Meryl Schenker

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“Meryl can find beauty, humanity and story anywhere she points her camera's lens. I managed her state contract after she won a competitive bid to take pictures of Washington workers doing some of the state's toughest jobs. She gave us unforgettable portraits of the "ordinary" people who daily harvest our crops, care for the disabled, build our houses and work in our factories. These photographs are on permanent display in lobby of the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. They also are a key part of our graphic identity, appearing in many of our publications and presentations. We never tire of looking at them.” -Dana Howard Botka, June 21, 2009

"Meryl's photographs are more than pictures; they're windows into true stories. I always asked to work with Meryl at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer when I had an assignment that needed true heart and soul -- I knew she would develop a deep knowledge of the people and situations she was photographing, and that she would find the moments that illustrated them at their best. Her versatility is amazing -- she's the first photographer I recommend for almost any kind of assignment -- but I especially appreciate how she is always poised to capture the fleeting, hidden, lovely moments of any event."-Rebekah Denn, writer, critic, August 13, 2009

“While working as the restaurant critic for the Seattle P-I, I so appreciated Meryl's willingness to collaborate. Whenever she was assigned to photograph a restaurant, Meryl always made a point of calling to talk about what impressed me about a place, whether it was a particular dish or the chef. Her portrait work is outstanding. I especially loved the way she captured the bright, welcoming feel of the dining room at Portage and the serious nature of the chef in the same shot. I would work with Meryl again anytime, and would definitely hire her if I was looking for thoughtful, beautiful portrait work.” -Leslie Kelly, former restaurant critic, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 24, 2009

"Meryl provided absolutely stunning photographs of the attorneys and staff at the firm. In addition, she took photographs of my baby and me, all of which are works of art."-Catherine Fleming, Attorney, July 25, 2009

"I felt really comfortable and at ease during the photoshoot. I thought Meryl was really respectful and mindful of what type of poses and photo's we had discussed. She was also mindful of positioning me which is really important when you're not quite capable of the same/usual movements everyone usually is. It was fun and even relaxing!"- Diana Wilson, June 2009

“Meryl's work is always beautiful and creative. I loved our photo shoot as she was able to get a guy who was very uncomfortable with having his photo taken, to relax and smile and we ended up with great photos!” Suzanna Eller, February 20, 2009

“Meryl is an exceptional photojournalist and creative photographer. Her work demonstrates a strong insight in understanding how to visually communicate a story and entice her audience to think beyond the obvious. She is a delight to work with.” -Mike McQuaid, President, McQuaid & Co. March 21, 2009

"Thanks so much for capturing the Nishimoto spirit in the family reunion photos! We so appreciate your flexibility in accomodating our huge, crazy family!" -Judy and Amanda

"To moms who may be looking for maternity portraits or professional pictures of their babies, kids, and families. I just had a maternity/family portrait session with Meryl Schenker at her studio in West Seattle. She managed to make my huge belly look adorable, and also got some unbelievably good pictures of my utterly rambunctious 2 year old son. I would highly recommend Meryl for your photography needs. Her rates are reasonable and she puts a lot of extra time and effort into getting you the product you want and deserve! "-Alys Yablon Wylen, 7/2010