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Amanda Welvers · Married on 01/10/2020
Home is in Melissa's Magic
Melissa is so very much more than the most talented photographer you'll meet. When Rob and I first agreed to mawwaige, we agreed on two things: first, as New Hampshire residents, it had to be in October, when the leaves are at their most magical. And second, which October leaf-peaking weekend would depend on Melissa's availability. We would wait a year, if that's what it took. We knew that no one else would be able to capture the tenderness, the silliness, and the love that our little family of three had grown together.
Long story short, she said yes, and we were elated! From behind-the-scenes gorgeous shots of the details that made our wedding so very "us," to the expressions she captured on our faces, it was all that we wished for and more. Wedding, family mini-session, brilliance and more, Melissa will make your world radiant. She will help you see in the beauty in yourself, in the people you love, and in every moment that follows.Sent on 11/20/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:😭😭😭❤️ being a photographer has so many highlights, but having a wedding planned around my availability is bar none. I'm so happy I could be there for you all!
Abigail Connor · Married on 10/19/2019
One of the best decisions we made for the wedding!
Melissa not only captured the joy of our special day, she also went above and beyond what would be expected of a photographer. Everything little thing we didn't think to bring, she had with her. A few people in the party forgot to cut off the clothing hanging straps in their dresses, but it wasn't a problem because she had scissors with her! She also had tips on how to quickly button up the back of the wedding dress and bustled it up for the ceremony in no time at all, which was great because it always took us forever to find where the buttons were hiding. When it was getting too hot during the reception, she checked with the venue about opening up the doors for us. She had such a great attitude and helped us out in ways we never even expected. And the photos! We're absolutely in love with them. They're so beautiful and elegant, but they also show us for the huge goofballs we are. She really captured the fun of the day. As the bride and groom you're so busy that it's inevitable you'll miss some moments, but because of what an amazing job Melissa did, we're able to see so many more special moments that went on while we were busy making googly eyes at each other. We're so glad that we decided to hire her as out photographer and can't recommend her enough!Sent on 11/17/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:I'm glad I could be such a part of your gorgeous day! You and your crew are so fun! What a spectacular party you throw! Go orange!!
melannie · Married on 09/29/2019
Look no further, Melissa is the best
Look no further Melissa is the best! We are so happy to have met her and are so happy she was the one to capture our wedding day! She was able to capture everything better than we could have ever imagined! So friendly, hardworking and reliable. She really cares about the people she works with and that makes a huge difference. Everyone at the wedding loved her. I would highly recommend her!Sent on 10/27/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:It's so easy to care about people who are as giving of their hearts as you! It's been amazing to get to know you!
Marysa Rapuano · Married on 09/28/2019
Fuller Gardens Wedding 9.28.2019
Melissa is absolutely the most amazing photographer and human ever! She was so kind and helpful for my wedding, I don't know what I would have done without her! I was running a bit late and as soon as I got there she helped me get all settled in and communicated to my husband to be that I had finally arrived. We loved all of our wedding photos and will definitely be recommending her to everyone who is looking for a photographer in New Hampshire!Sent on 10/29/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:It was my pleasure! What a day you two had!! Absolute perfection! I appreciate your review and recommendation! And Im happy to travel! 🥰😘
Emily Lukasiak · Married on 08/30/2019
Incredible beyond words!
There is not enough time for me to write about how incredibly AMAZING Melissa is as both a photographer and as a human being. Melissa shot our wedding 3 weeks ago and her day started with a bang - my mom's dress zipper broke while putting on the dress (damn seam!). Needless to say, there was some pretty major freaking out going on in the suite because we needed to be en route to our venue in about 30 mins. Well, Melissa came prepared, not just to take photos, but for literally ANYTHING. She had all sorts of gadgets and sewing materials and she literally put my mom's dress back together. While the atmosphere in the room had gone from excited to complete anxiousness, Melissa had a calming sense about her and reassured us everything was going to be fine. And it sure was. Now, moving forward to THE PHOTOS. We have not even received our full file of photos yet. We have only seen the ones she shared with us on her website, and I am already in complete awe. I already knew she was great, but boy I was not expecting such flawless pictures. It was as if she was literally capturing our personalities in her shots. You could feel the joy, the excitement, and the love through her pictures. The day was perfect, but her photos captured every single moment I would've wanted her to capture, and there's still so much more to come! As I said before, I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, I will never be able to put into words how incredibly amazing this woman is. Anyone would be lucky to have her photograph their event. Thank you Melissa a thousand times overSent on 09/19/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:What an amazing day you had! I'm so grateful to have been apart of it. Thank you for these kind words and sharing your love with me!
