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Kid’s birthday party at Hogwarts London – Harry Potter theme

 

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We are approaching World Book Day with much enthusiasm in our house, and this Harry Potter theme party just sparkled the child in me! I remember diving into J. K. Rowling books for hours in a row until late at night when I was a teenager, and it’s a joy to see even today these storybooks are still much loved. Notorious kids did a fantastic job transforming the Home House club in the most magical place. Nothing more than Hogwarts wizard school for a 9-year-old fan of Harry Potter books. Every detail was outstanding!

 


If you are having a party soon and you would like to have it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.
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    Eco-friendly gifts for this Christmas in London

    Let’s face it: your wife or husband doesn’t want another pair of socks or a bottle of perfume, or a new pair of slippers.
    What you really want is a “magical way to chill out and appreciate the little things” gift certificate. Maybe a “get out of a stressful situation for free” gift certificate. Or perhaps a “slow down and savour your children better” gift card.
    But last I saw, these were not available at the checkout of Waitrose (or anywhere else).

    No problem!

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    In this day of ultra-consumerism and pressure to buy something – anything for the special people in our lives, the holidays leave us all daunted and exhausted by the expectations.
    And if you’re anything like me, you’re also feeling guilty about buying new stuff that your loved ones may not want, and may end up in the local charity shop by January.
    So while I can’t grant wishes, I can offer this gentle nudge to think beyond physical goods mass-produced in China and buy your loved one an experience that she/he likely wouldn’t make time for it. In the high-pressure world of parenting+work, it’s hard to give ourselves permission to take an afternoon off to do something whimsical, decadent, or just plain fun. Unless that priceless gift is bestowed upon us.

    Many of us chose to #optoutside on Black Friday, acknowledging that there are more important things in life than getting the best deal on a new iphone or Barbie dreamhouse. Why not keep riding that wave, ditch some of the Amazon-driven pressures this holiday season, and seize the opportunity to gift a memory instead?

    Here are some ideas to get you started:

    A MEMBERSHIP TO ANY OF THE AMAZING LONDON MUSEUMS.

    BECOME A FRIEND OF KEW GARDENS.

    as a family or gift to someone who loves nature.

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    A FUN, ONE-ON-ONE DATE WITH THAT TODDLER who’s a dream when not competing with older siblings.

    Let’s say Legoland or Natural History Museum, yes all those dinosaurs…

    LEARN A NEW CRAFT.

    Research shows that people who work creatively with their hands are happier and healthily endure stress than people who don’t. London has an immense and impressive artist community, with all manner of classes open to the public, from pottery to painting, ironwork to woodwork. You can give an art workshop for your loved one and for both of you to do together. Next year I am going to find a pottery class near me, and I am going back to my love for painting.

    SAVOUR YOUR CHILDREN.

    The kids are amazing, delightful, adorable, and changing so quickly. But 90% of the day is spent trying to get them to go play somewhere else; rushing them out the door, or explaining to them why drumming on the antique table with hammers is not acceptable.
    But on those rare occasions that you’re able to detach from the daily slog and really be with them, the balance shifts to that other 10% – when they’re sweet, connected, curious, and a joy.

    Granted I’m biased, but personally, I can’t think of a better way to show a mother or father that they are appreciated than through a gorgeous photo – or better yet a photo session – depicting their special, intimate relationship with the children.

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    A GORGEOUS FINE-ART PHOTO PRINT FOR THE WALL.

    It’s been my 2018 mission to replace the non-sentimental art pieces in our home with photographs of real scenes from our life. And you know what? Every time I walk by the photo of my daughters running and jumping through the waves in our favourite beach holiday I’m flooded with warmth and nostalgia. They say life is art, and who’s to say that shouldn’t include our personal, everyday stories? Every third website these days seems to be devoted to making wall art from photos, but beware: not all are created equal. Contact me for info on my own favourite masterful fine art prints.

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    A SHORT PHOTO SESSION.

    Capturing how beautifully you love your children and keep the family together. One of my favourite session types to photograph is a three-hour storytelling session, which captures the connection between parents and their little one(s). These sessions commonly span two hours, spent on daily tasks at home – laundry, homework, cooking, art, reading books – and are a beautiful way to bottle up the feeling and intensity of parenting through this specific chapter of childhood – whichever one you’re at.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE PHOTO SESSION – I only do 12 days in the life sessions in 2019, and until the end of the year, I am offering 50% off on these sessions if you book by the end of the year. Slots limited to this offer. Contact me for details.

     

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    In the case, you really need to buy something physical take a look at these colourful and eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes from My Green Vibes. A fantastic project that I photographed this year. Laeticia, a mum and entrepreneur is set on the purpose to live with less plastic and she taught me that every little helps to reduce our plastic consumption and save our planet!

