Jan 01, 2010

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!

Aug 11, 2017

Let it snow! Southern NH Winter Family Photos

Oh, Winter. We waited. And waited. And waited some more for snow and schedules to align for these Southern NH Winter Family Photos.  The forecast would say one thing; then it would change.  The snow would fall, but the schedules didn’t align and by the time they did, it would melt again. (In that regards.. best winter ever.  Enough snow for the water tables but not so much snow you felt like it was never going to end) but to get 18(ish) month photos of this little beauty – not so great in terms of winter loving.  We finally had snow in the forecast, and 20 minutes before sunset to play in the fresh fallen snow.  And then, another curveball.  Single digit temperatures.  After so many hits and misses, we decided to go for it anyway. And MAN, was she a trooper.  I think the whole session was about 11 minutes start to finish and she didn’t care it was SO FREAKING COLD.  She just wanted to run around and play.  But then she stumbled and her cold hands touched the cold snow and it was all over.  

I think we still did pretty damn well though! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Southern NH Winter Family Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire or Maine and looking for a photographer for photos of your Southern NH Winter Family Photos, 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!
 
Aug 10, 2017

Shawna & Jared: Married! Haverhill MA New Year’s Eve Wedding

We had a splendid Amesbury MA Engagement Session on our own private island.  But when it came time for their Haverhill MA New Year’s Eve Wedding there was nothing that could top it!  A Gatsby themed New Year’s Eve party!  The restaurant was decked out in glamour and dazzle.  And a creepy mannequin who tripped me no less than 3 times.  I swear. But it was a night full of love, laughter, family, and celebration!   Also – I can’t even think about this wedding, let alone look at the images with out “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” running through my head! 

WOW! I can’t believe you have them ready so soon!! Thank you so much for photographing for me, I couldn’t ask for anything more! The pictures look awesome and thank you again for taking care of my dress when I spilled! Haha I have already recommended you to a few brides! Thank you so so much again!

Thank you for the referral, Shawna! And it was absolutely my pleasure to be a part of your day and helpful in any way that I can! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Haverhill MA New Year’s Eve Wedding photographer, Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re in love in New England and looking for a photographer for your Haverhill MA New Year’s Eve Wedding, 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
Aug 09, 2017

Angela & Andrew: Hampton NH New Year’s Eve Engagement Photos

In my getting to know you worksheet for these two Hampton NH New Year’s Eve Engagement Photos lovebirds, I asked Anything else I should know? And their reply – “I don’t know – we’re pretty low-key and weird” <– That, ladies & gentleman, pretty much sums up my ideal client.  Because I am also ‘pretty low-key and weird’ and so I live finding my people!  The other response that got me super excited? What are your favorite foods?carbs!!! 🙂 pizza, pasta, bread, cheese” Oh HELL yes.  Carbs & Cheese.  That will be the name of my restaurant in my next life.  

These two were referred to me by my dear friend, previous bride, and wedding planner extraordinaire – Nicole from Nicole Mower Weddings & Events.Their wedding happens to be this weekend and I’m SO excited to see it all come together.  Nicole is amazing at what she does, and this couple is amazing at being them.  Together it’s bound to be an affair to remember!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Hampton NH New Year’s Eve Engagement Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re in love in New Hampshire and looking for a photographer for photos of your Hampton NH New Year’s Eve Engagement Photos, 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
Aug 05, 2017

He’s a Big Brother! Southern NH At Home Newborn Session

While this was technically a Southern NH At Home Newborn Session – this little man’s proud grin about being a big brother stole the show.   He was so excited to sit and hold her.  To give her sweet kisses and tell me all about her.  But, being two, his excitement about being in pictures and talking to me dwindled after a little while and so his sister and I had some nice snuggly time.  

At home newborn sessions are wonderful and easy.  A simple chair by a window is all you really need.  A pillowless bed with clear night stands works wonderfully too.  Props are fun, but not necessary.  Loving arms and tender kisses are all that you need! I do travel with a large solid white blanket for a backdrop and some headbands, diaper covers and a few wraps but I think it’s much better to use things that are personal and meaningful to you and your newly expanded family!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Southern NH At Home Newborn Session! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire or Maine and looking for a photographer for photos of your Southern NH At Home Newborn Session, 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!
Aug 04, 2017

A Very Special Christmas Eve: York ME Christmas Pictures

When all the family is here visiting for 36 hours only, you make some York ME Christmas Pictures happen – even Christmas Eve morning.  Seven Christmas kiddos in their Christmas Jammies! There was so much joy and laughter, and the perfect amount of chaos.  Each of the kids got a present to unwrap for the session and it was so heartwarming to see them all excited and anticipatory.  The two older girls are so good with all the younger kids and made sure they helped them get into their gifts as well.  And the feeling of warm, cozy, family Christmas was the perfect start to my Christmas celebrations! 

Twas the night
Before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse

The stockings all hung
By the chimney with care
In hopes
That St. Nicholas
Soon would be there

The children were nestled
All safe in their beds
While visions of sugarplums
Danced in their heads…

But I heard him exclaim
As he drove out of sight
Happy Christmas to all
And to all a goodnight

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. York ME Christmas Pictures! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire or Maine and looking for a photographer for photos of your York ME Christmas Pictures, 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!
Aug 03, 2017

York ME Maternity Newborn Session

Oh, baby! The love, the light, the snuggles!  This York ME Maternity Newborn Session has me swooning! 

