Louis first became interested in photography at the age of 14. As the staff photographer for the yearbook and student newspaper in high school, he was able to gain experience by photographing candids, sports, portraits and group photos. It was during this time that he took on part-time work under the master photographer John Freni. In 1968 he entered the U.S. Navy and was assigned Photographers Mate. He returned home to Poughkeepsie, NY in the winter of 1970 and spent the next five years in various locations practicing a variety of commercial applications of photography.
Eventually losing interest in the commercial aspects of photography he began working as a custom picture framer. Throughout the years Louis was able to develop his love for a more relaxed form of photography. Custom framing exposed him to a great variety of fine art and techniques used by artists and other photographers. This gave him the opportunity to experiment and refine his technical and artistic abilities.
In 1983 Louis started his own gallery and framing business, Framecenter / Hudson River Graphics. The gallery concentrated on photography of the Majestic Hudson Valley.
After several visits Louis re-located to Southport, NC in the fall of 2005 and has begun a new portfolio of images that include the Cape Fear region and the North Carolina Coast. Louis is currently employed as a photographer and custom framer at Sunset River Gallery in Calabash, NC.