Join Mary Dougherty and an intimate group of photographers this August 12-14 to photograph a wedding weekend in Saranac Lake. Situated deep in the Adirondack Park and surrounded by mountains and lakes, it is the ideal place to escape the city and immerse yourself in nature. 

Over three days and two nights we will photograph three scenes - welcome dinner, ceremony + brunch. While you may be paid well to shoot weddings, you have not had the opportunity to photograph an event like this. We want you to be inspired, give you an outdoor experience and allow you to capture images of a refined elegant couple in the outdoors.

ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINs. spend time in nature. improve your work. build community

august 12-14 | saranac lake, new york

 august 12-14  |  saranac lake, new york




Saranac Lake is 2 hours from Burlington, VT / 2.5 from Albany, NY / 3 hours from Syracuse NY / 5.5 hours from Boston

Recommended hotels include : Hotel Saranac / Hampton Inn Lake Placid / Hotel Northwood / Crowne Plaza Lake Placid

4:00 pm arrival

📷welcome dinner with all attendees + delicious food

meet our real couple + talk to them to build trust

practice low light shooting + exit with couple

9:00 am start

morning instruction

📷shooting details + flatlays

lunch + snacks provided

📷hike + afternoon portraits on a mountain

📷evening ceremony 

5:30 am start

📷sunrise portrait session

📷morning brunch tablescape 

send off by 1pm

all images + video are from last year's #marydoughertywksh

I have spent the last 11 years photographing 215+ weddings. I have been featured in Martha Stewart, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty and more and was voted Belle Lumière 2018 BW Image of the Year. I grew up outside of Detroit and traded that for mountains and lakes, which led us to the Adirondacks.

Living here means less distractions and more chance for reflection and inspiration. Sharing this place with other people is a true joy and I would love to invite you to photograph an intimate wedding weekend with me. 

photograph a wedding weekend with a real couple

Hi, I'm Mary dougherty 

workshop itinerary

all images + video are from last year's #marydoughertywksh

why is this workshop is different?

We will be working with a couple that has chemistry and is comfortable together.

We will tell a complete story by documenting more than just a portrait session or ceremony scene.

Mary will share her system for shooting hybrid on a wedding day and help you where ever you are on your film + photography journey. You do not have to shoot film in order to come.

The group of people I'm looking to bring together is interested not only in their own success, but the success of others. Learn from each other over this three day period and invest in each other after.

see the feature on once wed from 2018

do you want to know how I offer albums?

do you still love shooting weddings?

are you regularly referred by vendors?

spend 15 minutes talking with mary

🖤 photographers with a range of experience ready to uplevel + add to their portfolio

🖤 someone interested in film looking improve their skills

🖤 photographers who keep shooting the same thing and are feeling stuck and uninspired

let's do this! Sign up or book a call to ask questions!

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