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New Birth, New Book! “Your Baby in Pictures” is Released!

Me Ra Koh

It’s March 15th 2011!  Guess what that means!  My new book, Your Baby in Pictures is OFFICIALLY HERE!!

Woo-hoo!  Yahoo!!  Yipee!!!  Two years of work, and WOO-hooooooo!!!!  She is born!!!  I can’t express how excited I was when my own box showed up a few days ago!!


The Press is already buzzing!  The same day the books arrived, SONY’s Inside Edge magazine arrived too!  Blaze made the cover with a four page spread inside and one whole page dedicated too Your Baby in Pictures!!  Stay tuned for MORE exciting press updates this week!  Woo-hoo!!

For those of you who pre-ordered your book on Amazon (and all those who are going to buy a copy), I’ve got a special BONUS gift for YOU!  Brian and I filmed NINE different Photo-Recipes within the book so you can see how they went down!  If you are anything like me, sometimes you just want to “see” where the photographer was when they took the shot, how they set it up, what they were thinking of, etc.  Is this YOU?  If yes, YOU are EXACTLY who I made these nine bonus videos for!!  The bonus videos have been the biggest project, but worth every minute when I think of how much freedom some of you will feel when watching the reality of how shoots sometimes go down.


Once you get your book, click on the Behind the Scenes tab above.  Go to page 107 in your book, find the LAST word, type that in as the password, and VOILA!  You’ll be empowered as you see the down-to-earth setting for most of these photos, since they are almost always in the client’s home!  (These videos are a special gift for those who own the book.  They will not be published for the public.)

To buy YOUR COPY of Your Baby in Pictures, CLICK HERE!  See the video to learn more about it!

Much, much love!!  

C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.E!!  C’mon!

Me Ra

p.s.  Question for all of you.  I’ve got to do something simple and creative to celebrate how big this day is.  You know how you can work so hard on something and then it’s finally complete, but you forget to pause for a minute because you are working on the “next” thing.  I do this way too much.  I would love any ideas you have on something simple and celebratory that I could do today.  Thanks ladies (and Jeramy :))!

p.s.s.  As soon as AMAZON let’s you write a review, ping us because we are still giving an autographed copy to the first 15 people to write us a great review!  Yippee!!!  Read here for more details!






  1. Christina

    March 15th, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Mine is on it’s way and I can’t wait!!

  2. Alison Douglass

    March 15th, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Congratulations! That is a huge undertaking and I am looking forward to picking up a copy! As far as a way to celebrate, take an hour for yourself- not photography related, or the kids, just find something you keep saying you meaning to do but haven’t had a moment and do it. It isn’t big and involved, but it is so important!

  3. Samantha Jones

    March 15th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Ohh, to celebrate this amazing day I would take a walk by myself in a peaceful, beautiful place. After buying a bunch of tulips, I would get Indian food take out for dinner with my family, and then have a family game night. I hope you enjoy the day! Congratulations!

  4. Freida Hall

    March 15th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oh! Look at you in those photos – just BEAMING! Just know we are all smiling right back at ya!

    Much Love! 🙂

  5. BreAnna Schumacher

    March 15th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I was just so excited to GET the book….I can’t imagine how excited you are that it IS your book! Congrats, Congrats, Congrats! I just finished my review….I can’t imagine anyone ever writing one with less than 5 stars.

    If it were me, I would celebrate by turning off my phone (don’t know if you could really do that, though, with everything going on), and go do something just for fun. Eat some good food…play at a park of some sort…try something new…whatever sounds fun at the moment! Then I would buy a beautiful potted flower to remind me of this special day. It will continue to grow and blossom, just as your career 🙂

  6. Beth

    March 15th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Congratulations Me Ra!! Now even more people will be be blessed with your helpful spirit. Completed a review for you first thing this morning. Well, first thing after my morning call to my dad:)).
    Everyone celebrates in a different way, but here is my opinion. I love my family, and if the kids are happy, that’s when I am the happiest. I would ask your kids what they would just LOVE to do. Ask them for ANY idea no matter how wild (kids ideas of wild are sometimes surprising). Make special mention to suggest things they think you would say no to. I guarantee something will come out of that conversation that will be very doable, and you will have a fabulous memory to capstone this event!

