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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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I think it’s fun to have pictures taken. It’s probably because I know cameras well, and realize there is nothing to be afraid of. Like any poisonous animal, they have to be handled carefully and can be disastrous in the hands of the wrong person. (is that analogy too dramatic?) We all know someone who has been bit before, and shudders at the sight of a camera pointed their way. However, once you get past the fear and push aside that voice that told you “you’re not photogenic,” there is a world of opportunity. Maybe instead we should go around saying “you take terrible pictures…” but that would just be rude.

So, next time you are photographed keep these things in mind for better results.

Trust your handler aka photographer. Not everyone knows how to wield that camera in their hands, so when you really want good pictures find someone you trust. This person will make you feel at ease and help pull something out of you that you didn’t know you had.

The camera is your friend. You don’t have to smile it down until it stops clicking. Relax and look at it like a mirror, being okay with different expressions and taking the time to warm up to and get to know it.

The best images come out of collaboration. While a photographer can push and pull it’s up to the subject to give what they want. This takes trust and friendship and a willingness to believe.

Just like the truth that you will never succeed if you don’t first fail, you will never take a good picture if you don’t first take some terrible ones. That’s true as a photographer and a subject. To prove that point, let me brighten your day with a few outtakes from yesterday’s shoot – a collaboration between Tierney and I! We had such fun surviving the heat in Ithaca and letting our babes meet for the first time!

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