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!

May 24, 2017

Heather & Brian: Engaged! York ME Sunset Engagement Shoot

Ooooooh, mother nature! You’re an unpredictable acquaintance. I love to plan my engagement sessions for the golden hour and this York ME Sunset Engagement Shoot was no different.  What I didn’t know this evening, was just how lucky we were going to be.  

We started at Nubble Light and enjoyed some snuggles and laughs.  Then Heather & Brian changed up their outfits a little and we headed down to Long Sands Beach to get our toes a little closer to the water. 

We wandered down the shoreline talking and photoing (seems that’s actually a word .. none of my spell or grammar check plugins seem to think there’s anything wrong with it!). As the sky turned its cotton candy pink we wrapped up the session and headed back towards the cars.  Or so we though.  More chatting as we got our exercise in trudging through the sand and I turned to say something to them and saw the most amazing moon!  We were technically one day shy of the October supermoon but man was it stupendous none the less! Of course, we took a few more images!  It’s hard to do it justice, but there’s certainly great difference from a cell phone photo–

 

The cell phone picture does it no justice — but the moon for tonight’s #engagementphotos was #unbelievable

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  to a ‘pro’ image.. 

 

Even the not cell phone version doesn’t do it justice – can’t wait to see what the actual #fullmoon looks like tonight!

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Anyway you shake it, the mother nature put on a great show for our York ME Sunset Engagement Shoot!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. York ME Sunset Engagement Shoot! 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 Maine and looking for a photographer for photos of your York ME Sunset Engagement Shoot, 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!
May 23, 2017

Erica & Alex: Love, Joy & Bliss. Brookstone Event Center NH Wedding

This duo planned their Brookstone Event Center NH wedding from afar.  The bride is from NH, she was born and raised here! She moved to NC 4 years ago for a job as an ER nurse right of college. Erica met Alex via match.com a little over a year after being in NC. (I love internet dating success stories!) Alex is born and raised in NC. (Which is uncommon of people you meet in NC, EVERYONE is usually a transplant!) He manages a gym and the both of them love working out together! 

Wedding Wire Love <3

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Melissa! AH-MAZING! She responded quickly to all my messages (email, facebook, etc.) and kept me at ease. Melissa knew I was stressed planning a wedding in NH from another state and she helped me with anything she could.

I chose her based recommendation from a friend and based off her website, which is fabulous. Her blog and her website let me see her personality and style which was totally what I was looking for. After chatting with her a little via emails and social media we booked my wedding! She gets to know you as a couple via a questionnaire which I thought was very smart. I was nervous never having met her in person, but when I finally got to meet her when I went to NH, she was very sweet!

Day of came and she was very organized. We had nailed down details about a month ahead of time via her worksheet she has you fill out as far as photography of family members you want, so when the day came she gathered everyone and called out the line ups and we got them done in a timely manner, but was not rushed, was just organized which I loved.

Not only that, during the getting ready in the bridal suite, when my dress literally BROKE (a clasp broke on the back when closing me in the dress, she was ready with needle and thread and sewed me into my dress. Like…WHAT?! BEST photographer ever! Not only needle and thread, she had safety pins which she used to pin the bridesmaids dresses, and a whole slew of things in her bag! Dang! She literally saved the day!

Her package options are great, and competitive. We didn’t add a second photographer to our package but she can handle the job on her own. My pictures were done about a month after the wedding and I am in LOVE with them. She didn’t miss a beat. She is phenomenal. I HIGHLY recommend!!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Maine & Brookstone Event Center NH 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 Hampshire and looking for a photographer for your Brookstone Event Center NH 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
May 22, 2017

Shannon & Justin: Married! Dinosaurs at the Museum of Science Wedding

#thatdress! For real though – that dress.  Getting to know Shannon & Justin at their Somerville MA Engagement Session was a ton of fun.  Getting their pre-wedding worksheet where they three words they used to describe their Museum of Science wedding were “Dinner, Dancing & Dinosaurs” had me completely giddy with excitement.  

Being featured on the Museum of Science’s Instagram? #bucketlist

It's always fun when the T. Rex joins in on the fun of an event at the Museum! Photo 📷 @melissakoren

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The whole wedding was one of the best times ever.  All their love of science and each other was seamlessly merged together for an affair to remember.  Make sure you look through all the images and catch all the details big and small (from element table names to dancing dinosaurs!)

