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Your Child in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten [Kindle Edition]

Me Ra Koh
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Book Description

Photography tips for moms and dads on how to take everyday portraits of children 
Celebrated photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh provides step-by-step instruction on photographing your family and taking pictures of your child. As a companion book to Your Baby in PicturesYour Child in Pictures helps you learn to capture your child's special moments with 40 beautiful “photo recipes” that anyone can do, with any camera.

From first haircuts to first days of school, from snuggly teddy bears to favorite dress-up clothes, the toddler and childhood years are full of precious days that disappear all too soon. What parent doesn’t yearn to freeze the memory of their 2-year-old’s chubby cheeks, or their 6-year-old’s toothless grin?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Recipes from Your Child in Pictures


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There’s nothing like the love between a child and a pet—whether it’s a dog, cat, rabbit, or even a tiny hamster. How many times have you caught your child playfully rolling around on the floor with your puppy, intently serving tea to your disinterested cat, or nuzzling your family pet? When your pet responds, validating their special bond, magic fills the air. Why not capture these moments of pure affection? Here, Allison Gallagher, a former attendee and now a certified CONFIDENCE Workshop teacher in Virginia, captures Atticus midhowl, while Sammi squeals with laughter at his side.

When: Anytime your child shows prolonged interest in your pet and is calm enough to sit and focus on some puppy or kitty love.

Prep: Simplify your setting as much as possible. An indoor room flooded with window light or a covered outside porch is ideal. If your pet is high energy, take him to the park for a quick run so that he will be mellowed out for the photos. Have treats on hand for your pet (and child—better not leave him out!) as a reward for a job well done.

For P&S Users: Turn off your flash. Set your camera to Portrait mode to get that blurry background. If your child and pet are content to sit still, you probably won’t need Continuous Shooting mode, but it’s a good option to consider if there’s a chance one or the other might go mobile. .

For DSLR Users: Turn the flash off. Select Aperture Priority mode, and dial down the f-stop to ƒ/2.0 for a blurred background that doesn’t distract the viewer from the focal point of the image—your child and pet. Try to get an exposure with a fairly fast shutter speed, so you won’t get any blur on your subjects if they move. If the shutter speed is too low, try increasing the ISO until it speeds up, at least 1/125 sec. (125) or faster.

Compose: A horizontal format will best accommodate your child and pet if they’re side by side, but experiment with a vertical format if your child wants to hold your pet. If you’re shooting on a porch, use the floorboards as leading lines to draw the eye in toward the center of the frame. Squat down to shoot at your child’s eye level, and get in close, so your focus is on the expressions.

Capture: Focus on your child’s face. If it’s not in the center of the frame, re-frame the composition to center the face, and lock in your focus; then re-frame to your liking and snap the shot.

Every year your child makes a wish and blows out the candles. And every year do you scramble around trying to capture that magical moment? As your child gets older, you can slow things down a little. The mad rush to blow out the candles and dive straight into the cake isn’t as intense, so take the time to capture the quiet anticipation—that precious pause full of promise and hope. It’s a fleeting breath that’s gone all too quickly. Monika McSweeney, a blog follower in California, decided to work with the dark background and convert the image to black and white, heightening the sentiment in this quiet window of childhood.

When: During a birthday celebration, just before your child makes a wish and blows out the candles.

Prep: Have someone else bring out the birthday cake so that you can be in position for the photo. Get in close with your camera, ready to fire. This is a very quick shot. But if you miss it, no one says you can’t relight the candles and have your child blow them out again!

For P&S Users: Turn off the flash. Set your camera to Portrait Mode for the lowest aperture to let in the most light. Turn on Continuous Shooting mode so that you can rapid-fire as your child blows out the candles. Experiment with Night mode for capturing moments in dark settings (but make sure the flash isn’t on). You can also try setting your camera to black-and- white mode for a more timeless look.

For DSLR Users: Turn the flash off. Set the camera to Aperture Priority mode, and dial down the f-stop to the lowest setting to allow in as much light as possible. Crank up the ISO to 3200 or even higher to get a faster shutter speed. The fast shutter speed is what freezes the flicker of the candle flames. Turn on Continuous Shooting mode so that you don’t miss a shot. Consider converting the image to black and white if the high ISO results in visible noise grain or distorted colors.

Compose: A vertical format will fill the frame with your child’s face, candles, and cake. Get in close, and have her face slightly off-center from the cake and in the frame.

Capture: If your child is game for relighting the candles a couple of times, experiment with different focus points—like the candles, her mouth blowing, or her eyes. Pick your focus, and if it is not at the center of the frame, adjust your framing to center it and lock in your focus; then reframe the original composition and shoot.


