Bio/Portfolio

Mary Schwalm is a freelance photojournalist based in the Boston area. Contact: 978-578-2921 or maryschwalm(at)gmail.com

Portfolio
On the scene

A polar bear stands on top of a  walk-through tunnel at the Pittsburgh Zoo
A polar bear stands on top of a walk-through tunnel at the Pittsburgh Zoo
Tourists take photos of themselves atop Cadillac Mountain at sunset in Acadia National Park
Tourists take photos of themselves atop Cadillac Mountain at sunset in Acadia National Park
The shores of Westerly, Rhode Island are seen using Kite Aerial Photography.
The shores of Westerly, Rhode Island are seen using Kite Aerial Photography.
A giraffe has its head in the  clouds at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.
A giraffe has its head in the clouds at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.

Portraits

Fencer Molly Sullivan Sliney poses for photos in a studio.
Two-time Olympian Molly Sullivan Sliney, a motivational speaker and fencing instructor, poses for photos in a studio.
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Salem Director of Public Works Rick Russell lounges on the front of the scoop on a new front loader in the Public Works garage in Salem. The trucks haven’t had much use in the quiet lead up to winter.
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Julie Paige, the lead dance instructor, poses for a photo in front of her class at The Paige Conservatory in North Andover.
Father John MacInnis poses for a photo inside St. John's church in Peabody. Photo by Mary Schwalm
Father John MacInnis poses for a photo inside St. John’s church in Peabody, Mass.
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A teammate holds a mirror for Laura Schmidt as she puts on her eye shadow before their synchronized swimming performance in Andover.
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Lawrence School Committee member Pavel Payano, poses for a photo in the library at Lawrence High School. Payano has been an active member of the community, by advocating for initiatives that reduce the achievement gap and increase the number of students that plan to attend college.
Cancer survivor Elise Amendola holds a name filled heart of people supporting her fight.
Cancer survivor Elise Amendola holds a name filled heart of people supporting her fight.
Gallo
Musician Emma Gallo poses for a photo on the boardwalk along the Merrimack River in Haverhill. Gallo will be performing in this summer’s Make Some Noise outdoor music series.
Members for the ANA
Members for the ANA Synchro team perform during a show at the YMCA in Andover, Mass.
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Pelham track standout Kevin Cheam poses for a photo through hurdles at Pelham high school.

Sports

New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski sticks out his tongue as he celebrates with the trophy as Tom Brady looks on after winning Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.
New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski sticks out his tongue as he celebrates with the trophy as Tom Brady looks on after winning Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.
Andover head football coach EJ Perry III celebrates on the shoulders of his players after defeating Central Catholic at Andover High School.
Meagan Duhamel spins atop Eric Redford during the pairs competiton at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston
Meagan Duhamel smiles as she spins with Eric Redford during the pairs competition at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) loses his helmet as he tackled by New York Jets' David Harris (52) and Jim Leonhard (36) during the first half of the football game in Foxboro, Mass.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) loses his helmet as he tackled by New York Jets’ David Harris (52) and Jim Leonhard (36) during the first half of the football game in Foxboro, Mass.
Andover Nationals pitcher Cedric Gillette pitches during their semifinal game against New Hampshire in the Little League East Regional in Bristol, Conn.
Andover Nationals pitcher Cedric Gillette pitches during their semifinal game against New Hampshire in the Little League East Regional in Bristol, Conn.
Danvers goalie Amanda Backe dives for the ball during a soccer game against North Andover in North Andover.
Danvers goalie Amanda Backe dives for the ball during a soccer game against North Andover in North Andover.
Whittier Tech's Jesus Sanchez is upended in the endzone by Georgetown's Jackson Fritz after scoring a touchdown in the first half of their game in Haverhill.
Whittier Tech’s Jesus Sanchez is upended in the end zone by Georgetown’s Jackson Fritz after scoring a touchdown in the first half of their game in Haverhill.
Boston Red Sox batter Manny Ramierez tosses his bat as avoids a high pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston.
Boston Red Sox batter Manny Ramierez tosses his bat as he avoids a high pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston.
Pinkerton players Jake Lisauskas (12) and Josh Gallant (22) celebrate a goal against Londonderry during the first half of their lacrosse game in Londonderry.
Pinkerton players Jake Lisauskas (12) and Josh Gallant (22) celebrate a goal against Londonderry during the first half of their lacrosse game in Londonderry.

Features

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Horses cast long shadows as they gallop along Hampton Beach on a warm spring day.
Londonderry Middle School art teacher Brandon Stumpf, dressed as spiderman, checks in with a second place finish after racing in the Community Walk/Run event at the school.
Londonderry Middle School art teacher Brandon Stumpf, dressed as spiderman, checks in with a second place finish after racing in the Community Walk/Run event at the school.
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Kids gather around to watch a sheep shearing demonstration at the 41st annual Sheep Shearing festival on the town common in North Andover.
MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo The Ayer Mill Clock Tower and adjacent mill buildings reflect in the calm Merrimack River at twilight in Lawrence. 9/17/14
The Ayer Mill Clock Tower and adjacent mill buildings reflect in the calm Merrimack River at twilight in Lawrence.
MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo. Pigeons and balloons take to the sky during the Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence. 9/4/11
Pigeons and balloons take to the sky during the Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence.

Picture Story

Every year, Paul Boulanger and Kathy Gallagher open up the backyard of their North Andover home to the community as they share their love for making maple syrup.

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Every year, Paul Boulanger and Kathy Gallagher open up the backyard of their North Andover home to the community as they share their love for making maple syrup.
tapping trees
Paul Boulanger checks the downward pitch of a line while tapping trees on private land in North Andover.
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Kathy Gallagher and Paul Boulanger stoke the fire in their sugar house before a day of tours at their home.
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Paul Boulanger leads a group of visitors in a demonstration of maple sap flowing through the trees, a small part of the educational half hour tour at the sugar house.

Sports Picture Story

Greater Lawrence Tech athlete Austin Poirier had his left foot amputated above the ankle when he was only a few months old. It hasn’t deterred him from wrestling where he competes and wins at the varsity level.

Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier stretches with his team before their meet against Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier stretches with his team before their meet against Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
With his prosthesis resting at the edge of the mat, Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier warms up with a teammate before their meet against Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
With his prosthesis resting at the edge of the mat, Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier warms up with a teammate before their meet against Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
Wrestler Austin Poirier checks in at the scorers table before his match against Whittier Tech's John Michitson during their meet in Haverhill, Mass.
Wrestler Austin Poirier checks in at the scorers table before his match against Whittier Tech’s John Michitson during their meet in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier wrestles Whittier Tech's John Michitson during their meet in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier wrestles Whittier Tech’s John Michitson during their meet in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier, center, joins his teammates for a post match meeting at Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier, center, joins his teammates for a post match meeting at Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.

Video:
tbi vetsBomb blasts may cause early aging in brains of troops
The VA in Boston has a research program called Tracts where they have gathered together hundreds of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to research on the effects of things such post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

powersoccerPower to Play: Power Soccer
The PowerCats, a team in the wheelchair sport of Power Soccer, is gaining momentum throughout the country. The fast-paced, action-packed, light-contact sport combines the skills of the wheelchair operator with the speed and power of the chair itself.

carsTimelapse: Snow Removal at the Car Dealership
Every time it snows, car dealers have to clean off hundreds of new vehicles, move them to let plows clear the lots, then move the vehicles back. This is what it was like at Commonwealth Motors in Lawrence as captured by a time- lapse camera.

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