why I still like to photograph weddings

Mary Dougherty

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People love to ask if I’m tired of shooting weddings. They usually do so quietly, almost in a whisper with a knowing look on their face as if it would encourage me to tell the truth. I know my answer, and the fact is I’m not tired of shooting weddings. Six and a half years into this job and I still love what I do… and you want to know why? It’s people like Liz and Ned, who you see me with above (you also see me wearing my favorite wedding skirt – I’m sorry! I love it and can’t retire it yet!).

At Liz and Ned’s wedding (and a few others this year) I’ve arrived to start the day, met a bridesmaid and family member and had them exclaim “oh you’re the photographer! Liz + Ned love you!” and it’s just about the nicest compliment ever. The truth is I love them too, and while I know I can’t become best friends with every couple I can do my best to be there for them, allow them to trust me, and be more than just the photographer on the wedding day.I don’t think I will ever get tired of meeting wonderful people and documenting one of the most defining moments of their lives. I really truly love investing in them and giving them a way to look back on and remember the details, the emotion the beauty of their lives. As long as I have the chance to work with people who appreciate what I do and recognize that I’m in it for them, it won’t get old.

Liz and I were sending messages back and forth after she and Ned returned from their honeymoon and included the following : “I am already in love with the pics you shared… it was an amazing day, magical even. I will be far more eloquent about this in a note to follow, but we both were so grateful to you for being such a helpful, calming presence throughout. Even if the pictures were terrible (which, of course, they aren’t) we would be endlessly thankful.”

Not everyone would compliment me to such lengths, but these two are special and I’ll always remember their day. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing Liz and Ned’s wedding on my blog and you can check back to see for yourself that the images are indeed not terrible, but document one of the most beautiful and joy filled days.

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