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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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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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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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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Engagement Photo Ideas

  • Published January 16th, 2013 by Point of View by Lou Photography

Every Couple is unique and every proposal is not like the other. Romantic. Comical. Sweet. Why not consider incorporating a photo opportunity that reflects your special moment to help you remember, not that you will likely forget. 

Was your proposal at a special location, say the Ballard Locks, the Space Needle, your favorite park or beach.  Consider have your photo session in one of these location.  Dash and Jessica chose to have their engagement photos at Seattle University becuase that is where they spend lots of time, Dash is a student there.  Robert and Tessa choose to have theirs at the Illahee State Park where they spend lots of time with kids and their dog.  These are just two examples of how couples have made their wedding photos or engagement photos in a special place. 

So my advice, be your self, have fun and get creative with your engagement photos. 

And it just so happens that this is the type of wedding and engagement photography that you'll find here at Point of View by Lou Wedding photography! 




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Alan & Cladia's Wedding

  • Published January 14th, 2013 by Point of View by Lou Photography

So much planning goes into a wedding to make it the very best it can me. We plan every detail because it is important, yet there is one thing that we simply have no control over - the weather.  For Alan and Claudia this was the case October 6th, 2012 began as a drizzle continued all through the wedding's evening.  So what is a couple to do? I would suggest that when choosing a venue that you ask about a back up plan in case of inclement weather.  

Fortunately, Alan and Claudia choose one of my favorite venues - Canterwood Golf and Country Club. This beautiful venue is locate in the South Puget Sound on the Peninula and minutes from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Gig Harbor WA.  In addition to the picturesque golf courses, the event facilities are supurb, including an inclement weather space! You'll want to contact Rebecca Magyar at 253-666-8502 

Another favorite vendor that I adore is Jen's Blossom. Claudia's  wedding flowers in shades of violet were the perfect compliment to her cream wedding gown.  The flower adorned the bridal arch, the cake and centerpiece.  In addition to floral design, Jen's Blossom's  provides event design.  And because no two events are the same, Jen provides each couple with a custom proposal.  You can contact Jen at or at 253-678-2311 

Finally, Alan and Claudia's beautiful and delicous cake was provided by  Tortes-N-Tartes you can contact Kelly Hopper the English Patisser at or at 253-857-5425 

These are my favorite  photos from their wedding 






























Beautiful Venue and Flowers 


Here is Kelly putting the finishing touches on the cake

Centerpieces by Canterwood 


Flowers by Jen's Blossoms 

Covered Venue

Covered outdoor spaces for outdoor photos.

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