I always try to set the tone of my events through the speakers I choose. Time and time again, I’ve asked Me Ra to present our opening and closing keynotes because of her passion and engaging approach. Every time she leaves my attendees inspired and excited to take on new adventures. Me Ra radiates a warmth and tone that I welcome at every one of my events.
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Me Ra Koh ignites her audiences with confidence. She does more than show pretty photos, she quickens individual hearts and organizations to dream big through sharing her own stories and strategies of how to go after the impossible. With a focus on empowering women, artists, and leadership, Me Ra is regarded as the top keynote speaker at conferences nationwide. Audiences are moved by her “transparent teaching”, unbelievable stories and photography, and her wonderful sense of humor. Me Ra shares insight that empowers people to find traction in going after their own goals and desires. Her audiences have been made up of today’s leading brands like Harpo, Sony, Sesame Street, Southwest Airlines, nation’s top mom bloggers, church women’s conferences, as well as working and aspiring artists, photography and writing conferences and the everyday mom wanting to photograph her family’s stories. Me Ra is often invited back multiple times because of her energy, storytelling and sheer inspiration.
Prior to the conference, Me Ra likes to talk with the host and make sure her message meets their needs and overall goals for the specific event. She tailors her talks to maximize the event’s overall theme and purpose whether it is the Opening or Closing Keynote. See below for Me Ra’s full bio.
Keynote Topics for Women’s Events
- From Psych Ward to The Photo Mom on Disney
- Dream Building 101: Dealing with Fear and Doubt to Build the Impossible
- Back Up Plans are Overrated
- Cultivating an Artist Living
- Discovering Your Desires
- Thrive: Identifying Growth Barriers and Necessary Tools to Breakthrough
Keynote Topics for Photography/Writing Conferences
- Cultivating Confidence for Your Craft
- Social Media “Next Level” Strategies for the Artist Entrepreneur
- Shoot Like a Woman
- Growing a Photography Business with Feminine Wisdom
- 10 Growth Stages of a Portrait Photographer
Me Ra Koh’s Bio
Me Ra Koh, affectionately known as The Photo Mom, is the leading photography expert and educator to moms with cameras. She hosts the Disney Junior TV show Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh. Not only do tens of thousands of moms follow her blog for photo tips and creative inspiration, but she also writes for Disney’s Babble and Conde Nast Traveler in which she inspires moms to not only capture their family but live their best life. She is the author of the national bestselling series, Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Baby’s First Year and Your Child in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten and Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life reaching #1, #2 and #3 at the same time on Amazon’s Top 10 Best Seller List. Me Ra was the guest photography expert on The Nate Berkus Show for two years (NBC). She is proud to be one of the select SONY Artisans of Imagery since 2007. Her writing, photography and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifetime Television, VH1, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, as well as in the New York Times, Parenting, Yahoo Shine, American Baby, Women’s World, Associated Press, Huffington Post, Popular Photography, American Photo, and CLICK. Her award winning photography has been exhibited from coast to coast. Her Egypt photography was given the honor of being on exhibit in The Natural History Museum in NYC. Her instructional DVDs, Refuse to Say Cheese and Beyond the Green Box, both won the prestigious national Gold Seal Award from National Parenting Publication Awards. Her CONFIDENCE Photography Workshops for Women have sold out for six years. Me Ra and her husband also mentor a hand-picked nationwide team of CONFIDENCE Teachers who teach their photography workshops, empowering moms in their local communities. She works closely with partners like Disney, SONY, Sesame Street, Southwest Airlines, select travel companies, and Target to find ways to inspire the creative hearts of moms. You can even find her smile at your local Target and Best Buy! Her current project is producing a family travel show for with her husband, Brian Tausend, director and cinematographer, and two children, plus a guerilla film crew, as they travel the world. Me Ra is a sought after, inspirational keynote speaker who brings empowerment, humor and tears to all her audiences. She is afraid of escalators in big cities, scuba diving and rock climbing, but she does all three (unless an elevator is nearby). Find her at www.merakoh.com.
As Director of the Sony Artisans of Imagery program, I have many opportunities to work with the most talented artists in the world. Each artist is selected because of their unique strengths. For Me Ra, the list of strengths is very long including her unique ability to tell a story, captivate her audience, and share her compassion. I have had the privilege of working with Me Ra since 2008 on several projects. But my favorites are when I am able to stand in the back for one of her inspirational talks for Sony in the photo industry. From presenting keynotes to a room of thousands or an intimate room of ten, Me Ra always has a special way of connecting and empowering her audience.
Kayla LindquistDirector of Sony Artisans of Imagery
Me Ra Koh captures an audience. Not only with her lens and creative eye behind the camera, but with her brilliant gift for stringing words together that mend hearts and knit dreams to reality. She is the kind of Keynote Speaker every event host seeks in the sea of “stage worthy” sameness. It’s all too rare to come across an authentic voice of hope and reason that joins the journey of an event and guides the audience with strength, humor and anticipation. Me Ra embodies the spirit of the saying “the more fulfilling the life, the more full the message”. In one vibrant talk, she will take your audience with her around the world and leave them hungry for their own adventures to begin.
Amie DockerySenior Associate Pastor, Covenant Church, Dallas, TX
Me Ra Koh’s exuberance is positively infectious, and it’s incredible to witness her energy radiate through an audience. A consummate storyteller, Me Ra draws attendees in with honesty, generosity, and passion, inviting them to connect and share in the experience. We were privileged to have Me Ra give the closing keynote address at our photography conference, Click Away, in October 2016. Even when speaking to a room of over 800, somehow Me Ra has the ability to personally touch each individual in the audience, presenting a powerful message that hits the heart and challenges the mind. Incredibly genuine in her words and stories, she brought forth both laughter and tears, and attendees left feeling inspired and empowered. Me Ra isn’t simply speaker your attendees are sure to enjoy; she’s one you’ll want to take the time to experience for yourself.