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Birthday Party at the Coworth Park

It’s a girl’s dream to celebrate a birthday day in such an idyllic place like Coworth Park. If you or your children love horses, this is the place! Gorgeous outdoors combined with fantastic hospitality from The Dorchester.

Carefully planned by the Notorious Kids, this party was amazing and full of enjoyable activities.

Check it out for yourself!

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    A Birthday Party in a Bus – Brigit’s Afternoon Tea

    The day we were born is always a special day for us! We often spend weeks, if not months, planning on how to spend our special day. For most of us, we celebrate our birthdays by holding a party and inviting our friends and family. For others, they prefer to travel and go on an adventure.

    Back when I was a child, I used to spend the days before my birthday dreaming of the food, games, and gifts I was going to have. I enjoyed seeing all my loved ones come together. Until now, I still get very excited about birthday celebrations. In fact, I love capturing them since there’s so much to memorialize and remember!

    Today, I am thrilled to share with you the awesome and distinctive way this 11-year-old celebrated her birthday!

    Catalina, the lovely celebrant, chose to hop on a bus with her mom and three of her friends for a fun and intimate celebration. They experienced a lovely afternoon sipping tea, eating cake, and sampling sandwiches. While doing all that, they were also taking in the best sites London has to offer!

    The unique tour is from B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour. Their vintage double-decker bus drove around Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.

    This celebration was undoubtedly an extraordinary event. I loved capturing every moment of it. Everyone was all smiles throughout the ride! The kids were genuine and hilarious.

    Check-out my top tips for photographing birthday parties in my blog.

    If you are celebrating a birthday 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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      First Birthday Party for Baby R.

      Your child is celebrating one more year! How exciting! Long are the days of pictures with stiff children at parties, group pictures with everyone smiling, a huge fake smile embracing auntie’s gift or posing next to the cake without touching it. This is not what childrens’ parties are all about although we all have those kind of pictures in our childhood photography albums.

      We all know how special the first birthday party can be and baby R had it in the most gorgeous way at Bluebird Café with all the love of his family.

      Birthday parties is still something I love to capture. There are so many great moments to remember!

      Check-out my top tips for photographing birthday parties in my blog.

      If you are celebrating a birthday 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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        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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            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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            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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              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.

                Ana Ruivo usb box prints London Family Photography

                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!

                  Ana Ruivo Notting Hill London Family Photography - week 5

                  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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