Family

THE MEEK FAMILY

The beautiful Meek family with brand new addition. Got to say the best time to photograph a new baby has to be in the first two weeks of arriving home, it's such a special time. Plus they change so fast after that! 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

 

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! 

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