Bella Vista Photography, Raleigh, NC
Mary Louise is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography in Raleigh, NC. For over 25 years, Mary Louise has specialized in photography from locations across the U.S. and throughout the world. Her favorite subject matter includes country landscapes, nature close-ups, interesting architectural details and abstracts. She draws inspiration from a variety of visual arts to produce photographs often described as “painterly”. Her photographs are about intriguing juxtapositions of vibrant colors, contrasting tones, distinctive shapes, and unique textures. Her ambition is to incorporate the beauty of painting in the clarity of photography.
Trained in the use of both 4×5 and 35mm cameras, today Mary Louise shoots with full frame DSLR cameras, producing photographs in color and black and white. She studied photography through the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz extension programs, and the Washington School of Photography. She is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association. Her fine art photography is in private, university and corporate collections in over 40 states and is exhibited nationally through art shows, galleries and shops. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic region. She offers classes across North Carolina and around the country.