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!

Oct 20, 2018

What does a mini session look like? – Exeter NH Family Photography

NH Mini Sessions – Exeter NH Family Photography. Make time for you! 

Next Mini Sessions are November 3 & 4th!  Book Here! https://melissakoren.as.me/schedule.php

A mini-session is fun!  I like to call it “mkp lite” – A quick 15-minute session so you can have new photos of this very moment in life. Freshen up your walls (and social networking profiles), or have the perfect gift for giving. Kids, pets, family, love, just because, and why the heck not. You’re free to bring props (I love props!) and as many or as few people as you’d like to try and photograph in the time allotted.  

Can’t make those dates? Not to worry! I always offer them a la carte – check out the info for a ‘pop up’ mini-session!

NH Mini Sessions – Exeter NH Family Photography! 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 Mini Sessions – Exeter NH Family Photography! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, good people in NH, ME, MA & beyond like you. 
Oct 18, 2018

The very definition of living life to it’s fullest.

Joy, joy and more joy.  Those are the three words I would use to describe Terri & Mike.  Not just their wedding, but their very essence. 

We were lucky enough to meet these two at one of our favorite hangs (If you don’t already know, that’s WHYM (and if you’ve never been, you should go)). 

So we know how much they laugh and live life to the fullest, and how for real, like NOTHING ever seems to get them down. 

I knew that celebrating their love and all the things they’ve overcome together already was going to be an emotional affair, but I could not have guessed the number of times I would pretty much sob that day.  From the getting ready to the ceremony to her dad’s speech to her sisters’ speech turned flash mob (which I still can’t think about without welling up in tears) the day was the very definition of joy. 

Thank you, friends, for sharing your moments with me!  I can’t wait to see where this life takes you both!  (But I know there will be plenty of good beer & food involved!)

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Oct 16, 2018

Four steps to being an amazing client.

4 Steps to being an amazing client. 

  • 1: Don’t sweat the small stuff
  • 2: Embrace your personality and your family’s personality
  • 3: Let your kids be kids 
  • 4: Have fun with it!

From the very moment I met these amazing parents at their Exeter NH Maternity Session, (well to be accurate, his whole first year) for that taller beautiful toeheaded boy, I knew I loved them.

Shortly after the end of year number one, I learned about baby number two and the next series of  Exeter NH Baby’s First Year came to be! (And as awesome as little brother’s hair is now, I kind of miss the superb awesome it was before LOL) 

In all of our sessions, one thing has never changed. This family wants authentic, amazing, true to life memories.  Wind blowing in your hair? Who cares.  A little drool? So what?  Your youngest is the wild child and chooses to do the opposite of what everyone else is?  Her exact words – “welcome to our life” and I couldn’t be any happier to be a part of it!

This real family is gorgeous in all their moments because they love to celebrate real life. 

And that’s what makes an amazing client. <3 

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Oct 15, 2018

We’re all getting older.

I know, I know. Sometimes you just don’t want to talk about it, and, to be honest, sometimes the longer I do this, the older I feel. (And not just because I’m older, duh.)  But the more blessed I feel, too. Time marches on, and I’m lucky enough to help you hold on to tiny moments of yours.  

The other thing that happens, is I get more and more attached to my families.  We build a history and watching their littles double in size in what feels like the blink of an eye makes me a little teary eyed! 

This session at the Seacoast Science Center is a little different since this family is dear friends of ours and we’re lucky enough to see these kids on a regular basis.  But I still get a little verklempt when I go back and revisit their earlier sessions!  Miss Lyd’s NH newborn session, and then her beautiful nearly 3-year-old self helping me demonstrate how any house is a great house for NH newborn photos – and now, that new little one able to sit up on his own, and so tenderly cared for by his long-lashed big sister!  

I’ll be over here crying into my wine.  You enjoy. 

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Oct 14, 2018

It’s time for a babymoon!

Who knew that the phrase babymoon had been around so long!? Not I! I thought it was one of those newfangled hipster/millennial/urban dictionary words. 

Cliff House Maine Maternity Babymoon Session

babymoon

 noun

 
ba·by·moon | \ˈbā-bē-ˌmün  \
plural babymoons

Definition of babymoon 

1a period of time for parents to spend alone with their new child soon after the child’s birth… many health-care professionals … think new parents should be encouraged to take a “babymoon.” Babymoon is a term that British childbirth educator Sheila Kitzinger coined to describe time alone with your new baby during the early hours and days after the birth.— Ann DouglasChicago Tribune15 May 2002

2a trip or vacation taken by a couple shortly before the birth of a child. Several factors have helped crest the wave of babymoons. Many people are traveling more and farther than they used to, and it’s now considered fine for most pregnant women to fly until about the 36th week.— Kristin DizonSeattle Post-Intelligencer24 Apr. 2006Up to this point their entire stay in San Francisco had been leisurely, what Webb called a “babymoon”—a last chance to chill before another little one arrives.— Alan ShipnuckSports Illustrated25 June 2012

It’s fun to learn new things. And meet new people! And what fun people they are!

