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2021 workshop

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Join me in the Adirondacks ( 5 hours from Boston + NYC) to photograph a high end wedding weekend in the mountains. The imagery will not only add to your portfolio but I will show you how to use it to book your new higher rates. With 13 years in this industry, I'll teach you how I doubled my wedding average, moved markets and created my best work (while raising a family) and you can too. Most of all, I would love to give you an experience that fuels your year and shifts your direction.

an intentional event focused helping you raise prices, find your voice and build the business of your dreams.

This three day workshop is designed to allow you to pause in the middle of a busy season. Refocus and adjust your direction when you can see results. Shoot a stunning mountain setting and on the lake to create images your portfolio needs to attract clients who love the outdoors. Build relationships with our vendor team and accomplished attendees that allow you to open doors to the next level of your business. 

A CREATIVE ESCAPE + the tools to uplevel

august 9-11, 2021 in Saranac Lake, ny

adirondack wedding workshop reviews

Since going to the workshop, I've doubled my prices + completely booked out 2021 with those higher prices. The workshop gave me the confidence to know my worth.

Since the workshop, I outsourced my editing + hired an assistant. I haven't pulled a single all-nighter editing since, and actually feel like I can enjoy my life and find balance, even in the midst of wedding season!

– Juliana Cole

“I knew it was going to be a beautiful setting, but was also hoping the experience would be meaningful and creative.

It turned out to be so much more!

It was so inspiring, stimulating and eye-opening in many ways. The space and the flow you created for photographers to practice their craft was very inviting and organic.

– Olya Vysotskaya

” Before the workshop I felt burnt out and lacked confidence. After I had confidence to pursue my business in a more meaningful direction. I went home and booked a wedding with my ideal client!

Through Mary’s attention to detail and thoughtful aesthetic, you feel like you’re in the middle of a real intimate wedding.”

– Danielle Hutchinson

“Being in the wedding photography world can feel like an uphill battle that you are facing alone most days. This workshop gave me an opportunity to connect and meet other creatives and photographers that I could share ideas and dreams with. Not only was the workshop well thought out and beautifully designed but it was so much more than that. We had the space to be creative while also learning from Mary and each other.”

– Julia Rebecca 

see what we created at past workshops 

- posing + shooting (film and digital)
- booking your first 10K wedding
- building client + industry  relationships
- how to shoot 15 weddings a year
- work / life balance
- curating your portfolio
- getting featured

what topics can I expect?

photograph a wedding weekend

three days of wedding photography in a mountain setting

Get ready for the highlight of your year. Ambitious statement? Yes, but so are you and I. Come enjoy the mountains and lakes of the Adirondacks to refresh your spirit and energize your business. We will shoot different scenes of a high end wedding weekend, enjoy swimming in the lake and of course eat delicious food. The goal for our time together is to give you the skills and confidence to move to the next level in your business. Our small group setting is intimate and allows one on one shooting time so you are not rushed or competing like in other workshops.

august 9-11, 2021

3 payments of $997

pay in full $2497

additional payments due midway + 2 weeks before workshop

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2019 workshop

2020 workshop

- my house in Saranac Lake is our base
- 5-6 hour drive from Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, Buffalo
- fly in to Burlington, VT or Albany, NY
- stay at the Hotel Saranac or Hampton Inn
- plan your trip around your location preference or bring your family

this seems far, how do I come?

do you want to know how I offer albums?

do you still love shooting weddings?

are you regularly referred by vendors?

Three days of shooting in the Adirondacks with a real couple + models.

The framework Mary used to elevate her business and book luxury weddings.

Expertly styled wedding weekend so you can tell a story and not just one piece of a day.

Group setting to learn together and time for your individual questions to be answered. 

Most meals are included / Hotel is not included. Come up with your family or extend your stay.

what is included?

meet mary dougherty

Five years into being a wedding photographer, pregnant with my first baby I realized I couldn't do things the same way. You know, 30 weddings a year and working non stop. I decided to change, and now I'm sharing 13 years of experience with you.

This workshop invites you to learn how I transformed my business, and gives you the opportunity to create magic in the Adirondacks shooting alongside me.

I host this workshop in Saranac Lake / Lake Placid / Keene area of the Adirondacks (that I call home) yearly. I love inviting people up to this place to be renewed by nature.

the story of raising my prices, scaling back to 15 weddings and finding time and energy for myself and my family.

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Saranac Lake is 2 hours from Burlington, VT / 2.5 from Albany, NY / 5 hours from NYC / 5 hours from Boston

Recommended hotels include : Hotel Saranac / Hampton Inn Lake Placid / Saranac Waterfront Lodge

3:00 pm arrival

intro session + appetizers

portfolio reviews

📷welcome dinner with all attendees + delicious food

9:00 am start

morning instruction

📷shoot details + flatlays

lunch + snacks provided

📷evening ceremony and reception

5:00 am start

📷sunrise portrait session

11:00 post production demo

1:00 goodbyes

2021 workshop itinerary

Itinerary is subject to change 

Single coaching sessions start with pre-work, an afternoon of tackling your biggest problems, and finally a check in one month after. An hour session will be included when you sign up for the workshop, or you can book additional time (4 hour blocks).

accountability + resources to start now

one hour session complimentary with your workshop registration

one on one coaching

your marketing

- your marketing plan
- building community
- submissions
- blogging + pinterest
- social media

- your ideal client
- points of connection
- solving your client's problems
- referral streams
- communicating value

- defining your voice
- your purpose + mission statement
- time management + outsourcing
- defining success
- pricing + revenue streams

your clients

your business + mindset

your work

- portfolio review
- planning personal work
- how to start shooting film
- staying inspired
- shooting + editing consistency

can't come to the workshop? inquire about a personalized coaching experience.

why is this workshop different?

We will be working with a couple that has chemistry and is comfortable together in addition to models.

Mary will take you to some of her favorite local spots. We will access unique and beautiful locations.

Mary will share her transition to film + hybrid shooting and how she double her average wedding investment and now confidently books $8k+ per wedding. Get the blueprint to do what she does or become equipped to go in your own direction.

A diverse group of creatives will be on site to share and learn from and details on our vendor team are coming soon!

set up a discovery call to make sure you are a good fit before signing up