We met up for some baby bump photos at the fantastic Tonry Tree Farm in Exeter, NH.  The folks here were so nice and so responsive to my request of shooting there.  They were happy to oblige given some notice, and a donation to Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT).  I’d never heard of SELT and was happy to learn about them, and make a contribution!  There was so much to see in just a small walk on the tree farm – and the late afternoon light was dreamy.  

Fast forward a few weeks, and the email announcing the most perfect little girl ever arrived! This 5-day old beauty was a champion sleeper during her session.  Cozy chair sleeping, cute elephant sheet sleeping, and don’t’ forget the love from her furry best friend! We’re about to photograph her 6-month session later this month and I can’t wait to see how much she’s changed.  I’m quite sure she’s still perfect though! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. York Me Maternity Newborn Session! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire or Maine and looking for a photographer for photos of your York Me Maternity Newborn Session, 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!
 
Aug 02, 2017

Just Because: Love! Exeter NH Just Because Session

One of the sweetest reasons for a session ever “We are a newly-wed couple, who are looking to start the tradition of holiday pictures, beginning from the two of us to hopefully more of us in the future!”

When I received a note from this couple saying they loved my work on facebook and they were looking to do Holiday cards and start a tradition, I was more than touched.  First for the compliment of being a fan, and second for their foresight to celebrate themselves and build a great foundation of two as they looked towards the years to come and hopefully starting a family!

We met up at one of my favorite pockets in town – Gilman Park.  This spot has a tiny forest, river, grass, benches and even canons!  The river was super low and had iced over. There was a patch of snow in the shade by green grass to be had too.  It was a plethora of moments just waiting to happen! Best of all was the cozy blankets they brought to snuggle in close with!  

I had such a lovely time with these two! 

 
And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Exeter NH Just Because Session! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire and looking for a photographer for photos of your Exeter NH Just Because Session, 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!
Jul 31, 2017

Baby N at home! Concord NH Baby’s First Year

From sweet sleeping fuzzy little head to 3 months and learning to plank! This sweet baby boy has been so much fun to work with in his Concord NH Babys First Year sessions. We had some Christmas fun with a stocking and smothered him with smooches.  There was snuggling and snoozing, and then he was ready to work out! 😉 

Kids
are like 
kites. You 
spend a lifetime
trying to get them 
off the ground. You 
run with them until you 
are both breathless ~ they 
crash ~ You add a larger tail 
~ they lift the rooftop. ~ You 
pluck them out of the spout ~ you 
patch and comfort, assure them that
someday they will fly! ~ Finally they 
are airborne, but they need more string. 
~ You keep letting the string out but
with each twist of the ball of twine
there is some sadness along with
the joy. The kite becomes more 
distant and somehow you know 
it will not be long before 
your beautiful child will 
snap the life line that
bound you together 
and soar as he 
was meant to
soar...
Free 
and 
alone.
(author unknown)
And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Concord NH Babys First Year! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire and looking for a photographer for photos of your Concord NH Baby’s First Year, 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!
Jul 30, 2017

Clara! 5 weeks old! Exeter NH At Home Newborn Photos

I love to do at home newborn photos.  And no, not just because I don’t have a studio.  Because it’s full of personal touches and the memories that started a new life!  Miss Clara’s mom reached out for some Exeter NH At Home Newborn Photos of their tiny little 5-week old lovable squeezable perfect baby girl. They welcomed me into their home and didn’t have to worry about packing up the seemingly endless list of things it takes to get out of the house with a newborn.  Instead, I arrived and was able to take images that included her nursery, backyard, and just the overall feeling of love and ‘we made a family’ in their house.  

She was the perfect model! She slept through clothing changes, shoes falling off, headbands being adjusted and just general snuggling and jostling.  I guess she was quite tired thinking about her Christmas List! 😉 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Exeter NH At Home Newborn Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire and looking for a photographer for photos of your Exeter NH At Home Newborn Photos, 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!
Jul 29, 2017

Brothers! Southern NH Christmas Photos – New Hampshire Photographer

Guys.  I am not one of those ‘countdown to Christmas’ sort of people.  The ones that set up their ribbon chain on July 5th. Or the ones that know exactly how many Saturday shopping days are left between now and the great December 25th.  I, somewhat begrudgingly at times, don the Christmas Spirit shortly after I don the Christmas Vodka.   No no no, but I’m a strict ‘No Christmas Carols til after the turkey is carved’ kinda girl.  But when I see these Southern NH Christmas Photos – I get a little nostalgic.  For visions of sugar plums and the magic of Christmas.  I get a little teary eyed for when all my littles were little and Christmas was about wonder and mystery (and sometimes fights over wearing fancy pants) – 

These two jolly little elves definitely helped brighten my mood last year as the countdown was on to the night of Old Saint Nick.  It was every bit as lively as a quick as a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Southern NH Christmas Photos! Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you! You are good people! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire and looking for a photographer for photos of your Southern NH Christmas Photos, 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!