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!

Sep 16, 2018

The number one question I get asked about an at-home newborn session.

Do you bring your own props?

I hear that question all the time, and it’s a great question! (As they teach you in school, the only dumb questions are the unasked ones!)

The short answer is no, but I do bring everything we need for a successful session.  However, I highly encourage the use of anything you might want to use! And when I arrived at this Durham NH At Home Newborn Session, they were ready with SO MUCH FUN! 

The sweet sign, the Tonka truck (it’s my second baby in a Tonka Truck!) and my most favorite, the teeny tiny radio flyer!  These were all things that this fantastic family had on hand.  It’s my second newborn session with them, Mr. Construction Hat, was once NH At Home Newborn Session Mr. Fox & Moose, so I knew I was in for a lovely morning, but guys – that radio flyer!

So while I don’t have these awesome sorts of vehicles and signs on hand, I do have the blankets, supports, and pillows to help make them safe props on hand. 

I also have the know-how and experience to keep your precious cargo safe while we make some fun “remember when you were so tiny you fit in a dump truck” images!  Oh, and patience.  Because in all honesty, that’s the number one thing you NEED for a good newborn session <3 

Durham NH At Home Newborn Session -The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed Durham NH At Home Newborn Session
Sep 15, 2018

Happiness is …. Hampton NH Family Photos

Happiness is …. 

A boy & his family

A boy & his Adirondack chair

A boy in just a bandana & diaper on a hobbie horse

A boy in just carhartt overalls eating dirt & playing with chickens

Happiness can be seen in these Hampton NH Family Photos.  We spent some time looking at the camera and being all formal, but still with some fun.  Then we let go and let candids!  Chickens don’t pose. Babies love to eat dirt.  Everything happens in an honest, fantastic fashion.  My parents have a few nice pictures of all of us as a posed family on their walls.  They’re very nice and show we can be still for a moment. But I love the pictures where I’m playing with papa smurf or cheesing it up in my sunglasses much more! 

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They represent my childhood and how I loved and how I laughed. 

Enough about me… back to the cutie at hand.  From Massachusetts Newborn Photos to now, Hugh’s got enough personality to go around and you can’t help but smile when you see his grin! 

 

 
 
Hampton NH Family Photos. 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: Hampton NH Family Photos
Sep 10, 2018

Look at you! You have a baby! In a dumptruck! At Home Newborn Session Brentwood NH

Leo! The star of this At Home Newborn Session Brentwood NH may actually have been big sister, Clara – she’s quite ready for this little boy to be all hers.  During diaper changing time she was ready and waiting with a finger full of diaper rash cream before the diaper was even off.  She made sure to double check every wrap and position I put him in, and she was very concerned that he wasn’t wearing clothes.  The moment we were all done with pictures she ran and picked out an outfit for him.  She’s full of being helpful!  And I can see why – he’s awfully adorable and sweet to snuggle!! 

At Home Newborn Session Brentwood NH! 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: At Home Newborn Session Brentwood NH

Other things you may love!

Sep 07, 2018

What do you do when you can’t imagine your wedding without your dogs?!

When I think of three words to describe Caitlin & Kris’ wedding – they’d have to be dogs, love, and doglove! Which I know, it’s really a word.  But their Woodbound inn NH LGBTQ wedding was a barking good time!

These two amazing women shared a perfectly intimate ceremony on Contoocook Lake with stunning views of Mount Monadnock in the background!  They kept it small and meaningful with only their families and their puppies! And then they headed up to the PlayBarn for the most personalized reception I’ve ever seen!  They had handknit favors for the people and edible favors for the dogs! The dogs even had their own cake!  Speaking of the cake – if ever there was a more perfect cake design for this square loving word puzzle nerd, I couldn’t imagine it.  I about died of envy when I saw their wedding cake!  

These two have so much love to share! They’re turtley in love and it shows! 

Thanks, fur everything! It was a blast! 

Woodbound inn NH LGBTQ wedding  The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed Woodbound inn NH LGBTQ wedding

 
Sep 06, 2018

Free to be three!

What’s so fun about having a strange lady tell you to stand still and smile?  Nothing.  Nothing at all.  It’s kind of creepy actually.  You know what’s more fun?  As evidenced by this Short Sands Maine family session? Running around and laughing at the strange lady running around and laughing with you! 

You’re three years old. You’re on vacation. The sun is setting. It’s low tide so there are fun puddles and streams all over.  You know there’s a surprise waiting for you at the end (parents, don’t be above incentive for your children. Don’t be above calling it a bribe, either :-p). Best of all, you can’t stop smiling!  Most kids this age, this little guy included, have their own agenda at three (or at any age) and in my opinion that makes for far better photos!  

We started with the standard shots.  Clean, camera forward, sandless…. and then he lost attention and I got my exercise in! It’s the best of both worlds! 

Thank you so much for this super fun, perfect evening on the beach! I hope the rest of your family time away together was a blast! 

Keep playing!

short sands maine family session  The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed short sands maine family session
Sep 05, 2018

You know what’s better than school pictures?

Beginning of the school year pictures NOT IN SCHOOL!  Just like these NH Fun Children’s Portraits!

School photos are a right of passage, I suppose. But they’re also a gamble.  Your kids will have them taken one way or the other, even if you don’t pay for them. And you’ll still most likely get a sneak of them anyway as they try and get you to retroactively purchase a package.  And then, you’re putting all your proverbial eggs in one basket.  You get one image of your child, sitting up straight and pretending to smile. They get maybe 3 minutes with the photographer during which time their expected to let their true colors and personality shine with a complete stranger with bright lights shining in their eyes. 

