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YEAH! It’s FINALLY March 1st!!  I’m on a personal countdown because on March 15th my new photography book releases and starts shipping to all those who are pre-purchasing it!  The title is Your Baby in Pictures:  The New Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Baby’s First Year.

(I’m just crazy, giddy about the cover design!!  But wait till you see what’s inside the book!)

What would you think of FORTY Photo-Recipes for photographing a baby?!  And not just any Photo-Recipes, but Photo-Recipes that are split into the developmental milestones that a baby experiences the FIRST year!  For instance, there are defining details to capture when a baby is 3-6 months that will be gone when a baby is 6-9 months.  Whether you are a new mom, friend of a new mom, aspiring photographer or pro photographer looking for fresh inspiration, I’ve been thinking of ALL OF YOU for two years as I wrote Your Baby in Pictures.  I did the research, dug through the thousands of baby photos I’ve shot and found 40 amazing baby moments we don’t want to miss the first year.  (And they are super sweet moments.)  Wait till you SEE!!  I can’t wait!

There is so much I could write, but why don’t I just say it instead!!  (writing it down just doesn’t show how excited I really am–I had to do a video!  :))  Mouse over the video below and hit play!

Can you tell I’m excited?!  Two years in progress friends, and we are only 15 days from Random House shipping it!!  I could SCREAM!!!

To pre-purchase Your Baby in Pictures at Amazon’s AWESOME discount of $13.17 (regular price is $19.99), goto Amazon or Barnes & Noble to Purchase!  Books start shipping on March 15th!

xoxo,

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p.s.  To celebrate this 15 day countdown, I’ve got a fun treat!!  The first 15 people to purchase AND post an awesome review on Amazon 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!  Once you post your review, email us at [email protected] with your mailing address!  MWAH!

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I have to admit. I think I was holding on to the slim hope that at some point yesterday, our new website/blog would go live. But alas, some bugs are more buggier than others. So in the meantime, as the team continues to iron with amazing diligence, we move forward.

And what better post, then to tell you what my kids did last night. The kiddos know we’ve been working so hard on the new website and a handful of other projects. So while Brian and I were working on the new site, they decided to surprise us. They came downstairs dressed us as teenagers (or at least this is what they picture teenagers looking and acting like ;)). It was hilarious!

Photo Tips for Moms w/Me Ra Koh

I know what your thinking ‘underwear on the outside of your pants?’ The kids explained that teenage boys are always wearing their pants so low, and since everyone can see their underwear, why not just wear them on the outside? Totally!

Blaze wanted this shot. As I was shooting, he kept saying “That’s classic mom. Just classic.” He told me “classic” is a teenage word. Duh, mom.

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Notice how they planned their socks? Yes, that was planned.

I asked them to give me their best “teenage expression”.

Photo Tips for Moms w/Me Ra Koh

Isn’t that funny?! I love the socks dynamic in that one too. :) I don’t even know if they “know” any teenagers. Nonetheless, they have a definite idea of what it means to look and act like a teenage boy.

This is my favorite! So much attitude going on.

Photo Tips for Moms w/Me Ra Koh

So how did I make the lighting happen on these images? I used my external flash.

Photo Recipe Time! This is something you can totally try yourself! If you have an external flash, turn the flash on auto and leave the buttons on the back of your flash alone. Turn your camera to an ISO of 800, Shutter Speed of 60 or 1/60th, and an fstop between 4.0 and 2.8–up to you on fstop.

Then take your flash head and instead of pointing it at your kids, point it at the ceiling. This is called “bouncing”. Bouncing gets rid of the shadows and looks more like natural light. I love to bounce behind me, but for these images I tried bouncing off the ceiling. And that’s it friends. If you try it this weekend, show me what you get! Email them to [email protected]. I totally want to see!

