Me Ra Koh

Keynote Speaker

Find out why Oprah, Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, Disney, Sony and others can’t get enough of Me Ra Koh! Me Ra believes each of us is here for a reason. The unique paths we travel, along with the people we encounter, help us craft the story of who we are and our purpose.  

Born with a Class III Malocclusion in her jaw, Me Ra’s parents needed to wait until her bones had stopped growing at sixteen before doctors could repair the problem and reset her jaw. Following this complicated surgery, Me Ra would go on to live another decade before accepting that she was “normal” and had no trace of the disfiguring condition that made her want to shield her face from the world. Just as she was embracing her college life... 

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and enjoying the new anonymity of blending in, she experienced the trauma and aftermath of date rape, launching a desperate struggle for self-worth through a storm of shame, anger, fear, homelessness, and the edges of madness. It would take the love of friends, family, and a deep faith to pull her through.

The woman who emerged is bubbling over with joy, courage, passion for life, deep empathy for others, and an unyielding drive to share it all with the rest of us. Early on, Me Ra became a high school teacher, author and speaker to intervene where people have lost hope. In 2002, after a heartbreaking miscarriage, she picked up a camera to capture the beauty and joy she experienced with her eldest daughter. Through it, she discovered a magical path of storytelling.

In 2007, Sony signed her as one of their first two female sponsored Artisans of Imagery. Me Ra went on to build an internationally renowned photography brand that has seen her work displayed in museums and galleries, and taken her to dozens of hidden and celebrated locations worldwide. But she is perhaps best known for her caring heart and joy, thanks to millions of viewers know her from Disney’s “Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh.”

Through the years, she has published a series of award-winning books, sharing her secrets with the rest of us, so that we might look back on our own family photos and see more than stiff smiles and poses! She also built a portrait business that goes one giant step beyond taking a beautiful photo to capturing the truth between people. Through these intimate portrait sessions, Me Ra and her husband, Brian, work to capture and express each family, couple, parent and child exactly as they are at this moment in time. The resulting portraits both interpret and reinforce core questions: What is home? What is hope? What do we wish for each other today, tomorrow? Who are we to each other? What is our living legacy?

Me Ra brings all of this to the stage, including the free-spirited life she has created with her husband and their two teenagers, as they traveled the world as “Adventure Family” filming for Disney and guiding photographic expeditions for aspiring photographers in places like Greece, Italy, and Thailand.



To learn more about Me Ra Koh as a speaker for your event, please contact her agent; 

Deborah Benson

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  "Even when speaking to a room of over 800, Me Ra has the ability to personally touch each individual in the audience, presenting a powerful message that hits the heart and challenges the mind. Incredibly genuine in her words and stories, she brought forth both laughter and tears, and attendees left feeling inspired and empowered.  Me Ra isn’t simply a speaker your attendees are sure to enjoy; she’s one you’ll want to take time to experience for yourself."

-Sarah Wilkerson, CEO of Clickin Moms

-First of two women photographers to be sponsored by SONY

-Go-to guest expert for Live with Kelly & Ryan, Oprah's Nate Berkus, and others

-Host of "Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh" on Disney 

-Author of five books

-Me Ra Koh photographs have been exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History, New York; Somerset House, London; and galleries worldwide.

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