PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents looking for that perfect greeting card this holiday season might be amazed to know that their choice selection may have a Northwest Ohio connection to Owens Community College commercial photography student Lois Bowlus. The Pemberville resident’s holiday photo depicting her granddaughter Amber Boyett of Perrysburg picking up a string of multi-colored Christmas lights has been chosen to be featured in Hallmark stores this holiday season.
Bowlus’ holiday card entry of her granddaughter with the title of “A Christmas Wish” was chosen as one of 19 contest winners within Hallmark’s Greeting Card “That Says Christmas” category to have their artistic expressions available for purchase as e-cards on the company’s website. From there, the 54-year-old’s photography earned the highest honor bestowed by Hallmark when it was selected to grace the holiday card section of Hallmark stores around the country.
“It’s really rewarding to see something you captured with a camera appear in a Hallmark card,” explained Bowlus. “What is even more exciting is that my family has had the opportunity to share in the experience because the photo is of my granddaughter was taken when my family was trimming the Bowlus Christmas tree. I think everyone in my family has purchased several “A Christmas Wish” holiday cards.”
Bowlus, who is a part-time Staff Attorney for the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo, added, “The photo of Amber with the Christmas lights was one of first pictures I took with my first digital camera.”
In addition to the photo and greeting, the Hallmark contest required that each submission include a written caption to accompany the holiday card. Bowlus, who is married and the mother of five children and the grandmother of two children, chose the inspirational message “May the light of the world bring you peace this Christmas and always.”
The national recognition has not dulled Bowlus’ interest in photography and in some ways has transformed the hobby into a potential second career as a professional photographer in addition to her legal work.
“I would really like to make photography more than just a hobby,” stated Bowlus, who began her pursuit of a commercial photography certificate at Owens in January 2009. “I have learned a lot in my classes at Owens. It has been a great experience.”
Among the classes Bowlus has taken at Owens include black and white photography and large format, among others. She anticipates completing her certificate program in 2012.
Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.