who wants to be photographed?

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I’m working with two different talented groups of people for a few styled shoots next month, and we need models! Of course, when I say models I mean you, those regular couples who like to be photographed and would have fun at something like this. Both shoots will take place in New York, one in Rochester and the other in Ithaca, and to be considered I need a picture of both of you emailed to me at hello@marydougherty.com by April 23rd. Please let me know if you are available for Thursday, May 15th or Sunday, May 18th – or both! I don’t hear from enough of you when I post something like this so if you are thinking you would be interested I would love to hear from you!

 

our best homemade pizza dough

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We take our pizza seriously. Matt and I have been making homemade pizza dough for the last seven years, and perfecting our recipe along the way. I’m not exactly sure where this obsession started, but I’ll chalk it up to living in the country. Out here going out is not really an option, or at least there are not a lot of options to choose from. It’s definitely forced us to become more creative with our last minute recipes and pushed us to become experts on those things we enjoy. I say “expert” but that would probably be an overstatement. We do, however, enjoy cooking. Thank goodness. We would be miserable or living off of Doritos if we didn’t (which means either way we’d end up miserable).

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Our first pizzas were baked in our cast iron skillet. They were definitely more along the lines of deep dish, but the crust was bready and thick. However once we got a pizza stone the cast iron was out. Along the way Matt dreamed about building a wood fired oven, but we are not in a house to do that so the plans never went farther than a day dream. However, wood fired pizza was essentially what we were after. What was the best we could make at home? Finally Matt found this recipe on Serious Eats and it’s brought us leaps and bounds closer to what we are after. One of the best/worst parts was that you had to make it in advance – saving us time on the days we planned ahead and leaving us moping around the house when we forgot to get it ready. On the upside, the recipe easily makes two-three crusts, so you can either have enough to feed a few people or save a crust for later in the week (it makes great garlic knots too).

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Most of our tricks come from how we actually cook pizza in a home oven so it most closely resembles wood fired in the crisp and chewy sense. It’s a multi step process that goes like this:

-put the pizza stone in the oven

-preheat the oven to 550

-a few minutes before putting the pizza in, switch to broil (this might vary depending on how your broiler works)

-slide the pizza on the stone with a peel or a tray dusted with cornmeal / flour

-broil for 1-2 minutes then switch back to 550 for the remainder of cooking (usually 5-8 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling

We recently heard great reviews for Baking Steel, and are putting it on our wish list to replace the stone as it holds heat + distributes more evenly

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The recipe for our dough is as follows : adapted from Serious Eats : Basic New York Style Pizza

4 1/2 c bread flour*   |   1 1.2 T sugar   |   1 T salt   |   2t active dry yeast

combine in a food processor and pulse, then add

3 T olive oil   |   15 ounces lukewarm water

Turn processor on as you add liquids and continue until a ball is formed and rolls around 15-30 seconds

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead 1-2 times until smooth. Should pass the windowpane test, or be able to stretch thin enough that it can be transparent like a window. Divide dough into 2-3 parts and put each in an airtight container or ziploc bag – then place in the fridge and allow to rise at least 1 day. Remove from the fridge, shape into balls and allow to rest at room temp for 2 hours before baking. See instructions above for our baking techniques. ENJOY + I hope it works as well for you as it does for us.

*we are working on the right ratio of 00 flour + bread flour and will update – but we often use just bread flour

  • April 17, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Melissa - This looks SO SO delicious!!!!!:) I think I will try this soon!:) what are your favorite toppings to add?

pinterest inspired engagement style

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How do you find the right style for your engagement session? Do you go all out or keep it simple? I find the best engagement session looks stay true to each persons aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out of your comfort zone and dress it up. Clothes can really change the mood and give you confidence. Which brings me to my engagement photos. I still regret what I wore, which is probably why I’m on a mission to help those in need. I had one of those moments where you forget everything you know and walk out the door in jeans and a black shirt… which is not all that bad in and of itself but it really didn’t do anything for me. If I could do it again I would probably buy a dress, rent one, or borrow one from a friend if I was fresh out of college, pick some accessories that brought it all together, and encouraged Matt to do the same.

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These days most couples choose to do two different looks so that not everything is fancy or casual. Some select one killer outfit that will work in all the settings. Either way, a successful engagement session can often come down to style. It’s pretty hard to not feel beautiful in a gorgeous dress.

I recently asked a few friends to help me come up with some spring / summer pinterest inspired engagement style boards, and they pulled some great options. Many thanks to Mary, Jamie + Lynda for contributing! click the images to go directly to the full boards and pin your own inspiration.

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Winterthur Engagement Session | Molly + Chris

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If engagement stories had to be put into categories most would be romance, some non-fiction (and a few fiction to make up for it), and a very few number would be dramas. Chris + Molly’s story is the latter and while it could be written into a page turner the long and short is that when the ring arrived in the mail at Chris’s desk, the box was empty. After many phone calls, and fear that it was stolen, hours later the jeweler was able to confirm that whoever shipping the ring forgot to put it in the box. The roller coaster of events drained Chris of all his energy, and he tried to cancel the evening plans but Molly insisted they go to her favorite orchard. Instead, he waited until the ring arrived and on a regular evening – albeit interrupting Gray’s Anatomy – he asked Molly to marry him. She, of course, said yes.

I met Molly and Chris for the first time at the Winterthur Estate + Museum, which is located just over the Pennsylvania border in Delaware. It was the home of Henry Francis du Pont and is surrounded by 1,000 beautiful acres filled with gardens, woods, trails, and a vast home with 175 rooms. As I was in the Philadelphia area for two other different sessions it was an easy drive for me and Molly and Chris came up from Washington, DC. We captured their Winterthur engagement session in the gardens and I had a great time photographing them and cannot wait to join them for their wedding day in the Cape!

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spring goals

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It’s spring and actually it feels like summer. It arrived overnight. Who cares if it snows on Tuesday like they’re predicting? (answer: we all do) This weekend we had the most glorious weather so far. Theresa + Jake were married on a warm April day in Tunkhannock, PA and threw the most beautiful barn reception at Friedman Farms.

A 2am arrival time back home left me spending yesterday recovering from both a long day of shooting and a late night. Going to bed around 10, I decided to start my week off right by making over my morning. I did something totally different, and after Daphne woke up at 5am I gave her some milk, put her back down and went for a run. I spent thirty minutes running through our little town, which was enveloped in darkness, enjoying the warm morning air.

My goals for this spring center around restructuring my time. For a long time I have just done the same things and I need to change them up and evaluate what works and doesn’t. Maybe that means I’ll start each morning with a run, or editing photos, or reading the Bible and praying. I’m not sure. This week I play to test out a few different morning routines, which of course means my nights and days are different as well. I’m already half way through the book What Successful People Do Before Breakfast and obviously that’s giving me a lot of ideas on how to start and where to change. So, without elaborating any further, here are a few of the spring goals I’ve set:

  • read What Successful People Do Before Breakfast & Talent is Overrated
  • time track for a week
  • go to bed before 11:30
  • try out different morning routines
  • make yogurt
  • mail 3 thoughtful gifts
  • find a workout accountability partner
  • plan may NYC trip + schedule a few sessions
  • work with fotofafa to get editing samples right
  • April 14, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Christina - I’ll be your workout accountability partner (if you still need one!) And second getting fotofafa editing samples right!

  • April 14, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Tierney - I can help you with the yogurt! I cannot help you with the workout accountability ;)