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll have a new website/blog early next week! (I pray to the website gods, please, please, please!)

xoxo, Me Ra

p.s. Oh, Don’t forget to submit your Photo Contest entries! We’ve got two photo contests going on right now that you don’t want to miss! I’m loving the submissions, but if you haven’t submitted–you’ve got until December 1st. To read the details on what our Photo Contest Themes are CLICK HERE!

p.s.s. We have 16, yep SIXTEEN!, babies showing up on Saturday for our Baby Extravaganza Photo Shoot. Brian is going to video tape the whole thing, so maybe we can give you a baby peak! It should be interesting with that many cute babies!

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Thinking of starting your dream Photography Business?! You can totally do it with our popular 101 Kits! Inspired from the 100′s of emails that Me Ra Koh receives each week, asking the how to’s of having a Photography Business, Me Ra has compiled all her answers into her popular 101 Kits! For more info, click on the titles of your choice, read the reviews and make your dream a reality! And don’t forget to send your success stories to Me Ra at [email protected]!

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Want a fun photo exercise idea for the weekend? The gold and red leaves won’t be here much longer. When the sun breaks this weekend, grab your camera, make a pile of leaves and let the kids go for it!

Photo Tips for Taking Fall Leave Photos! Me Ra Koh Photography

I love to get kids involved with photo shoots. I had these two build me the BIGGEST pile of leaves. I told them to grab two handfuls and on the count of 3, throw the leaves in the air as high as they can. But kids will do exactly what you tell them and sometimes nothing more or less. So that just means they need even more photocoaching. I told these two to keep their arms stretched high to the sky and smile as the leaves fall down all around them (and I demonstrated what I meant with exaggeration). We practiced a couple times (I shot each run through–just in case). When the three of us knew we were all on the same page, we yelled our countdown “ONE, TWO, THREE! THROW THE LEAVES!”

For all my Photo Recipe Lovers: Aperture/ftsop was a 2.8 to give me a blurry background. ISO was down to 200 for maximum color saturation. With all that sunlight, the Shutter Speed was cooking at 640th of a second or 1/640–plenty fast to freeze their action and smiles.

Have a wonderful weekend friends! Brian and I get to spend the weekend with the beautiful November Seattle CONFIDENCE Workshop ladies, starting with a fun Meet and Greet at our house tonight. We are so excited. And next week, oh my goodness I can hardly wait, our new website/blog goes live with special announcements and goodies for the holidays!

Love you all!

Me Ra

p.s. If you emailed us about your baby being in my new book, we will be in touch by Monday! The photo shoots will happen on Saturday, November 21st, starting at 9am. If your baby fits what we are looking for, we are going to email you time slots so you can sign up. All the details (location, what to wear, how long the session will be, etc) are coming soon so watch your Inbox for an email from me or Genie! xoxo

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TWO NEW Photo Contests, TWO WAYS to WIN! Deadline is December 1st! To enter and WIN, read the details HERE!

Our Refuse to Say Cheese DVD series are now AWARD WINNING! Read the press release HERE ! The DVDs were also recently featured on FOX News as a TOP GIFT recommendation for the holidays! Refuse to Say Cheese and , click either title!

Thinking of starting your dream Photography Business?! You can totally do it with our popular 101 Kits! Inspired from the 100′s of emails that Me Ra Koh receives each week, asking the how to’s of having a Photography Business, Me Ra has compiled all her answers into her popular 101 Kits! For more info, click on the titles of your choice, read the reviews and make your dream a reality! And don’t forget to send your success stories to Me Ra at [email protected]!

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Your Baby in My New Books!

We’ve got some great news to share! It’s official! Our book contracts are signed and done! We are doing TWO photography books with Random House! And I’m wondering if you and your baby want to be in it!

Baby Photos w/Me Ra Koh Photography

As I’ve been drafting the chapters for each book, setting images in place for different Photo Recipes and Photo Tips (yes, lots and lots of Recipes and Tips coming!), I’ve noticed a couple spots I want to fill. Be sure to stay tuned into the blog because I’ll be announcing a couple different age groups that I’m looking for.

Let’s start with babies that are 0-12 months. Do you have a cute baby that is publish worry?! (Okay, I just typed that and realized that was a DUMB question! That doesn’t narrow it down much, huh!). How about this…

1. Do you live in the Greater Seattle area?

2. Are you and your baby free the weekend of November 21st and 22nd?

Baby Photos w/Me Ra Koh Photography

If you said “YES!” to both questions, you may be in luck! Here’s what you need to do!

