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Mornings are sort of my favourite.

I say sort of, because I’m really quite terrible at getting up: pulling myself out of bed every morning is like leaving the womb again on a daily basis.

But once I’m finally free from the duvet’s embrace, I honestly do love the morning: the clean light, the smell of the coffee, the steam on the windows, the birds on the roof. Mornings are when a house is at it’s most homey, and they are also when Orla is usually at her sunniest. It’s proper family time.

Like her Mama, Orla can take her a little while to come around first thing – especially when, like last Tuesday, there’s a man with a camera by her bed when she opens her eyes.

The man in question was James from James Melia Photography. I have something of a photographic crush on James & his wife Jo: their gift for capturing the beauty and softness in everyday moments fills me with equal measures of raging jealousy and total joy. Their work is everything I love.

So much so, that while we don’t have a venue or a dress or even a date, I’m making them swear on all that is good that they will photograph our wedding next year. Even if that means we have to do it at 9am on a Tuesday. Even though they’ll probably be rich & famous by then.

All of which sort of loosely explains how it came to be that at 7:15 on a Tuesday morning, James was standing over our bed with his camera gear, photographing the details of our morning.

The idea was to capturing a special time that is rarely seen or recorded. Breakfast on non-work days for us is a sprawling, joyfully messy event, all spillages, kittens and hair tangles, and these images make the perfect time capsule of those hazy, early hours. Though it seems pretty impossible now, I know there’ll come a time when I look back at these early starts with longing.

What I love most James’s work is his ability to make the everyday seem a little bit enchanted. Our scruffy, unfinished renovations look rustic and charming in these shots; our morning mayhem is leant a sort of dreamy bliss. It’s just as well really, as there was no time to prep for this shoot – no time, even, to wash my hair or vacuum.
In a panic the night before, I text James to tell him this, and warn him we did not have any fancy breakfast things.
Don’t worry, he said. I’ll make it look good.

& he did, didn’t he? x

James & Jo travel all over the UK shooting lifestyle, portrait and wedding photography.
You should definitely follow them on Instagram here, and check out their beautiful blog and full portfolio.

(This is not a sponsored post, unless you found the lunch I owe them both from last time we met. I’m just a massive fan girl, in love with this pair! 🙂 )

15 Comments

  • Zoë Power

  • August 04, 2015

What a gorgeous collection of pics Sara. So lovely to have those everyday moments captured – I have so few photos of us at home, yet as the years go by, they are the ones I treasure the most.

  • Candy Pop

  • August 04, 2015

Wonderful photographs Sara, what a treat to have your intimate family moments captured.

  • JeskaHearne

  • August 03, 2015

So beautifully captured 🙂

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 02, 2015

Ha! This made me laugh. Yes, it is hard to translate her other excellent qualities via a photograph, so I think it’s ok to mention her beauty! She’s a looker for sure ☺️?

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 02, 2015

I totally relate! How unfair to be made to work on your favourite morning though. My favourite way to enjoy mornings is a combination of all the best bits – staying in bed, but being brought all the good morning food & opening the blinds to let in the morning light. Bliss! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 02, 2015

What a small world! He is a star, for sure x

  • Sheona

  • August 01, 2015

Orla is looking proper beautiful. Obviously she is clever and funny but in these photos, she is mainly beautiful xx

  • megan

  • August 01, 2015

Beautiful photos! I have a love/hate relationship with mornings. I hate waking up early and I’m a bit grouchy at first. But I love the freshness you feel when stepping outside. It’s like a gift to remind you that it’s a new day with new possibilities. A little cliché, but oh well lol. My favorite mornings are Sunday Mornings. No idea why, because I work on Sunday’s.

  • Old Fashioned Susie

  • August 01, 2015

James photographed my friends wedding about three years ago at Victoria Baths- he’s brilliant isn’t he! These will be images you’ll treasure x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 01, 2015

🙂 despite the bed hair and lack of hoovering! thank you x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 01, 2015

Oh thanks Julia! Yes, you hit on it exactly – everyday, real memories, that we can look back on and smile. x

  • Sara Tasker

  • August 01, 2015

Yay! Thanks Brit. Me too! 😀 xx

  • that's food darling

  • August 01, 2015

He did make it look good, indeed.

  • Julia Smith

  • August 01, 2015

Oh what a beautiful post Sara! The photographs are just divine and these everyday memories are the ones you will always cherish. Lovely all over xx

  • BritW

  • August 01, 2015

I love love looooooove this.

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