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!

xoxo,

m

 

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.
Cheers!
Cathy

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.”

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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):

http://www.clickawayconference.com 

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

http://www.clickinmoms.com/clickaway/hub/

 

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.

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CLICK Blogger Cruise by Today’s Mama

Date: Jan. 10th-17th

Location: Caribbean

SOLD OUT!

 

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

ITALY!!!!!

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!

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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!

xo,

m

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!

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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

Flowers…BEAUTIFUL!

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.

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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.

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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.  :)

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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

xoxoxo,

m

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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!

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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”.

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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

CA HUB

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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?!

xo,

m

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!

 

Your Family in Pictures RELEASES Today!  WOO HOO!!!

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

Five years ago, I sat with my long-time business mentor Jeff Jochum.  I told him about my photo recipe idea, and how I wanted to write an instructional photography book for moms that mirrored the successful layouts of cookbooks.  I LOVE it when a cookbook gives me the recipe, step-by-step, while showing me a beautiful photo of what I’m going to create.  Jeff, being who he always is, saw more in me than just one book.  He saw a series of photo recipe books.  The rest is history!

For the last five days, you can find ALL THREE BOOKS on AMAZON’S BESTSELLER’S TOP 10 LIST!

#3 Your Baby in Pictures

#7 Your Child in Pictures

and now…

#4 Your Family in Pictures!!!!

 

Me Ra Koh best selling photo books on Amazon

A book’s success, especially a series, is in large part because of the community that helps inspire it.  Not only do my clients, CONFIDENCE Teachers and workshop attendees, family and all of you play a big role in each of my books–but I have to give special credit to Jeff Jochum for the idea of a series that we hoped would one day be bestselling!  (Jeff, we need to celebrate!)

What you will find in Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits and Everyday Life;

MORE PHOTOS to inspire you than we printed in the first two books!

40 NEW Photo Recipes that share all the “camera” ingredients so you can create the same family photos!

Me Ra Koh, Your Family in Pictures, Behind-the-Scenes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE TIPS and TRICKS than the last two books!  Here are a few examples;

 -10 Steps to Set Up Your Photos for Success

- 9 Ideas for Getting Your Family in the Mood

Sisters, Me Ra Koh, Portraits

 

-My Top 10 Times to Take Family Candid Photos

 -9 Cues for When to Shoot or Convert to Black-and-White

 -8 Ways to Discover Color, Line, Shape and Texture

 AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!

Plus, there is a special section dedicated to capturing tweens and teens!  (Shout out to all the Tweens  and Teens (and their parents) who want to be photographed in a way that feels respectful but fun and creative too!)

More than 25 Contributors You Know!

Keep a look out from other mom contributors; a combination of beautiful blog readers, Restart and Magical Light online students, workshop attendees and CONFIDENCE Teachers.  My mission is to instill confidence in moms, and what better way than giving other moms an opportunity to have their beautiful photos published!  Their wonderful work and insights are a gift to this book!  I can’t wait for you to learn from them too!  You may see some you know!  In fact, if you are one of those moms feel free to identify yourself and chime in!

Where to Purchase YFIP?

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

*First 20 Readers Will Receive an Autographed Copy!

To celebrate today, I’ve got a fun treat!!  We did this with both Your Baby in Pictures and Your Child in Pictures, and I think we should keep the tradition going!  The first 20 people to purchase AND post an awesome review on Amazon for Your Family in Pictures will receive a SECOND autographed copy from me!  You can either keep the autographed copy, or you can save it for your next baby shower gift to go with book one and two!

Once you post your review, email us your review at [email protected] with your mailing address!  MWAH!  A big, heart, THANK YOU!!!!

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

xo,

m

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!

 

 

TOMORROW is the BIG DAY when my newest book, Your Family in Pictures, will hit bookstores across the nation!

Shutterbug Book Review, Get an Autographed Copy of Your Family in Pictures

 

Shutterbug has already done a wonderful book review!  They wrote

“…Your Family in Pictures: The Parents Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits and Everyday Life by Me Ra Koh is the ideal guide for you. Koh, who is a photography expert and TV show host, offers a wonderful selection of tips, tricks and techniques on how to capture those precious family moments like a seasoned professional. She covers everything from finding the best lighting in your own home to getting your family in the mood for the photo shoot and exploring the use color or black and white for a fresh look. ”

Read the whole book review here.

 

Here is how you can get an autographed copy of Your Family in Pictures!

