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!

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!
Nov 13, 2017

Kirk & Tim: Married! Florida Same-Sex Wedding

Have camera. Will travel.  When I got the request to photograph Kirk & Tim’s Florida Same-Sex Wedding, my eyes immediately welled with tears.  Tears of happiness, tears of nostalgia, and tears of gratefulness that this thing that I do allows me such an intimate front row seat to an important moment in a couple’s lives.  And in this couple, one of those people is so important to who I am today! I could probably write a novel on just knowing Kirk and all the small moments that his kindness and friendship impacted the trajectory of my life.  But this post is about him! And the man he’s head over heels in love with (and the feeling is definitely mutual) – Tim! 

Their weekend adventure was perfect, start to finish.  A get-together welcome gathering amongst the palm trees and a private dinner party for the key players.  Getting ready together, straightening each other’s suit coats. And then off to the amazing venue – Town Manor!  Right on the lake, with incredible grounds and a view of the sunset.  And one of the most interesting things I’ve seen to date – a rehearsal right before the wedding!  This not only encourages a first-look and spending more of your day together, but seemed to help the ceremony go more smoothly since they had all just practiced what they were going to do! It gave me the opportunity for some extra shots of the little ones and the laughter while figuring it all out, too. 

Their wedding was filled with special touches and tributes – including each of the groom’s boutonnieres being their mother’s favorite flowers, and pieces of Kirk’s mother’s veil incorporated into all the flowers.  

I met some amazing people and experienced the warmth and truth of their love.  The change of scenery from cold barley spring NH wasn’t too bad either 😉 

I could wax poetic about them indefinitely but I’ll leave it here.  Enjoy these images and the story they tell. (And make sure to look for the most epic cousin recreation picture of all time) 

ps – I adore you two <3

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Town Manor Florida Same-Sex 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 anywhere and looking for a photographer for your Florida Same-Sex 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
 
 
 
Nov 02, 2017

Honora: 6 days old! Derry NH At Home Newborn Photos

“Hey there, it’s official! We made a small person!” – I love when my couples announce their new little ones.  And is she ever the sweetest peanut! Plus her name.. *swoon* Honora was the perfect model during her 6-day old Derry NH At home newborn photos! Mum and Dad were married last year in a Romantic NH Spring Farmhouse Wedding on a farm that has been in the family for generations. I was so thrilled to hear they were adding a new generation to the mix!

Owls, and foxes and bears – Oh, My! Honora’s at home newborn session included snuggles in her nursery and use of an amazing trunk that they received for their wedding. I love when things come full circle! Then I spied the giant teddy bear and was determined to make it happen! She is so tiny and cozy in that enormous stuffed bear! (Who looks so chill in the chair haha!)

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Derry 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 or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Derry 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!
Oct 31, 2017

Sarah & Paul: Engaged! Massachusetts Winter Engagement Session

Sarah and Paul braved the cold for some late-season sunshine during their Massachusetts Winter Engagement Session. We meet down in Randolph, MA on my way home from a photo getaway I attended.

Power’s Farm was a fantastic spot! A great little loop through the woods with some fields, a pond, a dock, and a wooden fence. All the idyllic New England things you could hope for! Even better was the fact that it was the exact place they were engaged almost exactly a year prior! People often ask where they should have their engagement photos taken.  And the short answer is, it doesn’t really matter as long as you’re there! But it is awfully nice if you have a place that means something to you as a couple! 

We hit it off immediately – in the email I sent with the photos I said: “If we lived closer I’m pretty sure Paul and I would hunt down all the sours.” I haven’t run into them at any beer events yet, but here’s hoping! Sarah’s answer to ‘Favorite Beverage’ was ‘Iced Coffee, all year round!’ .. which is the correct answer!  Don’t take the ice out of my coffee just because there’s frost on my windshield! 

I can’t wait to show you their fantastically Exeter wedding! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Massachusetts Winter Engagement 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 in love in New Hampshire or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Massachusetts Winter Engagement 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!
Oct 27, 2017

Baby Caroline! Concord NH At Home Newborn Photos

What a joy to take these Concord NH At Home Newborn Photos! Darling Miss Caroline decided to give mum and dad a run for their money, but at 5 weeks old she was home and perfect and ready for her closeup! Although not so interested in napping 😉 We had plenty of snuggles and conversation though! 

Folks often ask how to schedule their at home newborn session when babies run their own schedule and you don’t know when they’ll arrive.  It’s simple!  You get in touch and let me know you’re expecting (or, as in this case, your sister is expecting and you’d like to buy her a gift certificate) and we set up the package options that best suit you.  Everything from just newborn to 4 to a year is available and all can include a mini-maternity session as well.  You make the deposit and I put your tentative due date on the calendar.  Once you’ve delivered that fresh face, you let me know and we schedule the newborn session ASAP.  While 4-10 days is the best for sleepy babies, babies never stop being cute! (until they learn to talk back.. but that’s a different conversation)  

Every baby has their own unique agenda.  If there are hiccups during your last weeks and/or delivery, not to worry.  Once you are all safe, and home and feeling amazing, we’ll take pictures.  

