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.