Lauren, Ste and Hector / Film photography

Families shot in film to us, are pretty special. Those blurred edges, soft movement and tender touches.. ohhhhh we fall in love with them over and over. 

Shooting in film has really changed so much for us. It takes a lot longer, it's kinda faffy and heavy.. it's really bloody heavy! 

but it's worth everything and more.

Here's Lauren, Ste and little Hector.

 

Zuca & Boo

"So while you are living in these times, 
remember there are only so many of them
and when they are gone, 
you will yearn for one more day of them. 
For one last time."

Here are Zuca and Boo. 
 

Shooting from your soul

Shooting from somewhere in the depths of your soul. Trying not to care if it fits in, or is accepted and worry that anyone would even like it. The thing is you can't really care when you're in a creative process. It has to come from inside....where no one can touch you for a moment. Can you feel what we feel in these pictures? Because right now we are feeling it to the core. Want to give so much more than we do already.

Jones'

"I will not be another wild flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. 
I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget". 

Erin Van Vuren.

We were so inspired hanging out with the Jones' for a few hours. Last year we  photographed Ava, Katie and Maisie and were asked back again to photograph another year older. 

Fills our hearts right up to see their strength and passion for life. These girls...are real, connected, grounded and full of dreams, all at the same time. 

We have longed to create images like this for as long as we can remember. They hit hard just how important it is to keep connection with each other and keep our children balanced. It's a struggle we read about often, and we're still working on the antidote.

How you do you it? 

James
& Jo x

 

wild & free, Nancy & Pearl

Wild & Free.... we have heard this term a lot, but it's something we've wanted to explore a little more for a long time, with ourselves and our photography. A few years ago we found an amazing website called Childhood Unplugged, and really loved their ethos and what they stand for. I don't know if it's the age of our children or if technology is moving so very fast, but it feels super important to us to let children be children. Is it just us or are there so many more restraints on them these days? Rules and regulations, safe guarding and scaring? I think it's safe to say micro managing may well have taken up residence in our house in the past, oops!! It's kind of a rabbit hole of a conversation, which I'm sure deserves a much more lengthy talk. For us, the long and short of it is  the internet has opened up a world of experiences for our children, some amazing, some just plain worrying. With our own three we're really trying to make time for creative explorations, opportunities to work on their own independence and self reliance. I won't say it's particularly easy (suggestions of getting rid of the TV for awhile didn't go down too well) but if anything, It's worth a chance to spend time outdoors, reconnecting with our surroundings and taking notice of what's there.

So we've made a change. It's been a labour of love for the past few years and we really hope you like what you see! Taking time to capture children in their raw and natural ways. Letting them run free and be kids, make a mess and not care so much. (Okay, we'll all try not to care so much but may have to follow them around with a towel!) 

This is the start of a new journey for us, with lots to say and show you. We hope to help inspire you and teach along the way. Fancy joining us? 

 Here are Nancy and Pearl. 

 

 

OUR DAUGHTER, FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

MARGOT GRAY MELIA

I remember taking these images, and one of the things that I wanted to do with our new site is try and write a little more and to write a bit more honestly. Without going into too much detail I've had a massive fear of writing and it's put me off more times than I'd like to remember. Anyway, it's something that I'd like to change, you can do that right? 

So about these images, the truth is Margot had just been a nightmare to change, just the usual trying to escape so I left her like this. The light was beautiful, I had my film camera, and this is what turned out. 

Pentax 645 w/ 105mm f2.4
Kodak Tri-x 400 @200
Processing & Scanning by CC Imaging.  

BOWER FAMILY, FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom recently acquired a family of six with two boys and now two teeny tiny girls. Probably not the easiest all film shoot to do after a 6 hour drive back from Devon but we like a challenge! Turns out Tom and his big brood were blooming wonderful to photograph. Mostly on medium format and a little with our new Leica M6. Thanks so much Tom, your were all amazing! LOVE LOVE these! 

ANNA PORTRAIT, FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

PALE SKIN, WILD HAIR

I've been friends with Anna through Jo and followed her on Facebook and Instagram for a good couple of years now. Anna also loves her film photography and you can find her on Instagram here. What a beautiful soul she is, there is something so special about this girl and the way she see's the world. It was an absolute pleasure to spend a small amount of time with her and share a mutual love of film photography. 

Hope you enjoy these images. We're always looking to meet & create with new people for all inquires you can email us at hello@meliamelia.com. 

Pentax 645 w/ 105mm f2.4
Canon Eos 1n w/ 50mm f1.2
Kodak Portra 400 @ 200
Kodak Tri-x 400 @ 200
Processing & Scanning by CC Imaging