what a weekend.

Mary Dougherty

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When I have the chance to photograph weddings like the two I shot this weekend, I love my job. They both were beautiful, weather cooperated, and photos fit in seamlessly to compliment the day. Shooting two weddings in a weekend takes a lot out of you, demanding extra creativity and energy, but I like to think I rose to the challenge even better than before. However, I’m not without flaws.

It all started on Friday when I was packing the car to leave. I was completely ready, hair fixed and makeup on, when I took out the cup I left in the car from the day before with just a little bit of smoothie still sitting in it. I dropped the cup straight on the ground and it splashed up on my face and hair. Was this where my weekend was headed? I cleaned up patiently, resigned to the fact that there was a small crusty spot left from washing the smoothie out.

I arrived safely to the wedding, even had time for a delicious lunch at Elm Street Bakery, and got to work. Despite the forecast for rain that day, it worked around our schedule and we had enough time to shoot the portraits before the ceremony as planned. It was in between photos of the bridal party that I was standing under a tree, moved my hand as if choreographed and caught bird poop directly on it. Thankfully tissues were on hand and I the hand sanitizer I keep in the car was quickly used.

The final note in my series of unfortunately events occurred this morning. I finished downloading images and a simple error left a few images from being copied. This sent me in a frenzy, thinking memory cards had failed and images were lost forever. I didn’t discover the images were safe and sound until I resigned myself to the fact that my life was over. Perhaps I need to get more sleep. I’m happy to say no photos were lost, no memory cards failed, and the systems I have in place to keep images safe are still working.

Sometimes I make my job harder than it is. Or maybe that’s what my life looks like behind the scenes. Either way, I think I need to make a pie.

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