1. Send us an email at [email protected] with the following;

A. JPG of your baby.

B. Age of your baby

C. Baby’s birth date and year.

D. Any special story you’d like to include

2. Pencil me in for November 20th and 21st (we will let you know the specific date and time as soon as we have some logistics figured out over here)

The photo shoot will be on me! That’s right. I didn’t stutter. It’s an $800 value. You’ll get a High Res DVD of the images and a $50 print credit to Pictage for pro lab quality prints! AND, if your baby is chosen, we will be sending you an autographed first copy of the book!

xoxo, Me Ra

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TWO NEW Photo Contests, TWO WAYS to WIN! Deadline is December 1st! To enter and WIN, read the details HERE !

Our Refuse to Say Cheese DVD series are now AWARD WINNING! Read the press release HERE ! The DVDs were also recently featured on FOX News as a TOP GIFT recommendation for the holidays! Refuse to Say Cheese and , click either title!

Thinking of starting your dream Photography Business?! You can totally do it with our popular 101 Kits ! Inspired from the 100′s of emails that Me Ra Koh receives each week, asking the how to’s of having a Photography Business, Me Ra has compiled all her answers into her popular 101 Kits! For more info, click on the titles of your choice, read the reviews and make your dream a reality! And don’t forget to send your success stories to Me Ra at [email protected] !

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I don’t know how your house feels today, but my kids are FREAKING OUT about Halloween! They’ve tried their costumes on a dozen times, and I’ve had to bribe them NOT to wear them anymore so they will last for Halloween. I’m not sure if they’re more excited about trick or treating or decorating. Blaze has taped fall leaves to our walls, windows, backs of chairs, kitchen cupboards. At five, he’s more into decorating than I’ve ever seen. The pumpkins finally got carved. The candles are lit. The kids are making the “ooooooh, ooooooh, OOOOOOOH” ghosts howls throughout the house. Blaze also colored black spiders and taped those up. He asked me if our house feels “super spooky” with all these spiders and leaves around. I’m not sure how I even fall asleep with how spooky things are. :)

So what are my best Spooky Photo Tips for capturing the sweet, creative spirit of your kids this Halloween? How do we freeze Halloween 2009 with our cameras? Do we use our flash and shoot it straight at the kids? Do we take the photos inside the house because it’s so dark outside? But then our lighting at night is often icky when it’s inside. Photo tips? What are they?

I say, forget about taking your Halloween photos right before you go trick or treating. Forget about firing the flash on the kids and blasting their little faces out (unless they are dressing up as ghosts :)). Instead, SET YOURSELF UP FOR SPOOKY, FEAKING AMAZINE SUCCESS! Take their pictures early in the day when you have great natural light! Or, let them put on their costumes for a special 30min Photo Shoot! :)

When our costumes arrived, the kids were so excited to finally BE the heroes they dream about. After they were dressed, I nonchalantly asked if they’d like me to do a Bat Girl/Wolverine Photo Shoot. They whipped around and looked at me with the biggest smiles “REALLY MAMA!” I said, “Sure, I’d love too!” And inside I was thinking, why haven’t I done Halloween photos like this before! Instead of pulling teeth, making them wait to trick or treat, while I take their photos…They struck every favorite pose (on their own!). It was so much fun.

Photo Tips for Halloween with Celebrity Photographer, Me Ra Koh

Photo Tips for Halloween with Celebrity Photographer, Me Ra Koh

Look out. Wolverine isn’t messing around!

Photo Tips for Halloween with Celebrity Photographer, Me Ra Koh

Photo Tips for Halloween with Celebrity Photographer, Me Ra Koh

How do you take great Halloween photos if your kids are younger, and they aren’t old enough to be strike a pose in character?