    Top of mind, this is my list. What would you add to yours?

     

     

     

     

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      Capturing moments in motherhood – why authentic is so important

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      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.
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      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” :-).
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      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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        London Christening – Family Documentary Photography

        I had the opportunity to document this beautiful christening ceremony in the oldest church of London, St. Bartholomew the Great. Beautiful church with gorgeous light and where you can also admire a stunning and intriguing artwork from Damien Hirst.

        The ceremony finished with a lovely lunch at Club Gascon and the always amazing entertainment by Notorious Kids parties.

         

         

        If you have a life event coming that needs to be documented 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 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.

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          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.

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          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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            Home is where your story begins – London Family Photographer

            It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s dark and I was all set to write a post called “10 great reasons you should have your photo session at home”, but then I started pulling images out of my archive of client photos and from my family, and honestly, they speak for themselves. No list of reasons is needed. The proof is in the pictures.

            These images are full of personality, history, tradition, milestones, details, creativity, expression, comfort, laughter, meaning, and above all, love.

            What would you would miss most about your home if you ever had to leave it for good? What milestones have taken place under your roof? What has changed in your house since you moved in? What family traditions take place in your home year after year? What little moments and details do you currently take for granted? One day they will evolve and change, and perhaps even disappear without you realizing.

            These are all the reasons why you should document your story in your home. Your sacred space. Your extension of you.

             

            You can have a look at a beautiful Day in the Life session here, other Day in the Life 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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              A Christmassy Morning – London Family Photographer

              This month I had the pleasure of meeting this family for the first time. I documented a lovely, relaxed Saturday morning at their home in Hammersmith – decorating the Christmas tree and playing together . It was wonderful to talk about the power of “story” with mom and dad over a tea – about photographs that have meaning, rather than just being pretty pictures.

              It is so affirming to me when I meet other families who “get” what I do, and recognize and understand the significance of family documentary photography.

               

              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 #5 – Colder days – London Family Photographer

                Colder days arrived and scarfs, hats and gloves are out!

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                We started the week celebrating Bonfire Night. On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. We went to the beautiful Cleveland Gardens where I was lucky to be in the front row of the fireworks.

                 

                We finished our week to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The girls do the party themselves with lots of joy, music and cards for daddy.

                 

                Hope you had a wonderful 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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                  How to decorate your home with family pictures – London Family Photographer

                  Family pictures

                  As a documentary photographer in love with shooting real, un-posed moments, I hear these laments from clients often: “Oh, how I love this photo, but I just don’t know how I would display it!” or “I love candid photos, but I need a posed family portrait for the wall.”

                  While every mom (including myself!) loves a good posed family portrait and certainly should have one or more on their wall, you can also have beautiful, moment-filled walls in your home.

                  Imagine being surrounded daily with your all-time favorite memories: summer sprinkler runs, autumn leaf fights, winter home baking joy, and spring puddling jumping, right where you can see them every day. I’ve welcomed these memories into my home, and you can too. Here’s some of my favourite ways how to fill your home with photographed memories.

                  The Framed Gallery Wall

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                  Photo Ledges

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                  A Photo Wall 

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                  Canvas

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                  At our home above the sofa in our main living room, I have some of my favourite images from the past year framed and matted in conjunction with some art and things and places we love I switch them out only once per year, so it’s really hard to choose!

                  You can find more ideas on my Pinterest Board dedicated to gallery walls.

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                  Snapshots of Our Week #2 – London Family Photographer

                  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.

                  The weekend was relatively quiet as the girls were still recovering from their cold. My youngest has always the weirdest sleeping positions during her afternoon naps and I love to capture that. Maybe I should start a new series about Mel’s naps. =)

                   

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                  I was quite busy with photo shoots and lucky weather (yes… in London!). I’ll soon share one of the sessions I did in Hyde Park.

                  Wow! On Tuesday we had a very unusual yellow sky which almost felt like the apocalypse. Unfortunately it was caused by some deadly forest fires in Portugal and hurricane Ophelia that brought Sahara sands up to the north of Europe. This shows how we are all connected, how we should all be conscious of our planet Earth.

                   

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                  We also went to a friend’s birthday party. From the pictures you can see that my kids love to dance. It’s so funny to watch children dancing, each one feeling the music in their own ways.

                  We finished the week with pancakes to celebrate the school holidays. I discovered this lovely brand which makes ready-made baking products and they are just divine.

                   

                   

                  Half term is here, please wish me luck 😉

                  Have a lovely weekend!

                   

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