Jun 29, 2016

Home is where you’re happy

Everyone’s got their happy place. This is mine.


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This was my favourite hangout spot to write, work and relax. Bonjour Brioche  in Belsize Park. It’s small, cosy, quiet (not as hectic as Ginger & White next door) and they have incredible food. Like really incredible.


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This woman right here is one you should know. She is inspiring, funny, honest and simply amazing. Callie everyone.


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I made it a habit to take a picture of everyone I met up with, but sadly I forgot a few people (You can see all of them in my London Vlogs though) – Samy wasn’t one of them. Although he was camera shy, he got his picture.


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My London family. Tom and Ashley.


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One of my favorite places in the whole world: The National Portrait Gallery. I love to spent hours in there. Getting lost in the different rooms. Watching people. Especially the ones who draw and paint in there. Such a beautiful sight.


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The beautiful and sweet Sarah. One of those special people.


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Kristine crashing my photo. The Orangery in Kensington Gardens is beautiful though.


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One of the most amazing and unexpected things to happen to me during my month in England was the friendship with Kristine & Mia.  They are like the sisters I didn’t know I needed.


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When you’re at a photoshoot and need to use up the last shot on your Contax. The whole shoot with Anna & Mark will be on the blog soon.


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Reunited with Laura & Julian after 10 years. And then I went on a 24 hour trip to Cornwall. Why not. It was glorious.


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When your clients take selfies with your phone. That was one beautiful day. 


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Gail’s bakery in Hampstead. Very crowded, but pretty. And yummy.


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This sweet soul. I cannot wait to see her again soon! Kat is the best. x


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Another favourite that I visited regularly: Emphorium Bakery in Hampstead. They have the BEST Blueberry Cheesecake I have EVER had in my life. And I have had loads of cheesecake, believe me. Loads.

Plus they have Wifi. And very instagrammable tables. But no plug sockets, so you can only work there until your device dies. What’s up with that?

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This wall in Shoreditch is now painted over. Very glad I got a picture.


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The Wet Fish Café in West Hampstead. If you sit by the window there at lunch, the sun shines on your face.


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I saw this artist standing around Hampstead a few times. Painting streets and people. It was lovely to chat to him. And I completely forgot to ask for his name.


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Oh Artichoke. I miss you.


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My beautiful Tash. I miss you too.


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All images shot on Contax 645 and Nikon F80 using Kodak Portra 400H, Kodak Superia 200 and Ilford HP5. And probably some Fuji 400H too. Thank you Carmencita Film Lab for the scans!

Comment :


  1. Dani

    June 29th, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    diese Bilder sind so wundervoll, voller Herz und voller Leben. Danke Dir so sehr für´s teilen. Einach nur wunderschön!!!#ichgehjetzteinenflugnachlondonbuchen

  2. Elena

    June 29th, 2016 at 9:30 AM


  3. Florian & Julia

    June 29th, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Thank you for sharing your film work. You’ve got nice tones here! The one with the phone cell and the backlight is our favourit.

  4. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Thank you guys for reading! x

  5. Theresa

    June 29th, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    liebe Nadia,
    ich war noch nie in Großbritannien und somit auch noch nie in London und doch berühren deine Fotos mich so sehr, als wäre ich mit dir an all diesen besonderen Orten und bei all diesen tollen Menschen gewesen. Du hast mich auf so eine zauberhafte Art an deinen Happy Place entführt, wie es sonst kaum etwas vermag! Ich danke dir von Herzen für diesen wunderschönen Einblick und schicke dir eine liebe Umarmung aus Berlin!

  6. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    OMG Du musst dringend einen Flug buchen! : ) You will love it!

  7. Elisa

    June 29th, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Liebe Nadia,
    London ist auch mein Happy Place und es ist so schön, die Stadt durch deine Augen zu sehen. Am liebsten würde ich sofort nach London aufbrechen. Danke fürs Fernweh ;-)

    Liebe Grüße

  8. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Gern geschehen : ) Danke für’s lesen!

  9. Kerstin

    June 29th, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Michaela

    June 29th, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I adore these. you have such a gift to show beauty and to capture peoples inner and outer shine

  11. Fabi

    June 29th, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Super super schöne Filmaufnahmen und richtig schöne Farben! Dein Portrait ist der hammer!!! :-)

  12. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Danke dir! Credit goes to Tash! x : )

  13. Joice Kelly

    June 29th, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    lovely pictures!

  14. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Thanks so much Joice!

  15. Tash Harvey

    June 29th, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Bella Nadia, just Bella! :) Such beautiful memories, and miss you too! xxx

  16. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    18 more days til I am back! x

  17. Rebecca Hansson

    June 29th, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Nadia, love love love this! You are amazing!

  18. Sandra Prado

    June 30th, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Hello Nadia,
    I love the pictures!One in special…
    London is an inspiring place for me and your photos makes me feel like I am back there. I love your work and the beauty you see in the world. Keep shining. LG, Sandra

  19. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    You are missing in these…Can’t wait to see you again! x

  20. Lilli

    June 30th, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    every Picture is so lovely! *heartinmyeyes*

  21. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Thank you Lilli !!!

  22. Martina

    June 30th, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Beautiful pictures! London is on my travel-bucket-list but now, that I saw your photos, I want to go NOW! Attention, here comes a nerdy question: Does your Contax has an in-camera metering system or do you use a hand held light meter? Keep up the good work, all you do is really inspiring.

  23. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Thank you Martina! I don’t use any light meters, just my gut feeling. I have been shooting manually for 10 years (digitally) so my brain can judge light pretty well by now. Sometimes I miss, but that’s ok.

  24. Diana

    June 30th, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Wow, London seems amazing through your eyes! And I live here :) where’s that temple though? And the flamingo? Missing out on the city big time :)

  25. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    The “temple” is in Brighton haha : ) And the Flamingos are at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens!

  26. Natalie J Watts

    June 30th, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Wow, gorgeous photos of my home city! I’ve done a lot of travel photography but actually never taken any around London for myself. You’ve inspired me to do so. Beautiful! Nx

  27. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    I am glad : ) London is amazing. And there is endless inspiration!

  28. Anastasia

    June 30th, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Nadia, I adore every single photo! Every single story! It took me 3 days to read your post: every time I took a break at my computer during my own post-processing… made a cup of tea… and had my quality time looking at your images and looking at the pages of cool people you mentioned here!

  29. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Thank you so much Anastasia! So glad I could give you a breather :)

  30. Kate

    July 1st, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Close to tears, because I miss my home. Now I want to go back. Thank you, Nadia <3

  31. Nadia Meli

    July 8th, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    I feel you!

  32. Daniel Kuschel

    July 21st, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Amazing pics, the compositions are great!

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