Last weekend’s 2-Day workshop was amazing, and now women are signed up and flying in from California to Florida for the next Dallas CONFIDENCE Workshop this April 2015!

Early Bird Deadline: Saturday, Nov. 29th.  All of you who asked if we’d do it again in Dallas, answer is YES!  YAY!!!!

Grab Your Spot (and best price) Here!

Workshop Dates:  April 11th and 12th 2015

Give yourself confidence with the camera this Christmas. You can even tell your hubby it can be a combined Christmas/Mother’s Day gift since it will happen early Spring! If he really needs convincing, throw in your birthday. LOL! Many women have had great success with this tactic.

Here are 5 Reasons to Sign Up and Find Confidence with Your Camera! (spotlighting photos from the weekend)

1.  Hands-On Photo Shoot with Me Ra

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We will do hands-on photo shoots both Saturday and Sunday.  In the morning sessions we fill your mind with tons of understanding about your camera’s settings, inspire your creativity, and then let you put it all to practice with Brian and I by your side for the hands-on shoots!

2. Gain Confidence in Your Camera Settings

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We call Brian the “walking camera manual” because no matter what camera brand or model you have, he’s probably read the manual.  He can help with just about any technical question you’ve got.

In fact, did you know your camera comes out of the box with crazy default settings that set your photos up for failure.  We’ll spend time during Day One’s morning session changing those default settings and getting you set up for success!

3. Learn Tips and Tricks to Engage Your Subjects

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On both Saturday and Sunday, I will demonstrate a photo shoot for you while I talk you through what I’m doing.  I’ll explain why I’m setting the subjects up a certain way, how I’m determining my camera settings, and how I’m getting them to engage with the camera no matter how young or old they are.  There are tons of photo tips and tricks to engage your subjects that make all the difference!

4. How to Capture Gorgeous Lighting (no lighting equipment needed)

African American Family Portrait, Me Ra Koh

Can you believe this family portrait was taken in a hallway at a hotel?!

This is what Brian and I want to teach you “How to Capture Great Lighting” no matter where you are!  The more difficult the setting, the more I LOVE it because you become a believer that you can do it too!

We will show you how to capture buttery, blurry backgrounds.  How to get dark black backgrounds or blasted out white backgrounds that look like studio lighting but require no extra lights.  It’s just a matter of understanding your camera settings and discovering the magic of natural light.  We will also teach you how to use an external flash in five minutes. Five minutes because that’s how easy it is!  It’s a flash method we always used when shooting high-end weddings.

5. Grow, Gain Confidence, and Laugh with a Group of Women from All Over the Country

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Here’s the deal.  In every workshop we have a range of proficiency.  Some women are complete beginners and others have their own business with paying clients.  But confidence is a key desire in all of them.  Often times, women have technical holes in their understanding of how the camera and lighting works which keeps them from shooting in full confidence.  This is what we are after, breaking through those glass ceilings so you capture your loved ones with consistency and feel solid about how your camera works!  Magical things happen over the weekend, but you’ll have to come to see what I mean.

BIG thanks to our wonderful models for giving us their time!  Lots of great photos are being uploaded and coming your way soon!

Sign Up for April’s Dallas Workshop Here!

Early Bird Price Ends this Saturday, Nov. 29th.


p.s.  Do you ever dream of learning about photography in a storybook setting?

photography workshop in Italy

Experience Italy with Me Ra and Brian!

That’s right!  Brian and I are hosting an 8-Day Photography Workshop/Tour in Italy this May 2015.  It’s a dream come true!  We are going to have the most amazing adventure together.  Husbands, friends and moms who aren’t photo enthusiasts but want to experience Italy are also welcome.   I like to say it this way…

In 2014, we traveled the world filming our show.

In 2015, we bring YOU with us!  (Eeeeks!)

All the details of the trip are here!

As a former Running On Empty winner, I remember vividly the moment I received the word. It was exciting and crazy , I was a bit in shock, and honored to have been selected all at the same time. Every time Me Ra holds a Running on Empty contest, the stories that come in from all over the country are amazing to read. The truth is that not one woman is more deserving than another. Every single one is just as deserving as the next. That is why a whole team of women vote together on who will win. This is part of what is so beautiful about the Running On Empty contest. The team of women who are voting have all been winners. They are all the past Running on Empty winners. They know the feeling of being nominated by friends and loved ones, or of nominating themselves. They know the feeling of the anticipation, and they know the feeling of getting the word that they are the one who has been selected this time. They know the excitement, the shock, and the honor.


Dallas CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop


Choosing the winner is no easy task.  Ive heard time and time again how they wished everyone could be selected. This time around, I had the amazing honor of delivering the news to the winner.  I can’t describe the sheer joy that came with this task.  I’ll admit, I was a bit giddy to share the news!

The winner of the Running on Empty contest is Kristy Cox.  Kristy was chosen from a group of women nearly twenty strong.  Every single nominee was so deserving of being the winner. I can’t give a better statement than Me Ra’s own words…

I see myself in all your stories, and I want you to know I’m pulling for you. No matter how dire the circumstances, I have built my life on one truth: The impossible still happens. For those of you need the impossible to happen in your life, who need a new beginning, a broken heart mended, a financial provision or breakthrough…a road where there seems to be no way to go…I believe it can happen. It will happen. And if nothing else, I hope my own life is an encouragement. Whether you are a winner or not, I’m pulling for you. I hope our paths cross so I can look you in the eye and say “You are worthy. You are worthy of the best. And the impossible can happen, even for you. Just hang in there…just hang in there.”

Kristy was so brave to nominate herself for the contest, here is her story:

“Running on empty…that definitely describes me. I’m not sure I was ever full, come to think about it. I never in a million years thought I would nominate myself for something like this but here I go.