Praise for Your Baby in Pictures

“Babies don’t take direction very well (if they did we should start by getting them to shush on airplanes), but Me Ra Koh has made a specialty of coaxing warm, memorable photos from infants, newborns and children.”
The New York Times
“Tell your baby’s story in photos—wonderful, beautifully-shot photos. Professional photographer and mom, Me Ra Koh, shows you how to photograph your baby like a pro.”
—Disney Baby
“Aside from the gorgeous photos, you'll appreciate Me Ra Koh’s simple, smart advice that gives you everything from how to pose your wee ones to the best time of day and light for both a SLR camera as well as a point and shoot, all based on the age of your kids. . . . I really can't think of a more helpful shower gift for new parents, whether it’s their first or fourth baby.”
“Provides great step-by-step photo ideas and suggestions to help you document all the developmental milestones of your baby's first year.”
“This book is perfect for novice and intermediate photographers looking for expert advice and inspiration. . . . Beautiful photography, easy-to-follow language and no-fail photo how-tos make Your Baby in Pictures a must for new parents, grandparents and others looking to capture that precious first year of life like a pro.”
Inside Edge magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 18560 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CVS68C8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Your Child In Pictures. I purchased Your Baby On Pictures over a year ago and I find myself referring back to that book for inspiration and instruction. This book exceeds all expectation and I know I will use this book just as much as the first. There are 40 different recipes in this book that will inspire you to capture those fleeting moments of childhood. Each recipe includes how to set up the shot, and aLso the camera settings. This book is perfect for any Mom (or Dad) that wants to improve their photography, take meaningful images of their child and to be inspired. You will love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So EXCITED to SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS!!! October 1, 2013
Me Ra's 1st book, Your Baby In Pictures, is awesome and I love giving it as a gift for baby showers! Your Child in Pictures is an AH-MAZING follow-up to the 1st book! I will be sharing this book with friends and giving it as gifts to moms I know! The layout is so easy to follow. I love the photo recipes and the visual of the image captured! It is so important to capture these fleeting moments in our kids lives and Me Ra makes that so easy for moms to accomplish with her books! I can't wait to give some of these a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Parents October 1, 2013
By Neyssa
Me Ra has done it again. Her first book helped me truly capture my children's first year of life. I'm so excited that her second book doesn't disappoint for the next ages in your child's life. Photo Recipes for ages 1-10 for everything and anything you may encounter. I love her style of transparent teaching, telling you everything she did to capture each photo. The book is simple for anyone to use, whether you are using a point and shoot camera or a DSLR. I love how the beginning has extras on choosing the right camera and tips for capturing the entire story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for parents and photographers October 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is another great offering by MeRa Koh. Packed with beautiful portraits and photo recipes, this is a great resource for both parents who are stumped for ideas on how to capture their children as well as pro photographers who may want to find more interesting poses than just the "canned" pinterest rehashings. Beautiful ideas to capture your kids in their true environment and spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful book!!! October 1, 2013
This book is the perfect follow-up to "Your Baby in Pictures", which is the best baby shower gift ever!! :) I love that it is written in a way that is easy to understand and it inspires you to put into action what you have learned. There is so much information and encouragement in those pages!! I went through it so slowly to take in every word and beautiful image. Another great book from a truly inspirational lady.
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5.0 out of 5 stars have kids? have a camera? buy it! October 1, 2013
By Beth W.
Your Child in Pictures picks up where Your Baby in Pictures left off, and will definitely be another "go-to" guide for parents to get heart melting photos of their children.

With this second book of "photo recipes" the author, Me Ra Koh, again breaks down each photo into its basic parts. She tells you how to set yourself up for successful photos, and even the best settings for your camera, whether point and shoot or DSLR. These easy to follow instructions help you recreate these same pictures in your own home. There is even an appendix in the book for parents of special needs children, which includes specific photo tips.

If you have a shutterbug in your life, this is a beautiful gift. Perfectly suited for both parents and grandparents, this book breaks down specific ideas for photographing children between the ages of 1 and 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skip kindle and go for hardcopy. November 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The kindle editing seems off to me and it messes with the keywords required to login to the extras that the author has graciously added to her website. That aside, if you do buy this, do not skip her introduction. It is soo wonderfully heartwarming and it really captures the essence of why us moms want to figure out photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Child in Puctures October 3, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful book that any parent would enjoy. Me Ra Koh is inspiring. Can't wait to share this book with my friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another best-seller from Me Ra Koh....a virtual step-by-step book which will open up your imagination to child photography.
Published 3 months ago by Skeeter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book is very good, It can give several ideas to beginner photographer
Published 4 months ago by Laís
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Suggestions
If you're looking for great suggestions on camera gear, camera settings, and techniques to capture pictures of your child then this is the book. It's an easy ready. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. E
1.0 out of 5 stars Title is misleading
This book is about staging your child for a picture as opposed to camera techniques. All photo recommendations are: turn off the flash, use the widest aperture available to limit... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Woldt
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Has a ton of great information and suggestions, found it to be very helpful, and I like that it was broken down by age groups. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Diane B. Harrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for parents of young children
I tend to work with scenic photography although I do focus on my children and pets sometimes. That is really only because I tend to feel like my photos are sometimes not as nice... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Stuff of Success
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
As a father, mother, grandparents, or aunt and uncle, we want to take photographs of the adorable children in our lives. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dad of Divas
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Child in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Your...
I ordered this book for my daughter who has a toddler and newborn and she is looking forward to using some of these tips for future pictures.
Published 9 months ago by Debra L. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Child in Pictures book
A thoughtfully laid out book that is especially useful for parents inexperienced in taking good candid photos of their young children. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brad Henderlong
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Generosity...
The most amazing part of this book (as well as the first one about photographing your baby) is that MeRa is so completely generous with her knowledge and her enthusiasm! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shirley Lange
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More About the Author

I didn't find photography.

