69 Reviews for Melissa Koren Photography
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From the moment that Chris and I met Melissa we knew that she was the perfect person to capture our day! Our first meeting with Melissa was in a coffee shop and she brought such a great mix of positive energy and calmness that put us both at ease. Chris is not a big fan of getting his picture taken and was weary about being the center of attention and having someone follow him around with a camera. After meeting Melissa he declared that he could probably handle hanging out with Melissa for the day. As we met with other photographers we found that we were constantly comparing them to Melissa and we signed a contract with her shortly after.
In our package we had engagement photos and we used Melissa's suggestion to meet in a local park in Exeter. I would highly recommend doing this as it got our jitters out of being in front of the camera. Melissa was great and kept us laughing the entire time. She has a batman-like utility belt for her cameras and switches back and forth while giving directions. We felt a little goofy but were in love with the photos when we got them.
Finally on the wedding day she was right on time, came in and met my family as we were getting ready. She was super helpful with everything and has a kit with fixes for anything that could happen. During the church ceremony she was like a ninja snapping shots, but blending into the background. Finally at the reception she made sure that all of my must have photos were taken including huge group shots. She took charge, making sure that we got the shots but were able to spend time with all of our family and friends celebrating with us. We got some AMAZING shots on the hill at the farm we were at and I can't choose which one I want blown up. During the reception events Melissa made sure my dress was always pulled up and that overall I was enjoying my day. I highly recommend her and hope that she will continue to photograph my big life events!!!
Melissa went above and beyond as our wedding photographer. She made us feel 100% comfortable and taken care of. From bustling my dress, helping to get a stain off a dress to completing a long list of group photos in efficient time. We were so thrilled to work with Melissa and we highly recommend her to anyone looking for an photographer who is also a jack of all trades, truly amazing.
Melissa could easily be dubbed the MVP of our wedding. When I first reached out to Melissa I knew it would be a great fit. She and I exchanged countless emails on what the day would look like and the package that would work best for us. Even days leading up to the wedding as I was panicking that I didn’t reserve enough time with her, she was so supportive and reassured me that everything would be wonderful- exactly what I needed to hear. On the day of, she was wonder woman. She knew exactly when to step in with her bobby pins to secure my veil, bustle my dress, secure my groom’s bout, tell guests where to put their arms when taking a photo with me so as not to pull out my veil, or usher us away like a bodyguard so as to not let all of our guests see us before ‘I do’. These things alone were spectacular and invaluable; add the amazing photos and we couldn’t have been happier to have Melissa with us. Your wedding day goes by so fast, let me tell you, it is PRICELESS to be able to go through each photo and relive the day. Melissa has a wonderful way of capturing each important moment and carefully planned detail of your wedding. My husband and I can’t thank Melissa enough and highly encourage you to book her for your big day!
Melissa was amazing! She sent out surveys beforehand to get the lowdown on all the wedding details - from the whose who in the wedding party and family to the feeling and vibe we wanted to create. Her personality fit perfectly with our friends and family and we had a blast working with her. The photographs are gorgeous, she worked with interior and outdoor lighting to create luminous images and captured really fun candids. Highly recommend!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Melissa! She was AH-MAZING! She responded quickly to all my messages (email, facebook, etc.) and kept me at ease. She 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. She was the only photographer I had there 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!!
Melissa exceeded our expectations as our wedding photographer. She made us feel 100% comfortable from Day 1, and was so easy to connect with. Not only is this woman hilarious, but she takes amazing pictures, all of which look totally natural. We are not a naturally photogenic couple (actually quite awkward at times) but you wouldn't know it from her pics. She is some kind of wizard or something.
On my wedding day it rained and we had to change venues last minute. Melissa helped keep me sane as the day progressed and more or less was our second wedding coordinator on top of being the photographer. My coworker referred me to Melissa, and I am so happy that she did. Everything she said about her was true and I cannot recommend her services enough! Choose Melissa and you will not be disapointed.