I have been so very blessed with my life. It’s not always been easy, but it rarely is. I turned 40 this year. Such a milestone, one many never get the chance to see. And for that I am blessed. But that didn’t make turning 40 easy. I have spent my entire life in a military community, always moving, never putting down roots. My dad was in the Air Force and then later on I joined the Army after college and met my husband there as well. We decided when we were ready to start a family that one of us needed to get out of the Army. One of us needed to be the stable rock in the household. That ended up being me since my husband still owed the Army time for his education.

We started our family shortly after I left the Army. When my daughter was 6 months old my husband deployed for the first time, for a year. Throughout the 13 years he stayed in the Army there were many deployments, TDY’S (business trips), many weekends worked, many early mornings and very late nights. I learned to raise children by myself in states where we had no family, friends or roots. I was the mom and dad. I maintained the upkeep of the house, mowed lawns, ran snowblowers, maintained vehicles, paid bills all while raising kids, nursing them through illnesses, homework, school conferences, awards ceremonies, etc. It seemed for so long like I would never get out of that trench.

Finally after 13 years of Army life we decided to leave the Army and try to become a “normal” family. We moved to TN where the next job would be. I was so excited at the prospect of roots. Civilian life on one income was a little more of a struggle than Army life was. Normal medical bills add up, normal expenses add up. We had to tighten down where the money would go. My husband took advantage of the GI bill he had and went back to school to earn an advanced degree, hoping it would help put us in a better financial position down the road. One year into his 2 year degree he was laid off…2 weeks before Christmas. I can’t think of many other times in our lives where we have been at such a low point. In the back of my head I was kicking myself for not having ever started up a photography business. If only I wasn’t so scared at failing or overwhelmed by all of it then we might have something to fall back on at this very uncertain time. I am a RN by trade, but since I hadn’t worked in over a decade even I wasn’t able to find a job.

Such a helpless, overwhelming feeling.

My husband was able to find a job several months later. I am so grateful it wasn’t longer. I know many people try much longer. Several months after my husband started his new job we got the surprise we had never expected. We were pregnant. Wow that took a while to wrap my brain around. It definitely wasn’t on my bucket list for turning 40. Now we are blessed with 3 amazing girls. I thought I was done having kids, but God had a greater plan for me. I love this family of mine so much, but I feel like along the way I have lost myself. I have given everything I can to take care of everyone else. I want this for me. I need this for me. I feel like I have been in a mommy time warp for 12 years and now I don’t know how to step out of it. I have always had a mad passion for photography. At one point I had an ok knowledge of my camera. Nowadays I rarely use manual and never shoot in RAW anymore. Most of my pictures are taken with my phone, like so many.

Photographs are your story. The good, bad and ugly. Photographs were our main source of communication during times when my husband missed birthdays, holidays, special events and also just daily life. They told the story of us. I want to be able to tell that story better with my own family and for other families as well. Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves to have their story told.

A while back Oprah had asked a question on her show “what would you be if you knew you would not fail?” I have always wanted to be a photographer. I don’t want to spend the next 40 years wondering why I stood in my own way.”



Photography Workshops for Women with Me Ra Koh

Thank you so much, Me Ra for your generosity and your heart to give to women.  Thank you for pouring into the hearts of women time and time again.  Kristy and I and a whole family of Confidence Workshop attendees and Running On Empty winners say a resounding “THANK YOU”!

We have one or two spots left for next weekend’s Dallas Workshop.  Grab one of the last spots here!  Email me once you register.  Me Ra has the attendees do a couple fun exercise to get your creative juices flowing and prepared for the workshop!  There is still time for me to get you prepped for this amazing, powerful weekend!



Janna King Photography


Neyssa here with 7 Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips (especially for those of you with toddlers)!

It’s October which means its time for trips to the pumpkin patch. This past weekend my family made our annual trip to a local farm, giving me the perfect opportunity to put together these seven pumpkin patch photo tips for you!

For Milo, the highlight of going to the pumpkin patch was not picking pumpkins, but getting to ride in a big “trailer” (or wagon) pulled by a tractor. By the looks of excitement on the other kids faces, I’d say this was the highlight for many kids. The tractor ride is a part of the adventure to the pumpkin patch.

Capture the Ride.

I realize that not all pumpkin patches have big tractors, but many have mini trains, ponies, or other fun ways to get to the pumpkins. Even a ride in the wheelbarrow is exciting for young kids! The sun was bright so I had my family sit on the side of the tractor that put the sun on their backs. I just love how Grandma and Auntie are watching the kids for their reaction and Milo was watching the pumpkins go by and the wheels turn. I know this ride will be one he talks about for weeks.

ISO 100, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 640

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Preschool Boy and sister on tractorIt wasn’t a minute off the tractor that we had tears. Milo saw a bucket of huge trimmers and wanted to carry a pair all by himself. Of course, daddy didn’t let him, but we told him he could help cut everyone’s pumpkin stems. He thought that meant he got to cut everyone who was at the pumpkin patch not just our family, but that was besides the point! When it came time to help Sawyer free her pumpkin from the stem, Milo and daddy came to the rescue.

Capture the Work

Milo may not be looking at me or grinning ear to ear, but I have captured his hard working, focused face. A face we see often around the house. I have captured my ‘boys’ working together to get our pumpkins! I know that in future years, Milo won’t need daddy’s help, so capturing this detail now is important for telling our story right now.

ISO 100, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 320

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Father and son picking pumpkins

This fall has been gorgeous in Seattle. I felt strange complaining that it was too hot while I was picking pumpkins. But the setting sun provided gorgeous light for me to capture my family.

Use the Sun to Create Beautiful Backlighting.

As my family continued to pick pumpkins I could not help but get excited about the sun filling the frame of my camera. I love how the light pours into this image of everyone working together to get our pumpkin.

