Kodak Tmax

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.

 

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

 

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