I can’t think of a better way to start my weekend. This morning I opened up my email and I had a message from Melissa “Wedding Pictures!!!”. I couldn’t have imagined that someone would have been able to capture our perfect day so beautifully, but Melissa went above and beyond. We could not be happier with our photos and I am so grateful that Sam and I will be able to relive that amazing day for the rest of our lives through her amazing images. I haven’t stopped looking at them all day, and will now probably get nothing done for the remainder of the weekend.
We met Melissa about a year ago when she did our engagement photos, and when she got my then-fiance/now-husband to actually smile in a photo, I knew she was the one for us! She didn’t disappoint. If you are looking for an amazingly professional photographer, and human “fix-it” kit, Melissa is your lady. She assisted with my dress, fixed my hair, made sure Sam and I ate, and was so kind to all of my guests.
Her work speaks for itself, but if reviews are your thing, here’s mine- She is absolutely amazing and we will be going back to her for all of our future photography needs.
Thank you Melissa, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for capturing our day so wonderfully. Xo
It was a year ago when I went on the elks in Gloucester website to look at their facility info when I stumbled across wedding pictures taken their. I fell in love with how gorgeous the pictures were and I had to find who was behind them. I contacted Melissa Koren via email and within minutes, she responded. This woman have 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 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. ??????
We met Melissa when she photographed my sister's wedding, and we knew right then who our wedding photographer would be. She was literally the easiest vendor to work with in my entire wedding planning process. She is incredibly organized, thoughtful, responds to (ridiculous) questions quickly, has a great sense of humor, and had great input in helping us figuring out the details for our big day. The day of, she went above and beyond taking photos! She helped the groomsmen reposition their boutonnieres, fixed my hair on more than one occasion with bobby pins pulled from her fanny pack (life saver), and was even adjusting my straps and fixing my dress for me! She coordinated group pics of more than 15 people in a hot second..and even climbed into a fountain for the perfect shot. As someone who is incredibly awkward in front of a camera, when I saw our sneak peek pictures I literally almost died they are so perfect! Hire her! She will make your day fun, make you forget about the silly stupid things, and capture your big day in the most beautiful way! Can't wait to work with her in the future!
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 :)
Melissa is a dream. We met her a year prior to the wedding to do our engagement photos, which were perfect. For the next year, Melissa was a sounding board for all sorts of wedding-related issues: wedding website design, bridesmaid dresses, etc. On my wedding day, when I was a bundle of nerves, Melissa helped keep me calm and grounded. She carries this Batman-esque utility belt with her; she whipped out a bandaid when I cut my finger open 10 minutes before the ceremony; bobby pins when my veil came loose. She even did my bustle in about 3 minutes flat. Our wedding pictures came back yesterday (within 4 weeks of the wedding!!!) and they captured our #bestdayever perfectly. If you're thinking about hiring Melissa - just do it. Now!!
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 bridesmaid's so 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!
Getting your photographs taken at your most intimate moments during your wedding should be handled with care. In being LGBT, having an LGBT friendly photographer was extremely important to us. I searched far and wide for someone who was talented, budget friendly, and of course LGBT friendly. We were so extremely fortunate to have found Melissa. We knew from the moment we met her at our engagement session that we were in good hands.
Every interaction was great, she gave us incredible advise regarding the day of set up and flow, what was important and what you could leave out (e.g first look timing, getting ready pictures, dancing shots etc). We really enjoyed the experience with Melissa.
Day of, there were a few small hiccups, but nothing that Melissa couldn't handle. The sun was outrageous that day, and although you think you want a sunny day at your wedding, 95 degrees and sunny is not something that works well for photography. I had to give up a few of my "photography spots" but Melissa made it work. She found beauty where we didn't and it showed in every photograph we received back from our wedding day. They are simply spectacular!