ISO 100, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 200

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Family Picking Pumpkins

It may seem obvious that I was at the pumpkin patch too since I was the one taking all of the photos. However, it is so important for my kids to see years later that I truly was present with them on these adventures!

Hand off the Camera.

Before we even left for the pumpkin patch I told my husband that he would have to take a few photos with me in them too. Once out in the patch, I set the settings on the camera so that he could take some good photos without having to fuss to much, and then I handed off the camera. As moms it is so easy to use the excuse that we take the photos as a reason to not get in front of the camera. I was having a crazy hair day, my baby bump is at that stage where you don’t know if I’m eating too many cookies or if I’m pregnant, but I still handed off that camera. And I love this image of my daughter and I at the pumpkin patch! (She was so interested in the stem and wanted to “carry” the pumpkin. My husband captured that here, with me in the photo too!

ISO 100, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 320

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Mother and daughter with pumpkin

While we waited for the tractor to come pick us up, the kids decided that the pumpkins were the perfect place to start. It was too cute that we had to take a picture. Of course, getting two toddlers to look at the camera (when Skittles aren’t involved) can be tricky. I used another trick up my sleeve instead.

Have everyone look at one person instead of the camera.

Sawyer was so proud that she was sitting on the pumpkin too, we all looked to her. I love this image my husband captured of our family. We aren’t looking at the camera, but there are genuine smiles and it is very telling of this time for our family with little Sawyer as the adorable center of attention.

ISO 100, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 320

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Family with Pumpkins

When you’re at the pumpkin patch you can get carried away with pumpkins in your photos. They don’t have to be front and center in every image to show you’re at the pumpkin patch.

Be subtle with pumpkins.

This may be one of my favorite images from the day. Sawyer is leaning on grandma’s leg with the pumpkin next to her on the ground. I called her name and she looked up, catching the light in her eyes with the pumpkin softly blurred in the background. This is a great way to show where you are, or the time of year, without having the frame full of pumpkins.

ISO 320, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 400

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Toddler girl with pumpkin

Milo thought the pumpkins in the patch were too big for him. He wanted a small pumpkin. We found a bunch of tiny pumpkins by the farmhouse for Milo to pick one from. Of course, Sawyer had to have a small pumpkin too. Actually, she had to have TWO small pumpkins (which meant she got 3 pumpkins on our adventure).

Focus on the pumpkins

Instead of focusing on Sawyer’s huge grin, I chose to focus on the two pumpkins as she held them up for me to see. Kids love to show off their selections, so focus on what they picked! If their pumpkin is larger, capture them trying to pick it up (even if it is too big for them). Focusing on the pumpkins will put their “prize” front and center.

ISO 320, Aperture f2.8, Shutter Speed 500

Seven Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips, Toddler girl with pumpkin

Now it’s your turn! Grab your camera, pack the kids up, and head to the pumpkin patch! It is such a fun fall activity to capture!  Even if you’ve already got your pumpkins, it’s worth a fun trip for today’s photo exercise!

Does the thought of aperture and shutter speed overwhelm you? Gain CONFIDENCE by taking a workshop with one of the amazing teachers around the country. In the Seattle/Eastside area? Join me, Saturday, November 8th for my workshop!


Running on Empty is a photography scholarship for moms!  Nominations open now!  There are only 3 Spots Left and 1 Running on Empty Scholarship spot saved for the upcoming 2-Day Dallas CONFIDENCE Workshop with Me Ra and Brian.  

Running on empty is something that is all too familiar to me. That’s why Me Ra, Disney Jr host and champion for moms with cameras, asked me to share a little of my story.  As a mom of five boys that are six and under (including TWO sets of twins!), I have been through seasons where I felt like it was all I could do but to get through the day in one piece.  I LOVE my boys, but I know as well as any mom, how important it is to take some time for myself and be able to take a deep breath…to be refreshed and refilled. I have observed time and again, Me Ra’s genuine passion for women and seeing women be filled up and cared for.  She always saves a photography scholarship for moms in her CONFIDENCE workshops, a special spot for a mom who is running on empty.  This is one way she pours into moms.

Two years ago, I had the honor of being chosen as the Running On Empty contest winner. Here is are two photo examples, a BEFORE and AFTER, so you can see the overnight change from those two days with Me Ra and Brian.

BEFORE Confidence Workshop

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After Confidence Workshop

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This incredible gift, to have received a photography scholarship for moms, to attend Me Ra’s 2-Day Confidence Workshop, still impacts my family, myself, and my growing photography business!  I’m also starting to teach Me Ra’s Growing Confidence Workshops in Dallas area.  I would have never guessed how much would unfold from those two days!

Today, I have the great honor of starting off the upcoming Dallas Workshop Photography Scholarship for Moms!  Are you a mom in Dallas area Running on Empty?  If so, keep reading!

If you know a MOM who is;

A. Running on Empty

B. Lives near the Dallas/Fort Worth area or has mileage to spend

C. Can arrange for a sitter and get the weekend free, starting Friday, November 14th, 7-9pm, for the Meet & Greet through Sunday evening, November 16th, about 7pm.

D. Most importantly, has a PASSION for photography

Nominate her (or yourself) TODAY by sharing her story in this post’s comments.

Nominations must be in by Wednesday night, October 29th at 9pm PST.

We will announce the winner in time for her to jump in and make all the arrangements. So make sure your nominations are all in by Wednesday at 8pm PST. If you are not familiar with this contest, read Me Ra’s description below and see what it’s all about! Moms are one of the most beautiful parts of creation. This contest is all about acknowledging their beauty, even when they are Running on Empty and they sometimes know it least of all.

How to Nominate a Mom (from Me Ra)

In honor of how wonderful moms are and all that they do and give, Brian and I keep one spot reserved in every workshop for a special mom like YOU! That’s right, you (or she) will get a free pass to the upcoming CONFIDENCE Workshop in the Dallas area! (Please note, we don’t provide room/board and travel.)

