I love photography. I love how pictures tell stories and how with just one glimpse they can transport you to another place and time. With Baby G on the way, I’m spending more time thinking about photography. I would love maternity and newborn pictures, but they are just so expensive and out of reach for us right now. When I heard about Me Ra Koh’s new book Your Family in Pictures I knew it was a book I had to read! If I can’t get the pictures taken, maybe I can learn to take them myself.
Me Ra Koh has an amazing story and I have loved learning more about her reading Your Family in Pictures. She has an engaging writing style, manages to teach without talking down to the reader and takes amazing photographs. I love looking at the whimsy, energy and composition of her photographs. This book is full of knowledge for the budding or seasoned photographer, and it’s also a visual treat.
There are essentially 3 reasons that I think Your Family in Pictures is such a successful book.
- The use what you have approach
While the book does offer advice for the purchase of a DSLR (someday) it also gives clear instructions and assistance on how to use any point & shoot camera. I like the idea of being able to use my own camera and capture better images.
- The recipes
This book gives the reader a variety of recipes (40) where Me Ra takes you through the process of staging a photo from wardrobe and staging to what settings work best with your camera (either point and shoot or DSLR). I can’t wait to try out some of these shots, especially the timed ones. I would love some pictures of RJ and me while I’m still pregnant. The only professional pictures we’ve ever had taken are our wedding photos ten years ago. I’d love to have some pictures that looked more professional. She gives recipes for capturing formal portrait settings and neat ideas like capturing kids playing video games or jumping on beds. The book has a great mix of staged and natural photo shoot ideas.
- The encouragement of what real people can do.
Me Ra shares the stories and photos of real women who have taken her workshops and used her books in the past. It is inspiring to see what magic can be created with a woman armed with some new knowledge and a camera.
Would I love maternity and newborn photos? Of course, and if I win the lottery tomorrow, I’m calling a photographer! But, I know that life just happens all the time, not just when you are standing near a professional photographer and I want to be better armed to capture it with my camera. Professional photographers are wonderful and I hope that we’ll be able to utilize both professional and photographs I take into our family’s future albums. I always wish that I had studied photography in college and now after reading this book I feel like I’ve definitely started a photographic education. I recommend Your Family in Pictures for anyone who’s interested in capturing all the wonderful everyday moments of a family.
Kari Really Liked: The recipes and especially how the include directions for point & shoot cameras.
Kari Didn’t Like: I know that Me Ra’s other books focus on newborns and toddlers, but I’d love to have seen a few tips for babies in this book. It would also have been great to include one or two tips for maternity shoots, too.
For more about Me Ra Koh and her work, check out her site.
( I was given a review copy of this book from Blogging For Books, however all opinions are my own.)