You can just photoshop that. Right?

Well, let’s talk about every photographer’s least favorite phrase… “You can just photoshop that. Right?”

This exuberantly happy little girls is also a fearless daredevil and a few days before our Prescott Park Family Photos she took a header at daycare and superficially scratched up her sweet face.

Her mom sent me an email, asking if I thought it would be ok/if we could just photoshop it out.

The simple answer is sure, of course, if there are a few of your images you love but want to have cleaned up from any temporary marks (pimples, scratches, bruises etc) we can definitely do that.

But the more accurate answer is, it’s part of her story. Part of the memory. And wiping it out just feels kind of wrong.

I am not the style of photographer that retouches every photo for stray hairs, blemishes, rogue debris etc. I’m the style that encourages embracing the realness and connection of the people, and things, that are part of the session.

Authenticity is a VERY overused word.

But it’s also a VERY important part of creating tangible memories that are real, and not styled/posed/manufactured/altered etc.

Of course I was happy to put a virtual bandaid on for a few of these, but remembering how she got the scratch and how fearless she was seems far more important to me!

Prescott Park Family Photos. Wedding, Family and Newborn + Brand Photographer Melissa Koren Photography photographs good people. (How’s that for overuse of a word!) This NH based photographer provides a relaxed approach where the value is put on fun and efficiency.

MKP clients are wonderful, loving, quirky, sassy, laughing, fantastic, and often cheeky people. Good people like you! Microweddings, LGBTQ photography, NH Mini Sessions, Massachusetts At Home Newborn Photos, Maine Engagement Photos, Seacoast NH Family photographer. Grateful to have worked at Maudslay State Park, Emerson Inn, Winthrop Carter House, Portsmouth Country Club and many many more!

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 and also on Facebook and Instagram! If you’d rather contact me directly, please email me at

There are adventures to have and memories to keep so let’s get to it!

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