Jan 01, 2017

Hello! How are you?

Thank you for stumbling upon my blog.  However you found it, I’m glad you’re here!  There are many great stories to scroll through, and I hope you’ll poke around – but if you’re looking for something specific, here are some of the main attractions!

∗ Weddings ∗ Engagement ∗ Family ∗ Newborns ∗

Get comfy, grab a glass of your favorite beverage, and dive in!  And don’t hesitate to say hello – I’d love to hear what adventures you have planned!

Jul 15, 2018

Your house is a very very very fine house! NH Newborn Photos At Home

NH Newborn Photos At Home! It’s the way to go.  You’ve just had a baby.  You’re just getting settled into your home and having another human being in your space.  And the last thing you want to do is pack everything you might ever think a baby could need, plus the baby, and head off to a studio. 

You’re more comfortable feeding in your own chairs. More comfortable being able to snack out of your fridge. It’s more comfortable not worrying if your pants are covered in baby and your socks don’t match.  There’s no need to leave the house!  Newborn photography can come to you! 

NH Newborn Photos At Home! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: NH Newborn Photos At Home
Jul 15, 2018

The top 5 things this couple did to keep their wedding relaxed and fun!

Jill and Chris did it up right.  Even with nearly 200 guests, they succeded at creating a relaxed environment that fully emanated the love and adoration they have for each other, and their friends and family.  Between their Portland Head Light Fort Williams Park Wedding Ceremony and their appetizer filled Dimillo’s on the Water Reception – the day was top notch! 

Here are the 5 things I saw that they nailed in keeping their top three words (Fun, Relaxed, Family!) a priority! 

5: A roving cocktail hour reception; no seated dinner just stations all around the DiMillo’s on the Water Floating Restaurant and plenty of space indoors and out for people to nosh and relax.  There was PLENTY of food, and it was all DELICIOUS. 
4: A standing ceremony.  While sometimes this is kind of a frustration for the photographers – no clear “aisle” to frame the shot, feeling like you’re standing in front of folks to get in a piece of the action… In Jill & Chris’ Portland Head Light Fort Williams Park Wedding Ceremony it WORKED.  It worked so well.  The feeling of closeness, juxtaposed with the vastness of the ocean was really spectacular.  It kept the vibe they were going for of not stuffy and let everyone be close and supportive.  It was pretty freaking cool. 
3: The dessert bar.  Nothing Bakes like a Parrott really outdid themselves.  While they did have a small cake to cut and ceremonially feed each other, my love of a good dessert station was fulfilled.  I mean.. uh.. their love of a good dessert station.  Either way, the guests were tickled to have such an array of sweet treats and they were SO good.  Like, damn Gina good. 
2:  The dress.  Not that Chris didn’t look snazzy.  Those sharp blue suits with the light pink ties? Debonaire to the T. Someone call GQ and let them know they should do a cover story.  But the real show stopper was Jill’s dress – the delicate lace, the sheer flowing layers, the perfectly matched belt.  It was perfection.  It encompassed her sweet and romantic side but was edgy and unique; just like Jill.  It was also super easy to get around in which was great with the travel to and from the Hotel/Portland Head Light/Dimillo’s.  
1: The laughter.  I know I say that a lot – it really is the MOST important part of any relationship.  Making each other laugh is such a pillar of love and respect.  Romantic, platonic and otherwise.  If you can find the laughter, you can see the light.  And the way these two make each other laugh?! Incomparable.  And their families laugh. And they enjoy each other and it’s so obvious.  Being able to bask in the awesome that was their connection was a privilege.  And let me tell you – I can still hear them laughing as I look back through these photos! 

So there you have it – 5 things they did to keep their wedding relaxed, fun, and TRUE TO THEM.  Which, of everything that goes into planning a wedding, is the penultimate requirement.  You are beautiful and individual and your marriage is a combination of the two of you.  Your day should reflect that from start to finish. 