We would LOVE your book reviews too!!!

*First 20 Amazon Reviewers Will Receive an Autographed Copy!

To celebrate my latest book release, I’ve got a fun treat!!  We did this with both Your Baby in Pictures and Your Child in Pictures, and I think we should keep the tradition going!  The first 20 people to purchase AND post an awesome review on Amazon for Your Family in Pictures will receive a SECOND autographed copy from me!  You can either keep the autographed copy, or you can save it for your next baby shower gift to go with book one and two!

Once you post your review, email us your review at [email protected] with your mailing address! If you’d like me to personalize the book to someone special, let me know in your email.  I’d be delighted!

MWAH!  A big, heart, THANK YOU!!!!

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

xo,

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!

Photographing multiple siblings is no walk in the park.  In this case, it was a walk down the romantic roads of Vicenza–a small town in northern Italy!

Photographing Multiple Siblings, Me Ra Koh, Family Shoot in Italy

I had the honor of doing a few family photo shoots while we were in Italy.  I’m so excited to share them with you!

These five sisters are a great place to start!  Five different dresses.  Five different smiles.  Five different personalities.  5 Tips to Photographing Multiple Siblings!

Let’s start with the facts!  The one who kept me on my toes was the youngest!  I knew that we had to keep this photo shoot moving, or I would lose her quickly.

Tip 1: Conspire with the Older Siblings

So I conspired with the four older sisters.  I told them to walk towards me, laughing, talking, and sharing secrets.  If we looked like we were having fun, maybe we could entice the youngest to join us.  At the time, she was wrapped around mama’s legs and not interested.

To my delight, our little plan worked beautifully!  She ran to join us without us having to beg and plead.

Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan, Italy family photoshoot

I especially LOVE this next one!

Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan, Italy family photoshoot 2

Tip 2: Keep Eye Contact While Shooting

As you can see from the first photo, I’m not using the camera’s view finder.  I’m shooting with the SONY a7R, the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera, and I’m using the LiveView so the youngest and I can stay engaged and even keep eye contact.  LiveView and the speed of Sony’s mirrorless technology makes these action shots happen with success!  Imagine my face hiding behind a camera body?  That would never fly with this little one.  She’s to smart for it!  I love how the middle one, in the green dress, is ever looking up to her two older sisters.  Darling.

THIS NEXT ONE IS MY FAVORITE PHOTO!!!!!

Tip 3:  Incorporate Defining Details

To best prepare myself and my clients for an upcoming photo shoot, I love to ask mom what the kids are into.  Incorporating Defining Details helps tell the story of each unique family.  You’ve heard me talk about Defining Details for years, but it never grows old when you see the different expression it brings to every family!  It just happens to be that these sisters LOVE reading!  They are proud, beautiful bookworms.  Their love for reading was the inspiration for the portrait.

Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan, Italy family photoshoot 3

You want to especially allow yourself space to try different combinations, different set ups, where they should stand, etc.  We took some time getting the right set up for this portrait.  It was important for me to allow each sister to not only engage with her book but do it in such a way that is true to her personality.  The different poses each one is doing is subtle but also speaks to who they are.

Tip 4: Allow Space for Each Personality to Shine

Notice how Mary is standing off to the side.  She is the middle sister and has her own sweet disposition.  I LOVE this portrait because I think it captures how unique she is, especially being “smack in the middle” of all the sisters, as her mom said.  Group photos with everyone looking at the camera are important and good, but watch for the candid ones that allow for individuals to shine.

Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan, Italy family photoshoot 4

Notice how different the energy is for each sister…

The Oldest

Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan, Italy family photoshoot 5

Next Oldest

Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan, Italy family photoshoot 6

You saw Mary’s photo above.  Meet the fiery, DARLING, strong willed fourth sister!

Photographing Multiple Siblings, Me Ra Koh

And the youngest who steals the show!

Tips to Photographing Multiple Siblings, Me Ra Koh

Tip 5: Capture Special Bonds Between Sets of Siblings

When capturing your family in pictures, you definitely want the great group shots from everyone looking at the camera to a creative portrait with their books.  You also want individual portraits that show off everyone’s personality.  But remember to take time photographing the bonds between sets of siblings.  The two oldest sisters have their own bond that I wanted to do something special for.