Heidi Levangie · Married on 06/29/2019
Simply the Best Wedding Photographer
Melissa really made our wedding happen. She rolled with the weather threats, kept us all on pace, even helped me get dressed, cleaned the makeup off my dress, and put on my earrings. We would have been lost without her organization and exceptional help every step of the way, not to mention her bright smile and great personality. I'm so grateful that we found her for our wedding and I can't wait to see the images she produces! Melissa, you're the best! Thank you!Sent on 07/07/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:You're so kind! It was an absolute honor to be a part of your day! And the weather knew better than to get in your way!
Ariana Lovering · Married on 06/08/2019
Best Wedding Photographer on the Seacoast!
Melissa was absolutely amazing to work with! She did our engagement and wedding wedding photos. As someone who is not the most comfortable in front of the camera, Melissa made us feel so at ease and we had a ton of fun shooting our engagement photos on the beach! When the wedding rolled around, Melissa was so detail oriented, she kept us on schedule and made sure we all had fun! She went above and beyond the call of duty: fastening boutonnieres, bustling my dress, and keeping everyone on track! She came highly recommended to me from a friend who used her for her own wedding and we were amazed with the beautiful work she did! We were so incredibly pleased with the photos when they came back (quicker than quoted) and would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding or special event photographer!Sent on 07/22/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:Thank you guys so much! It was so wonderful to work with you and a pleasure to watch you celebrate your love!
Laura Forsblad · Married on 01/07/2019
Best Photographer Ever
One conversation with Melissa and any stress regarding how and who to photograph our wedding was gone. Our photos are joyous and truly unbelievable. We can't recommended her enough.Sent on 10/28/2019
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:I'm so happy I could put your mind at ease! Joyous is the best word I can think of to describe the two of you! So joyful and full of love - it was a pleasure!
terri · Married on 10/13/2018
Fun, detailed and does it all!
Melissa was fantastic. She listened to what we wanted and got to know us. The engagement pictures are beautiful! Day of she was able to capture the details, while managing a large family with many kids. She had everything. She helped to fix some lace falling off the flower girl's dress, bustled my dress and worked great with the other vendors. We were able to see a few sneak peak pictures and can't wait for the rest!Sent on 11/04/2018
Julia Morin · Married on 09/30/2018
The perfect mix of professional, talented and fun
Melissa is equal parts wonderful photographer and wonderful human being. Aside from her obvious talent and beautiful photos, she is someone I genuinely enjoy being around -- and I think that's really important when working with a photographer, because it's typically not the most comfortable experience for most people! She is fun, funny and full of personality, but still takes her job seriously and clearly has a passion for what she does. I always have a fear of coming across awkward in photos and walk away wondering how they will turn out, but Melissa has a way of relaxing people, making them laugh, and bringing out the best in them -- with the end result being great photographs that capture life's most precious moments & memories, and tell a story.Sent on 11/15/2018
Aside from our engagement photos last fall, she recently shot our wedding. The timeline leading up to the ceremony unfortunately ended up being a bit tight and hectic, and as a result there are some photos we didn't get that I wish we had, simply because of time constraints and the fact that we were rushing more than I would have liked (a perfect example that you can try to plan and schedule everything out, but the day will never unfold 100 percent according to plan!) But Melissa helped to keep me calm amidst the chaos, and still managed to get many lovely photos that really captured the heart and spirit of our wedding day. Aside from that, she helped with my dress and other getting ready things, rescued our wedding bands that were accidentally left behind in the room the guys were getting ready in, and drove me from the getting ready location to the venue after everyone else left and abandoned me (haha) because we were running behind schedule. Although we arrived to the venue later than planned which created some challenges, after helping to get me from the car to the bridal suite *mostly* unseen by our guests, she still was able to get some shots of the decor and whatnot around the venue prior to the ceremony, as I was relieved to find when we got our photos back (I had been worried about this!)