Thank you, my dears, for such an amazing adventure.  I’m truly grateful to have met you.  And thank you, Allison & Nick, for the referral – it was so fun to work with you two on your Prescott Park Mombo Portsmouth NH Wedding <3

 

 

Portland Head Light Fort Williams Park Wedding Ceremony — The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed:Portland Head Light Fort Williams Park Wedding Ceremony 
Jul 10, 2018

Pictures on the beach in November? Inconceivable! – NH Family Photos on the Beach

I do not think that word means what you think it means! 😉 

Mother nature’s on your side!  This NH Family Photos on the Beach happened in November, and to be honest, I kind of thought they were crazy for planning at the beach.  I was going to wait until closer to the date with the actual weather forecast in hand, and gently persuade them to pick a new location.  But, jokes on me! It was 60 degrees this afternoon.  A little chilly with the breeze off the water, but totally manageable. Even with a baby (and a super cute baby at that!), I’m so glad I got to meet the whole family, and that we got to put our toes in the sand one more time before Old Man Winter rolled in! 

NH Family Photos on the Beach! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: NH Family Photos on the Beach.
Jul 05, 2018

The day started with I Do and ended with Pink or Blue! Portsmouth NH Country Club Wedding

Megan & Ye were technically already married at their Portsmouth NH Country Club Wedding.  They had a small ceremony halfway across the country where they live but decided to throw a big party back here near where Megan grew up.   Sometime between planning the celebration, and the day arriving, Megan & Ye discovered they were expecting! Yay! So they turned the cake cutting on their wedding day into a gender reveal, too.  Multitasking at it’s finest!! PS – It’s a girl! <3 

Portsmouth NH Country Club Wedding! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: Portsmouth NH Country Club Wedding
Jun 30, 2018

Sometimes a dog is just a dog and a baby is just a baby. North Shore At Home Newborn Photos

I mean, not JUST a baby – but just the cutest baby ever! Once upon a time, Jenna & Andrew’s number one baby was their puppy.  He was the bowtie-wearing star of their Newburyport Intimate Wedding.  But he was less interested in being a part of their North Shore At Home Newborn Photos.  That’s ok, he’ll get the hang of being a big ‘brother’.  Sweet Carter, however, was absolutely a star!  The most perfect model and as handsome as can be!

We loved you from the very start, 

you stole our breath,

embraced our hearts.

Our life together has just begun,

you’re a part of us, little one!

North Shore At Home Newborn Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: North Shore At Home Newborn Photos
Jun 25, 2018

Outstanding in their field – NH Family Photos

Sweater weather! I love when a session ends with ‘Next year we can’ .. and in the case of these NH Family Photos, they meant maybe take some pictures in their new home.  An undertaking of love that they’ve been working on restoring and making livable for the past year.  But the outside was still gorgeous and photo ready!  Plus there was a John Deere tractor for the littlest member.  He played along with me for a little while, but ultimately, the only smile we were going to get was with him “driving” the tractor. So “drive” the tractor we did!  

NH Family Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: NH Family Photos
Jun 20, 2018

Two cultures, two dresses! All the beauty. GP & Alex: Married! Mount Snow Vermont Indian Wedding

All I hear in my head when I look at these Mount Snow Vermont Indian Wedding photos is oooooh and aaaaahhh.  Never has anything been more coordinated with mother nature! 

My first visit to Mount Snow was for Katy & Katrina’s Same-Sex Vermont Wedding and even though I’m not a skier or snowboarder, I do LOVE the mountains and I love me a good chairlift.  The bluebird at Mount Snow is pretty spectacular, so imagine my sad face when they closed for the season the day before we arrived for the wedding. 

But fear not, there was enough beauty and magic that ultimately I didn’t even miss that ride to the top of the mountain.  GP & Alex’s dream of a fall filled Indian fusion wedding checked all the boxes! 

