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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Chris & Jan's Love Story

  • Published August 16th, 2012 by Point of View by Lou Photography

 Chris & Jan will be here in the morning to proof their wedding photo - but you get a sneak peek!   We have a unique, creative and fun vibe when taking pictures of the bride & groom and the families. I hope that you can catch a sense of the joy and love that was part of their special wedding day.


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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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Free Bridal Wedding Consultation

  • Published August 1st, 2012 by Mary Lou Guinn


I love to meet couples at for coffee and for a free no obligation consultation.  Take a look at our sample wedding albums & ask questions.  I promise to buy your coffee and won’t badger you like a used car salesman.  Our approach is relationship based. Lets begin a friendship. All our brides start off as strangers but in the end we are friends.  We want to work with you thru the process of planning your wedding.

Thru the years,  I have found that some couples had many questions about hiring a professional wedding photographer.  Some of the questions had to do with the amount of time and how long they thought they would need a photographer. When we pencil out an actual time line of the wedding day, ceremony, reception & photos they found that the time needed was actually longer than they thought. It wasn’t that I was trying to convince them that they needed to spend more money, but rather to have a realistic view on what they wanted and compare that to what the package they would need.

Another thought that they had not considered for them to think about:

When this wonderful wedding day is to be remembered 5 years from now, How is it that they want to remember this day?

Is it a CD that they will pop into the computer and look at photos? Is it a wall portrait of their wedding day? Is it a wedding album?

There are many cost involved with a wedding, however it is important to keep in mind that those beautiful flowers, yummy cake, delicious food, precious moments will only be preserved thru photography.

It is important to set aside funds somewhere from 15% -25% of your total wedding budget for your photography.

Another helpful part of the consultation that my couples found was that I came with my book of resources. I partner with many vendors, caterers, dj’s, videographers, venues and florist not to mention many more. As we discussed each couples plans I was able to supply them with business cards to help them fill in the gaps of vendors they were still looking for, which they found to be extremely helpful. (Just one more reason to meet with me for your free consultation)

Call me any time @ 253-225-7108 I would love to meet you over a cup of coffee to chat…

Your Friend and Wedding Photographer,


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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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