Sound fun?

Nah. 

You know what is fun?

Spending 15 minutes on the beach making faces, laughing, and getting images that actually represent your kids’ personality.  More than one.  Many, that you can keep forever! 

Doesn’t that sound so much better!?

NH Fun Children’s Portraits  The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed NH Fun Children’s Portraits
Sep 04, 2018

Did you know senior yearbook photos are due like… now?!

Exeter High School‘s deadline is September 28!

But that’s ok!  I have room for more NH Senior Yearbook Photos!

I offer 2 options for senior photos!

Option 1: Up to one hour of hanging out with me & my camera PLUS the high res image files to print to your heart’s content and a $50 print credit for use through the online gallery. Allows time for clothing & location changes if desired. Basic skin retouching on up to 5 files of your choice if requested.  – $400

Option 2: 20-minute mini-session in the Exeter area. Includes all the high res image files to print to your heart’s content. Quick outfit change if desired. Basic skin retouching on up to 2 files of your choice if requested.  – $275

Both of these options have a 7 day turn around time.  A rush fee may be added after September 21. 

This gorgeous girl was ahead of the curve!  She knocked her mini session on the beach out of the park and I love what we created for her yearbook choices!

NH Senior Yearbook Photos – The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! – Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed these NH Senior Yearbook Photos

 

Sep 04, 2018

Kids are never too old for family photos!

Even if they think they are 😉

I mean, that wasn’t the case in these Marginal Way Family Photos Ogunquit Maine, but I know how hard it is to convince a teenager they want to do anything you want to do most of the time.  These girls on the precipice of adulthood – one is off to university and the other is finishing up secondary school.  And they still like their parents! It’s a testament to the parenting! 

This family was an absolute pleasure.  I get so much joy from watching dads and daughters have fun.  Moms are of course wonderful, too – but being a pretty classic ‘daddy’s girl’, with one of the best father’s on the planet when I see dads who really get into the fun and enjoy the time they have with their family, it totally warms my heart. 

This happy crew are one of the coolest referrals I’ve had!  They are friends with this Ogunquit Maine Family Session from last year.  But get this, they all live in CANADA!  So when this happy bunch was coming down to the same location for their vacation, their good friends referred me! How awesome is that!? Internationally referred photographer, Melissa Koren Photography!

A million thanks to both families, for sharing a little of their summer fun with me! 

Marginal Way Family Photos Ogunquit Maine The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed the Marginal Way Family Photos Ogunquit Maine
Sep 03, 2018

Grandkids keep you young!

I’ve made many a journey in this photographer adventure I’ve been on for the past 11 years.  I’ve traveled to California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut.. and those are just for weddings and sessions! But these Hilton Park Dover NH Family Photos helped me stop and take the time to do something I’ve wanted to for over 20 years- visit Hilton Park in super close to home Dover, New Hampshire.  I lived in Dover for years. I’ve traveled over the bridge every day to Portsmouth. I still head off that way many a day for this that or the other thing.  And I’ve always seen the boats, and the green, and the sign for the park and wanted to check it out. But I never took the time. 

Until now!  When this family contacted me to say they were all getting together to visit grandma in Dover, it was the perfect time to finally visit this little piece of sunshine under the bridge!  (You can see some under the bridge shots in my summer highlights section at my Instagram)

It was everything I could have hoped for and more! With the added bonus of being able to go under the bridge – which is one of my weird obsessions, who knows why! And the family!? What a blast! 

I’ve heard that grandchildren keep you young (and I’m not interested in finding that out yet) but judging from this glowing, radiant, young at heart and just plain stunning grandmother, who didn’t think twice about getting down on the ground and having 3 grandkids climb up on top of her, it’s got to be true! 

Thank you all, for a beautiful morning and an excuse to take the time to see what’s right in front of me on a daily basis! 

Hilton Park Dover NH Family Photos –The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! – Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed Hilton Park Dover NH Family Photos
 
Sep 02, 2018

This. This is how much I love cake.

From his Massachusetts Newborn Photos newborn to one of the most epic cake Hampton NH First Birthday Cake Smash sessions I’ve been a part of – baby Hugh has been full of love and smiles! 

You may remember a little while back I talked about alternatives to the cake smash if your kiddo may not take to the cake, as it were.  

Well, I think Hugh read that post and laughed a maniacal laugh in that “I’ll show you a cake smash” kind of way. 

This kiddo was ready to eat cake.  In that primal ‘cake is the freaking bomb’ kind of way.  He wasn’t too interested in regular photos, but the pool and the cake?  That’s where it was at!

His parents had everything set up perfectly.  Changes of clothing at the ready, his favorite song on the Bluetooth speaker, multiple spots with activities, and the perfect mentality of letting the kiddo be himself!

Hampton NH First Birthday Cake Smash The obligatory SEO. SEO is 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. This NH based photographer provides a relaxed, outside the box approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency. Wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people like you. Photos for you! You are good people! Intimate NH LGBTQ Wedding photography, Adorable MA Newborn photos, ME Engagement Picture Sessions, Seacoast NH Family photographer.  There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! Based in Exeter, NH, Melissa Koren Photography works in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and anywhere you’ll have me!  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!  Did you read all this? Thanks for sticking with it! I hate having to do this weird SEO stuff, it’s helpful, but so not natural! In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed Hampton NH First Birthday Cake Smash