Join Mary Dougherty as she pulls together a wedding weekend with an amazing team of creatives. We want to give an intimate group of photographers the chance to photograph a dream wedding that will elevate their portfolio and not just look like a styled shoot.

august 12-14, 2019 | saranac lake, new york

 august 10-12, 2020  |  saranac lake, ny




Saranac Lake is 2 hours from Burlington, VT / 2.5 from Albany, NY / 3 hours from Syracuse NY / 5.5 hours from Boston

Recommended hotels include : Hotel Saranac / Hampton Inn Lake Placid / Hotel Northwood / Crowne Plaza Lake Placid

4:00 pm arrival

đź“·welcome dinner with all attendees + delicious food

meet our real couple + talk to them to build trust

practice low light shooting + exit with couple

9:00 am start

morning instruction

đź“·shooting details + flatlays

lunch + snacks provided

đź“·hike + afternoon portraits on a mountain

đź“·evening ceremony 

5:00 am start

đź“·sunrise portrait session

đź“·morning brunch tablescape 

send off by 1pm

Five years into being a wedding photographer, pregnant with my first baby I realized I couldn't do things the same way. You know, 25-30 weddings a year and working non stop at home. I decided to make a change. I would love to share what I've learned in the last 10 years, and how I created the business that fits my life.

I host this workshop with an amazing group of creative friends. We will spend time in the mountains (where I live) and be refreshed by nature. We are coming together to create an elegant, outdoor inspired wedding for up to 12 photographers to document and learn from.


are you where you want to be? 

workshop itinerary

- how to become a hybrid photographer
- how to shoot 15 weddings a year
- work / life balance
- booking your first 10K wedding
- building strong client relationships
- creating successful flat lays
- how to get featured and what you need
- building industry relationships
- finding your niche
- outsourcing and time management

what topics can I expect?

meet the 2019 team

video is from last year's #marydoughertywksh

why is this workshop is different?

We will be working with a couple that has chemistry and is comfortable together.

We will tell a complete story by documenting more than just a portrait session or ceremony scene.

Mary will share how she uses medium format film + digital, works with a small number of couples and books an average of $7k per wedding. Get the tools 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. The people I'm looking to bring together are interested not only in their own success, but the success of others. 

see the feature on once wed from the first workshop in 2018

do you want to know how I offer albums?

do you still love shooting weddings?

are you regularly referred by vendors?

spend 15 minutes talking with mary

photographers with a range of experience ready to uplevel + add to their portfolio

someone interested in film looking improve their skills

photographers who keep shooting the same thing and are feeling stuck and uninspired

let's do this! Sign up or book a call to ask questions!

who is this for?