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Mary Dougherty

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I'm a fine art film photographer living in the mountains and traveling to tell beautiful stories

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self portrait with speed graphicIt’s hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since I started on this adventure of having my own photography business. Wow. Three years, I think that’s the first time I said that out loud. I dove in to this adventure head first and have come up for air only when necessary. I traveled and drove and flew and logged countless miles in order to document people’s lives and photograph as much as possible. That hasn’t always been easy, nor has moving to Virginia and back, but I’m thankful so much for the family and friends that have been by my side through it all.

When I first started I thought about the day that I would feel experienced and established (since I felt so opposite of that) and not that I’ve arrived but I definitely can see how far I’ve come. I have loved almost every minute of it – you know I can’t share those other stories with you on the blog – and have learned so much in the process.

I’m looking forward to the weddings I’ll have yet to document, the people I’m going to meet and the stories I have yet to tell and be a part of. I’m also looking forward to taking some breaks, coming up for air, and having a more balanced life. I’ve found that when you run your own business it is much easier for it to take over your life than to give you freedom in your life (but I don’t think you have to run your own business to let work take over). I think I’m also at one of those turning points where you start to examine everything you’re doing and see if it lines up with what you believe and what you want your life to be. It’s a good thing, trust me. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and end this diary entry, if you made it this far through my ramblings.

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