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!

Feb 18, 2018

Hampton Family Photos! New Hampshire Photographer

Sometimes, you just have to stop and smell the roses. And sometimes, you need to make sure you have currently family pictures!  These Hampton Family Photos were a fantastic way to do both! Everyone loves fun in the summertime, and when you’re at your grandparents’ house, there’s no shortage of love and laughs! With a beautifully manicured backyard full of textures and colors, we had fun letting the kids pick where they thought they might like to set up next. From swings to trees, to a beautiful bright rose bush, we made the rounds (and around and around) as they came up with one idea after another.  Kids are some of my favorite subjects, but they often lose interest quickly. Keeping them engaged and wanting to participate is sometimes half the battle! 

Hampton 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! 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! I hope you enjoyed these Hampton Family Photos!
Feb 16, 2018

Baby Edin! Seacoast NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session

Just wait until you see the cuteness in this Seacoast NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session.  This sweet couple has made me smile a million times over. From their Portsmouth NH Engagement session to their amazingly gorgeous Portsmouth Country Club Wedding we’ve shared laughs that had tears rolling down my cheeks. When they shared the news they were pregnant, I may just have welled up with tears of happiness for them!  We had a lovely Exeter, NH Mini Maternity Session and then when baby Edin arrived, it was off to their home for an At Home Newborn session for the books! From bright eyes to sleepy smiles, Dobermans to giraffes, it’s hard to get much more adorable! 

Seacoast NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session -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! 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! I hope you enjoyed this Seacoast NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session!
Feb 14, 2018

Baby Sonia! Portsmouth NH At Home Newborn Photos

These are some super special Portsmouth NH At Home Newborn Photos!  One night we went to dinner at Sonia’s house.  We didn’t know it was her house yet.  We’d met her moms’ a few years back as regulars at WHYM and we like to try and get together as our busy schedules allow! We had a dinner date planned and showed up with armfuls of great beer to share, only to be answered with.. I’ll have to get back to you on how those are in about 9 months! It turned out to be such an exciting (and completely delicious) dinner!  

Sonia is as perfect as can be and has her mothers’ completely wrapped around her little finger!  The wealth of knowledge that her parents’ share is immeasurable, and I’m positive she will grow up to change the world! 

Baby, sweet baby, your cute button nose
Your soft tiny fingers and sweet baby toes
Have truly bewitched me and nobody knows
How the depth of my love for you just grows and grows; 

So precious and tender your love is to me, 
Until I first held you, I never could see
How wonderfully magical my life could be –
You’ve opened my heart and my spirit is free! 

~ Excerpt from Sweet Baby – Poem by Linda Ori

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Portsmouth NH At Home Newborn Photos 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! There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it! If you’re a family in New Hampshire or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Portsmouth 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! Did you read all this? Congratulations! The internet told me to do it and it’s pretty helpful in having you find your way to me! 
Feb 12, 2018

Kira & Derek – Engaged! Prescott Park Engagement Pictures

Kira & Derek had to practice an enormous amount of patience for their Prescott Park Engagement Pictures.  We scheduled a date. And it rained. And we scheduled another date. And it rained. And we scheduled another date, and you guessed it – it rained again.  All of these were Mondays. That 7-day weather pattern was a total piece of work and so we finally decided to try for a Thursday.  Low and behold, it didn’t rain! We had a perfectly lovely evening as we walked around Prescott Park and laughed our butts off. (p.s. Engagement Sessions are fun and complimentary in most packages!) 

These two lovebirds have been together since middle-school. A love story for the ages! They both love pizza (but really, who doesn’t)(it’s ok if you don’t)(but I certainly do) and Kira’s favorite song to sing and dance to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston is one of my favorite songs to karaoke too.  I leave the dancing to those with some skill – which Kira also has as she was a dance instructor for years! Derek is so full of love and energy – these two are so made for each other!  Their Red Barn at Outlook Farm Wedding brimming with love and happiness! I can’t wait to share it with you!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Prescott Park Engagement 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 in love in New Hampshire or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Prescott Park Engagement 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!
Jan 29, 2018

Megan & Chris: Married! Kitz Farm Summer Wedding

From their snow-filled winter Exeter, NH Engagement shoot to their Kitz Farm Summer Wedding, Megan & Chris were so much fun to work with. 

Their wedding day started simple and quiet at Megan’s family home. Surrounded by memories and her sister, mom & dad they all helped each other get ready and awaited the car to bring them to the church. Chris and his men were so dapper in their navy polka dot bow ties! 

After a perfectly suited ceremony, they headed to the reception in a flurry of love, well wishes & bubbles!   We climbed the hill at Kitz farm to take in the beautiful view of the hills and lake.  There were a few raindrops that tried to dampen our spirits, but they thought better of it and ran off before causing too much havoc.  