When you book Melissa you get a lot more than just a photographer --- On our wedding day, the one thing I didn't expect was to have to deal with my bustle every five minutes. However, every time my beautiful bride stepped on my train (yep that happened), Melissa was there to fix the bustle! I can't even describe how much it meant to me to have someone that was just "on it". She was my honorary bridesmaid all night. All the guests commented on how out of they way the photographers were but yet it seemed like they were everywhere. Capturing the moments that mattered and ensuring that we had enough shots of our friends and family as well.
We would recommend Melissa to anyone. She is a true artist at her trade. We look forward to working with her in the future as our family photographer!
I just received my photos from Melissa and am literally crying going through them all. They are so amazing and I am reliving our wedding photo by photo. Melissa was wonderful to work with from day 1 and was affordable. She was very responsive throughout the whole process and had a lot of good advice. I am a control freak and she was patient and willing to work with my ideas. On the day of, she was like an honorary bridesmaid, helping with my veil, the bustle and doing her best to keep us cool on a 95 degree day. I highly recommend her for your big day!
There are really no words to describe how amazingly awesome Melissa is. Our wedding was anything but flawless yet she handled it with ease and grace. In addition to being an incredibly talented photographer, she was also a seamstress, sewing my bridesmaids dress when it ripped just before the wedding, coordinator, when the florist was late and she jumped in to communicate with other vendors and get the flowers in their place, and so, so much more. She seamlessly transitioned from one role to the next to help in any way that she could without ever being asked or expected to do so and never missing a beat.
Melissa carried herself with the perfect mixture of professionalism and personality. She was able to engage with our guests on a personal level, making family and friends feel comfortable. It was like we had known her for years and she fit right in!
Melissa was easy to work with and demonstrated countless times that she takes pride in and is passionate about her work, and that she genuinely cares about her clients wedding experience.
We loved that soon after the wedding Melissa released some sneak peeks of the edited photos, even adding a personal touch remembering my birthday and sending them on that day! Once we received all of our final photos we were blown away. She captured the beautiful scenery of our mountain wedding as well as candid moments, without us ever even knowing she was there. We will forever cherish our wedding album.
We would ABSOLUTELY recommend Melissa over and over again for anyone's special day!
Melissa had shot a wedding for a friend of ours a couple years earlier, and I knew from the second I saw her photos that I wanted her to be our photographer. She is a genius at capturing real "moments". It was super easy to get in touch with her and book her services. One of my favorite parts of the whole process was that she is very up-front with her pricing, and it is very reasonable. The booking process was completely stress-free. My husband (who hates posing for pictures) and I had a blast at our engagement shoot, and we are in love with the pictures!
As for the wedding, Melissa and her assistant went above and beyond. They were constantly snapping very thoughtful photos, but Melissa still somehow managed to help everybody get ready on time, bustle my dress, and be totally fun to hang out with. She really played a huge part in keeping things running smoothly all day. Her skill and professionalism were essential in making sure we had time for every photo we could have ever wanted during the cocktail hour. We can not wait to see our photos which we know will be absolutely breathtaking!!
Melissa is the BEST! We had a non traditional small wedding ceremony with just a handful of our family members but still wanted wonderful photos to capture our day. Melissa is so accommodating and it was really wonderful that she offered small wedding packages. She was extremely attentive leading up to our day, always quick with email responses. The day of, she helped calm me down, assisted with lacing up my dress, and was just overall a calming presence. And the photos - they came out absolutely amazing and just what we hoped for. We can't recommend her enough - she's a very talented photographer with reasonable prices and a great personality to boot. Her turnaround time for our photos was insanely fast and we were more than happy with the results. Book her now!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Melissa for years and have always loved her style of capturing the emotion in candid moments. We booked her for our early November wedding and couldn't be happier with our photos. Thank you Melissa!
