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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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    Pink Dream 1st Birthday Party

    It’s fascinating and an honour to see so many beautiful parties put together with so much care and love from talented people.

    Notorious Kids beautifully prepared this party; a fantastic team specialised in bespoke luxury events. The party was set in the fabulous The Lanesborough perfect for a princess! See for yourself!

     

     

    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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      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!

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      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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        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.
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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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              Baby Shower at Claridge’s – London Family Photography

              I feel so honoured to have the opportunity to capture this beautiful baby shower in one of the most exquisite restaurants/hotels in London where I always feel so welcome. At Claridge’s Hotel a gorgeous room was waiting for the mother to be, fully decorated with adorable details, amazing cake and the table set for a delicious tea.

              Friends and family prepared this baby shower with so much love, you can see it in every detail. The evening was phased with  quizzes and games which were lovely to capture – the joy, the love and the exciting for the parents to be. Unfortunately pictures don’t capture sound but I think they show how magical this baby shower was.

              Cake from the incredible Odiham Cake Company.

              Stationery from the super talent Romeo and Jules Bespoke Stationery.

               

              If you are celebrating a special event soon 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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                USB print box – Featured Product – London Family Photographer

                I am telling all the time my clients how important printing family pictures is and this is why I am introducing a personalised usb box with matted prints in all my 3 hours+ photo sessions. So along side with your USB you have in a beautiful personalised box your favourite pictures from our session ready to be framed. Digital is great, but it’s nothing like a printed picture.

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                After all, when your kids are grown and want to reminisce about their childhood, will you crowd around the computer? When they walk by that photo on the living room wall every day that shows their family laughing together, close and safe, they are constantly reassured and validated of that relationship, no matter the current circumstances surrounding it. When it’s the last thing they see at night and the first image that greets them in the morning, they are subconsiously reminded that they are valued, accepted, and loved.

                This is priceless. 

                 

                Check-out another post about how to decorate your home with family pictures for some inspiration.

                My USB products are all handmade by the amazing FOLIOALBUMS.

                If it’s time to book your family documentary session, or if you have any questions about products included in my packages, 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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                    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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