one hundred

Mary Dougherty

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It was a milestone I knew was close by, I thought perhaps I had already passed it or that it was around the corner. I didn’t have a running count but once I got facts together for a presentation about my business I realize exactly where I was at…

… this weekend I photographed my 100th wedding.

Sounds like a nice round number, and then I stop to think about each individual event that represents. The stories behind those couples, the adventures I had along the way, and the total five years of pursuing wedding photography. I’m waiting for my gold card to arrive in the mail that lets people know I’ve made it.

Then again, “making it” is something I never envisioned. I’m not sure if I know what that even means. There will always be goals to reach, people to compare yourself too, and more to get done. While on the one hand I started out never being satisfied and always wanting to do more, I’m now comfortable to be in that struggle of pushing forward where ever I am at. I’m also refining the reasons for what I do in the first place. I want it to be less about me and more about the people I work with. More about the relationships that are built along the way, the ability to document a day that can be remembered forever, and yes, glorifying God with the time and talent I’ve been given.

It is really easy to take credit for something yourself once it’s done, but the truth is it’s been a journey the whole way.

 

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