Deadline for ALL nominations is Wednesday, 10/29 at 9pm PST.

Nominations MUST be posted as a comment on this blog post. 

Nominations emailed, posted on other blog posts, or FB may be overlooked. Please post all nominees in the comments to this post.

Please include in your submission an email or another way to contact you, so we have a way to let you if you or your nominee wins.

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To nominate a mom, you must post a comment telling us about the mom who you think deserves a big break in life! If you are a mom, you’re probably laughing because we ALL deserve a serious break. But the moms we’re looking for are the ones who have had a ridiculous amount of stress in their life whether from trauma or things just not going her way this year. She is a mom in your life that needs a serious blessing to come her way. She needs a serious surprise that gives her empty tank some fuel. If she is a woman that has miscarried, she is still a mom in my mind because I know her heart became a mother’s heart the moment she found out she was pregnant. Don’t hesitate to nominate her too.

I’m proud to say that some of our previous winners stepped out on a limb and nominated themselves. Take courage in them and feel free to nominate yourself if you know you need a serious break. Who knows, you may go on to have your house remodeled by Oprah and Nate Berkus!

Brian and I look forward to meeting you in a few weeks!


Me Ra


We’ll collect all the nominees, have a committee of wonderful moms vote, and then announce the winner in the next week! Being as wonderful as they are, it’s not an easy job. As one said recently, “After reading each story I’d say, ‘I’m voting for HER’.”  Each one of you is so deserving.

Nominate her today and turn her day around!  Oh, wait!  Don’t forget to let her know you’ve nominated her too! If I was a mom nominated I’d love to know my friends were thinking of me whether I won or not!  Deadline for ALL nominations is Wednesday, 10/29 at 9pm PST. Nominations MUST be posted as a comment on this blog post.  Nominations emailed, posted on other blog posts or FB may be overlooked. Please post all nominees in the comments to this post . Thanks! (Tip: write in your post in Word or another program first, then copy and paste over – just in case.)

What do past attendees say about the CONFIDENCE Workshops?  Take a look at Me Ra’s birthday post where over 100 women shared what a difference this workshop has made in their life.  CLICK HERE to read their comments! And she’s only gotten better…:)

With two months left in 2014 (can you believe it?!), make this someone’s best year yet!

Nominations are now open for this special photography scholarship for moms!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected]  I’m the Touchpoint for the upcoming Dallas CONFIDENCE Workshop and here to help!



Janna King Photography

*Grab one of the last THREE SPOTS left here!


We’ve got great news!

Our 2-Day Dallas CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop is being moved to November 15th and 16th!  If you were secretly sad when you saw the October dates, someone “up above” must have heard your prayer for different dates.  :)  Our family’s move to Dallas has been moved to the middle of this month, so we are moving the Dallas CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop too. This means you still have time to sign up!  We’ve got a few spots left!

And we are extending the Early Bird Discount until October 14th! 

Investment: $999 (w/o the Early Bird Discount: $1249)

2-Day Dallas Confidence Photography

Need payment options?  Details and Coupon Code here!

Excited to see you all soon!



I’ve got to start with one of my favorite emails from a CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop attendee;

Best. Weekend. Ever. Loved everything about the Confidence workshop in Tampa this weekend!  Anyone on the fence about attending this workshop for any reason? I’m here to tell you that you CANNOT afford to MISS OUT!

-Jennifer from this last weekend’s Florida Workshop (thanks JEN!)

Dallas CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop

We released Priority Registration for the Dallas CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop to our Newsletter Peeps this last week, and we can already tell by the excitement in women’s emails that this is going to be an AWESOME weekend together!  We want to open the remaining workshop seats to all our wonderful blog readers!  Today is the first day of Early Bird Registration and The Two Payment Deal!  You have two weeks to take advantage of this special price!

Investment: $999 (w/o the Early Bird Discount: $1249)
Payment Plans Available

Dates:  October 25th and 26th 2014

Register and Get all the Details Here!

Did you know?

  1. We are going to give you all FIVE of our popular 101 Kits and both Award Winning DVDs b/c we have full confidence in you and your photography passions! We want to set you up for success!  That’s over $600 in products from us to you!
  2. The Early Bird Discount of $999 is available to you for the next two weeks before we go up to the normal price of $1249.  PLUS, the popular “earlybird2” code for making payments over two months is back! Use promo code: earlybird2 when checking out
  3. Lots more door prizes!
  4. Limited to 15 women. They SELL OUT fast, so grab your seat today!
  5. Wait, don’t forget that you will make life long friends with 15 other beautiful women! Not sure? Keep reading!

This is the only CONFIDENCE Workshop Brian and I will be offering for the rest of 2014. Our team of teachers offer one day workshops across the country. But if you’ve always wanted to learn from Brian and I in person, come to Dallas in October for a life changing weekend. Ask any previous attendees, these two days are about SO MUCH MORE than learning to use your camera, but we do guarantee that too!

What Attendees have said Over the Years…

“I cannot rave enough about how life-changing, confident building, make friends for life this workshop is! When I went to the Seattle workshop I had NO idea that 2 days could change me. It is SO much more than just a photography workshop. One month later and I am still crying and laughing over that weekend. If you aren’t sure if you should go, just do it! You will have so many “ah ha” moments for both photography and about yourself!”

-Michelle, CA

“If you are reading through these comments, wondering if it’s realllllly worth it to go to this workshop…. GO! Go! Go! What you learn about your camera and yourself will be worth far more that the price of the workshop, I promise! I loved the Seattle workshop and can’t say enough about what it did for me as a photographer and as a mom (really!). Side note for the other non-pros out there. I am not a professional, semi-professional or even aspiring professional photographer, yet this class was worth it’s weight in gold for me. Plus you will laugh until you cry – it’s that much fun.
Now, go sign up!”

