Vacation & Wedding Anniversaries

  • Published July 1st, 2013 by Point of View by Lou Photography Mary Lou Guinn

The month of June went by way too quick for me!  We had a super busy month in the studio - Yeah!! We love having happy clients!  

We got to work with the Peninsula High School Basketball Team for their sponsor packages to raise money so we did some fun photos them 


We also has some great business portraits.  Every person has a unique business so not every business photo is the same, cookie cutter style that you may find in the mall.  The consultation with each client is important so we can create the perfect photo for them to use. Here is a quick sample of what we were able to do for two very different business women. 

Sara Amundson is an up and coming author who was just nominated for an award and needed a photo for her book jacket and website. Her book is set in the Pacific Northwest so an outdoor portrait was perfect for her.  Angelia Colglazier is director at Tordis' Hope Foundation and needed a new business portrait for her website. 



June is also the biggest annual event that we've photographed. This is our 3rd year as the official photographer for the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce - Maritime Festival.  The two day event has so much to offer everyone! I had the best time there. Saturday I was there for 13 hours and Sunday I was there for 6 hours.  To say the least... I was very tired when it was over!  Here are a few of my favorites!  Check out the event next year, it is always the first weekend in June.


these are the Seattle Pirates


This fun photo was taken from the top of the crow's nest on the Historic Commencement fishing boat. I was the only photographer invited to climb to the top and get some amazing photos!  The climb up wasn't that bad... it was the climb down that was a little scary!  But all so worth it. This is the Jerisch Park & the Historic Net Shed.  The park was filled with Hundreds people to check out the booths, eat yummy food and tour the beer  


Sunday is the fleet of Gig Harbor Fishing Boats that line up for the Traditional Blessing of the Fleet.  It is an amazing view to see these grand ships line up!  This one is really one of my absolute favorites!


We photographed Paul & Amanda's wedding on the 15th. These two had a super busy weekend, not only did they get married, but they also graduated the University of Washington the day before in the morning then had their wedding dress rehearsal in the evening! Then Saturday morning were married! They were headed off to Hawaii for their much needed Honeymoon!  Congratulations you guys! 


I wrote a post this last week on my facebook page with a link to some informational about the traditional "Something Blue"  Be sure to check it out.  Here is a photo of Lori's something blue, a set of simple blue hair pins were perfect for her.  Ryan and Lori celebrated their anniversary this month as well - Happy Anniversary you guys! 


We had two family birthdays, my husband Joe had his 50th birthday and my son Jared had his 11th birthday!  We had a Survivor themed party since my hubby has survived 3 strokes and a heart attack!  We had about 80 guest come by during our out door themed party!  Here are a few of my fav's - Joe with his immunity cupcake! Joe and his Dad and then Joe and my folks.


My two boys play Jr PGA golf and their Gig Harbor Team won their Pierce County division!  We had lots of traveling this month but the two that stick out in my mind are the  to the Home Course in Dupont and the Tacoma Country Club in Lakewood, both of those tournaments were rainy days!  They have a great team and here is my favorite of them all! 


And to finish off the month, I took a vacation!  We loaded up the suburban and headed to Central Oregon. We love the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.  We had 7 day with this amazing view. The boys went fishing and golfing and of course spent lots of time in the pool.  It was the perfect way to end this month! 


So here is looking forward to the next month!






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Everyone needs a business portrait some time

  • Published June 17th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn

Since the day we opened our studio in 2007, we have found that nearly everyone needs a business portrait at one time or another.  

Today we had the best time photographing Sara, a local northwest author in need of a portrait for her novel.  One of the keys to an excellent business portrait, in addition to having the skill to do this, is understanding what the need and use of the photo. For example Dee, a personal trainer who works with senior citizens, her portrait was completely different from the one we did today.  We had her wear appropriate attire so when she marketed herself she look her best. Likewise when we photographed Eric, an investment banker, we was dressed in a suit that gave a professional look that matched his profession. 

Regardless the reason for the need of a portrait, be sure to pick a photographer that will give you the time for a consuultation. That will be a key to a sucessfull session. Also be sure to get a reprint permission release to use for web and print marketing.  A lo resolution copy is best for any online use, such as a website, blog, facebook, twitter, ect.. A hi resolution copy will be best for print marketing, brochures, business cards. flyers, ect.   Some studio may provide you with a copyright as well, however that isn't necessary, reprint permissions in trully all you need. Our studio retains the copyright on all our work, we are quite proud of the photography we provide and do not give it away.  Again, a reprint permissions is all you need for your use, commercial or personal. Your client contract will state which use you purchased with your session. 

We offer business portrait sessions in studio and on location. For those with a need for multiple sessions, we ask that we have a consultation to provide you with a custom quote.  

So here is the question for you to consider.... Have you had your business portrait taken?  If not, call us to schedule your session. 

Sara Amundson - horizonta

2013 Best of Show - Wedding Category

  • Published February 27th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn Point of View by Lou Photography

I am so excited to share about the award received last night! PCPPA is the Pierce County Professional Photographers Association, of which I am a member. Our annual print competition was last night in Tacoma, WA.  This image was choosen by the judges to be BEST OF SHOW for the WEDDING CATEGORY!! Woot Woot!  We also recieved a merit for this print. I will be entering this image in the 2013 PPW - Professional Photographers of Washington, of which I am a member there as well since 2009, for their print competition. 

