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the Portrait Poem | Gas Works Park | Seattle

Sweet Stillness …

My first love is the individual portrait- for its intimate depth and power. So when I photograph families I always include these as well, if desired. This trio was a dream as their energy was already a calm presence – almost still. Certainly enough so that I registered and delighted in it. Coupled with the matching time of day, the serenity of twilight – we created some sweet images.



Mary Grace Long - You are cracking me up Girl! Thank you very much.

Me, know - OMG, MG!! I think you have risen another step in your work lately. I have been watching you for 11 years and I see it blooming. The work you have done in the last year has moved beyond. Truly your best, ever. L O V E!!!!!!!!!

the Portrait Poem | Seattle Studio

When I photographed my friend’s son over the years I always tried to fit in a few of her alone as we wrapped up our sessions. It has become easier now that we are not working with a youngster. We met in ’94, both of us having landed in the same apartment building, each having emigrated from Boston. Even the same age minus two weeks we came to find out. This is when rent was $465 – for a beautiful old world flair large studio. That if anything dates us and the city too. We’ve been a touchpoint, a buoy for one another as we’ve charted our respective courses – sharing tea, cats, birthdays, lots of walks and talks, tears and laughs through both the beauty and work of this world: the ‘callings’- a writer while juggling all things mother and law for her, the marriages, the divorces, the re-course (whatever that means!) now in our fifties. A good friend will keep you on the planet.



Barbara Bush, Kennebunkport Maine

Most of the photography ops of the Bushes up in Maine were of The President and his cabinet or visiting world leaders. On occasion Mrs. Bush and sometimes the family would be present as well. My time in her presence was not up close nor often but on those rare occasions, as here, she exuded a buoyant no nonsense personality, warmth, and a quick wit. What does it take to be the wife (followed by mother) of a world leader? I am sure one cannot even begin to know until they know- but great inner strength is mighty high on that list no doubt. RIP Mrs. Bush.
-Kennebunkport Maine, circa 1989-ish | photojournalism days, film, the York County Coast Star