-Kalli, WA

“Awesome workshop, worth every penny and a million more! I can’t believe how much I learned in 2 days and how eye opening the workshop was to the questions that I’ve been asking myself about where to take my business. Thank you so much Me Ra and Brian for challenging us so much both in photography and in our thoughts and hearts. I laughed, cried, laughed, cried some more.  It was wonderful, so much better than I ever dreamed. And a special note to brian, thanks for our talk, I feel like I see the light ahead, I’m so excited about “putting on my glasses”! Love you both!”

-Jennifer, Washington DC

“This weekend was beyond powerful, it was really a life changing weekend for all of us. I drove home in tears because I was just so sad it was all over. I miss everyone something terrible. If only we could have had one more day…I came into the weekend a Mom with a camera, I left an Artist. Talk about life-altering.”

-Jane, NJ

Oh, wow!! What an amazing weekend! Just seeing the blog and photo’s makes me wish we were doing it all over again! Thank you, Me Ra and Brian! I learned so much and was so inspired…you guys are awesome!
-Karen, Texas

What a life changing weekend that was for me!!! Thank you MeRa and Brian for pouring all of your love and confidence into all of us. I am still flying high from the experience and wishing I could do it all over again!!!! XOXO
-Melissa, Oregon

Thank you, THANK YOU! What a life-changing weekend at your Confidence seminar in Seattle! You’re attitude is such an inspiration, and I loved laughing with you and Brian! I just can’t say thank you enough for everything that changed in me this weekend!
-Megan, Seattle

Brian and I are SO EXCITED for the Dallas CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop!  We can’t wait to meet all of you and give you a weekend that you will never forget!

Register Here!




Hi! I’m CONFIDENCE teacher Cathy Mores, here today to share 10 ways to create leading lines in your photos! Leading lines can be one of the most fun elements of composing your photo story. Think of leading lines as the elements surrounding our subject that help draw us in to the photograph, and tell our eyes where to go. It’s like a road map for your image!

If you start to look for them, you’ll discover leading lines all around you!

1. Pathways
These naturally lead our eyes right to the subject! The pattern and curve of the bricks gracefully meet at this adorable little girl.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

2. Bridges
The sides of a bridge create perfect leading lines. Getting down low can help enhance the perspective, too.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

3. Beaches
Positioning yourself along the shoreline creates a perfect leading line to your subject! The line of trees and rolling waves help further define where our eyes should go, right to this energetic little girl and her dad watching all the action.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

4. Roads
Did you know you could create leading lines at the go-cart track? :) Our eyes move through the image because of the boundaries of the road. A high vantage point and a wide-angle lens also help give a bird’s eye view.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

5. Vertical elements
The dock posts are the perfect framework to draw our eyes right to the subject as he leaps into the crisp water of the lake. Trees, fences, or lamp posts are all awesome ways to help lead your viewer’s eye.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

6. Textures
The texture of a blanket or other fabric can help determine the path we want our viewer’s eye to follow, right to this cherub’s little face.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

7. Stripes
We get a double-whammy in this image of the hammock between the stripes created by the hanger and the stripes in the mat. Our eyes cruise from the upper right all the way to the lower left side of the image.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

8. Piers/boardwalks
Our eye travels along the path beyond the seagulls to see what lies in the background. A blurry background gives our imagination some room to consider what’s beyond the end of the pier.

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

9. Stairs or a pathway
Stairs and pathways naturally lead our eyes within an image because of their shape. In this image in the jungle, the stairs actually lead our eye out of the image. That’s okay too! Leading lines can

10 ways to create leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog
10. Playground Equipment
Slides, swings, and playground equipment are an awesome place to see leading lines — even in a tunnel slide!

10 ways to use leading lines in your photos! Cathy Mores // Me Ra Koh Photography Blog

Be inspired by the world around to help your photos tell the story! Our CONFIDENCE workshops have so many more ways to spark your creativity and empower you, far beyond your camera — I hope you’ll join me or another teacher near you this fall for a day of learning and friendship.

Cathy MoresCathy Mores specializes in family portraits and weddings, and is a Me Ra Koh CONFIDENCE teacher, based in Manhattan, Kansas. In between photographing, she’s often training with her husband for half-marathons, and cheering for her eight-year-old son on the soccer field. See a Behind-the-Scenes look at one of Cathy’s CONFIDENCE Workshops and learn about Cathy’s Fall CONFIDENCE Workshop Dates to inspire your photography!

We were only 8 days in to our 5-month journey of filming our family’s vision when Mr. Sage, an eighty year old New Zealand man, gave me the best advice for Fall (and actually life!).

He and his wife had spontaneously invited us for tea.  They were one of the magical people we met along our journey–the kind of magic where we have an instant connection and feel like long lost friends even though you’ve just met.  While the kids played in their garden, they asked Brian and I questions about our journey, faith and dreams.  And when they asked, it felt like they had all the time in the world to listen.  We poured out our hearts to these new found friends.  We shared how scared we were to have left our home and all that we knew to build our dream.  “What if all our work never saw the light of day?  What if we ran out of money?  What if we realize we’ve made a huge mistake?”

Mr. Sage looked at me and said the words my heart needed to hear–words I have reflected on over and over.  “Me Ra, don’t be afraid of what’s inside of you.”

best advice for Fall, Me Ra Koh

Simple sentence and yet so powerful.

The Fall is upon us, and it’s a wonderful time of year to invest in ourselves.  Just like my garden, it’s time to do some transplanting whether it’s abstract or literal (like preparing to transplant our family to Dallas).  It’s time to take inventory of the dreams we carry and brush off the dust that may have settled over the summer.  It’s time to roll up our sleeves and dig into the ground of our hearts, unearthing hidden potential and strengths we don’t realize we have.  It’s time to stop being afraid of what’s inside of us.