I say, capture the story of the age they are. Just like Pascaline and Blaze, let your little ones wear their costumes during the day today or tomorrow when the available light is still great. Observe their play and look for the specific characteristics that make this age so precious. Are they dressed up for Halloween but still dragging their favorite blanket around? That’s a great image to take. Why? Because you’ve just captured the story of who they were, not who they were necessarily dressed up as, but who they really were for 2009 Halloween–blankie and all. Does that make sense?

Maybe you dress them up, and it just makes them cry. That will be a super sweet picture in years to come. Only the little ones tend to cry when the costume goes on. In fact, I spotted this wonderful Halloween photo on Facebook the other day. I had to email the photographer behind this and ask for her permission to show you. It’s just to good.

Photo Tips for Halloween with Celebrity Photographer, Me Ra Koh

That is one of the BEST Halloween photos I’ve ever seen! Tina, you can’t get a better Halloween photo then this, especially when they’re little! (Thank you so much for letting me share this with our blog.)

Photo Recipes/ Camera settings for Halloween Photos?

You know me, I love the buttery, blurred backgrounds. I would suggest shooting in Aperture Priority Mode with the lowest fstop your lens will allow. And then offer to do a free “Photo Shoot” of the kids. You may be surprised with what their Halloween characters give you!

Enjoy! (And if you have time, email me what you get. I’d love to see! Maybe I could post some up for everyone to see. Go ahead and send them to [email protected]!)

Much love,

Me Ra

p.s. We received our first handful of Blur and Background COMFORT entries for the Photo Contest! Wow, they are wonderful! And yes, even if you bought your camera last week, please submit! Have fun with this! I want to see your first attempts as well as the well seasoned attempts. Just the act of attempting is where the beauty and power live. So keep them coming! The prizes for both winners are only getting bigger and crazier! :) Prize details coming soon!

p.s.s. Wait! I want to know what your dressing up as!!! Kari Hale, are you listening? Brian looked at me the other day and said “Do you want me to be Edward Cullen for you?” :) (ha! ha!) I told him I wasn’t sure if the neighborhood mothers would be able to contain themselves. :) So right now, I’m leaning towards Storm from the XMen, after all, Blaze is Wolverine. And Brian was thinking of getting my parents old wheelchair in their garage and being Xavier.

But then that means I’d have to push BRIAN around the neighborhood. Um, NO! Nice try though Brian! :) How did we go from Edward Cullen to Xavier? :)

What do you think we should be? What are you going to be?

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We are back from an amazing trip with Sony at Photo Plus Expo. Brian posted some fun images on Saturday from the Sony World Photography Awards. One of my favorite highlights was when my publicist from Random House and Sony met and started forming what they are calling “Team Me Ra” :). Those two women are crazy awesome. It’s going to be wonderful to work with them as a team. I love that I have such incredible, strong women surrounding our business. Click here to see our photo!

I can’t imagine what we’d do without the resilient, creative, passionate spirit of women. I learn so much about the vast beauty of femininity from my clients. Whether it’s Caroline’s fierce, committed love to her baby or one our Amazing Moms taking a risk and starting her own photography business, I am inspired.

The month of October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I have to tell you, I’ve never seen so much effort put toward this cause. Having traveled a lot this month, I was super encouraged to see all the different efforts that the airlines are making from Jet Blue’s counter being surrounded by pink balloons to Delta flight attendants wearing pink shirts.

On Saturday night, our last night in NYC, we finally got to see Wicked. Amazing…really no words to describe how amazing Wicked is. After the Wicked the actors took their bow to a roaring standing applause, they made an announcement on behalf of Breast and Ovarian Cancer, as well as HIV, for donations. I don’t know about you, but when corporations and artists come together for a good cause, it encourages my soul.

This was an image that I shot of Pascaline this summer. The timing was crazy!

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A friend said the shape of the ribbon reminded her of the pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. I’d love for this image to be another visual reminder that fighting breast cancer is not only about helping all those who have it, but the generations to follow.

To find a National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Facility, CLICK HERE!

If you have breast cancer and feel alone, CLICK HERE to find support in your local area. No one can know what your going through, but maybe this link can help you find friendship and comfort.

