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Snapshots of our month – Winter Sun

Wow, I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January, and I just finished to edit my Christmas pics =) As soon as I got back, it’s been non-stop with newborn photo shoots and birthday parties.

We had a lovely break in Portugal to spend time with our family, a little bit of sunshine and a much-needed pause from social media.

These are just some snap-shots of our holiday between the crispy sunny days by the sea and lovely warm winter days in Alentejo. If you pass in Evora city in Portugal, make a visit to Convento do Espinheiro hotel, visit the beautiful University of Evora and the Herdade do Esporao wine caves.

 


And if it’s not too late…Happy New Year!

=)

 

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    A Morning in the Life

    Do you remember the morning kisses and snuggles?

    For kids, there is nothing like the parents’ bed, a sanctuary of comfort, safety and love. I would sneak out of my room and enter my parents’ bed without them notice…well I thought that at the time, of course, my parents noticed! =)

    My daughters are still in that phase. I usually wake up very early with little kisses on my hair, soft voices and a small body wrapping my head. Sometimes I am honoured to have a little foot on my face and angel hair in my mouth, but apart from that, it is usually a lovely moment to stop the clock and be there with my girls. It is just the best feeling of the world.

    If you have little children and if they passed the phase they scream for you during the night, I can guarantee you this will be next, and it is so much worth it.

    So happy for this family as they wanted to capture these first moments of their day. From the soft, sweet moment until the children are full speed. Say games, crafts, lunch and everything in between. This is the real life.

     

     

    If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of photo shoots, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

     

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      Snapshots of our month – Hello November

      Suddenly it’s November and now it’s the official countdown until Christmas. I just wanted to share some snapshots of our last couple of weeks.

      With lots of sweets and creepy encounters, Halloween was so much fun this year!  =) Thanks to lovely friends we had a gorgeous spooky Halloween party with even a smoke machine, which worked amazingly on my pictures =)

       

      If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

       

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        Capturing moments in motherhood – why authentic is so important

        Notting Hill London Documentary Family Photographer - Ana Ruivo Photography

        Taking pictures is today an everyday gesture.

        We all capture our daily lives with great facility and in so many different ways.
        The average person will have around 500 -1000 photos on their phone,
        but if that person is a mum, double or triple that. { In case you are wondering, I have 10 000 …}
        Mums will capture every little moment of their children’s lives, first steps, words, smiles, drawings, outings and continue capturing all the followings, having right there in the tip of their fingers a real narrative of childhood.
        A documentary of the real childhood, because who can resist a  face covered with chocolate ice cream, or a crying sibling while the other has a cheeky smile. Who has not snapped a picture of a fall into a muddy puddle while attempting to do pirouette (and felt terrible about it right afterwards)?  Snap, snap, snap!
        It’s all in the box.  We have it all, the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY.
        Day in the life-newborn London Family Photography-Ana Ruivo Photography
        But who captures mums? Who captures you? Who captures Motherhood?
        And most importantly, how do you this wonderfully abstract almost ethereal state that is your Motherhood to be captured?
        You do this and that, pick them up when they get hurt, kiss them on the knee, dry the tears, hold their hands, and then suddenly you see a camera! You stop, you fix your hair, theirs too, and smile all while telling them to do the same through a half-smiling mouth.
        As a result, we have got a picture of a mum semi-smiling and if we are lucky, one kid is smiling too while the other one tries to pull away (this is just an example to serve a purpose of course because sometimes you do get three “smiles” :-).
        Holland Park London Baby Spring Family Documentary Photography

         

        Where did that moment go?

        The one where you put your lips on that knee to make it better, the one when the tears transformed into a smile because those lips magically healed a wounded knee?

        It passed. Just like that. And not to be too dramatic, it is gone forever.
        Luckily many more will come, because we all know childhood brings way more than a single scraped knee. or a flooded bathroom floor with soap bearded pirates admiring proudly their work.
        Many more failed attempts to bake a cake while they lick chocolate spoons, strangling hugs, and bedtime arms tightly wrapped around your neck are coming your way.
        So, why not shift from the stiffness of only posing while we can!
        It is still time to make a change, to change those poses we are so used to for the reality of this wonderful emotional roller coaster that is motherhood. Or at least add some!

        Memory is a wonderful but sometimes tricky thing.