And pictures we did take!  Introducing – Caroline! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Concord 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 or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your Concord 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!
Oct 24, 2017

Megan & Chris: Engaged! Exeter NH Winter Engagement Pictures

Boots, Flannel, and Ducks!  Megan & Chris are amazing. They were hoping for snow for their Exeter NH Winter Engagement Pictures, and somehow, it happened! Snow AND sunshine!  We met at Gilman Park – one of my favorites. Tucked away, but full of trees and river it’s a great place to shoot any time of day in Exeter.  And in the winter? It’s even better!  The best thing about the winter, from a geeky photographer’s perspective, is the angle of the light!  The hours of daylight we have are shorter, but the light we get is practically all magic!  

Enough about that and more about them!  These two met on the job and yay for that!  Fate or whathaveyou, they are meant for each other!  Megan’s infectious giggle always brings about Chris’ quiet, loving smile.  He’s always got a watchful eye out if she needs help but cherishes her fierce independence as well. Chris likes anything motorized (motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles). Megan has ridden an elephant in Laos during a jungle adventure with her sister Rachel. They love any place with beer and margaritas and share my love of Summer Hits of the 90s on Pandora! 

I hear it’s going to be snowy this year. I’m not excited to shovel, but I am excited to have more awesome sessions traipsing through the drifts and basking in the warmth of love! (ok, even I had to roll my eyes with that one.. but it got me to the dreaded 300-word mark!) 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Exeter NH Winter 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 and looking for a photographer for photos of your Exeter NH Winter 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!
Oct 20, 2017

Baby Arzu! North Shore LGBT maternity and newborn photos

Ah, sweet baby love! Between their Exeter, NH Winter Engagement Session and amazing MA LGBT Yacht Club Wedding these two had obtained a little piece of my heart.  So when they contacted me to let me know they were having a baby, I was more than a little overjoyed for our North Shore LGBT maternity and newborn photos!

Always up for an adventure with a degree of chilliness in the air, we met in Newburyport on a brisk, blustery late January day.  We had a fantastic mini session alternating between hiding from the wind, and embracing it.  Newburyport is full of a variety of backdrops in a small circumference, it’s one of my favorite places for a quick session to share the love. 

Just barely a month later, Baby Arzu made her way into this world.  Upon meeting her a bigger piece of my heart was claimed and I was instantly smitten.  I asked what her name meant and her moms told me “wish”.  I pretty much burst into tears right in their kitchen.  It was so wonderful and so fitting for these two.  And OH what a looker she is!! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. North Shore LGBT maternity and 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 or Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for photos of your North Shore LGBT maternity and 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!
 
Oct 17, 2017

Southern NH Same Sex Family Photos

Sometimes I just fall in love with the black and white photos.  Such is the case with these Southern NH Same Sex Family Photos.  These two beautiful children are full of color and pizzazz and the best-darned pajamas I’ve ever seen.  But something about the curls, and the smiles, and the snuggles translated in the black and white images.  

I had enormous amounts of fun with this family.  That sweet little boy with his huge grin, and his older sister who’s in that stage where she wants to emulate everyone.  Taking pictures like me, crawling around like her brother, and then mothering her own baby doll like her mothers.  

My most favorite part of this session was the end (not like that!) The session was over, and sister had had enough of me so she took her baby doll to a quiet spot to give him some TLC. Thankfully that spot was within my line of sight as I was putting on my boots and I was able to grab a few shots of her in her own little world taking tremendous care of her baby.  It was a peek into the day in the life lifestyle shoots I’d like to do this winter.  Where I come and play fly on the wall in your house (sans swatter) and capture amounts that aren’t all attention driven.   Does that sound like something you’d like to try!? Let’s talk! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Southern NH Same Sex 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 Same Sex 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!
Oct 16, 2017

Max at turns One! York Maine Family Photos

Today is the first real fall-like weather we’ve had this fall. It kind of has me excited for some winter fun! But back to earlier this year (much, much earlier this year.)

I first met Max & his mum at a NH Fall Mini Session.  He was the sweetest little blue-eyed bloooooonde haired flirt.  Full of shy smiles and goofy grins.  When mum got in touch to celebrate his first birthday with some York Maine Family Photos I was happy to oblige! The crazy New England weather we have held true to form and although there was a sprinkle of snow on the ground, the sun and temperatures were kind enough for us to go outside without freezing our butts off.  To keep the red runny noses at bay, we started inside with some fun on the couch and chairs in mom’s beautiful living room.  We played some peekaboo in the kitchen and then ran around outside!  The miniature sleigh (sans 8 tiny reindeer) was the icing on the cake!  

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. York Maine 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 York Maine 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 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!