  • How did you meet? At work, the same department of the same company. To this day, we still work together, 50 feet apart.
  • What are you most excited about leading up to the wedding day? Locking down vendors in a timely manner (mostly because Shannon is an organizational nerd, and when she’s happy, we’re both happy)
  • What are you most excited about ON your wedding day? Having a great party with our friends and family
  • What are your favorite beverages? Her: Champagne, Him: Sake
  • What are your favorite foods? Her: Veggie sushi, Him: Mexican
  • Tell me one random fact about each of you. (Please?!) Him: I do Broga (yoga for bros, obviously lol) Her: I used to spin fire (I really hoped this would happen at the wedding..)
  • Is there anything else I should know?! The time we both love to listen to country music is when we’re in the car on long trips. We don’t listen to it otherwise.
  • How did you learn about Melissa Koren Photography? OffBeat Bride (I’ve never been so happy I decided to advertise on there!!)
And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. NH and Boston, MA Museum of Science 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 Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for your Museum of Science 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
May 21, 2017

Kelley & Nick: Married! Officers’ Club Newport RI Wedding

I have an obsession with bridges.  When I first visited Newport, RI to scope out the location of the 2016 Inspire Photo Retreat I was instantly in love with the Claiborne Pell Bridge.  When I checked into the hotel in February of 2016 (and 2017!) and my room had a view of the bridge I was elated.  When I drove into the Officers’ Club for this Newport RI Wedding and it was a stunning view from the OTHER side of the bridge, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  The clouds contributed so much texture to the already delightful scene and Kelley & Nick and their whole crew just elevated everything to the next level! 

Wedding Wire Love <3 

We loved Melissa! She was professional, kind, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day. From the moment she walked in she helped with everything, from getting on my veil, to helping my bridesmaids do the bustle, to effortlessly fixing my dress when someone(my groom) stepped on it and ripped it. And her pictures were fantastic. She really captured the genuine emotion throughout the day and we couldn’t be happier! We’d love to use her again!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. NH and Newport RI 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 Rhode Island and looking for a photographer for your Newport RI 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
May 20, 2017

Class of 2017: Seacoast NH Yearbook Seniors

Even though I graduated in 1996 (ugh) and not 1997 this song is still what I think about when I think about graduating high school…  Mary Schmich, Nigel Swanston, and Tim Cox and Baz Luhrmann talking to all of us over the radio.  20 years after this song was released, the message is still true to Seacoast NH Yearbook Seniors everywhere. (The video is at the bottom you know you want to watch it.)

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97
Wear sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future
Sunscreen would be it

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice
Has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience
I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth
Oh, never mind
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself
And recall in a way you can’t grasp now
How much possibility lay before you
And how fabulous you really looked
You are not as fat as you imagine


Don’t worry about the future
Or worry
But know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindside you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday
Do one thing everyday that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts
Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy
Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
The race is long
And in the end, it’s only with yourself


Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults
If you succeed in doing this, tell me how

Keep your old love letters
Throw away your old bank statements

Stretch

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t

Get plenty of calcium

Be kind to your knees
You’ll miss them when they’re gone

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t
Maybe you’ll divorce at 40
Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary

Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s
Enjoy your body
Use it every way you can
Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own

Dance

Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

Get to know your parents
You never know when they’ll be gone for good

Be nice to your siblings
They are the best link to your past
And the people most likely to stick with you in the future

Understand that friends come and go
But for the precious few you should hold on
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
Because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young

Live in New York City once
But leave before it makes you hard
Live in Northern California once
But leave before it makes you soft

Travel

Accept certain inalienable truths
Prices will rise
Politicians will philander
You too will get old
And when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young
Prices were reasonable
Politicians were noble
And children respected their elders

Respect your elders

Don’t expect anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund
Maybe you have a wealthy spouse
But you never know when either one might run out

Don’t mess too much with your hair
Or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85

Be careful whose advice you buy
But be patient with those who supply it
Advice is a form of nostalgia
Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off
Painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth

But trust me on the sunscreen

 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Seacoast NH Yearbook Seniors! 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 graduating in New Hampshire and looking for a photographer for photos of your Seacoast NH Yearbook Seniors, 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!
May 19, 2017

Jen & Semir: Married! A Portsmouth Country Club Wedding

Give me a kiss to build a dream on, And my imagination will thrive upon that kiss. Sweetheart, I ask no more than this – A kiss to build a dream on. ~Louis Armstrong
 
Jen & Semir’s Portsmouth Country Club Wedding was full of kisses and dreams.  The love these two share was more than evident in our Portsmouth NH Engagement session, but even the always laughing Semir couldn’t help but be overwhelmed to the point of tears when seeing his bride come down the aisle.  Even with a first look, that moment still took his breath away.  If he was that taken aback by his beautiful bride, I can’t wait to see how overcome he is when they welcome their new baby into the world this summer!

Wedding Wire Love <3 

WoW…what is there to say about Melissa!? Well maybe the fact that she is THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE WORLD!!! Just got our wedding photos back, after only 4 weeks, and they are so amazing!! Melissa has been amazing since day one, she is so much fun to be around and never made us feel awkward when taking our photos. On the day of the wedding she was more than just a photographer; she was a seamstress when my petticoat needed pinning, she directed guests where to go before the ceremony, she bustled my dress in record time…in other words…AMAZING! If you are in need of a photographer, just book Melissa, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Maine and NH Portsmouth Country Club 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 Hampshire and looking for a photographer for your Portsmouth Country Club 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
May 18, 2017

Marie & Edgar: Married! Boston, MA Sunset Wedding

Boston, MA Sunset Wedding is probably the understatement of the year.  The sky put on a masterpiece the night Marie & Edgar got married.  It must have known how amazing they are and how long awaited this wedding was! 

Thank you for the wedding wire love!