        As adults, we only remember as far back into our childhood as our conscient brain allows us to. With luck, we have memories of our early years, photographic/precise moments in our mind, but as we grow up we forget, more and more…
        I always wonder:  wouldn’t we be happier if we remembered more of those childhood moments? Being put to bed, the kisses on the head, all that daily care?

        This is why I love documentary photography.

        This is why I created “A day in the life”, to help you capture those fleeting moments, that daily roller coaster a mother rides every day holding on tight to her little (or less little) ones.

        For me, for you,  but also and especially for them. Because no mum ever forgets having changed an uncountable number of nappies, stayed awake hundreds of nights, played hours on the floor until she no longer feels her legs, or that look on her child’s face when he runs open-armed towards her, but we, the child in us does.
        The truth in words is vital, that is a given, but the truth through an image is just as much. This is why I choose to make unposed and undirected family images.

        You will love taking this leap!

        If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

         

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          A Day in the Life – Primrose Hill

          Documentary family photography has a real power beyond just a “nice” picture to go on the wall. We are creating a heritage for future generations – the ability to look back at what life looked and felt like on that one day, to start conversations between our children and their own grandchildren, long after we have left this world. When you think about it, that is pretty darn cool! This is why I choose to make unposed and undirected family images.

          You know that thing that you all do, that feels so perfectly iconic for your family? Your beloved weekly trip to the nearest beautiful London Park. Sunday morning treats and children parties. We are all so busy in this city but some activities you keep doing repeatly because it’s part of you as a family.

          It was such fun to capture a Sunday with this delightful family. Their daughter just started to ride her bicycle and it was lovely to have it captured. Little one is so cute and loves to play games joining in whenever he can.

           

          Day in the life-London Family Documentary Photography-Ana Ruivo Photography

          You can have a look at another beautiful Day in the Life session here,  and another here.

          If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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            Snapshots of our Week #14 – Climbing and Dancing

            The last weeks have been all about end-of-term shows and exploring London with my little ones.

            our life London Documentary Family Photographer - Ana Ruivo Photography

            We have been climbing, well…we tried! My eldest just like her mum is afraid of heights but I am sure with some training we can reach the top =D We visited the sweetest exhibition about “Winnie-the-Pooh” at V&A Museum. I recommend highly to go if you haven’t yet. Last day is the 8th of April. And this Saturday I had the opportunity to see my girl’s ballet class and I took some pictures in this gorgeous studio at St. Mary of Angel’s Church in Notting Hill.

             

            Snapshots of Our Week is a personal project where I document our lives week by week. I am delighted to share them with you and to show you why documentary photography is my passion.

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              A tribute to all mothers – I see you

              Dear Mum,

              I know how busy you are. I know the timing is never perfect. This weekend there is a birthday party, next one there’s ballet and football practice. You still need to lose those extras pounds, you should buy new clothes for the children. Maybe when they are older, they will behave better in front of the camera…No. No, because when I see you through my camera I see you as you are in your heart.

              Notting Hill day in the life London Family Photography

              When I photograph you, I can see things that you are not able to see yourself. I can see the tiny moments that never get captured by your phone. I can see the way your son grabs your sweater on your back when you pick him up. I can see the way your husband looks at you when you are looking at the kids. I can see the way your daughter looks at you like you have superpowers.

              I can see the way you love unconditionally your family, the way you laugh so sincerely with your children. I can see the way your eyes sparkle with every new trick or expression your baby does. I see your strong arms that are able to lift loads of groceries and baskets of laundry. I see your graceful body that was able to carry your children. I can see your beautiful hands that wipe away tears and your lips that can cure all the imaginary pains.

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              You don’t have any dark circles under your eyes, your weight is exactly right and your hair looks perfect. All I can see is love. And love makes all the imperfections that beat us down every day in the mirror blur into the background.

              Your children will remember the way your laugh sounds and the smell of your hair and the warmth of your breath on their heads.  They will remember the way your hands turned the pages of the books and that you gave the best hugs they will ever have.  They will know that the lines on your face came from how much you smiled and the wrinkle in your forehead came from how much you worried because you loved them with everything you had.

              Holiday Family Photography - London Documentary Photographer

               

              And when they look back at your photo albums, they will not see anything other than how you gave them the world. Don’t let the time pass without being in pictures with your children.

              Let’s tell your story. The time is now.

              x

              Ana

               

              I hope you had all a lovely Mother’s Day. Thanks everyone, who entered my giveaway. I cried and laughed with your sincere answers and I am happy to offer all who entered £100 discount on all 3 hours photoshoot packages.