Incredible experience! Melissa is the greatest, not only does she take great photos, but she has a bag of tricks that literally can save the wedding day! From broken dress bustles, hairspray failure, bridesmaid dress snafu, and your own nerves getting to you - she can help solve it all! We love the photos and are receiving so many compliments on them! Her response time to emails is incredible and knowledge of her field is so deep! She is incredibly professional and prepared on-site so portrait time is more efficient; allowing more time with your guests and loved ones. We highly recommend her and cannot wait to get together again soon!
Melissa is incredibly talented, efficient, professional, and such a sweet person. My sister recommended Melissa to us after she, her family and friends had used Melissa. Since day one of planning our wedding photography was on the top of my list to find the best of the best vendor. Let's be honest, weddings are quite frankly one of the best but fastest days of your life so pictures are THE most important thing you can have to look back on your day. When we met her we were immediately sold. Not only does she take incredibly beautiful pictures but she is just a fabulous person. She was so quick to respond to all of my emails, and she explained every little detail. We purchased a package which included an engagement session and our family and friends were blown away at how beautiful they were. When it came to our wedding day Melissa was on point, so professional and so fast. I thanked her via email the very next day. We recently received our pictures and were in complete awe at how beautiful they were and how she sent them to us(we were married 9/19). And I should add our package included all of the rights to our pictures!! If you are looking for a photographer that will do an amazing job, look no further. Melissa will amaze you
From the moment we met with Melissa, we knew we wanted her as our photographer! She was absolutely FANTASTIC from her "bag of tricks" (as previously stated from former brides) to getting all the shots we wanted and then some! Melissa was on top of everything that day including helping my bridesmaids with my dress. We were blown away by the photos she captured and the turnaround time receiving the image files. She is responsive to any questions you have (even after the wedding is over). Look no further when searching for a photographer, you will not regret it!
I cannot begin to express how amazing Melissa is. During our engagement process she was so sweet, genuinely wanting to connect with us despite the distance (we live in the mid-Atlantic but were married in NH in 2015) via email and over the phone. She sent us an adorable care package after we booked her, filled with chocolate, a book, and a great picture frame.
My husband and I are both rather shy and don't relish having our picture taken, which Melissa listened to and assured us that she would make the process during our wedding day as comfortable as possible. We met with her at our wedding site (Wentworth by the Sea, which she knew like the back of her hand!), and she was so down to Earth and approachable.
On the day of our wedding she was not only punctual, but early! She had a bag full of goodies ( I forgot to pack extra bobby pins or to ask for extras from the hair salon), and she had them. One of my bridesmaids forgot deodorant, she had some. After our ceremony, she quickly, efficiently, and promptly started calling out the groups of people she needed pictures of (grandparents, children, and then family/wedding party), and she was done with all the after ceremony pictures within 45 minutes. This left our wedding party free to enjoy the cocktail hour while my husband and I got a few minutes to ourselves (which, by the by, Melissa helped us convey to our wedding planner, as we were too pooped to say it on our own! We had an evening ceremony and by this point, we were both wiped)
She took gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous pictures; and we had them within a month of getting married. She was far and away one of the best decisions we made vendor wise for our wedding, and I would recommend her 1,000 times over!
We absolutely loved working with Melissa! She does amazing work and is so personable and easy to work with. She was so helpful during the wedding, even helped with my hair after it got caught on my dress during the reception. The photos were beautiful and she provided them in a very timely manner. Highly recommend her!
What a wonderful experience! I knew the moment I met Melissa, she was the one! Not only is she an incredible photographer, but she is the perfect person to have by your side on your wedding day. Melissa and her bag of tricks are a necessity. Whether it is a string on your dress that needs to be cut or a difficult bustle on your dress, she does it all! She is professional, helpful and considerate. All of this and the pictures were absolutely amazing! We couldn't have made a better choice!
Having Melissa and her assistant Nadia take our photos was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. They were so professional, considerate, fun, and friendly. They thought of everything and even helped with holding my dress, fixing my hair, etc. It was like having more bridesmaids. The pictures came out absolutely stunning, and I love the shots she created. She really captured the feeling of the day and I can't thank her enough.