These two decided to do a combination two-year wedding anniversary/babymoon up here to the gorgeous Cliff House in Maine from Maryland to celebrate all the love they already share and the love they’re ready to give! 

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Oct 13, 2018

A whole new world!

Sorry for the earworm, but HOLY GUACAMOLE.  There are countless times that I’ve discovered new spots within an hour of home thanks to my wonderful clients, but these Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm Family Photos may take the cake. (Also, the term earworm is so gross.)

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm sorta kinda took my breath away.  The structures, the open fields, the tree line, the wooded walk, the marsh .. and we never even made it to the beach.  I think I could have a full day there and still not find all the stunning nooks and crannies.

But what we did find was so lovely! As was this beautiful family!  This year the decided to document their annual trip from upstate NY with some family photos and since they love this location, it seemed like the perfect spot to meet up. 

And was it ever! 

Thank you, friends, for introducing me not only to your wonderful selves but to this beautiful piece of land I can’t wait to discover some more! 

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Oct 12, 2018

There’s nothing like having someone who truly knows the both of you officiate your wedding.

I’ve seen a lot of weddings at this point.  I mean a LOT.  We’re in the neighborhood of 300+ at this point.  That’s dumbfounding and humbling, for sure. That over 600 people have asked me to photograph them saying I DO. 

And I’ve seen a lot of what works ok, and what works great, and let me tell you – having a friend officiate your wedding, is one of my favorite personalizations.  

Lindsay & Blake’s Brookstone Park NH Fall Wedding was no exception.  Connor was part groomsman/part official marriage maker and he was fantastic.  He had great stories of days gone by and so many well wishes for their future.  He may have even teared up a little bit.  Or maybe that was just dust in his eye 😉 

After their NH Fall Engagement Session last fall, they knew I was a little crazy, and I knew they were up for anything! So when I corralled the whole family and wedding party over to a corner of the parking lot for formals, they didn’t question it.  And the magic was, well, magical!

The whole day was full of love, family, and laughter.  It doesn’t get much better than that! 

Thank you, Lindsay & Blake, for sharing another beautiful wedding day with me.  Full of inspiration, personal touches, and so much freaking fun! 

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Oct 10, 2018

What three words best sum up your wedding day?

For Patty & Richard, their words were romantic, joyous, intimate.  And was it ever!  

I’m also going to add in peaceful. The greatness of the ocean couldn’t compete with the greatness of their connection.

The moment when they first saw each other, as Patty came gliding around the corner, was undeniable. There was a tangible shift in the atmosphere.  A calm that was stabilized by their love.  And once they connected hands, even through smiles from ear to ear, you could just feel the greatness of it. 

Their love story is a little bit like a romantic movie.  They met at work, she swears she spied him first and set out to know him. I’m not sure how long that process took, but it’s completely obvious that once she was close enough for him to notice, he was mesmerized.  And he still is.  As gorgeous and confidence as they both are individuals, when they are in each other’s lines of sight, you can tell the whole world fades away and they’re awestruck at each other’s brilliance. 

Their families are just as caught up in their love.  This intimate celebration brought their nearest and dearest together by the ocean to witness their vows and the beginning of their happily ever after.  

Patty & Richard, continue to revel in the beauty of each other.  It was an honor to spend a part of your wedding day with you!

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Oct 08, 2018

How do you know “The One”?

How do you know “The One”?!

Ok, not that “The One” – that’s up to you to know and if you love yourself enough to trust your soul, you’ll know. 

In this instance, I’m talking about the images we create. 

In every session, there’s a moment where I say to myself (or sometimes out loud) this is THE ONE!  From the click of the shutter, I get this feeling of excitement that I can’t wait to get home and get these photos off the camera and onto my big screen. I love when that moment happens. When I feel certain I’ve shown you at your most authentic, your most you, and literally in the best light.  

In *this* session?!  I thought we’d nailed it right off the bat.  This was THE ONE.  No, no, THIS is the one.  But wait, THIS ONE IS THE ONE.  These two were so fun and so into each other.  They did an amazing job pretending I wasn’t there and just being in love. 

I couldn’t have been having more fun, and then. I found a puddle.  And not just any puddle.  The perfect puddle. 

I know, I know, calm the hell down Melissa.  It’s just residual rain.  But for real guys.  THIS IS THE ONE.  But I love so many others, too! 

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Oct 05, 2018

My high school requires I use their studio for my yearbook photo.

Does your high school require you use their studio for your yearbook photo?  Boo.  That’s friggin lame. 

I mean, from a professional standpoint I can see some benefit to the technical aspect of it all.  Laying out the yearbook is a pain in the @&&.  If you can guarantee that every image your receive for your spreads is perfectly sized, that’s a benefit, right?  

Ugh. Wrong.  Your senior year is your time to start really exploring your individuality and preparing for making real-world decisions. Decisions like who you trust to really capture your personality so when you look back at your 17/18 year old self 5, 10, 50 years from now, that fresh face is smiling your real smile and your eyes are shining full of life and possibility.  Not the dull mat of mandatory studio lights. 

The solution?  Do the bare minimum for school, it’s generally included, and then STILL DO IT YOUR WAY!  I mini-senior session with me will help you get the best of both worlds!  

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