              If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

               

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                A Day in The Life – There is nothing as beautiful as real life

                I am very happy to share today one of my latest family day in the life photoshoots where there was no posing or direction from me. I don’t feel comfortable telling people what to do, my clients know that posing and directing families is really hard and unnatural for me.

                My job as a documentary family and newborn photographer is not always to make flattering, bright, and happy pictures of smiling faces. My job is to make images that make you feel something, to freeze a moment in time, to tell a story and to make keepsakes that you and your family will keep going back to. My job is to show just how funny, exhausting, heartwarming, and interesting everyday parenthood really is. And that’s where the beauty resides.

                A mom playing with a toddler while colouring with her oldest children. The light in children eyes while playing with their father. The connection between children and their mum. The silliness, the joy, the wonder and the chaos of 3 children, all different ages.

                No direction needed. Pictures full of life, full of emotion.

                Secondly, because the thing I value most in photography is being able to catch the moment’s spirit or soul as well as my subject’s. I love to shoot when my subject is truly being himself, immersed in whatever it is (s)he is doing in his/her own world; when (s)he is unconscious of me and my camera’s gaze, and his/her spirit unfolds in its full richness. There, you’re just bearing witness to a simple but real and deeper moment in that part of time and space. The moment a person cares about the photographer’s eye, s(he) starkly becomes aware of his/her body, mind, and environment and the shot slips beyond the sincerity.

                While I still do quite a bit of “lifestyle” photography, I prefer unposed documentary family photography because it brings out the true emotions and personalities of a family.  As a mother myself, I know the stress of planning family portraits. The coordinating outfits and “You better smile at the camera or ELSE” feelings, and it doesn’t always evoke positive memories when I look at those photos! Of course, I LOVE those perfect photos to send out to our friends and families, I call them the “grandparents’ shots” =)  but they are not who WE are. But when I see candid images captured of my daughters, it brings me back to the giggles or the sense of accomplishment, or the emotions of defeat, the true connections to my children and the events at hand. I don’t only want to remember the happy/good days in life.

                Sometimes, the attitudes and tears, the scrapes and fights, the tantrums followed by the apologetic loving embrace, remind us of how we became who we are.

                I choose to be a documentary family photographer to provide those same connections and emotions for other families. I want families to know and truly BELIEVE that your everyday life is just as important to capture as the annual Christmas card photo/ “memorable” moments in life! There is nothing to be embarrassed about when your house is messy or your kids are fighting. There is nothing to hide when you need to fold laundry while your little ones play on the floor next to you. You are beautiful when you snuggle up and read to your kids, and your family is perfect, even when the kids aren’t colour coordinated in new clothes! 

                The fact that my clients cry on receiving their slideshow of their day in the life only confirms for me what an incredible gift this is for the families that open themselves up to have a day documented in this way.

                Documentary family photography has a real power beyond just a “nice” picture to go on the wall. We are creating a heritage for future generations – the ability to look back at what life looked and felt like on that one day, to start conversations between our children and their own grandchildren, long after we have left this world. When you think about it, that is pretty darn cool! This is why I choose to make unposed and undirected family images.

                You can have a look at another beautiful Day in the Life session here,  and another here.

                If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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                  Snapshots of our week 12 – Playground

                  As I am writing this post I have a beautiful relaxing sight through my window of snow falling. It might be the coldest day here in London but last week we had lovely sunny days that took us outside. My girls still like playgrounds so I took some pictures to capture their love especially for swings, which they find so relaxing.

                  Hope you have a wonderful week! Stay warm!

                   

                  children playing playground London Documentary Family Photography-Ana Ruivo

                   

                   

                  Snapshots of Our Week is a personal project where I document our lives week by week. I am delighted to share them with you and to show you why documentary photography is my passion.

                   

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                    Snapshots of our weeks 9 – 10 – This is our life

                    Weeks pass by so fast with so much work from my part I haven’t been able to document my family and our life as much as I use to do. We all have been caught by colds and virus this week so we profit for these moments together, by staying warm inside, playing and invite some friends over. Week finished with some lovely lunch with friends and me, wondering when the winter is over. I think you can tell by my pictures that I am logging for some sunshine =)

                     

                    Now half-term is upon us and I wish you a relaxing and exciting week!

                    Snapshots of Our Week is a personal project where I document our lives week by week. I am delighted to share them with you and to show you why documentary photography is my passion.

                     

                     

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