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Authentic Family and Baby Photography in Hampstead – A Day in the Life

Spring arrived, family and baby photography is allowed, and I can finally get back to my documentary photo sessions. It is a delight to photograph families with babies below one year old. All their routine is changing rapidly, and you really want to capture it all. The fuss they make while dressing up, the giggles and their curiosity flourishing day by day. It is fascinating to watch!

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I am incredibly passionate about documentary family and baby photography and believe that A Day in the Life sessions are so important to tell our story most authentically. 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 challenging 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 gradually. 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).

Do you remember how your days were spent with your children when they were still babies? What were their favourite toys? What games or activities did they love doing with you? Was bath time a breeze? Were meal times messy?

These are questions that may get harder to answer as time goes by. It’s probably easier to remember your children’s christening, first birthday party, or their first words. But we sometimes forget the ordinary days – the lazy afternoons spent listening to nursery rhymes, the random walks in the park, bedtime routines, and so much more.

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It is likely because most of us do a good job documenting extraordinary outings, celebrations, and milestones while forgetting to photograph the things we do daily. We fail to realize that our most cherished moments can come from the things we do every day.

I took these fantastic pictures from a day in a life of a family with a beautiful 9-month-old baby boy. I was delighted to be able to take a sneak peek at what happens in their typical day. It includes photos from their playtime, mealtime, and even bath time which all looked magical.

Finding beauty in the ordinary, unscripted moments is what I do, and I enjoy bringing that to my clients. I photograph habits and routines that are easy to take for granted but are gone before we know. I love capturing the seemingly simple moments that make up our entire lives.

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Whatever your day looks like, nothing better captures it like documentary-style photography. Ready for your family and baby photography session? Drop me a message.

Family and Baby Photography in Hampstead – A Day in the Life

I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. I am specialized in family and baby photography. Since 2013 I have photographed hundreds of clients from all over the world, all the UK and the USA, Spain, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE and Hong Kong.

My view of documentary family and baby photography is that it is unscripted, unposed, and records what happens naturally. I’ll come to your home, or meet you at the park or at brunch, wherever you choose, and just take photos as you and your family or friends interact just as you would on a day when a photographer was not present. I will not ask you to pose, sit still, “say cheese”, or pretend anything. There is no pretending, this is your life, documented. Let the kids be kids, Dad does his thing, and Mum just enjoy the experience.

I want these photos to capture the true essence of your family, your relationships, the stage of your life you are currently experiencing. I want it to be real, in all its tantrum-ing, messy, teary, silly, beautiful glory. I want to capture this chapter in your story so that you can look and remember exactly how it looked and felt at this very moment.

Your family has a story, many stories actually to tell, and I believe they should be preserved.

Check-out my awarded images in Family Photojournalist Association this year!

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    What to photograph in your first year with your baby – London Family Photographer

    It’s incredible how quickly those first twelve months fly by. Everyone warned me that they would, and I knew it in my heart, too. I tried my best to enjoy every moment and embrace all the challenges, late nights, early mornings, laughter and tears the best I could.

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    I carried my camera around with me as often as I was able to and did my best to document all the little moments I knew I would want to remember years from now. With every click of the shutter I imagined my daughters looking back on the photographs of them and smiling while asking me the stories behind them.

    Perhaps it is more likely that I will be the one looking back and smiling with my husband while we reminisce about how special and fleeting those early days were. Either way, I knew from the start I wanted to document a great deal of my daughters’ life for them and for us.



    There are far more important details I want to embrace as a mom than all the traditional milestones that are expected of a one year old. I wanted to remember the size of their tiny fingers and tiny toes, the way they were surprised about the world, the many expressions on their faces that would often change within seconds of each other.

    During this journey, I have learned so much about myself both as a mother and a photographer. Here are some tips to help you to document the first year with your baby.

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    1. Details

    They are absolutely key for me. I’ve always known this from a photographer’s perspective, even before my daughter was born.

    I found myself continuously trying to capture the shape of my daughters eyes, those yummy and oh so tiny toes, the way she smiled while spleeping and I realized that these are in fact the details you want to be frozen in time.


    2. Use your smart phone

    Sometimes, especially in the beginning, it’s hard to run and grab your camera every time something comes up. Even when you try to keep your camera close, life happens and I always felt it better to have some documentation than nothing.

    I loved taking naps with my daughters during those first three months when they would just sleep so peacefully on my chest. Occasionally I would want to take a picture of them sleeping on me, or us lounging together, but getting up to get my camera was not an option. I always had my phone within reach though and smart phones now take really great pictures, so it was a wonderful back up to have.

    3. Get in the frame too.

    This is so important! I get it… you have that extra baby weight, your hair is falling out, you’re sleep deprived, maybe you haven’t showered in a couple of days, but guess what? You’re babies don’t care and they want to see their relationship with you, too! Take a minute, treat yourself and fancy up a bit if you can, and if not that’s okay. I promise that you don’t look nearly as scary as you think you do.


    4. Print your photos

    Remember why you started this journey in the first place. Your images are doing you no good taking up space in your computer. The reason I wanted to document my daughters’ first year at all was to have the tangible memories for both of them and I to hold one day.

    Choose some pictures to print and display in your home at the very least, but I highly suggest making an album that you can look through in the future. There are so many great options for putting an album together.

    Gone are the days of printing countless images and taping them in an album or tediously scrapbooking them. There are many websites that allow you to make your album digitally and will print, bind and send it right to your doorstep. This is a great area to invest your time and money into as these albums will hopefully be carried and viewed by generations to come.

    5. Some ideas and inspiration

    Whether you’re looking to start documenting your child’s life and don’t quite know where to start, or you have already been documenting, but are looking for some fresh inspiration, then I’ve got just the thing for you!

    Here is a wonderful list of what we enjoy capturing most from a sentimental standpoint:

    • Swaddled at the hospital
    • First moments with your partner
    • Newborn hair swirl
    • Flaky newborn skin
    • Nursing or feeding
    • Chunky baby rolls
    • Favorite physical features
    • First/favourite foods
    • Snuggled with a favorite or handmade blanket/quilt
    • Interactions with other family members
    • Interactions with pets
    • Funny and unique facial expressions
    • Favourite outfits
    • Mom and baby (don’t forget to get in the frame too!)
    • Everyday messes
    • Participating in family/holiday traditions
    • Sleeping
    • Mischievous moments (i.e. playing with the toilet paper roll)
    • Quirky obsessions (i.e. following the vacuum)

    And of course, the technical must-have shots:

    • Monthly size/growth
    • First bath
    • Umbilical cord
    • Newborn yawn
    • Sitting
    • Crawling
    • Standing
    • Walking
    • Time in their crib
    • First smile/laugh
    • Peek-a-boo
    • Sucking on fingers and toes
    • Tummy time
    • The nursery
    • First outing
    • Drool
    • First teeth

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    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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