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The Parents' Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life

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On Sale: August 12, 2014
Pages: 160 | ISBN: 978-0-8230-8621-4
Published by : Amphoto Books Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
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For parents (especially moms) with little to no photography experience who want to capture better portraits and photos of their families using any camera.

What parent doesn’t want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos? From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photos, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect with, cherish, and celebrate their family. With forty beautiful “photo recipes” anyone can follow—with any camera—preserving your family’s story has never been easier!


Five tips for photographing everyday life

1. Keep a camera out. The beauty of everyday life most often happens when we least expect it. Keep a camera out at all times and within arm’s reach. This also helps desensitize the family to having their photos taken. The time it takes to get the camera out of the camera bag, find the right lens, and find an SD card and charged battery eats up the patience your family had. But if the camera is there and ready to go, there’ll be less resistance to picture-taking.
2. Use the camera you have. Don’t have your DSLR nearby? Don’t worry. The iPhone and other smartphones take remarkably good photos. The best camera is the one you have with you.
3. Scope out the light. Be aware of the light in your home. Which rooms get the best light at different times of day? Set yourself up for success by making note of when great light is available
4. Use Continuous Shooting mode. When you’re trying to capture everyday moments without putting your family on guard, use this camera mode to quickly fire a few rapid shots in succession rather than taking one image at a time.
5.Choose Your Weekly Story. Consider upcoming events of the week (baseball game, ballet class, backyard movie night, or play date at the park).  Choose one event to work on capturing.  Begin to picture how the event will unfold and what the best photo ops could be.  Trying to capture ALL events will burn you out, but honing in on one becomes a fun, inspiring photo challenge.

Table of Contents

Preface: My Story          

Setting Yourself Up for Success        
7 Spots in Your Home for Great Light        
10 Steps to Set Up Your Photos for Success        
9 Ideas for Getting Your Family in the Mood        
3 Ways Black and White Can Transform So-So Photos      
My Top 10 Times to Take Candid Family Photos      

Developing a Photographer’s Eye           
Practice Framing Daily Moments       
Unpacking a Photo      
8 Ways to Discover Color, Line, Shape, and Texture     
9 Cues for When to Shoot or Convert to
Black and White        
No Longer Afraid of the Dark     
Storyteller vs. Photographer   

Everyday Life    
Five tips for photographing everyday life     
1. Saturday Mornings    
2. Breakfast or Mealtime    
3.  Heart of the Home    
4.  Video Games    
5.  Backyard Fun    
6.  Outdoor Sports    
7.  Out and About    
8.  Bedtime Rituals
Five tips for photographing the holidays      
9. Valentine’s Day     
10. Easter    
11. Fourth of July    
12. Halloween     
13. Thanksgiving    
14. Christmas    
15. Birthdays    

Family Portraits        
Five tips for photographing family portraits     
16. Self-Portrait of Mom    
17. Portrait of Dad     
18. You and Your Spouse     
19. Sisters    
20. Brothers    
21. Cousins      
22. Grandparents     
23. Pets     
24. The Family Portrait  
Tweens & Teens      
Five tips for photographing tweens and teens    
25. Bedrooms     
26. Tween Self-Portrait   
27. Friends Forever   
28. Performances   
29. Senior Portraits: Girls
30. Senior Portraits: Guys
31. Prom   
32. Graduation
Family Vacations & Travel                 
Five tips for photographing vacations and travel           
33 A Day at the Beach           
34 Snow Day!          
35 The Great Outdoors          
36 Sunset Silhouettes          
37 Amusement Parks          
38 Hotels         
39 Visiting the Monuments           
40 Breathtaking Landscapes with Kids    
Last Words        
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About Koh, Me Ra

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Me Ra Koh 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, and also writes a weekly column for Disney’s Babble.com, A Focused Life, in which she inspires parents to not only photograph their kids but live their best life.  She is the author of the national bestselling series Your Baby in Pictures and Your Child in Pictures, is the former photography expert for The Nate Berkus Show, and is proud to be one of a select group of SONY Artisans of Imagery. Her writing, photography and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifetime Television, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, as well as in the New York Times, Parenting, Yahoo Shine, American Baby, Popular Photography, and CLICK.  Her instructional DVDs Refuse to Say Cheese and Beyond the Green Box won the prestigious national Gold Seal Award from National Parenting Publication Awards. Me Ra is a sought after, inspirational keynote speaker who brings empowerment, humor and tears to all her audiences.  Her CONFIDENCE Photography Workshops for Women have sold out for six years. Follow her at www.merakoh.com and @merakoh.
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