Photo Recipe for Pascaline’s Pink Ribbon: Aperture was low at 2.8, Shutter Speed was 1/200th of a second and the ISO was 100.

xoxo, Me Ra

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The Unexpected Image!

Yeah! The blog is back up and working again. Thanks for shooting us emails or pinging us on Facebook and letting us know things weren’t working right!

This weekend I had a wonderful reminder in how much joy the unexpected image can bring.

It started with flying to a place I’ve never been, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Anne, one of our beautiful brides, wanted to do her engagement photo shoot at her old horse farm. I totally understand why. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL, pastoral romance oozing everywhere, especially with the fall foliage.

The weather was crazy cold, but the rain never came (yeah!). And when the shoot and dinner were all said and done, Anne and Preston collapsed with their dog, Tennyson, on the couch at 11pm.

This unexpected image has to be one of my favorites from the whole day.

Photo Shoot in Virginia w/Me Ra Koh Photography, Inc

For all my Photo Recipe lovers, I shot this with my 85mm lens. The ISO was 800. My aperture was all the way down to a 1.7. And because of the fantastic image stabilizer built inside the Sony camera bodies, I was able to be at 1/50th of a second for my Shutter Speed and still have a great, sharp image. Why is Tennyson in such great focus with an aperture as low as 1.7? I know many of you have the 50mm lens for the low aperture, but you feel like the lens will focus on the eyebrow and blur the rest of the face out. Tennyson’s whole face is sharp because I backed up which gave me a wider space for sharpness. If I scooted closer to Tennyson, the low fstop would have focused only on his nose or the eye closest to me. But because I was sitting 5-6 ft. away, I could make his whole face sharp. Does that make sense? If not, ask away in the comments.

Anne, thanks for inviting me to stay at your adorable home! I’m so glad I did because this shot would have never happened. I got to the airport just fine the next morning with time to take the kids pumpkin shopping when I got home. And Preston, your history on Thomas Jefferson and the Dave Matthews Band was awesome!

To our blog readers, Great ideas on the new Photo Contest theme. We’ll let you know the final word soon! If you have an idea that you haven’t shared for the new Photo Contest theme, post it in Friday’s comments!

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What about putting CONFIDENCE on your Christmas Wish List this year!!! We are down to TWO spots in the January 2010 Seattle CONFIDENCE Workshop! The November Seattle CONFIDENCE Workshop is sold out! CLICK HERE to get one of the last spots!

Our DVD series are now AWARD WINNING! Read the press release HERE ! If you haven’t ordered your own copy yet, check out our popular Instructional DVDs Refuse to Say Cheese and , and our 101 Kits for starting or expanding a in , click on the titles of your choice!

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We had our Washington DC CONFIDENCE Photography Wkshp this last weekend. It was awesome! All twenty women showed up with a hunger to improve their photography skills, and it was a honor to work with them. Before the workshop even started these women were encouraging each other via emails. I can’t wait to see what comes out of them because of the supportive circle they have already formed.

Brian and I are still in DC with the kids for one more day visiting the Smithsonian. But we wanted to post some quick Behind the Scenes images from the CONFIDENCE Wkshp!

Blaze and Pascaline jumped in on prepping for the workshop. The night before the workshop started, they set up all the tots for the women. They completely took charge of stuffing the tots with goodies. I was super proud of them. I love that we homeschool them so they can experience being a part of all this. (To the DC women, thank you so much for the card you gave Pascaline and Blaze! They were totally surprised and loved it! It was so thoughtful of all of you.)

Photography CONFIDENCE Wkshp w/Me Ra Koh in Washington DC

(and because I know the DC women want to know…the Photo Recipe is…an ISO at 3200, Aperture 2.8 and Shutter Speed was 1/30th (or 30) of a second.)

The Meet and Greet on Friday night was at the Firefly restaurant that is connected to the Hotel Madera. I think 98% of the group showed up! It was amazing! Some of the women jumped right in, and we started teaching on different ways to capture night shots.

Photography CONFIDENCE Wkshp w/Me Ra Koh in Washington DC

(Photo Recipe: ISO 3200, Aperture 2.8 and Shutter Speed was down to 1/4 of a second. Love the Image Stabilizer inside the Sony Camera Bodies!)

