When it comes down to the bare bones of it , the thing we’re really here for and our purpose for doing this, is to show you all kinds of humanity in our photographs, your beautiful vulnerabilities and inner strengths.
Whether that is a flicker of hair in the wind, an honest and powerful straight forward portrait or just a wander down the road together. It all tells your story. It’s a mix of who you really are, a journey to find who you could be, and a little inspiration muddled in.
Our philosophy is to show you your strength, even when you sometimes feel vulnerable and wavering. It’s to give you a helping hand towards the kind of life you want and to give you the pictures that show you how incredible you are.
We’re human and our favourite thing of all in our busy life with three children, a dog and three noisy budgies, is to find the humour in a world full of noise and movement.
Having a laugh and not taking ourselves too seriously is the secret (not so secret) behind our portraits. Being super down to earth and having a great understanding for all of our human ways makes having photographs with us an experience we really want you to enjoy and remember.
We’re humble about life and always grateful for the chances we are given to make a little difference where we can.
Who is Jo?
Hey, I’m Jo, one of the Melia’s. I take photographs everyday (a lot of them) and am one half of our little team. I am forever grateful and in awe of my James, my sons Ashton and Logan and now our little Margot. My day starts at 5am with a lengthy life purpose chat with James, Margot our two year old daughter, and a strong coffee with oat milk. The middle part is filled with raising our two almost pre teen boys out of their beds and helping them to speak in full sentences! I do my very best to prepare them all for a big life full of adventures, to be resilient and kind, practice gratitude and to be mindful. There’s always some work to be done in the midst, but I LOVE it and it’s very much a part of life for me. They kind go together. The day usually ends with a plan to drink more water and then fall asleep five minutes into a tv series I’ve wanted to catch up on all week. I love anything Linen and have an issue with digestive biscuits. I’m more thoughtful about not wasting things and like the odd ethical/organic brand. I love to sing when i’m working and washing up. I’m attracted to the kinds of people who love BIG and wear their hearts on their sleeves and equally to those who quietly inspire. In serious moments, I would love most in this life of mine to connect with as many likeminded people as possible and help to build up anyone who needs a hand. So that’s me, not in a nutshell because it’s just not big enough, but its a start.
Frequently asked questions -
Where are you located?
We live in a small village in West Yorkshire called Ripponden and are pretty much in-between Leeds and Manchester. We prefer the quiet life in the moorlands rather than the hustle of the city but always happy to travel though so just ask.