  7. Sara

    March 15th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it… mine is currently “sorted for delivery” today according to the postal service 🙂

  8. Nance Heidemann

    March 15th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I just found your blog from Clickin Moms and coming over to say hello! Congrats on your new book!! I was thinking that maybe you could go to one of those pottery places with your children and create a piece of pottery together to remember this exciting time!! 🙂

  9. Rachel Leib

    March 15th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    YEAH!! Congrats!!! I rushed over to Amazon and wrote a review for you…of you!

  10. Jenny J.

    March 15th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    YAY! Mine is on the delivery truck on it’s way to me!

    So proud of you, MeRa! You are such an inspiration. 🙂

  11. Erin W.

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations Me Ra! I so wish I had had this book when my daughter was born. This will be such a special baby shower gift for all the new mamas I know! As far as the celebration, what about a trip with Brian and the kids to a local cupcake (or any treat-shop) for a cupcake ‘toast’? Just spend some time together as a family and relish the moment! Congrats again, such a wonderful acheivement!

  12. Imene

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I just ordered my copy. I can’t wait to get it!!!

  13. Erika Lara

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Congratulations Me Rah!!! You’re a true inspiration to all of us!

  14. Cathy

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    We are all SO proud of you! Warmest congratulations on the launch–now go hug your family and celebrate together today!!

  15. jeramy

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    what a great day for you guys! we’re celebrating with you.

  16. Erika

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Congrats MeRa!! Can’t wait to get my copy in the mail this week! 🙂

  17. Shara Juenemann

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I just got mine delivered about 20 minutes ago! So excited. It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to give many copies away as gifts! It’s fantastic and going to be a HIT! Congratulations on your success!

  18. Karen

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Oh, MeRa, look at your beautiful face so FULL of joy with your awesome book!! Got mine yesterday (so glad I preordered!)! Not just a book for new parents, but a great photography book full of information.


  19. Sue Christianson

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Congratulations MeRa! I can’t wait to get home today and see what’s on my doorstep. Bummer! I was number 17!! LOL!

    So happy for you guys!!!

  20. Kara S.

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations, MeRa! I can’t wait to get a copy of this book!
    How do you get a Sony Insider’s magazine? Do you have to be an “insider?” LOL Anyway, that would be fun to see as well.
    Thanks – Have a great week and enjoy the celebration!

  21. Diana

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Big congrats! Take a copy and have each family member ink a handprint inside the cover and write a little note next to it. Or plant a tree/bush. Or just eat ice cream for dinner!

  22. Kelli

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    AMAZING!!!! CONGRATS!!! WOO-HOO!! Really…so fantastic! You should be so thrilled as I am sure you are over the moon:) Can’t wait to get my copy!!

  23. Debbie

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    MeRa, congratulations on your book…Photographers every where are being blessed by you.. May your blessings continue!!
    I hope some day to be able to be blessed to attend one of your workshops.
    You are an inspiration to woman every where… Sending big hugs your way..

  24. Lynda Kennedy

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Yay for you! And … you look so beautiful in the pictures! :o)

  25. Rhonda

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    SOOOO excited for you!!!!

    If I lived close to you I would show up on your doorstep to celebrate you. Just savor the day, and let those who love you celebrate you today, and do something that isn’t a day to day occurrence with Brian & the kids. I would go to a bookstore with my camera and take a picture of it on the shelves too 🙂

    My book got here this morning and I LOVE it. My review was #15 – Mom of 3. Woo hoo!


  26. Jen Armstrong

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    That is SO AWESOME!!!!! Yay for one of my favorite families!!!!! I can’t wait to see the videos!!!!
    Love y’all!!!!!!

