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Farm Tour – Ojeda Farms

Photographing with Seattle Wholesale Growers Market the last few years has been nothing shy of pure beauty, across the board. For the obvious reason: fresh cut flowers straight from farm to market. But even more so the people, the farmers and those who run the market and those affiliated with it in one way or another – in particular Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers.  A privilege for me. This particular shoot at Ojeda Farms, run by Gonzalo Ojeda and his family. Peonies were in the making just about to bloom.



Mary Grace Long - Thank you Meryl! This is Much coming from you! I appreciate. Mary Grace

Meryl Schenker - I have always loved your photography work and I enjoy seeing more of it! Amazing!

Mary Grace Long - This means so very much to me Debra. Thank You!

Debra Prinzing - Mary Grace, simply blissful! Love the portraits of all, especially of Gonzalo with the bucket of flowers. You are showing the people, the flowers, AND the HEART of this community!!!

Seattle Portrait

My perfect models to help me test out new equipment. They assist too: holding the light stand, waiting patiently for my dialing around. And, at a moment’s notice. I know what I need to know when it comes to cameras and lighting. But it’s connecting with the one(s) before my lens that holds any weight in this photo world. People and the life humming within.


Seattle Family Portrait | Ballard

One may think, what’s the big deal? It’s a big deal. Baby and dog on camera. It’s a big deal. Did I say that?

I know I know, photojournalism etiquette – doesn’t matter explaining it, having gotten it or not gotten it; the job is to deliver. I’m explaining it anyway.

Mom and Dad were about the best ever with staying steady at my lens so I had only two to work. Ample clowning is required.

Love it when all parts align right on up….


Mary Grace Long - Yes! Very! And beyond gracious as well. Was a pleasure from start to finish.

Russell - Beautiful family!!

Connecting …



biddeford, coast of maine. maybe 1989. film.
she appeared to be homeless, appreciating a hot beverage on a cold day.


we acknowledged one another and she raised her glass as she allowed my camera – her gaze registering our connection.


i was photographing daily life for a newspaper those early years, but it was these more intimate encounters, a recognition of common humanity, if only brief, that fed me and affirmed my way.