Prints are judged on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. I've copied this from the PPA - Professional Photographers of America - I'm a member there too, since 2009. This standard has been used to measure print competitions locally, at the state and national level. Photographers compete to obtain the Merit image, not against each other. 

Well - here it is!



The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.


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The Bride and Groom's Album

  • Published February 25th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn


“The bride & groom’s photo album is the traditional way to preserve your special day,” says Professional Wedding Consultant Elizabeth and Alex Lluch of “Hiring a good photographer is one of the most important choices you will make in planning your wedding.”


Wedding albums are available in a variety of sizes, colors, materials, construction and pricing. When choosing one, consider the investment you are making, not the cost. An investment is something that increases in value with time. The cost is a one-time expense such as a cake or flowers. As the years go by you will find much enjoyment as you reminisce on your special wedding day with an album you will be proud to show to friends and family.


To make sure you are making the right choice it is a good idea to meet with your photographer to see, touch and feel the quality of the choices available. Look at the samples carefully and ask lots of questions. Do the sample photos show excitement, emotion; does the style reflect what you would like to have photographed for your wedding? Does your photographer specialize in weddings? How far will you travel and is there an extra fee for that? Asking these questions will give you a good idea if this is the right photographer for you.


At Point of View by Lou Photography, where we serve the greater Puget Sound, you will find that we have albums that start at $450 and increase as you decide what works best for you. We have albums to fit every budget. We do specialize in wedding photography; in fact 75% of our business in 2012 was wedding photography. We encourage couples to meet us for a free consultation to look at our albums, ask specific questions as well as receive a custom quote with the payment plan options. Our clients last year were from Seattle to Chehalis, Poulsbo to Maple Valley - all at no additional fee. We are available for destination weddings, but those do have additional travel fees.


We are booking weddings for 2013 and 2014 now, and the sooner that you begin your contract the lower your payment plan options will be. We offer this to help our couples afford the highest quality albums and wedding photography.


We are looking forward to meeting with you for a no cost, no obligation consultation. You can reach us at 253-225-7108

Wedding Kitsap Show Recap

  • Published February 19th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn

We had a Great Show last weekend in Bremerton! We met some of the nicest couples there who stopped by our booth.  If you missed us we have one more show this coming weekend in Tacoma at the STAR Center on 3873 S. 66th St Tacoma WA 

Here are some of photos from the show!


Kitsap Wedding Expo Saturday 2-16-13

  • Published February 15th, 2013 by Point of View by Lou Photography

Don't Miss out on the Bridal Show tomorrow!   

Kitsap Sun Pavilion at the Kitsap county Fairgrounds  1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd Bremerton WA 98311 

10 am - 5 pm 

$5/person  $4/military  kids younder than 16 are free

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Our Reviews are Top 1% in the Nation!

  • Published February 15th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn

Gosh! What a great day!!  We recieved a high honor from Wedding Wire for excelent reviews in 2012 and we recieved notification from Linkedin that we were named as TOP 1% In the NATION for portrait photography reviews!  

We are THRILLED here at Point of View by Lou Photography!! It is more than taking good wedding pictures and business head shots.  We give our clients more than 100% whether they spend $1 or $$10,000 !  Every client, bride, groom, business person, woman, man, child is important to us. This studio is built on the faith of past clients sharing their expeirience with potential new clients. That is why these two awards mean so much! So THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  to every client who has given us a thumbs up.  

Here is just a snipped of the reviews we've recieved - you'll find more on Wedding and

Lou was amazing! She was so personable and definitely made our day less stressful. Our families loved her, and she did a great job of engaging with everyone in the party and worked hard to remember everyone's name. Definitely a fantastic find. The studio was great and working with us and customizing a great photography package for us!! Dash & Jessica 

It was so amazing having point of view by Lou at our wedding. She took lots of pictures and we definitely got our money's worth. She was flexible and got amazing photos of everything:)had lots of fun and got fun pictures. I couldn't have been happier with anyone else. Lori & Ryan



We were very happy with our choice to have Lou as our photoghrapher. She captured our day beautifully and was a pleasure to work with. Tara & Chris 
Lou is a great photographer located in Gig Harbor. With a variety of styles (family, wedding, portaits, etc), Lou is sure to be able to provide beautiful pictures and canvases of your special day. Easy to work with, engaging, and always smiling, Lou is a great choice! We love her!
Who doesn't hate having their picture taken? I sure do! I told Lou I've never had a decent head shot. I had low expectations of what she could do for me. What a surprise! In a few short minutes, Lou took a pretty darn decent head shot! So, I gave her another shot at it. I asked Lou to take some personal pictures. She came to my home, and we had so much fun! Not only is Lou a great photographer, she makes the whole process like spending time with a good friend. And because of this, the pictures turn out great.”  Julie Tappero
“Mary Lou radiates a warmth and authenticity that immediately put me at ease. Her preparedness, punctuality, and professionalism demonstrated efficiency without appearing rushed. Her experience and knowledge of her craft was evident in both the process and the results. Thank you, Lou" Cheri Calvert
“We have used Mary Lou for local youth sports photography; she has always been able to bring out the best in the kids. She has been able to take fantastic action shots as well team photos. Mary Lou is patient, and well organized and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Point of View by Lou Photography for any future photograph needs.” 
Scott Zeitner 


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