Adios - Boring Photo Sessions!

  • Published July 30th, 2013 by Mary Lou Guinn, Point of View by Lou Photography

Say Adios to those B-O-R-I-N-G family pictures.  Lets create something unique, something that is all about you & YOUR family. 



When Grandma & Grandpa are in town, it is time to get the famiy together for the BIG PICTURE time.  Be sure to call me - I'm a large group specialist! - There are no groups that are too big!  I love these kind of photo sessions because it remeinds me of my family growing up.  I'm from a large family - I'm one of 9, my dad is one of 12, my mom is one of 9. Now add spouses, kids & grandkids... we are a clan!    


I am well versed in chaos! No need to worry if I can handle this kind of session. Seriously, I've studied with some of the masters of photography who specialize in large families, Don McGregor, Ken Whitmire & Gavin Seim... these names may not mean much to you, but those names represent weeks of photography school away from my family & studio -  studying... techniques... and much much more !  

You are not going to have a boring session that is for sure!  When I am the photographer for your family, you'll find out that it is a good 60 minutes of laughter... (I am really a lot of fun!)   You'll laugh when I tell dad to give mom a hug and then I say my "magic words" that make them smile - the authentic one that makes you smile!  

I cannot share my magic words with you unless your my client - but I promise that it will make you smile too! 

I swear, if I wasn't a photographer, I think I would've been a good comedian! 





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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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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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Wedding Photo CD

  • Published February 12th, 2013 by Point of View by Lou Photography

I have found that many of today's brides want to have a cd of their wedding images in addition to a wedding album and some even opt to have a cd only with out any albums.   At Point of View by Lou Photography, Mary Lou takes pride in providing the highest quality of products to her clients. Our photo CD's are a fine work of art.  Each cd cover is personalized for the clients.  

CD's of wedding pictures are included in many of our packages and are available ala carte or in the Custom Package Collections.    

So what does something like this cost?  

Well if you purchase an a wedding album, all the retouched photos in the album are included in a cd for you as a gift with purchase. The wedding albums begin at $600 and can easily show 25-40 photos depending on the size.  

A Wedding Photo CD with out an album purchase is $600 and includes 25 retouched images.  We also offer a wedding photo cd of all the wedding photos + 25 retouched photos for $1000. This cd typically has 300-500 photos.  

The studio policy is to retain the copyrights of the images we've created however every cd leaves with a reprint release for you, the client, to print as you wish. Photos can be printed as large as a 16x20 or as small as 4x6 and all sizes in between.

Still have questions about Wedding Photos, Photography, or want to talk to the Photographer? Simply call the studio and talk to Mary Lou at 253-225-7108. 





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Tessa & Robert

  • Published August 13th, 2012 by Mary Lou Guinn

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the wedding last week.  I was so happy that the weather was cooperative for Tessa & Robert!   Robert made the arch for the wedding with drift wood he collected.  I think this is so very cool!  Check out the full video below to see some of the highlights



Congratulations to Robert & Tessa! 



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Top 85 Wedding Photos

  • Published July 13th, 2012 by Mary Lou Guinn


This is on of my free resources that I hand out to all of couples during their free, no obligation wedding consultation.

On your wedding day, you'll want to make sure that Lou, captures

those essential details you worked so hard on. To help her out, provide

a list of "must-take" wedding photography shots. Check off your essentials

below, and add any of your own creative ones.


Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony

___ Wedding dress lying over a chair, hanging by window or over the door

___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress

___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride's necklace

___ The bride's garter

___ The bride's veil

___ A close up of the bride's shoes peeking out from under the dress

___ Bride looking into a mirror

___ Bride looking out window

___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup

___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

___ Mother/father handing bride bouquet

___ Bride hugging parents

___ Bride touching up

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Groom tying tie

___ Groom looking into mirror

___ Groom looking out window

___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

___ Groom hugging parents

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Outside of ceremony site

___ Guests walking into ceremony site

___ Bride and father entering ceremony site

___ Parents being seated

___ Grandparents being seated

___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle

___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

___ Groom waiting for bride

___ Ceremony musicians

___ Officiant

___ Altar or canopy during ceremony

___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance

___ Bride and father walking down aisle

___ Groom seeing bride for first time

___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom

waiting in the distance

___ Bride's father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom's point of view

___ The unity ceremony

___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows

___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows

___ Exchanging the rings

___ Close up of hands

___ The kiss

___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle

___ Receiving line

___ Bride & Groom outside on steps

___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed

___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

___ Bride & Groom getting in car

___ Bride & Groom in back seat


Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception (These can also be taken

before the ceremony)

___ Bride alone (full length)

___ Bride with Maid of Honor

___ Bride with bridesmaids

___ Groom with bridesmaids

___ Bride with parents

___ Bride & Groom together

___ Bride & Groom with parents

___ Bride & Groom with families

___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party

___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer

___ Groom with parents

___ Groom with best man

___ Groom with groomsmen

___ Bride with groomsmen


During the Reception (to help your photographer, you may wish to list these

shots in the order they will happen at your reception)

___ Outside of reception site

___ Bride & Groom arriving

___ Bride & Groom greeting guests

___ Table centerpieces

___ Table setting

___ Bride & Groom's table (head table)

___ Musicians or DJ

___ Guest book

___ Place card table

___ Closeup of bride and groom's place card

___ Wedding cake

___ Groom's cake

___ Gift table

___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)

___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table

___ Bride with college alums

___ Groom with college alums

___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving

___ Bride & Groom's first dance

___ Bride & Father dancing

___ Groom & Mother dancing

___ Guests dancing

___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake

___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake

___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)

___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne

___ Signing the marriage license

___ Bride throwing bouquet

___ Groom retrieving garter

___ Groom tossing garter

___ Garter/Bouquet dance

___ The getaway car

___ Bride & Groom leaving party

___ Bride & Groom driving


Guests the photographer shouldn't miss: (provide your photographer with a

seating chart so that he can easily identify them)












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