How can you experience Mr. Sage’s advice?  Because isn’t it true?  In the end, I think we are all a little afraid of what’s inside of us.  Afraid it might come out looking silly, messy, or our attempts may fail.  Afraid we may be misunderstood or ignored.  Resonate with anyone?  What is one step you can take this Fall to not be afraid of what’s inside of you?  What dream can you put intentional time to?  What skills can you gain to help build that dream?

Brian and I are excited to share a number of events that we are doing between now and next Spring!  Each one of these events (whether it’s a speaking engagement or workshop) is about giving you an opportunity to not be afraid of what’s inside of you!

For starters, we are going to offer our 2 Day CONFIDENCE Workshop in Dallas, TX this October!  It’s a fun way for us to break into becoming Dallas residents! But it’s also a way for you to find confidence with your camera!  Brian and I have missed doing our 2 Day Workshop.  We are so excited to make this happen in October!  Set yourself up for a fall/winter season of success with the photos you take. If this is something your creative spirit needs, you will find it with Brian and I at your side!  Priority Registration will go out this week in our newsletter, so make sure you are signed up for it!  Dates:  Oct. 25th and 26th.  Limited to 15 Spots.  Early Bird Price ($999) Available in this Week’s Newsletter. (Regular Price is $1250)  Sign up for Newsletter Here.

And we’ve got more, a whole LOT more!  There is something for everyone!  Our teachers are also offering their one day workshops everywhere this Fall!  Take a look below.

Let’s start this Fall unafraid and with renewed confidence!

Me Ra and Brian’s Speaking Schedule

Take a Giant Step Tour by Jeff Jochum

Date: Sept. 8th, 11am-4pm

Location: Seattle TBA

Buy Tickets!

*This is a rare opportunity to spend the day with Me Ra and Brian’s business mentor of seven plus years.  Jeff Jochum is one of the wisest, most strategic business minds for the creative entrepreneur.  Registration includes one free guest.  Me Ra and Brian will speaking during part of the event.

Jeff Jochum and Me Ra Koh Speaking Schedule


Click Away Conference by Clickin Moms

Date: Sept. 11th-13th

Location: Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 SW Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Buy Tickets!

*Me Ra will be speaking four different times.  Her Hands-On session has SOLD OUT.  Still seats left in her Saturday talk with Pascaline!  Below are two different ways to register.  You can enjoy the full conference and get $60 Off the $339.  Or you can come for the day, 9/13, to hear me and Pascaline and pay only $40 while enjoying the rest of the day’s hub activities.  (Pascaline and I would LOVE it if you could come hear her first talk with me!  Here is the title and description of what we are presenting.  Make sure you pre-register for it!)

Full Conference Registration – $339 (with the promo code MERACLICK entered at registration): 

Hub-only and Me Ra and Pascaline’s Presentation Registration for Saturday, 9/13 – $40 (with the promo code SALTLAKE entered at registration):


Flourish Lite

Date: Sept. 27th

Location: 2660 E. TRINITY MILLS RD., CARROLLTON, TX 75006 / 972.416.5466

This is a FREE 1 Day, Inspirational Women’s Event at Covenant Church! But you must register on their website or call because they are going to have surprises for all the attendees.  And let me tell you, they ALWAYS blow it out of the park!  Come together with 1500plus women who are hungry for freedom to chase after their dreams!

*Three amazing speakers throughout the day to inspire and empower women!  Me Ra is kicking off the event with the opening keynote!


CLICK Blogger Social Media Retreat by Today’s Mama

Date: Oct. 8th-11th

Location:  San Francisco, CA

Buy Tickets Here

*This is an event that you must apply for.  It is for social media focused, photo loving moms who currently have large followings and want to be inspired and refreshed.


2-Day CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP with Me Ra and Brian!

Dates: Oct. 25th-26th

Location: Dallas, TX (location details will be emailed after you register)

Early Bird Starts This Week to Our Newsletter Followers!  Sign up for the newsletter here!

*Workshop limited to first 15 women.

Confidence Photography  Workshops with Me Ra Koh


CLICK Blogger Cruise by Today’s Mama

Date: Jan. 10th-17th

Location: Caribbean



RESTART: 5-Week Online Course to Restart Your Creativity and Confidence with Me Ra Koh

Starts: Tuesday, January 20th

Location:  Online Course so You Can Do It from Home or the Road

Pre-Registration Opens This Week to Newsletter Followers/ Limited Spots

*The RESTART Online Course was such a success last January, I’ve been CRAZY EXCITED to do it again!  Sign up for our Newsletter to be one of the first who can register!

Restart Your Creativity with Me Ra Koh


3-Day CONFIDENCE Teacher Training: Become a CONFIDENCE Teacher!

Dates: February or March 2015

Location: Dallas, TX

*Brian and I are going to open up the application process for our third year of the teaching program!  The program has evolved much since we first launched it!  Every year, we get smarter and stronger!  If you think you might be interested in hearing more, email us at [email protected], and we’ll forward you the details!  (You must apply to become a CONFIDENCE Teacher.)

photography workshop teacher training with Me Ra Koh


Dates:  Spring 2015

There’s no official name yet.  But that’s right!  I didn’t mistype that beautiful word “Italy” because Brian and I NEED to TAKE YOU to ITALY!  This is going to be a DREAMY custom photo/tour workshop with our favorite UK based travel company, Encounters Travel (the amazing team that took us to Egypt).  We are also saving a limited number of spots so the hubbies can join us, AND we are working on special activities for those hubbies!  We will be doing special photo excursions, hands-on sessions, and SO MUCH MORE as we end each amazing day drinking Italian wine, eating homemade pasta (that this gluten free girl had ZERO reactions too!) while the accordion player serenades our us.  FOR REAL!  If you want to be the first to know about this workshop, email us at [email protected]  Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter.  There will be limited space, and newsletter followers will be the first to know!

