About Louisa Gould

Louisa’s passion for art and photography began at an early age. Throughout her childhood, she was enrolled in summer art programs on Martha’s Vineyard where she developed her appreciation for art and photography. In addition, her family taught her to sail. By age 15, Louisa was sailing competitively in Martha’s Vineyard Sound regattas.

Although accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design for painting and photography, Louisa choose to major in Political Science and Chinese at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. While at University, she also continued to study painting. After completing University she choose a career in banking in New York City where she simultaneously studied oil painting at Parsons School of Design and the Art Student League of New York.

Her path returned her to sailing weekends on Long Island Sound and eventually lead to sailing in the America’s Cup 2000 in New Zealand. She left her career in finance to pursue a childhood dream to compete in the World’s most prestigious sailing event. After the elimination of her boat, Louisa picked up her camera and began capturing the event. Her knowledge of sailing combined with her photography skills enabled her to anticipate and capture key moments of the event.

Once again joined with the camera, Louisa rekindled her love of photography and decided to make a career as a sport and travel photographer. At major sporting events she can be found in either in a helicopter, chase boat, or on the sidelines. She covers events such as the Olympics 2002, America’s Cup 2003, and the Around Alone Race 2003. Louisa is also currently working on a classic yacht photography book of Vineyard Yachts and a sailing documentary of the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002.


Louisa is based out of Martha’s Vineyard where she frequently exhibits her photography and contributes to the local newspaper. In addition, Louisa takes family portraits and shoots weddings. She also shoots video for promotional purposes.

She feels very fortunate to combine her passion for sailing, travel, and art with her career as a photographer.

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