  27. Cyndi

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I GOT MY BOOK!! Super excited!
    I love everything about it!
    I cried on the first page of dedications.
    You are a huge inspiration to so many-THANK YOU!!!!!
    and, of course CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
    I’m going over to see if I can write a review.
    Woooo Hoooooo!!!

  28. Dana

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Yay!! My book is on its way and I can’t wait.

  29. Tiffany

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    YEAH…just ordered and am sooooooooooo excited! I can’t say thank you enough for all of the thing you do for our industry. I’d celebrate by taking a day all to yourself at the spa. YES ALL DAY…YOU DESERVE IT!!!!

  30. Dana Fallentine

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I ordered mine a few weeks ago through Amazon Prime. I am anxiously awaiting delivery!

  31. Addie

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations Me Ra!!

    Got my Amazon notice that our pre-order has been sent. (We pre-ordered on March 2nd and in all the hub-bub I forgot about it. So this is kind of like Christmas in March!)

    I think some girl-time at the Spa and then maybe a nice dinner out with some coconut martinis at that wonderful Thai restaurant you and Brian shared with all of us several years ago for the Seattle Workshop? That was so much fun and so relaxing.

    Anyway you celebrate it, I’m sure it will be great! Enjoy and bask in the accomplishment at least for a few minutes 😉

  32. Idie A

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for you! Yahoo!!

  33. Jamie

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:46 pm


    Take the family out for Thai…. that’s how you should celebrate.

    I’m just so excited for you guys…… oh and my copy of the book CAN’T GET HERE FAST ENOUGH!!!!!

  34. Julie Larpent

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats!! That’s fantastic!!!!

  35. Beryl

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    So excited for you MeRa!

    You tell us all the time to “pause” when on a shoot and soak in the moment, get our bearings, and find the right time to click.

    You are right, you do need your moment to “pause” today and soak in all the good vibes. When I need to pause I like to take a nice long bubble bath. Simple. Solitary. Peaceful.

    I hope you are able to find the time for the celebration you so deserve!

  36. Julie S

    March 15th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    HOORAY MeRa!! Congratulations on your new arrival 🙂 I am eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive, and can’t wait to enjoy it. I have to wonder if I will re-read it as often as I’ve rewatched your DVD’s. Such wonderful products you have produced!

    As for the celebrating, how about a new ring with a pink or blue stone? Or cool pink/blue earrings or bracelet? Something special so that every time you wear it you will be reminded of a project completed well, and it will inspire you to chase the new dreams God puts in your heart.

    I can’t help but smile thinking of all the precious little lives that will be captured beautifully because of your coaching in this book. Those images will no doubt be the delight of families everywhere! Congratulations!

  37. Lacy Edwards

    March 15th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful, exciting day for you and your family! I ordered mine a few weeks ago…Can’t wait to have it in my hands!

  38. Michelle

    March 15th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I could not wait for my book to arrive today (if I could have been home to stalk the postman, believe me, I would have!!!!)

    I am sending you a virtual hug of congratulations!!!! YOU GO GIRL! 🙂

    I think a nice, quiet celebratory dinner with your family would be a great way to commemorate the book’s release. Maybe even enjoy a relaxing massage before the dinner as a relaxing gift to yourself for all your hard work!

  39. Delanae

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Augh! Already over 15 reviews. I was going to write my glowing review today even though I pre-ordered my book and it’s not here yet! Oh well, I will write my review after I actually read it… It will still be glowing however. 🙂

    So excited for you!

    Now, go get a baby blanket, wrap up your book and rock it in the rocking chair while singing it to sleep. It’s a newborn you know. 😉

  40. Laura Falcon

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations!! Mine should be here this week. I don’t even have babies but I wanted to get the book to learn the different poses and settings. I admire you and all you do. Way to go Me Ra.

