Book Review: Your Family in Pictures, Me Ra Koh (2014)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Forty Recipes for Gorgeous Family Photos

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through the Blogging for Books program.)

Me Ra Koh found solace in photography. After miscarrying her second child, Aidan – during the tail end of a two-year tour to promote her debut book, Beauty Restored: Finding Life and Hope After Date Rape, no less – Koh fell into a deep depression from which photography became her lifeline out.

In the twelve years since, she’s started a wedding photography business which evolved into a way to teach photography to children and moms, giving a “voice to the voiceless”; published multiple books on the subject (Your Family in Pictures is her third); and partnered with Disney to host a series on Disney Junior (Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh). Oh, and she’s also launched CONFIDENCE Photography Workshops for women around the country. (In fact, some of the photo recipes included in these pages were either contributed or tested by workshop participants.)

Your Family in Pictures builds upon her previous two books – Your Baby in Pictures and Your Child in Pictures – by focusing on ways to capture those fleeting family moments, including the more mundane scenes that we might otherwise take for granted. She begins by offering basic photography advice that’s applicable to most any situation (my favorite – “We have to be willing to miss shots to get greats shots.” – will likely prove the hardest for me to implement!), and then outlines forty “photo recipes” for creating innovative and breathtaking photos.

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