Photography found me.

And then it healed me.

I started as a writer.

For 10 years I worked on one book, Beauty Restored: Finding Life and Hope After Date Rape. The heart of this book was to be a message of hope to women and their husbands/boyfriends, parents and friends. I wanted them to know they were not alone in their pain. It is based on my own painful experience of being date raped in college.

Almost ten years later, on March 20th, 2001, the first day of spring, I birthed two babies; my beautiful, firstborn, Pascaline and Beauty Restored. When Pascaline was three months old we hit the road and for the next 18 months did over 50 National TV Shows and Radio Interviews. While my little one slept in the backs of churches and colleges, I was up front sharing my story and hoping one woman would feel hope again.

After two amazing years on the road, Brian and I were pregnant with our second. His name was Aidan, our little fire. While in TN for a week long speaking tour I started experiencing abdominal pains and three weeks later our baby Aidan's heartbeat stopped.

After losing Aidan, I couldn't speak or write and sought refuge in Brian and Pascaline's love. During those times of grief, I picked up a camera. Pascaline's innocence was precious from every view point. I found myself working to capture her story: the times she couldn't stop giggling, the times she curled into the safety of daddy's arms, the asleep time, the fussy and frustrated times, the first time she played with a yellow balloon...

Friends and family started noticing the photos and asked me to photograph their kids. Soon brides were contacting me for their weddings. I had gone from speaking to 800 women and sharing my story, to finding healing behind a camera. Life had taken this unexpected turn and now I was given the privilege to artistically capture another woman's story on her wedding day. Photography had found me.

A new chapter of life unfolded, a chapter of writing other people's stories through images. Stories of new beginnings, moments of choosing to trust. Every time we shoot a wedding I'd see these moments; a grandmother reaches to squeeze the bride's hand, a groom whispers in his bride's ear, and then her giggle afterwards, a father's tears while he dances with his daughter. What could be more worthy of capturing than these moments?

Photography is not just an art, trade or skill. It's a tool of healing for myself and those I have the honor of capturing. When we approach the camera as a healing tool, the world opens it's heart to us.

Throughout this amazing journey, we've had the honor of having our work featured on VH1's Fabulous Weddings, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Lifetime Television. Grace Ormonde's premier Wedding Style magazine named us one their Masters of Craft photography teams. And I am also proud to be a Sony Artisan of Imagery and count our partnership with Sony to be an incredible gift of reaching women through dreams like the SOAR! Scholarship.

Our images of weddings and children have been published worldwide, as well as won international awards. Alongside our joy for photography, Brian and I have rekindled our love for speaking. Together, we travel nationwide, teaching our CONFIDENCE Workshops to women, speaking at photography expos and conferences--with a heart to empower and inspire not only the professional photographer but the parent, enthusiast and scrapbooker too.

Refuse to Say Cheese and Beyond the Green Box are two instructional DVDs that we scripted and produced. Our vision was to help empower moms in learning to use their cameras. This project exploded, was licensed by Sony to create "Kids in Focus", and continues to bring joy to thousands!

I've also found a new platform for combining my love of writing and photography: blogging. Each day I share a bit of my heart, our work and Photo-Recipes and exercises for the pro or enthusiast. In a short time, this outlet has gained an audience of over 15K unique visitors a month.

Just as the SOAR! Scholarship empowers women to DREAM BIG, I challenged myself to go big for my own dreams of reaching more women through TV. Little did we know the Nate Berkus Show would be knocking on our door! Every time I appear on Nate's show, and get the opportunity to teach and inspire over 2 million viewers with their photos, I want to pinch myself, jump up and down, cry and just laugh. And yet, I have a feeling that the journey has just begun.

But the most wonderful gift of all...the gift that anchors me every day...our beautiful children: Pascaline and Blaze. Capturing their lives is the greatest honor of all.

How does a woman start at such a place of deep pain and find herself standing in front of wide, open skies...I'm speechless. If I can do this, I know with full confidence you can reach your impossible dreams too.

Each day I find that my pain is still with me over my losses, but the joy is just as deep if not deeper.

Thank you for joining this beautiful community of women. May we all take flight together!

Much Love,

Me Ra

*For details on our DVDs and upcoming photography workshops, visit


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