Your Family in Pictures by Me Ra Koh {Book Review}

First off, I should mention I’ve been surrounded by quality pictures for the last few years. Ever since I’ve met Israel I’ve been seeing his work, and his brother’s work, and their sister’s work, and our sister-in-law’s work as professionals. It’s inspiring. And super fun. And Yes. You should be jealous.

So thanks to them, I’ve been exposed to photography as a profession a little more than the average person. Lately as I’ve been chasing my little ones around I’ve been looking for better pictures. And thanks in part to this book, I’ve been able to think a little more about my technique and get some different results.

I read this book a month or more ago and one of the things that I still remember is the rule of thirds. It’s a shortcut for composing a picture well or better than you might without thinking first.

(And this is where all my in-laws may or may not guffaw quietly at my lack of better descriptors..but one must start somewhere, so onward.)

Here’s before I remembered it:


Here’s after:


Do you see the difference?

Instead of centering my boy in the picture I put him off to the side. It’s not the best picture in the world, but I do think I like the composition of the second better. I also stopped to think about the background and lo and behold beautiful mountains and lake. Who would have known from the first grey version?

I’ve been trying to challenge myself a little more with the pictures I take and reading this book has given me a few good ideas to gradually try to improve.

I’m already getting better at looking for good light and using it (more from watching my family shoot than from reading this book, but the book covers it too).


And now I’m trying to actually think about a picture instead of just holding down the shutter button while trying to catch my motion-full munchkins. Which is a little more difficult. But I think if I learn to catch the moments their activity will be less of a problem. Since, you know. Kids move.

And it’s been fun.

One chapter I want to go back and review is “Developing Your Photographer’s Eye” that talks about how things like, color, lines, texture and shape can lend to your picture. One of the most intriguing idea was about looking for natural or manmade leading lines to draw the viewers eyes to the focal point. Pretty neat. I have yet to try it, but soon the opportunity will arise, I’m sure.

I think this is a book I might go back to every now and then to stay inspired and to find new things to try. It has beautiful photography and lots of fun ideas to help you take better pictures of your family. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in taking pictures of their own family. I wouldn’t say it is the best introduction for someone looking to be a professional photographer or hoping to figure out their DSLR, but it is a good start for someone interested in improving with a camera they already somewhat know how to use. And it’s a very fun and quick read for those of us who just starting to develop an eye for making art out of the everyday.

Anyone here like to take pictures? Do you think about how your do it or do you just click the button?

Sometimes with my littles I just click because the moment passes so quickly, but I’m starting to get better at thinking at least a little about the shot beforehand…even if it’s just a millisecond to check my ISO. :)

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{{{I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own!

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