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I spent this weekend with amazing people creating beautiful images. I really think that, and can’t wait to share the images captured from our time together. Each session was unique, and I ended last night with Danielle + Austin’s candlelit engagement in the woods. Thanks for not thinking I’m crazy, Danielle, when I suggested you go buy 100 candles and carry them all the way in to the woods to create this scene. I don’t think sessions have to be this elaborate to be successful – not at all – but I love capturing something new when a couple is interested in doing so. Follow along here to see previews from each and now I’m off to enjoy some much needed time with my daughter!

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In a former life, I was a graphic designer. It influences what I create and I still have a love for paper, typography + design in general. These days I don’t design as often, but now and then I have little projects, like the thank you cards you see above. I worked with the same pro lab (WHCC) that does some of my photo printing, and they do a great job at press products as well. They place a high value on correctly matching color + contrast to make the images look their best and I love the way these custom wedding thank you cards came out!

These cards are 5×7″ and printed on the soft touch matte paper. They are fairly thick, they come with envelopes, and are easy to write on with a ball point pen. I designed the card in photoshop, although I typically use InDesign as I find it more versatile. If you want to add baby announcements, save the dates, thank you’s or holiday cards to any of your orders just let me know and I’ll work with your favorite images to create something custom!

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homemade macaroni marydougherty 1 homemade macaroni and cheese

It reminds me of home. Isn’t that what mac + cheese is suppose to do? We ate this on a regular basis growing up, and it was always made from scratch by my mom. There wasn’t a lot that she didn’t make, and when I went off to college (and finally learned how to cook) this is one of the first recipes I asked for. The best thing about this recipe is after making it three or four times you can have it memorized and easily recreate it. You can use whatever cheese you have on hand, add toppings to make it fancy or keep it simple for one of the quickest dinners on the menu. Of course, if you need to substitute in a gluten free pasta or come up with a dairy free sauce (or both) you can definitely make that happen and I’ll direct you over to Minimalist Baker for their vegan green chile mac + cheese recipe. So if you don’t have a homemade macaroni + cheese recipe let me introduce you to mine (which is really my mom’s). Enjoy!

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese :

  • 1 lb box of noodles
  • 1.5 c milk (get good milk – from a diary or local co-op if possible!)
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 T butter
  • 1.5 – 2c shredded cheese (as cheesy as you like)
  • salt + pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil – you definitely want enough water to not crowd the pasta. Cook according to directions or until al dente + drain.

Put your empty pot back on the stove on low and add in butter. Once melted, whisk in flour to create the roux and allow to cook a minute or two. Gradually add in milk (while still whisking) and allow to thicken as you go. It might get really thick at first, and then thin out – just don’t add it all at once. Add cheese, season with salt and pepper, and allow to melt – then add the noodles back in and enjoy immediately!

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In D’s bowl (the more orange sauce) I added some carrot puree so that there was veggies included. Sneaky mom / baby friendly, what more can you ask for?

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  • October 16, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Sarah Frances Boyd - I’ve found I can add almost any veggie purée and it’s accepted by my kids! Cauliflower worked well. Best Mac and cheese ever.

  • October 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Kathleen Miller - Can’t wait to try it Mary!!! Looks delish !! :)
    Did I see you’re expecting another bundle of joy? :D

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While there may be uncertainty with where to attend, what to study and who to be, those questions take time to answer. Life doesn’t unfold as quickly as the pace we set for it and sometimes we need to slow down and take a deep breath. I love photographing high school seniors because it is such a turning point, and I try to capture images that show the same thing. Sometimes a photo can change the way you look at yourself, help you be more confident or assured in who you are or the direction you might go. Or… it may serve as a point of reference, one that reflects how you felt and where you were in your journey as you look back. Either way, I love to capture senior portraits and recently photographed Maggie at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. She is full of potential and as you can see absolutely stunning. I look forward to seeing where the future takes you Maggie… and consider modeling as a backup plan, ok?

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Best friends notice it first. They see how time is spent elsewhere and start to see that a relationship is for real. That was the case with Karen and Brendan and it led them to their Historic Barns of Nipmoose Wedding. Just north of Albany, New York, where the hills are still rolling and farmland scatters the country side, the Nipmoose Barns make up a gorgeous venue that hosted the entire day… in fact, it might be one of my favorite barn venues out there.

At the White Oak House Karen and her bridesmaids assembled, pouring mimosas and curling hair until they slipped into their blush pink dresses and helped Karen with her own tiered lace gown. Everyone watched the weather carefully as it seemed like rain could come at a moment’s notice… however it held off until the start of the reception when everyone was safely inside. With the wind blowing and a beautifully cloudy sky, Karen and Brendan met at the barns and saw each other for the first time. It was an intimate moment all to themselves, where Karen gave Brendan a journal she had written in each day since they got engaged, to prove that she was in fact romantic. I can’t think of a better way to start your wedding day or show someone how much you care for them.

From there on the day unfolded beautifully. Some people are afraid to show emotion on their wedding day, as if tears will ruin a moment, others feel the pressure of a certain response and worry about their own reaction. The best wedding days, however, are like Karen + Brendan’s. They flow with ease and in the freedom of their relationship they laugh, cry, and celebrate and there was all of that and more on this day. Take a look at the beauty that took place and celebrate with these two amazing people once again!

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  • October 15, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    julie - prettyprettyprettypretty! what fantastic light all day, and the indoor/outdoor night shots of the barn are my FAVE. well done!