  41. Amy Keffer

    March 15th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I LOVE it, Me Ra! Congratulations, sweetie–may even more families be blessed by your warm spirit. 🙂

  42. Amy Keffer

    March 15th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Whoops–and I already wrote a glowing review on Amazon. LOL

  43. Natalie Johnson

    March 15th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Our little dog runs down to the mailbox every day to get exercise and guess what he brought back today:) It’s going to be a great evening read! I love the idea of having your family sign your book and write what this experience means to them in their own words. Do you have a charm bracelet? If not now is the time to start one and with each project finished you could get a charm to remind you of the accomplishment, like baby feet or a book, and then there will be a TV one for that accomplishment:) Enjoy the ride!

  44. Miranda G

    March 15th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    CONGRATS! What an amazing day! I can’t wait to go out and get a copy! Are they only available on Amazon? You are having a fantastic year, keep up all the amazingness!

  45. Theresa LaFrance

    March 15th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Oh Me Ra – what a fantastic day for you and your family. I hope you feel all the love that is being sent to you right now. Woke up at 1:30am and was surprised to find that I was the first lucky one to write a review on Amazon! After a nice cup of hot cocoa managed to get back to sleep and all day at work today was excited to come home to hopefully have my pre-ordered copy waiting for me. It wasn’t there. BooHoo! Well, hopefully the UPS driver will show up early tomorrow. I have my first baby shoot since the workshop coming up on Saturday…..thanks for writing this book, I will treasure every page and every helpful hint.

  46. ali anderson

    March 15th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    climb, baby, climb! if i were you, i’d be opening the windows, pumping up the music and swinging from the ceiling fans. this is a triumph worth every labor pain. rejoice, my friend!

  47. Christine

    March 15th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    My book arrived today and I love it! Can’t wait to try each photo recipe with my family! Thanks again! You rock!

  48. Genie

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    It’s almost the end of this very special day. Congratulations my dear friend!

    I love the pottery idea. Tomorrow’s okay too. Our plates from an occasion are a constant conversation piece. A quiet hug for yourself. A beautiful letter of celebration to your future self about how you feel tonight. I hope this night is peaceful and blissful.

  49. Andrea

    March 15th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Your baby has arrived! Oh Happy DAY!!! I am so proud of you 🙂
    To celebrate, how about making a donation to a school for Girls… Maybe one in Thailand or maybe Oprah’s!!! You have inspired women to feel empowered and to find their passion for photography.

    May you wake up with the same big smile you went to sleep with tonight. 🙂
    High Five and Big Hugs!!!

  50. denise karis

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Huge monster congratulations! This is perfect – a totally perfect book for you to write!!! xoxoxoxo

  51. Christine Barker

    March 16th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Me Ra, Im so proud of you! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! and hope that you will sign my copy the next time I see you.

    Love you girl!

  52. DENISE C.

    March 16th, 2011 at 4:58 am


  53. Julie Watts

    March 16th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Me Ra! At Hallmark, they sell these bracelets with a circular glass encasement (instead of a round clock face on a watch, it’s a small round glass and you can put something in it). You could put bits of something special in that glass display face of the bracelet. Take some bitty scraps from your rough draft, bits that show a few words or parts of words, and lock them in the bracelet and wear as a reminder of this milestone. 🙂

  54. Christine Barker

    March 16th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Julie, I love that idea! I may do that at my next big milestone.

  55. Claudia Constantino

    March 16th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    So very proud of you Me Ra!

    I just went to order an extra copy of the book today for a friend who just announced she was expecting and Amazon had a note that said “Hurry only 20 left!”

  56. Lynde

    March 16th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the videos! Just got my copy in the mail…I was considering sending a copy to one of my birth clients and then thought “man, i don’t want to give away all of these good secrets!”! LOL!! hmmm… Love it!!

  57. Kimberlyn Totten

    March 16th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Your new book is absolutely beautiful and the Behind the Scenes are such an extra gift! You guys never cease to amaze me! A Huge Thumbs UP, Congrat’s and Thanks from the deepest portions of my heart for all your love, generosity and unending inspiration!!! We are so happy for you and so thankful for you both! xoxox

  58. Grace Kim

    March 17th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Go Me Ra go! How exciting! Congratulations on another accomplishment! : )