There are MORE Behind the Scenes shots to come tomorrow! But for now, we are headed back to the Smithsonian!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the ladies who attended!

Photography CONFIDENCE Wkshp w/Me Ra Koh in Washington DC

(Photo Recipe: ISO 400, Aperture 4.5 and Shutter Speed 1/60th (or 60) of a second.)

Brian and I are so proud of the many shifts that happened in your photography, your outlook on life, your creativity and especially your CONFIDENCE. When the workshop ended Sunday night, Brian and I went and had a two hour dinner, processing the weekend together. Words cannot express how honored we feel to be a part of your lives. Just remember 3 1/2 seconds is all you need to ensure ultimate success! :)

Love you all! Me Ra and Brian

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Remember being a kid and watching a big, soapy bubble descend on you? The shifting colors of pink and blue would move around the bubble as it floated closer and closer to you. And you hoped, you prayed, that you would be the one to pop it before anyone else did.

Bubble blowing brings the kid out in all of us. It is one of those activities that creates wonder and enchantment every time. And whether your baby is 9 months old or great grandma is playing too, wonder fills our eyes when that big bubble floats within our reach.

Photography Tip for Parents with Me Ra Koh

Here is a fun photo exercise to try with your kids or clients! All you need is a 99cent bottle of bubbles. Depending on how old your kids are you can either have them create the bubbles, or you can have a friend stand off to the side and blow them for you.

So many great variables for picture taking come into place when bubble blowing! Babies lift up their gaze, sometimes their hands, trying to touch the bubbles. Therefore you get this great light that fills their eyes. And for those of us who have older kids who are a little on the…well let’s call it…high energy, enthusiastic, don’t want to sit still side of life…bubble blowing/creating magically gets them to stand still. It’s amazing. The kids become so focused on creating the perfect bubble, you can finally catch a picture of them face on instead of their back end running away.

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There are so many fun things to discuss with this image, and I get so excited, it’s hard to know where to start!

Let’s start with the choice of Shutter Speed. Sometimes the action, the movement of what’s happening, is the story I’m trying to tell. Freezing the action of kids playing with bubbles, babies learning to walk, your daughter running down a soccer field..these are all stories of movement. Having a faster shutter speed helps freeze the movement.

For the image above, my Shutter Speed was at 320th of a second. So that’s not super fast like 1000th of a second, but it’s fast enough to freeze the action. If you want to experiment with Shutter Speed try turning your dial to the Running Man icon. This setting is all about freezing a moment of action. Take a couple shots in different lighting situations like; the beach (your camera will probably shoot a really fast Shutter Speed b/c if it let’s too much light in, the image will be overexposed), the late afternoon (shutter speed will probably be slower than at the beach), and then sunset like the image above. Building an awareness of why your camera is picking the Shutter Speed that it is helps you understand what you want from an image.

Let’s talk about composition! As many of you know, I love, love, love the buttery blurred backgrounds. But sometimes a blurry background doesn’t enhance the story. If a blurry background isn’t enhancing my story, I consider giving the background more detail. Blurred backgrounds or detailed backgrounds have a little to do with aperture/fstops and also composition.

Photo Tips for Parents with Me Ra Koh

The yellow sunset over the water at my parent’s house was an irresistible background. I wanted to compose a shot where Pascaline and her bubbles were the focus of the story but the yellow sunset accentuated the story (along with her yellow dress). You would think that we had pre-planned this! But I promise we didn’t.

I was thinking about the thirds principle when I composed these shots. What third of my frame should the sunset be? What third should Pascaline be? What third should the bubbles fall into? There isn’t a right answer. It’s all about experimenting with different ways to compose and frame an image, and how the composition you choose shifts the story. Even choosing to make your image vertical shifts the story.

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To have the detailed trees, island and water in the background, I bumped my aperture/fstop to a 6.3.

Pop quiz! Can anyone tell me what could have happened to the background if I brought my aperture/fstop way down to a 2.0?

