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Meet Baby Hudson!

Me Ra Koh

Last October, I wrote a blog post titled: Wedding Clients Becoming Life Long Friends. It is one of my favorite blog posts because it shows how rewarding it is to be a photographer. What is the best part about our work? Hands down…the relationships we build and capture.

This family illustrates the point like no other. If your one of those people who loves back story, read on. But if you are chomping at the bit to see the baby photos, scroll down my friend! πŸ™‚

Almost three years ago, Shannon came across our photography ad in Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style magazine. Shannon already had a wedding photographer, paid the deposit and had her engagement shoot over and done with. But when she saw our ad, she felt like I would understand her and know what she needed and wanted from her wedding photography. She called me, and a friendship began. Who would have ever thought how much the connection would grow.

Needless to say, Shannon canceled her wedding photographer, forfeited the deposit and flew me and Brian out to Napa to shoot her and Rob’s wedding. Not only did we shoot their wedding, but we became friends with her sister and fiance at the time. A year later, we flew out to Denver, Colorado and shot Brittany and Greer’s wedding. When winter came, we all went skiing together in Vail. The only problem we need to figure out is how to live closer to each other!

You can imagine how excited we were when we got an email in Thailand that Baby Hudson, Brittany and Greer’s first, was due around the same time we were coming home. Could we come to Colorado and do a newborn shoot? Absolutely!

One of the most powerful transformations we get to witness and capture is when the stunning bride

becomes a beautiful mother.

I can’t think of many transformations that can compete with a mother’s love.

And let’s not forget about the new dad, who was strong before but now seems even stronger with how gentle he holds his baby.

He is captivated in his own way. To see this captivation alive on a father’s face…it makes you feel like all is well in the world.

Greer has a tattoo on his back. It’s his family crest. We had to do something about that!

Shannon, having come to our photography workshop, caught some great shots of me getting the shots! You did great Shannon! I love these!

And this is by far the best “in action” shot ever! Look what, or who, is in between my legs! Is that funny or what! You never know what your shooting conditions will be. πŸ™‚

Their even attentive when the baby cries. It’s pretty sweet.

Since the dogs are such a part of their life, we cleared out the basket of dog toys and put Baby Hudson in there.

Quick Photography Tip: When doing a newborn shoot, try to find objects that you can incorporate to show the scale of how small the baby is compared to the world around them.

We can’t forget the precious hair swirl.

This one is for Grandma! πŸ™‚ Love you Megan!

Another favorite.

But if I had to choose the image I love the most, it would be this last one. I feel like this image tells the story of a newborn; life is quiet, mom is there with arms wrapped around baby. Their body heat creates the perfect temperature, as it has the last nine months. You can hear mom and baby’s breath intertwine, the rise and fall of their connection. The day steps out of being a 24 hour day, time itself is fluid with no beginning or end.

All that is important is this. All that exists is this.

Brittany and Greer, Brian and I love you both. We are so happy for you. Thank you for inviting us to capture this incredible moment of time.


Tomorrow’s blog is going to be all about the camera gear we took to Thailand! Why we took what we did, what we needed outside of cameras and lenses. What we would do differently the next time, and much more! Stay tuned!


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  1. Christina says:

    Wow, I love these shots. The one on dad’s back but I have to say the second to last one brought tears to my eyes. How happy, deamy and safe does that beautiful baby look in mom’s arms nestled on her chest?!?! You can SEE the love there.

  2. Linda says:

    That baby is adorable! Beautiful shots. It’s funny seeing the shots of you standing on the bed. You can never tell what the photographer has to do to get the righ shot. Love it. πŸ™‚

  3. Laura says:

    Sniff!!! Simply breathtaking! Wish I had known about you and Brian 6 years ago for our wedding!

  4. Michelle says:

    I was going to take a break from your blog for a few weeks because I could not bear to hear about the upcoming workshop, but I couldn’t do it. I am so glad I checked it this morning, these photos are just beautiful. These photos have once again reminded me of many of the things I learned in Sonoma..the importance and beauty of capturing the interactions. These photos remind me of the smell and feelings I had with my little ones and there is no doubt that this mom can look back at these photos and remember the exact feelings that you captured so perfectly.

  5. abbey says:

    Incredible and powerful post!! i love it. (I feel like I ‘reply’ that a lot here)
    I love the pics of you shooting and seeing how you are working!
    love the black and white pictures.. so moving!
    miss y’all!