Italian Village, Me Ra Koh

CONFIDENCE Teachers Offering Fall Workshops Nationwide! 

To find a one-day CONFIDENCE Workshop with one of our trained, certified teachers, look at the Workshop Calendar on the left hand side when you click here!  Or click on the dot/city nearest you when you look at our Workshop US Map!


There it is!  For now, that is what we’ve got coming!  Phew!  We will also do book signings after each speaking event for my new best selling book Your Family in Pictures and the other two in the series at each event! They are all still in Amazon’s Top 10 Best Seller’s List!  WOO HOO!!!

So excited to see all of you!

But what do you think about that bit of “best advice for Fall” from Mr. Sage?  Do you struggle with fearing what is inside of you?  Are you hungry to break through that this Fall and Winter?  If so, let’s meet at one of our upcoming events!



We are The Adventure Family! We’ve put our sweet home on the market, our belongings in storage, and left the familiar behind to build a dream: a family travel show that takes you abroad and off the beaten path! Follow our journey!

(posts in chronological order)

Dream Linking: Time Share Our Next Chapter of Adventure

My Family’s Dream is Finally Coming True, But I’m Still Grieving for Our Old Life

One Way Tickets to New Zealand: Determined to Move Mountains!

The SHORTEST Kickstarter Campaign that Helped Us Launch Our Dream (with video)

17 Reasons to Campervan New Zealand with the Family

15 Must Do Family Activities in New Zealand

When a Boy Turns Ten: Birthday Photo Essay to Blaze

Overcoming Your Greatest Challenge in Dream Building

When Following Your Dreams Means Letting Go of Your Back-Up Plans

Favorite Family Portrait with Important Photo Tip

See Extra Sneak Peaks on Instagram! Click @merakoh and see #AdventureFamily!

Wedding details are just yummy to look at!  My cousin, Gina Sook, is the master at details!  Not only was she the most beautiful bride,

MeRa Koh Elegant Farm Wedding Details, Sony Artisan of Imagery

but her wedding was full of elegant farm wedding details!  Brian and I weren’t the wedding photographers for her wedding, but like I said on Facebook “old habits die hard”!  There was no way this wedding was going down without us taking a “few” photos!  LOL!

This was the setting!  Luke, Gina’s hubby, was raised on this property.  Dreamy, right?!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Our family came from all across the country to help set up and celebrate this special occasion!  The setting up the day before was the BEST!  From this little pumpkin, the youngest family member

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

to those of us who haven’t seen each other in years!  Working together, catching up with cousins, aunts, and uncles.  I soaked it in!


Gina thought of EVERY thing possible for her elegant farm wedding details!

Instead of a guest book, her friends helped create three rows of name cards.

Me Ra Koh, Farm Wedding Detail Photos

You find your name, the table you are sitting at,

Me Ra Koh, Farm Wedding Detail Photos

and then you replace your name card with a Polaroid of you!

Me Ra Koh, Farm Wedding Details Photos

Her new hubby is AWE-mazing with creating anything Gina dreams up!  He took an old farm door and made it into the whiskey table!  Check out that stuffed coyote underneath!

Me Ra Koh, Whiskey Bar, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

And don’t miss the cigar ashtray of a bear’s foot that his dad shot years ago.

Me Ra Koh, Whiskey Bar, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Gina also canned 150 jars of homeade jam as a gift to every guest!

Me Ra Koh, homeade jam, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

And little L&G (Luke and Gina) name tags.  DARLING!

Me Ra Koh, Guest Favors, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Here is the whole section of name cards and jars of jam with the quintessential cowboy and dog!  (What is an elegant farm wedding without a man wearing a cowboy hat and boots?!)

Me Ra Koh, Guest Favors, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Luke built a few of these signs from scratch!

Me Ra Koh, wedding details, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

He also built THIS bar out of discarded wood pallets!

Me Ra Koh, Guest Favors, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos


Me Ra Koh, bouqets, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

But the bride?  My baby cousin?  She was GORGEOUS!!!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

I didn’t want to be in the photographer’s way, and the smaller camera body on the Sony a7R helps with that!  I shot with my favorite, workhorse lens, the Sony 24-70mm, f/2.8 ZA.  Look at how GORGEOUS the color is with this camera!  L-O-V-E!  My family especially loved the WiFi feature because I was able to shoot, upload and share photos instantly with them!

Here’s a handful of more favorites!  (Gina and Luke, these are for you to enjoy while you both honeymoon!!!!  LOVE YOU!!!!)

Getting ready with her beautiful mama.


Mother of the groom is just a beautiful gem that shines inside and out!  Luke and his mama.

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

I used to always love staying back with the bride and father-of-the-bride because that is when the energy and excitement is at it’s peak!  (my sweet cousin and her dad–most amazing uncle ever!)

Me Ra Koh Wedding photography

My favorite moment of the ceremony!  Love her expression, and the darling flower girl!!!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Brian’s favorite moment, when they gave each other a high-five after they said their vows.


We can’t forget the adorable ring bearer!  One of our youngest family members!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

The bridal party!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

My favorite photo of these two with their friends!  (I promise.  I was trying to stay out of the photographer’s way.  Just had to sneak one in here and there.  Like this ONE!  ADORABLE!  :))

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

His spontaneous dance for her.

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Her utter joy.

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Just the two of them.

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Just her.  Take your breath away.

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

If I had to pick one…

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Or two…

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Can I pick three?  I have to pick three…

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Low light at reception?  No problem with sensor in #Sonya7R!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Fun first dance.  :)


And the COUSINS!!!!!  Love you guys!!!!  So excited we have more cousin weddings around the corner!