We found a beautiful wall (because beautiful walls are EVERYWHERE in ITALY!  sigh…I miss Italy:)).  I asked one of them to share a secret with the other.  And even though we were losing light from the sunset, I LOVE the colors and tones of how this moment turned out!

Tips to Photographing Multiple Siblings, Me Ra Koh

The three younger sisters have their own dynamic of playfulness with each other!

Photographing Multiple Siblings, Me Ra Koh, Italy

I want to thank this beautiful family for the honor of photographing them in Italy!  The girls all know that I’m SUPER JEALOUS of them living in Italy!  This family was so special, and I hope to see them again soon!  Brian and I seriously think we should do a CONFIDENCE Workshop in Vicenza, Italy this Spring!  We’d be a 40 min. train ride from Venice.  A day trip to Florence.  Just saying… :)

In case you missed the announcement this weekend on Instagram (@merakoh), my newest book, Your Family in Pictures, releases August 12th!!  Your Family in Pictures is available for pre-order on Amazon!  It’s the third book in the best selling series that started with Your Baby in Pictures almost four years ago!

Packed with more photos than the first two, 40 NEW photo recipes, and a special focus on photographing holidays, family portraits (just in time for Fall photo shoots!), everyday life, vacations and travel, and a super sweet section dedicated to Tweens and Teens!  I’m so excited!!!

Pre-order your copy today!!

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

It’s great to be back everyone.  Our adventures have not stopped by any means!  We are still living out of our suitcases, preparing ALL our footage for editing, and visiting family before we make our big move to Dallas, TX!  But wow, it’s great to be back in the USA!

xoxo

m

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love to watch the clouds?

clouds in motion, Lake Takepo, New Zealand, Brian Tausend and Me Ra Koh

If yes, we want to make sure you didn’t miss this!  Babble had web issues when we posted this, so if you didn’t see the post there, watch 1080 photos in 45 seconds of clouds in motion.  Make sure your volume is on!  Triple Scoop Music helped us match the PERFECT song for this video!


The time lapse is a combination of three different locations we explored in our campervan during our three weeks of filming in New Zealand.  The locations are Lake Tekapo, River Valley Ranch in Taihape, and Milford Sound.  The credit goes solely to Brian, a true lover of clouds in motion, because he gets up at 3am to beat the sunrise for some these time lapse videos!  I love clouds too, but I tend to like sleep more.  Yet, I LOVE time lapses!  (We make a great time, don’t you think?!  :))

Time Lapse Photo Tip: asdas

Camera Body: SONY a99 Full-Frame DSLR

Lenses: SONY 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye, 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss, 70-400 mm f/4-5.6 G

See Time Lapse of the Sunrise in Egypt shot with SONY Action Cam

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!

 

 

This has to be one of my all time favorite family portraits!  The Adventure Family riding a bamboo raft into the deep jungles of Thailand!  LOVE IT!

favorite family portrait

Photo Tip: For an engaging, favorite family portrait you want to not only stagger each family member so we can see everyone, but you also want to have each person do something different with their hands.   If the family isn’t going to look at the camera and be purposefully facing another direction, this is especially important for story telling.  Hands communicate so much and can accentuate your story even more!  Notice how Blaze is pointing, I’m blocking the sun from my eyes, Pascaline is simple in her stance, and dad is holding a stick and hand on hip.  Even though Pascaline is doing a simple stance it works because the rest of us are doing something different with our hands.  I’d love to say this photo naturally happened, but nope!  I set it up!  If I didn’t set it up, Blaze would have been slouching, Pascaline may have been biting her nails, and I’m not even going to say what Brian would have been doing! :)

Camera Settings:  ISO 250, Aperture was f/9 (You want a higher f-stop if you want family members in the background in focus too.  If we used a low f-stop like f/2.8 or f/3.5, we would have risked Blaze and I being to blurred versus all of us in tact.)  Shutter Speed was 1/160th of a sec.

Camera Body: SONY a7R   The a7R is one of SONY’s new, innovative camera bodies, and I’m loving how rich the photos are!  Look at the sky.  See all the detail in cloud texture and colors?  It’s easy to blow the sky out when it’s noon and the sun is overpowering.  But instead of anything being blown out, there is depth.  More photo examples to come!

Lens: SONY 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss My all time favorite, work-horse lens!

Do you have a family portrait you’d like to share with me?  If so, I’d love to see!  Post it on my Facebook page today, and I’ll comment on them when I wake (since you and I are on different time zones :))

xo,

m

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

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