And many thanks to Alex’s parents for this wonderful note they sent me after the wedding:

Lynn and I want to thank you for all you did for Alex’s and GP’s wedding day! From producing an extra bobby pin and scissors when needed, to keeping us moving and the day flowing at a comfortable pace, YOU and your assistant were fantastic! Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL!, they truly capture the colors and spirit of the day! Your pictures will keep the moment alive in all of our lives forever! Every time I look at them I get tears of joy in my eyes. Your wonderfully positive personality and true professionalism is visible in your work!
Forever Grateful,
Bob and Lynn

Mount Snow Vermont Indian Wedding! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: Mount Snow Vermont Indian Wedding
Jun 15, 2018

A boy and his dog. The love starts early. Seacoast NH At Home Newborn Photos

Dogs and babies.  That seems to be a pretty consistent theme for me.  But the puppy at these Seacoast NH At Home Newborn Photos is probably my favorite.  He was SO protective of the new little family member.  Layed in front of his crib, pretty much sat on me if I was touching him, completely alert and trying to help if he cried.  It reminded me of my mom’s dog Pheobe. When my son Benjamin was just born, I’d take him over to visit with his grandparents, and Pheobe would try and block me from leaving with ‘her’ baby.  As he grew bigger and started to drool and grab, she’d be right there for him to wipe his face on or grab a handful of her whiskers.  She never reacted, just patiently waited for him to figure out his next baby stage.  

I’m guessing these two pals will get into plenty of adventures together as time goes on!

Seacoast NH At Home Newborn Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: Seacoast NH At Home Newborn Photos
 
Jun 12, 2018

99% of parents worry their kids are growing too big, too fast! MA Newborn Photographer

Party in my crib! 2am! MA Newborn photographer

… It’s the middle of the night, the baby won’t stop screaming, you’ve tried everything and you’re so tired you can’t think straight.  You wonder what you’ve done to yourself.  You wonder if it’s ever going to end.  The truth is, it goes by so fast!  The tiny little baby seems to turn into a toddler overnight.  The toddler turns into a kid.  Next thing you know, they’re graduating high school (in two weeks! *sniff*)  Take pictures.  And better yet, BE in the pictures!  We’ll make images of the simple moments, the sweet faces, the soft snuggles.  The way he fit in the crook of your arm and how his little lips pursed so perfectly.  Someday he’ll be taller than you, walk over, hug you, and rest his head on yours.  Take pictures then, too.  But don’t forget the moments in between. 

MA Newborn Photographer. The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: MA Newborn Photographer!
 
 
Jun 10, 2018

Can I get all 5 cousins to look at the camera together!? Wiggly Bridge Family Photos – York Maine Photographer

The Wiggly Bridge held no candle to the wiggly kids in this Wiggly Bridge Family Photos – York Maine Photographer session.  But it was SO much fun.  Two families, five cousins, one theme: A picture for the grandparents.  With 5 kids under six, that’s not the easiest task, but with a lot of laughing, and a lot of M&M candies, we made the most of it.  The early November rawness was trying to settle into the air, but the kids were troopers.  Something about the salt water keeps the trees near it from hitting peak foliage so even though a lot had passed, we still had some bright oranges and yellows for that New England f0liage backdrop.  

As for all looking at the camera at the same time – we made it work! 

Wiggly Bridge Family Photos – York Maine Photographer! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. ! -The obligatory SEO (it’s how the internet returns Melissa Koren Photography as a result when you search on google! (or the search engine of your choice)). Wedding, Family and Newborn Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! Really – you’re good people! Intimate NH Weddings, Adorable MA Newborns, ME Engagement Sessions, Seacoast NH Families. There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, if you’re in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine (plus I love to travel) and looking for a photographer, you can see more of my work online at melissakoren.com and also on Facebook. If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at melissa@melissakoren.com!  Random search terms: Exeter Inn Wedding, Brookstone Derry NH, Zorvino Vineyards, NH wedding venues, NH newborn photos, NH family photos. If you read all this, thanks for sticking with it!  pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed: Wiggly Bridge Family Photos – York Maine Photographer