Me Ra Koh, Elegant Farm Wedding Details Photos

Congratulations to Luke and Gina!  Your wedding was just breath taking!  Brian and I LOVE you both!  And we absolutely LOVED being guests and getting “a few” wedding photos for you both!  Best of both worlds, shoot our favorite moments and then dance all night long with you!  :)  LOVE YOU!!!!

Be on the lookout for their talented wedding photographer, Seattle’s Matthew Sumi, to share their wedding photos!  He has a really great style, fashion background, and I LOVE how this plays into his work.  This is one of my faves from the engagement photos he did!  (Thanks for letting me tag along Matt!)

Matthew Sumi engagement photos




Check out Me Ra’s latest book and last in her best selling series, Your Family in Pictures!  All three books continue to stay on Amazon’s Top 10 Bestseller List!!

You can find Your Family in Pictures at your local bookstore or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Your Family in Pictures, Me Ra Koh, Best Selling Series

We are The Adventure Family! We’ve put our sweet home on the market, our belongings in storage, and left the familiar behind to build a dream: a family travel show that takes you abroad and off the beaten path! Follow our journey!

(posts in chronological order)

Dream Linking: Time Share Our Next Chapter of Adventure

My Family’s Dream is Finally Coming True, But I’m Still Grieving for Our Old Life

One Way Tickets to New Zealand: Determined to Move Mountains!

The SHORTEST Kickstarter Campaign that Helped Us Launch Our Dream (with video)

17 Reasons to Campervan New Zealand with the Family

15 Must Do Family Activities in New Zealand

When a Boy Turns Ten: Birthday Photo Essay to Blaze

Overcoming Your Greatest Challenge in Dream Building

When Following Your Dreams Means Letting Go of Your Back-Up Plans

Favorite Family Portrait with Important Photo Tip

See Extra Sneak Peaks on Instagram! Click @merakoh and see #AdventureFamily!



I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at Click Away Conference September 11-13th in Salt Lake City, Utah!  But not just me, Pascaline is going to be speaking with me!  Check out our talk description below!  Huge thank you to SONY for sponsoring me to speak at this event! The line up of speakers is AWE-mazing, including a keynote from Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love).

If you want to join me for three days of complete creative inspiration, register here!  The Clickin Moms team gave me a special discount code for all my blog and social media followers (love this community!).  Enter MERACLICK in the PROMO CODE box on this registration page!  You’ll get $60 off registration!


I’ll be doing four different sessions!  The main session is the one that Pascaline is going to do with me in the Hub’s Theatre!  This is our first “official” speaking engagement together, and we are so excited!

4+3=7 Keys to Successful Dream Building, 9/13th, 9-10am
4 Essentials for Artist Parents on Dream Building and 3 Realities Your Kids Experience (from Me Ra Koh’s daughter Pascaline)

Parents carry thousands of worries when they consider building their dream.  The last thing any parent wants is to be selfish and ruin their kids’ lives.  Me Ra Koh and her thirteen-year-old daughter, Pascaline, are coming to Click Away to share candidly about what it means to be a family that works, creates, and takes risks together.   Me Ra will share the four essentials to successful dream building that every artist parent needs to know, and Pascaline will share three realities you can expect your kids to experience.  Dream building impacts the whole family, and there are 7 Keys to Success that their family has discovered over the last ten years of taking leap after leap.  Me Ra is a sought after, inspirational keynote speaker who brings empowerment, humor and tears to all her audiences.  She is proud to be a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and hosts Disney Junior’s “Capture Your Story”.


Pascaline did such an amazing job with hosting parts of our travel show that I thought it would be great for her to join me.  As parents, we create a lot of unnecessary stress from all the “worst fears” swimming in our heads.  Pascaline is going to share three realities you can expect your kids to experience when your parents decide to build a dream (She is hoping you have questions for her too!  But believe me, she has a lot to say!  LOL!)

Me Ra Koh speaking at Click Away with my daughter

I’m also going to lead a Hands-On Shooting Session!

Let’s Look for Challenges (and Overcome Them!), 9/12, 11:30-12:30pm, meeting in Outdoor Bay

This will be a “traveling” group with Me Ra Koh, meaning she will hunt out challenging shooting scenarios, especially with lighting, and help you overcome them.  Whether its finding ease at working with window light and shadows to enhance emotion or overcoming harsh light outdoors, this group will leave you feeling more confident in your abilities!  Me Ra often shares that every location is like a puzzle to solve, be prepared to fall in love with puzzle solving as the challenging situations dissipate!

I’m honored to join a wonderful panel of women photographers for a discussion on standing out.

Children and Family:  Standing Out in a Crowded Market(Discussion Panel with Joy Prouty, Lisa Tichane, Shalonda Chaddock, Melissa Stottmann and Me Ra Koh)

Fri, 9/12, 1:45-3:15pm

And I’ll be signing copies of my books, especially the newest one during…

Meet Me Ra (meet the speaker)

Sat, 9/13, 11:15-11:45am

Location: CA HUB


Quick Glance at Me Ra’s Speaking Schedule (chronological order)

#1 Let’s Look for Challenges (and Overcome Them!)

Hands-On Shooting (You must pre-register.  Limited Space)

Friday, September 12th, 11:30-12:30pm

Outdoor Bay

#2 Children and Family:  Standing out in a Crowded Market Discussion Panel

Friday, September 12th, 1:45-3:15pm

#3 Inspirational Talk with Pascaline

Saturday, September 13th, 9-10am

#4 Meet Me Ra (meet the speaker)

Saturday, September 13th, 11:15-11:45am



For a while, I wasn’t sure if our family would be home in time to make this conference.  WOO HOO that we are!  I’m so excited!!

Will Pascaline and I see you there?!



Dive into three days of complete creative inspiration, register here!  The Clickin Moms team gave me a special discount code for all my blog and social media followers (love this community!).  Enter MERACLICK in the PROMO CODE box on this registration page!  You’ll get $60 off registration!