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15 & 16 July 2018, Business Design Centre, London


26 July 2016

B&S meets...Melia Melia Photography...

Last month, we unveiled our stunning new campaign image - and now, we'd like to introduce the talented husband-and-wife team behind it! Meet Jo and James of Melia Melia Photography...

Hi James and Jo! Could you introduce yourself to our readers?

We are James & Jo Melia and we both take pictures! It’s not often we don’t find something in a day to photograph - sometimes differently, but always with similar hearts and minds.

James has a thing about people, faces and connections. He takes the most beautiful, honest portraits by being his charming and totally lovable self. When he’s not doing that he’s usually running/cycling up some hill near you with Chief, our Chocolate Lab, choosing the soundtrack for our everyday life, or filling our little cottage in the Yorkshire Pennines with belly-hurting laughter and the occasional gin.

Jo always carries her heart on her sleeve, in her mouth or… usually accompanied bytears leaking from her eyes. She is full of all sorts of love for everything, and notices the things you didn’t even know yourself. She captures everything she feels and sees and makes it all look so extraordinary. She takes care of us - that’s James, Chief (Chocolate dog) and our two little boys, who are constantly on-the-move. You can often catch her doing some late night baking because she’s run out of biscuits, or finding something she can practice her calligraphy skills on!

Tell us more about how you became photographers...

James: I’ve been taking pictures professionally for about 4 years now, but it’s always been a part of my life. I really got into it about 6 years ago in South Africa, where I stared working with a couple of fashion photographers - and it’s all just gone from there. I’ve fallen into photographing lots of weddings, and from there it’s lead me to portraits and families.

Jo: I started working with James while I was running my own makeup artistry business. I convinced him to shoot a wedding that I was working on, and after a while he taught me how to photograph. I love people, and every little detail about them and their surroundings. We like anything organic too, so shooting our portraits out in the open where people can be free to be themselves and the children can run wild and free is our very favourite thing! For me there’s just something so incredibly honest about photographs - if you can capture the real essence of someone, it feels like a true privilege. 

We’ve worked together since 2013, but Melia Melia was formed when we got married last year. It used to be just James Melia Photography, but when we said the I do’s…..

Like the Bubble team, you're based in the Yorkshire countryside. Does this inform your photography? 

Completely! We love nature and being outside, and try as much as possible to bring that through to our photography. 

Could you tell us more about the image we've chosen for our A/W17 campaign? 

The photograph was taken right at the end of a family shoot; we love to go up onto the moors, and this is one of the roads that we had to cross. It was just one of those quick images as there was a car coming over the horizon behind us. It was starting to rain and the wind was whistling through the grass - far from a perfect sunny day, but we’d run around and laughed, and just as we were crossing the road we stopped for a split second to get a handful of shots.

We hope you love the new campaign image as much as we do? 

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