"Meryl made the author portrait that will appear on my first book, so the stakes were high. I'm not usually comfortable in front of a camera and the image could have real career ramifications. Meryl managed to make me look serious, but approachable, tough but vulnerable, attractive but not too dolled up. This is probably the best picture anyone has ever taken of me. And, special bonus, it was actually fun." - Claudia Rowe 

“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 

"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 

"Creative, innovative with outstanding results would be the way in which I would describe Meryl's skills as a photographer. Meryl Schenker's photographs are not only interesting, beautiful to look at but seem to capture a story about who and what she is photographing. She is one of the best and a delight with whom to work. I look forward to working with Meryl on many future projects" -Louise Chernin 

"Meryl never fails to deliver. We have used her exclusively over the past two years; and her photos have enhanced our law firm's image in print and on the web. She's excited to work on our projects and has great instincts. Her photo sessions are fast and painless! She is so adept at the technical, that a photo session feels more like talking to Meryl and having a few laughs. She inevitably gets relaxed, flattering portraits; and they are beautifully composed. When you work with Meryl, I believe you will find her to be conscientious, resourceful and talented." Anita Lyter, Executive Director at Mills Meyers Swartling 

“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 

"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 

“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.