  6. Megan says:

    You know me…I’m always lurking around on here, trying to figure out HOW you do what you do….you write, you travel, you nuture, you love, you encourage, you capture, you ache, you enlighten. I don’t know your personal secret, but I do know that every time I come on here, I feel connected. You should have been with me during your harrowing visa trip in Thailand, my reaction was not cool..I was so freaked out! Whether your telling me a story with words or with pictures I see it..I get it and I want to be there, if only in spirit πŸ™‚ We were there when baby Hudson was born, to see your son/baby become a Dad is something I cannot put into words. To watch Brittany become a mother that day was something I will never forget. Now Me Ra, you have done it again. You made Greer, Britt and Hudson’s experience come alive to made baby Hudson’s smell come back to me….I can hear the laughter…I hear the breathing, I feel the experience. Isn’t that what you do is all about….isn’t that what I should feel? The ache is difficult to bear…although, many miles separate us, with these pictures we will always have the memory of this time, the story of this new life and the love captured…. thank you is not enough, we love you and all that you are to us…..Megan & Tim

  7. shawna says:

    what a beautiful shoot. i love how much of the home you included, not just close ups. it’s wonderful to get to look back and say, “that’s where we lived when we became parents”. and the hair swirl! love it. congrats to the new family, they are so lucky to have had you there.

  8. Wow the story behind these photos and the way your images portray the story is amazingly beautiful. I would have to agree with Christina, the second to last picture is a favorite…breathtaking!

  9. denise karis says:

    wow, this whole post is really beautiful! And what a perfect baby!! What lens were you using to be that close to them on the bed?

  10. Kelli says:

    Love Love these! I also love the fact that she got the action shots! It is so very helpful to see what goes on behind the lens! Thanks much

  11. Allison G. says:

    B-E-A-utiful!!! I sooooo love that last one. But, I have to admit, the tattoo one might be my favorite. So creative and just COOL!!!

  12. Sarah Alston says:

    I am such a sucker for back story!!! What a fabulous way to find friends. πŸ™‚ The pictures were great. My favorite was Hudson in the basket. Ahhhhhh! Adorable!

  13. jeramy says:

    fantastic shots. love the green wall.

  14. Paris Parfait says:

    These shots are so beautiful and loving. What a treasure for the family to have these moments captured by your lens.

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  16. Britt and Greer says:

    We Love them!!!!!
    Me Ra, as usual, you have more then exceeded our expectations!
    You are so talented and have such a unique way of looking at things!
    Baby Hudson had a great time and can’t wait to see you guys again soon!
    The Hanlons (the little hanlons :))

  17. Stephanie says:

    How absolutely precious… the miracle of life and love shines brightly through the beautiful photographs… What a treasure for the new parents and family…. blessings!

  18. Becka Knight says:

    This whole session is just completely heartwarming!

  19. Michelle says:

    These are such beautiful, emotional images. They make me want a baby just so you can come over and take his/her’s portraits!

  20. denu thakur says:

    Dear Mira
    when i saw ur work for the first time i was most impressed by babies fotos at ur website, Tears started rollin over my cheeks coz i don’t know but there was something in your pictures that raises the women in me and said how beautiful can some one portrays the pictures of real happenings around us .You were the person who always gives me strength from deep inside .
    i knw how beautiful you are by heart and soul , these pictures tells everyone about you my dear .’
    i love your pictures very much

  21. lindy says:

    I love them! and i agree that coming back to see thier family grow is the best feeling… and it always strengthens me and my family to be a part of it! i love the pictures!

  22. Suzanne says:

    These photographs are stunning! Only someone with your sensitivites could catch such breathtaking shots. It (almost) makes me want to do the whole baby thing again. πŸ˜‰ I also love that you got the dogs in as well.

    Beautiful Me Ra.

  23. Courtney Arch says:

    Wow So amazing to see you both transform from an amazing couple to beautiful parents! It amazing to think that we were just wondering not more than a month ago ( at the bbq) what he would come out to look like… and When! Congrats to you both and I cannot wait to see more beautiful pictures!

  24. owlhaven says:

    Heard you speak at Blogher last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it even tho I only had a point and shoot Canon, so half the techy stuff wasn meaningless to me at that point. No longer! Two days ago I got a Canon EOS 40D– I am so thrilled and so eager to learn how to work this thing.

    Love the baby pictures!!

    Mary, mom to 10

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