I especially like this next one because Blaze came running through the background. You have to love it when life gives you those free bonuses!

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The above shot also reveals another trick I used for these images. When I decided to make the sunset a part of the story for these pictures, I realized I needed Pascaline to be taller. So I had here stand on top of the plastic slide in grammie’s backyard. Getting some added height on her helped me position her body where I wanted it with the water and setting sun. It also got her above the tree line below. Remember, don’t be afraid to set yourself up for success if you have an idea that might make the shot even better. It’s about being creative, getting out of the box, having fun and trying all kinds of different things (before the kids catch on–of course :)).

I especially love this one. I like how the composition turned out with Pascaline in the left third of the frame, her smile, her poise, and the sunset in the right third. Even the choice to clip the tree branches so that they poke in from the upper right hand corner makes the whole image more circular–pointing me back to her joy.

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But this last one is my FAVORITE! Remember how we talked about the sense of wonder that lights up their face? Oh my goodness, this is the shot I was looking for.

Photo Tip for Parents with Me Ra Koh

I love the wonder and enchantment on her face.

Summary of the Photo Recipes are the following;

Aperture was up higher than I normally have it. My f/stop was a 6.3 for all of these shots.

Shutter Speed was 320th of a second. Not super fast, but fast enough to freeze the moment and make it crisp.

ISO was at 200. I tried to go as low as 100 (b/c the lower my ISO the better my color saturation) but I didn’t have enough light at sunset to be that low. So I bumped it up just a hair, and I had enough light.

Equipment: The camera body was the Sony A900 (my Lulu–remember, I like to name my cameras :)). The lens was my workhorse lens–the 24-70mm, 2.8, Carl Zeiss.

Suggestions for taking Great Bubble Shots…

1. If your child is old enough have them blow/create the bubbles. If they aren’t old enough have someone blow bubbles behind your camera while you take the pictures.

2. Think about composition of not just the child’s face but the bubbles too. Where do you want every piece placed in your image? Don’t stress, but have fun with different angles or ideas.

3. For the sunset shots, you can do a couple different things. Most cameras have an automatic setting for shooting images at night. You could try putting your camera in that setting. Or you could try putting your camera in Shutter Speed mode and pick a Shutter Speed–anyone you want. If the child is too blurry from their movement, speed up your shutter speed. Remember, playing with it is the best way to learn. Try not to think of the Shutter Speed as numbers or fractions but instead crisp detail vs. blurred detail. If you want to jump the plank, you can try putting your camera in Manuel mode. We took these photos around 8pm. You could set your camera on the same settings I had and see what you come up with. Again, if your image is to dark/underexposed, slow down your Shutter Speed to let more light in. If your image is to bright, speed up your Shutter Speed to let less light in. It’s all about adding light and taking away light.

Here’s a random thought that might help Shutter Speed make more sense. You know how you tuck your kids in at night, and then you crack the door so a little bit of the hallway light comes in to their bedroom. Let’s make the bedroom door your Shutter Curtain. Depending on how fast you open the door to their bedroom changes how much light comes in. You can open and close the door fast and only a little light comes in. They may not even notice really and keep sleeping. Or you can slowly open their bedroom door (like Brian often does), let a whole lot of light in their room that wakes them up. That would be a slow Shutter Speed. Did that help anyone or am I on a tangent all alone? :)

I think Brian does the BEST job of explaining Shutter Speed as the nutty professor in our Beyond the Green Box DVD. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Okay, you better send me your results from this Bubble exercise! Email them to [email protected]!

p.s. I have to thank Brian for the first photo of that bubble with the blue sky. I was taking pictures of the kids, and he wanted the camera b/c an idea came to mind. And I gave him such a hard time b/c he was taking a picture of ONE BUBBLE?! Whatever! :) But then I see his shot, and I’m in love. How does he ever put up with me?

Not only does he take a great blue sky/bubble shot, but he reminds me that wonder can be captured without seeing their facial expression. He is the master at these types of shots.

Photo Tip for Parents by Me Ra Koh

Great shot babe! It’s a detail shot that captures it all.

xoxo, Me Ra

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