Overall Melissa is just wonderful and I highly recommend her. More than just a talented photographer that I hope will capture many more future milestones & memories for us in the years to come, I consider her a friend and can say with confidence that you will not regret booking Melissa, no matter what the occasion or life event is that you are looking to capture.
Nicole · Married on 09/21/2018
Our experience with Melissa was sheer perfection. I can not speak more highly about her work or how she engaged with us. She is bubbly, witty, easy going and I just love her. Planning a US wedding from Australia should have been stressful but I was so relaxed with Melissa - and her organisation, time management and attention to detail was outstanding. We established an instant rapport with her which made taking photos easy and we had so much fun with her. I think she truly captured the essense of our wedding day, and it comes across in her photos she is all about love, family and friendship. As I bride I think at times you stress about things like bad weather etc and as fast as those thoughts came to my head Melissa released them and left me feeling like whatever happened on the day would have its own beauty and she would just roll with it. She is a true professional and jack of all trades.
In the lead up to the wedding we did two mini sessions with her in the springtime and also a winter snow shoot. She delivered countless beautiful photos and I know we will continue to use her for years to come.
We have so much admiration for you Melissa and your beautiful outlook on life. So glad we got to share these experiences with you. xxxSent on 10/22/2018
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:Working with you was amazing. Thank you so much for your kind, wonderful, words! I look forward to keeping in touch and catch up when you're next back in the states!
Sara · Married on 08/26/2018
Cutting right to it- I highly recommend hiring Melissa to photograph your milestones!Sent on 10/08/2018
We hired her to photograph our wedding (came highly recommended from a friend) and are SO pleased. The resulting photos, day-of photography experience, payment schedule, emails leading up to the event, and purchasing prints were all part of what I can only describe as a luxury experience. We saw her work and loved the exciting composition- gorgeous photos that happen to have happy newlyweds- and knew we needed to book her!
We got so much more than beautiful photos. Melissa went above and beyond and was prepared for anything- like helping me take my Spanx off in a park, noticing my foot was bleeding and supplying bandaids and shout wipes for all the days’ surprises, whisking us away to take couples’ photos when the time was right, making sure we ate, removing my veil, more bandaids, fixing my rogue hair, getting us an Uber to the venue, quickly telling us how to cut a wedding cake, and being an overall wonderful human on our wedding team!
Booking her was so easy, she replied to my email quickly and helped us choose the right package to meet our needs. We chose not to do an engagement shoot but I would say if one opted to do an engagement session then they can meet her awesomeness sooner rather than later! Her online payment system is clear to use and streamlined, and she sent reminders when a payment date was approaching (so helpful). Her worksheet format for gathering info about our wedding was great!
A month after our event we received all the digital photos and ordered prints online directly from her website. It was an easy process and the site is simple to navigate while making your final printing descisions. Did I mention the teasers?! Less than a week after our wedding she emailed us a link to the blog post and we were so thrilled to see a preview so soon! Also, she wrote the kindest words about us and we turned to mush. Hi Melissa, the feeling’s mutual! ❤️
Linda · Married on 08/14/2018
Melissa photographed our family of 15 including 5 boys ages 2 to 10. It was a day that rained on and off but she made the best of our location photographing us outside when the weather broke and inside while it rained. The photos turned out great. She went above and beyond when I was unsatisfied with a canvas print I ordered because the rainbow did not show up well. She had them reprinted and send to me within two days. I highly recommend Melissa!Sent on 09/23/2018
Melissa Koren Photography's reply:Thank you so much, Linda! It was a pleasure to work with you all!
Jfrenette · Married on 08/12/2018
We love melissa!
