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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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        Snapshots from our Summer 2018

        Oh, Summer…it seems it was such a long time ago…! Coming back to these images and editing them gave me a strike of homesickness, especially today in London where there is no light.

        We call it SAUDADE.

        saʊˈdɑːdə/
        noun
        A feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese temperament.

        I love living in a busy, chaotic and culturally rich city like London but my heart will always be by the beach, in this little village near westernmost point of Europe. Here you fall asleep with the sound of the waves, where the ocean is never calm and the days are long.

         

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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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          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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            Snapshots of our holiday in Dubai

            Our Summer started in Dubai again this year, with gorgeous light and food in our favourite hotel at the Palm. It was a perfect time to recharge batteries, to be together with my family and to enjoy the full sun. The girls collected sea shells, and little treasures, they can stay hours playing in the pool or at the beach It was such a lovely week.

            This Is Our Life 2018-Dubai-London Family Photography-Ana Ruivo Photography-

            Now we are on our way to Portugal to my home country and I can’t wait to see my whole family. If you haven’t already please check my Autumn Sale. I am offering half price my all documentary sessions if you book until the 31st  of July.

            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! 

              This Is Our Life 2018 London Family Photography Ana Ruivo Photography 9036

               

              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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              A Day in the Life – Newborn Family Photography

              On a rainy Sunday in London this family asked me to capture their life with their new sweet two weeks old newborn and their two years old daughther. Life with a new baby is not easy and especially when you have a toddler too.   At the end of the day you are exhausted but it’s all worth it. It sounds like a cliche as they say “the days are long but the years are short”…but it is true. Having children it feels like life is fast forwarding at an incredible speed. Last year baby F (now two years old) was just tiny and look at her now!

              When you fall onto the sofa at the end of a fun family day, which are the moments that make you smile, make you cringe, take your breath away? What will you miss as time flies by and it’s hard to remember what life was like back then?

              There is no better way to capture the chaos, the beauty, the absurdity, the tenderness, and the precise character of your family’s right now than a Day in the Life photo session. These sessions are undirected and documentary in style, and create an intimate, beautiful record of your life at this moment in time.

              You can have a look at another beautiful Day in the Life session here,  and another here or 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.

               

              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.