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

WISE FAMILY, FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

FAMILY OF FOUR

This is my first session in all the years I've been photographing where I didn't take a digital camera, this was all film and I couldn't have had a nicer family to start with. It's not majorly different in the way you act with people, but the difference camera wise is that I'm mainly working with a Pentax 645n with a 105mm lens. It's amazing but it's big and also manual focus. Trying to make sure I hit focus all the time wasn't as easy as it is with the Canon 5d's but it's certainly worth the effort. Really please with the way that these images have turned out mostly shot with Kodak portra and tri-x. I've found for me and this is one of the main reasons that I love it so much that with film there is just so much more thought that goes into each shot, you can't be lazy well you can but it's going to cost. 

A few words after Charlotte (aka Mum) saw the pictures for the first time. 
 

James. James. James. James. Wow. I am crying!! I think as photographers ourselves we forget how precious images of our own families are. I take millions of us and the kids, but this. This. Is everything. Thankyou so incredibly much for giving us this opportunity but also for capturing us in this rawness. You are so talented. And the ones of Erin are just her personality to a tee. Really thankyou xx

JEANNIE PORTRAIT, FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

STORY OF A GIRL

Working with film has changed something for me and to be honest it's not the first time that I've given it a go. About four years ago I tried it but got a little frustrated that I couldn't create what I had in my mind. So moving onto more recently and I can't shoot enough of the stuff! I spend most of my time reading about either different film formats, film stocks or other photographers either on the internet or on Instagram. If you're reading this and you can recommend anyone who you find inspiration from, that would be amazing and I'll try to do the same for you. 

Anyway this is a shoot I did with Jeannie, who's we've known for a good couple of years now but have never got around to taking her picture. How beautiful is she? She's pretty special person from what I know of her.  They were all shot on a Pentax 645n with a 105mm f2.4 lens and a mixture of Kodak Portra {Colour} & Kodak Tri-x {I think this is my new favourite black and white}.  I still feel like I'm at the start of my journey with film and I look forward to every moment with it. Would love to connect with more people who have the love for film or just really appreciate it. Or if I can take your picture? 

Pentax 645n
Pentax 67 105mm f2.4 lens
Kodak Portra 400 @200
Kodak Tri-x 400 @200