It was a year ago when I went on the Eks in Gloucester website to look at their facility info and I stumbled across wedding pictures taken there. I fell in love with how gorgeous the pictures were and I had to find who was behind them. I contacted Melissa via email and within minutes, she responded. This woman has a great personality, very professional, sweet, fun and so much more. Working with her felt like I’ve known her for many years. She made us feel very comfortable and even made us laugh during our Newburpyport engagement shoot. She is truly a blessing. Edgar and I thank you sooooooooo much Melissa, for making our wedding a success. If ten was the highest level of stars, we would give you a 10!!! You are amazing!!!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Maine and Boston, MA Sunset 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 Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for your Boston, MA Sunset 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
May 17, 2017

Aimee & Paul: Engaged! A very fall Newburyport Engagement Session

I LOVE Aimee & Paul’s love story.  As we walked around for their very fall Newburyport Engagement session I got to learn so much about them.  I’m going to share their cliff notes of the way they met – but I swear if they wrote a short story or novel about their getting together and their journey to happily every after I would read that.  Across the continents to be matched online!?  It’s a love story that’s meant to be! (Also – Spock socks and the BEST shoes ever)

The abridged version is that Aimee had been working in Asia for a couple of years and decided it was about time she tried her luck in NYC. Just a week after arriving she wasn’t quite ready to date yet. (She was still in an AirBNB!), but thought she’d take a look around at what OkCupid was like in the US.  What’s the worst that could happen, right?!

So she set her search parameters to Boston, and lo and behold, with a 99% match there was Paul! He happened to be single at the time (after a cycling accident had put him out of action for a little while), happened to have recently moved to be just within Aimee’s 25 mile search radius, and his profile referenced our favorite webcomic (xkcd) – so her first message to Paul just wrote itself!

A couple of weeks later she came up for a visit in what would soon become the first of many.  We alternated traveling back and forth between Salem MA and NYC almost every weekend for a year. Aimee eventually found a job up in Boston, we closed the distance … and the rest is history!

When we finally told Paul’s parents we were getting married their response was ‘What took you two so long?’ 🙂

I’m so looking forward to their intimate mountain wedding this July!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Maine & MA fall Newburyport Engagement SessionIntimate 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 Massachusetts and looking for a photographer for your fall Newburyport 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
May 16, 2017

Cit & Jason: Married! Benson Park Hudson NH Intimate Wedding

Cit & Jason planned a very DIY Benson Park Hudson NH Intimate Wedding.  A weekday wedding! (Please, have more weddings on weekdays guys, they’re the best!) We met up late 2015 for early 2016 plans.  Things happen, as they’re bound to do and they said they’d be back in touch as the wedding was being delayed a little.  To be honest, I thought they were just nicely blowing me off, but I was wrong! (it happens from time to time) 😉  Things were back and track and they still wanted me along for the ride! 

A few fun facts about Cit & Jason – and then make sure you check out their cage match! Oh, and their ceremony next to the Old Woman’s Shoe! 

  • When did you get engaged? Halloween!
  • How did you meet? At work
  • Most excited about leading up to the wedding day? Planning all the decorations and getting creative. Art projects are the best! 
  • Most excited about ON your wedding day? Spending time with our families.
  • Favorite foods? Cit: Mac n Cheese/Jason: Pot Roast
  • Tell me one random fact about each of you. (Please?!) Cit says: Jason breeds fish in our basement. Jason says: Everything about Cit is random. (I nearly spit my drink out all over the screen when I read this one)
  • How did you learn about Melissa Koren Photography?  Looking through *many* online portfolios, your images stood out the most to us! (yay! thank you!!)

(don’t forget about that cage match!)

Melissa, these are amazing. I am so thankful that I found you, you are truly so talented and I love the way you captured our day. I can’t wait to show these to everyone!

Thank you thank you, guys! It was an absolute honor!

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. Maine & Benson Park Hudson NH Intimate 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 Hampshire and looking for a photographer for your Benson Park Hudson NH Intimate 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
May 15, 2017

Owen: 10 Days Old! NH At Home Newborn Session

When this little nugget’s mom emailed me to set up their NH at home newborn session, she wasn’t due for nearly a month.  We got everything wrapped up in 24 hours and I was excited for them to be in touch in a few weeks. Fast forward 48 hours when I got an email that little man was here! He had decided he was so excited for his newborn session that he wanted to get to it as fast as possible!  

Completely perfect in every way, they were all home from the hospital toot sweet!  I got to snuggle with this tiny little bundle on his 10-day old birthday.  We snuggled in his beautiful nursery. Even though he was early, mom & dad were 100% ready for him.  The nursery was full of lovely outdoor themed touches! There were bundles of books ready to be read, and of course a piggy bank to start saving for college! There was also a lovely basket we used as a prop. We also used some wraps I brought along.  Then we brought him and his friends into their bedroom and used the great height of the bed, and the natural light from the windows for some too cute for words shots with his forest friends. Mr. Fox and Mr. Moose are great caregivers! 

And in conclusion – the obligatory SEO. NH 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 and looking for a photographer for your 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!