Working with Melissa was incredible. We found her through our lovely wedding planner Nicole Mower - she was her photographer. We planned from afar but had the chance to have a drink with Melissa before our wedding - from the moment we met her, we knew she was THE ONE! Melissa captured each moment of our special day exactly as we would have wanted it captured. She is so calm and ultra organized. Our pictures have a casual feel (which is exactly what we want) while still capturing the beauty of our seacoast wedding. The photos came to us really fast, and the preview just days after the wedding. Even though we live across the country we can't wait for Melissa to capture all of our special moments. We cannot say enough great things about Melissa!Sent on 12/20/2018
Evan · Married on 07/08/2018
Just got our "teaser pictures" access and are so pleased with how everything turned out! Leading up to the day Melissa worked with us many times back and forth to ensure that we got the time frame and services that we wanted. She took the time to get to know our vibe as a couple and matched that very well on the wedding day. She worked well with our families and friends capturing all the important moments without any fussing. She even worked on her birthday for us! We will enjoy the memories she has captured for us as well as the encouraging words she shared with us for many years to come.Sent on 07/23/2018
Jessica · Married on 07/02/2018
We were so glad that we hired Melissa to take family photos to celebrate my parents' 40th anniversary. Melissa was incredibly responsive and easy to work with, and she kept us updated throughout the process. She did an amazing job with the photos, and she was especially wonderful with our young children. I would highly recommend her!Sent on 07/10/2018
Jillian · Married on 06/30/2018
Melissa was recommended to me by a friend and I could not have been happier with her. She was FANTASTIC! Not only was she super responsive to my e-mails, but she helped me organize my actual wedding day and execute my plan once she arrived. She did so much more than just photograph my wedding, including helping to make sure that the boys knew how to pin their boutonnieres on and helped keep me calm when I was super anxious. The pictures came out so beautifully and she made sure to capture the candid moments which she knew was important to us. She was so much fun to work with and I would absolutely recommend her to everyone.Sent on 07/16/2018
gail · Married on 06/30/2018
I am the mother of a bride whose wedding Melissa recently photographed in Portland, ME. I was, quite honestly, astonished and overjoyed with Melissa's thoughtful skill, expertise, professionalism, and, no less so, her vibrant personality!!!! The importance of the wedding photography cannot be overstated. All of the memories of that special day are captured in the photography, and kept forever in the resulting pictures. This is a critical piece of a wedding. Melissa knew what to do, when to do it (things we did not know or think of!) and how to capture the perfect mood for every single part of the day, start to finish. In addition to inconspicuously and skillfully capturing every detail of my daughter's wedding day, she also acted an a guide and personal assistant to my daughter, attending to every detail of what to do when, fixing her dress, making sure that she was hydrated and that she ate, checking in with her on how she was doing, what shots she and her husband wanted, and so much more. I could go on forever on the details that Melissa covered so thoughtfully and flawlessly. In our opinions (bride, groom and families), Mellissa is a pro, and her work is simply unparalleled.Sent on 07/19/2018
Dawn · Married on 06/16/2018
Melissa was wonderful, from the very first email contact through to the sending of our photos earlier than we expected. Clear. Personable. Funny. Unflappable. And oh so talented. She was there at all the right times, and (equally importantly) faded into the background at all the right times. Melissa managed to capture all the moments we wanted, and all the feelings we wanted, without our having to call her over to capture them, and the pictures are stunning. Highly recommended.Sent on 06/29/2018
Acacia · Married on 05/25/2018
Melissa was absolutely amazing! We planned our wedding from over 1,000 miles away and we met Melissa on the day of our wedding. She was professional, incredibly efficient, fun, and gave very good directions for formal photos. Our pictures turned out beautifully! She captured bright colors, laughter, tears, and many lovely candid moments. We are so thankful we picked her for our big day. My family and friends also commented on how she genuinely looked like she was having a blast while taking photos at our reception. We highly recommend Melissa.Sent on 07/07/2018
Jess · Married on 09/16/2017
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.Sent on 09/20/2017
Megan · Married on 08/26/2017
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!Sent on 11/22/2017
Jenn · Married on 08/19/2017
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!Sent on 09/14/2017
Megan · Married on 06/03/2017
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.Sent on 07/25/2017
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!!!
Erica · Married on 10/14/2016
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!Sent on 01/07/2017
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!!