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7 family photo shoot ideas for rainy days

While I love being outside and capturing the family fun in the great outdoors, what I don’t like is waiting until later to capture precious memories of your children growing up. We all know sometimes you expect to do something until a better time, and then we realise the time is just gone!
There are no excuses.
Here is a list of my favourite ideas to do on a rainy day indoors. The time is now!

1. Visit a Museum

 

If you are one of those families that can’t stay still at home, yes, a Museum it’s a perfect example of a day out but indoors. London is impressive because it has an array of fantastic museums, fun for the kids too. We love the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum. These museums have beautiful architecture and lots of fascinating objects that will create great pictures.

2. Bake together

 

Baking is another excellent family activity that many parents and children enjoy doing together. All families have their favourite baking recipes. From chocolate chip cookies, lovely madeleines, gingerbread cookies to banana bread, everything is good!
Children will be children and yes just let them me. There will be flour on the floor, bowl and spoon licking, it’s all fine! These moments make beautiful and memorable photographs that I can promise you, you will cherish for years and years to come.

3. Play games

Family games are great to involve everyone, whether it’s a round of Pictionary or Monopoly, dress up or make-believe, just-dance in your living room, it’s all good.

4. Read

 

 

I love the connection I have with my daughters when we read together.
For many is a bed-time routine but it’s also an excellent activity for quieter moments during the day, reading is the one thing that pretty much everyone does at one point or another, whether it’s a short photo shoot or a day in the life session.
It’s also a way to get the whole family to slow down and in one place for longer than one minute so I can capture a picture of all of you.

5. Get Crafty

 

 

If you enjoy making things, please do! Crafts is a great way to involve everyone and the messier, the better! Glue, knit, build, draw, paint, it’s delightful to see the joy on your children’s faces and look of pride with their newest creations. It’s so worth it!

6. Bath time!

Bath time is an always an excellent way to finish a day in the life photo shoot. Especially for babies as they feel a little sleepy afterwards. It’s still such a particular time for any family and perfect for when you have a baby or a toddler. Bubbles, soap and water are good ingredients for great pictures.

7. Don’t Do Anything Special

There’s no need to do any activity just for our session. Just get on with your day, and I’ll be able to see and capture the beauty of the everyday for you.
During my short 2-3 hour sessions I ask the parents to put away their devices and really concentrate on this precious family time together. Of course, during the Day in the Life experience, there’s no such expectation. No one can be 100% engaged and switched on all day long. And you don’t need to; we are documenting your typical day to drop all pretences and the ideas of what at “perfect” day should look like, and just be.

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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    A Day in the Life with a baby

    A day in the life with a four-month-old baby can be very unpredictable! You have a routine, but sometimes the baby has other plans. Every day he shows you new tricks, more smiles, more strength and more personality. It’s a delight for me to capture that!

    A Day in the Life-London Baby Family Photography-2018-Ana Ruivo Photography

     

    Sometimes we forget the first months with a baby, the endless nights and the sleep-deprived mind, the constant feeding and the insane satisfaction when your baby poos. The overwhelming emotions, the discovery of a love you never experienced.

    I spent a Saturday with these gorgeous new family and included a brunch at the famous Regency Cafe, a walk in the park, lots of feedings, lots of nappy changes, lots of cuddles and finally a nice warm bath. It was beautiful to see how much in love they are with their baby.

     

    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 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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          30 years from now – A picnic with your grown-up children

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

          30 years from now can you imagine your babies gift you a family photo session? How cool is this? I think it’s so beautiful! This is what happened to Anna, her two children who live far from London gave her for her 60th anniversary a documentary session with me.

          It was an opportunity to reunite, to catch up and to celebrate life. They had a lovely picnic in a gorgeous park, they explored the surrounding and I was able to capture the joy of this moment that for sure every mum would love to remember and keep forever.

           

          If you want to give a family 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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            Family Portraits – Holland Park London

            This beautiful family have been my client for years and before going back to their home country they asked me to do family portraits at their most loved London park – Holland Park. This is a lifestyle session. I am going to miss these guys.

             

             

            If you want to give a family 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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              Summer is here – Autumn Session Sale

              Summer is here and I can’t believe how life is going so fast these days! I am finishing some client work and counting down the days until I have my feet on golden warm sand and the ocean breeze blowing my hair…but suddenly I realized I am taking the Summer off and that means I need to fill my calendar for Autumn NOW! 

              So I present you Summer unplugged Autumn Session SALE! 

               

              Book your September or October session by the 31st of July, and get a Full Day-in-the-Life at a Half-Day price. Or a Half-Day session at a Three-Hour price. Or finally, a Three-Hour session for a One-Hour and half price.

              A limited number of discounted sessions is available, so jump on it while you can!

              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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              An evening at Winter Wonderland – London Family Photographer

              Although it was a very cold evening we had so much fun in Winter Wonderland this year!

              Winter Wonderland 17 - London Family PhotographyLondon goes vibrant and beautifully colourful this time of the year even when it’s freezing. As a family photographer it’s a delight for me to capture these magic moments, first Christmas, outings to the a winter fair, the Christmas markets, the gorgeous decorations, etc.

              If you are celebrating a special event and you want it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.
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                Snapshots of Our Week #7 – Winter Wonderland – London Family Photographer

                Last week my parents came to visit for the weekend and we went to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, always a big hit with the girls. It’s a lovely place to take pictures of children having fun in the rides and being so excited about Christmas.

                Winter Wonderland week 7 Ana Ruivo - London Family Photography

                I had already two family photoshoots there and I can’t recommend enough, although hard to photograph, it is really magical and we get truly beautiful pictures. I will do two more different post about it.

                 

                Winter Wonderland week 7 Ana Ruivo - London Family Photography

                Winter Wonderland week 7 Ana Ruivo - London Family Photography

                Winter Wonderland week 7 Ana Ruivo - London Family Photography

                It feels now Christmas is around the corner!

                Have a great 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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                  A Day in the Life – London Family Photographer

                  I am extremely passionate about documentary family photography and I believe that A Day in the Life sessions are really important to tell our story in the most authentic way. Most of us do a great job of documenting extraordinary outings, celebrations, and milestones, forgetting that in many ways, our most cherished memories are derived from everyday moments. It can be difficult to step back and appreciate the beauty of the life as we experience or observe it day in and day out, but the fact is that our daily activities do change – sometimes incrementally and imperceptibly.

                  Notting Hill day in the life London Family Photography

                  A Day in the Life is a beautiful way to capture the rituals and routines that are so easy to take for granted (but are gone before we know it). I must confess I was quite nervous when one of my best friends wanted to do a session with me. I know this family for a long time now and love their kids like my own. So it was a great responsibility, not only to portrait their lives but also their personalities in the best way I could.

                   

                   

                  My favourite images are the kind that tell a story about the people in them. The kind of images that aren’t just pretty and technically perfect, but the kind that make the person looking at them FEEL something.

                  I hope you like them as much as me.

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                  You can have a look at another beautiful Day in the Life session here and my very own 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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