective)
  • Bride laughing with bridesmaids
  • Cake table
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake 
  • Dessert table
  • Bouquet toss (perhaps a vertical shot from in front of the bride)
  • Tossing and catching of the garter
  • Bride and groom leaving, waving from getaway car's backseat
  • Rear of car departing

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Leah & Kevin's Wedding

  • Published August 10th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn, Point of View by Lou Photography

I met Leah & Kevin last fall, They have a cute little dog. I did their engagement session in the park.

Kevin told me afterwards   "I actually had FUN!"  Kevin admitted that he wasn't one to enjoy photography sessions. That is fair, I said, I find that with manyt of our grooms &  we laughed. Later he added that he was looking forward to having me photograph their wedding because he knew it wasn't going to be boring.

Well Kevin & Leah got married on Saturday  and their wedding photos are stunning. I'm really pleased with the concepts I imagined came out perfectly. I am always striving to out do something different or something new. I do this because brides don't want to have the same photos as the previous bride!  Every BRIDE is unique so I have to be unique!  

These are some of my favorites from their wedding day! 









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The North Family - Proof Preview

  • Published August 9th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn

The weather here in the Puget Sound can sometime play havoc on our schedules as a professional photographer!  This family really wanted to have a view of Mt Rainier from their water front home. Unfortunately, that particular morning there was a marine layer that lasted extra long. We rescheduled their morning session to an early evening session.  The weather at that time of day was perfect! Clear skies and a bonus of the moon rise too!   They were a blast to work with and they love their images, they just left this morning from the proofing session.  Now to figure out they wall they are going on!! and what the message with be for their Christmas Cards!