Giant jenga, beer on tap & the cutest pairs of turtles you could ever imagine helped make this day everything they could have wanted, and more! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO.  Kitz Farm Summer WeddingMelissa 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 Kitz Farm Summer 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
Jan 11, 2018

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

This sweet baby boy has been so much fun to work with during his four 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! 😉 With the warmer weather came visits from extended family near and far, and finally a 9-month session of ‘Just us three’.  This happy little man has the whole world ahead of him, and with the sparkle that in his eye, I know he’s going to conquer it with grace and charisma!  

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!
Jan 08, 2018

Aly & Brian: Married! Whitney’s Inn Jackson NH Spring Wedding

Nature. Family. Mountains.  This Whitney’s Inn Jackson NH Spring Wedding had all that and more!  (Adventure, daring, trust, an amazing band) 

Nothing says I love you more than a referral. Wait, that’s not quite right, but when Aly & Brian contacted me to say they were getting married, and that Brian was a groomsman in Will & Maggie’s NH Barn Wedding, and they wanted me – well, I couldn’t have been more touched!   

Aly & Brian are about as outdoorsy adventurous as you can get.  They met in college but each studied abroad so much they didn’t actually get to know each other until their final semester.  When I asked them if there was anything else I should know about them or their wedding plans, the answer was “If we’re not outside, we’d rather be!” 

Their wedding day was everything I could have hoped for and more.  Aly’s simple yet stunning dress, their bouquet & boutonnieres made of pages from their favorite books, climbing barefoot on the ledge of the barn, and then scaling the Wildcat Brook and centering themselves amidst Jackson Falls.  My favorite words from a couple – Do you trust us??  #efyes! 

 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Whitney’s Inn Jackson NH Spring Wedding 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 Whitney’s Inn Jackson NH Spring 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
Dec 11, 2017

Baby Brielle! Southern NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session

Another fantastic Southern NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session!  Fred & Becca got married an intimate LaBelle Winery Wedding a little while ago, and we’ve kept in touch on Facebook and the sort.  But when I found out they were pregnant I was over the moon excited for them!  And when they wanted me to take their maternity & newborn photos, I was over the moon excited for me, too! 😉 

We met up at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH for the maternity session.  The pink in the trees (gives away how long ago this maternity session was) and also made for a beautiful backdrop for commemorating this baby girl’s impending arrival! 

Once Brielle arrived I headed over to her house for a playdate.  We laughed and snuggled and took some pictures.  My favorites are the ‘fly on the wall’ ones – just a moment like any other moment, but with a tangible reminder of that precise second.  Also, the ones where she’s got her little tiny hands all folded up sweetly.  Also, the ones where her parents are looking at her adoringly.  Ok, fine, with that much cute it’s impossible to pick a favorite! Mommy & Daddy’s first furry baby had to get in on the action too – don’t forget about meeeee! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Southern NH Maternity & At Home Newborn Session 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 a family in New Hampshire or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Southern NH Maternity & 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!
Dec 08, 2017

Jackie & Rob: Married! Newmarket NH Spring Wedding Photographer

Simple, Fun, Long awaited. Those are the three words Jackie & Rob used to describe their Newmarket NH Spring Wedding day.  And they are exactly right.  These two wonderful people have known each other (and me) for 20+ years.  They are the most down to earth, amazingly kind people ever.  After 14 years together, they finally had their wedding.  A sweet, simple perfectly them affair.  Timed for the May lilacs, they also got the soft green that spreads across the earth as it awakes after the long winter and that excitement of warmer weather that builds in the air. 
Jackie’s shy smile and the glint in Rob’s eye when he looks at her melt my heart, every time. 
 
Thank you so much, Melissa. You are truly amazing, you capture more than just the moment, you can feel the emotion in every shot. Beautiful 💜 ~ Jackie

Vendor Love:

Ceremony Venue Rockingham Country Club
Officiant Karen
Caterer On the Vine
Florist Deb Whalen
DJ/Entertainment DJ Kelly -A Good Time DJ 
Makeup A friend- Rachel

 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Newmarket NH Spring 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 Newmarket NH Spring Wedding 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
Nov 16, 2017

Clara! Exeter NH Baby’s First Year Session

When Clara and I first met at her Exeter NH At Home Newborn Session she didn’t even notice me.  I mean, I wasn’t offended, she was barely a month old and sleepy at the thought of her first Christmas.  But her 6-month and one-year sessions were a whole different story!  She was fascinated by me, but not entirely interested in smiling about it.  

Her 6-month session was on Swasey Parkway here in town.  As much as we tried to wait for the warmer weather, it kind of continuously escaped us.  We finally landed a decent morning and snuggled in close.  Turns out what she wanted most was to be wrapped in a blanket and show me how she could sit up on her own!

When it came time for her one-year-old session, I arrived at the house to a little bit of a grump.  Babies always seem to know what’s up and she had skipped her morning nap.  We talked a little about schedules for the rest of the day and then decided to give it a go.  Clara was skeptical at first, but with a little coercing.. and the love of the game ‘I can take off my headband’ we started to make some progress in the smile department!  Outside was full of leaves, flowers & the best go to – bubbles! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Exeter NH Baby’s 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 or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Exeter 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!