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A Year On – Family Storytelling in Times of a Pandemic

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and it still continues to be a pressing problem in many parts of the world. While constantly thinking about our physical health, we are also feeling the emotional burden of the crisis and how it takes a toll on our mental wellbeing. Many things have changed, and we lost control of various aspects of our lives. Navigating in the “new normal” is a challenging and tiring task that consumes most of us.

For families with kids, going through life during the pandemic usually means homeschooling, working from home, online graduation or moving up ceremonies, giving up vacations and playdates, drive-by parties, and having less and less interaction from the outside world.

I actually put down my camera for two months because I was uninspired by the whole routine. Some of you may be guilty of this too. Instead of finding the time to do things since we are mostly at home, we lose our drive to continue our passion because nothing made sense. It was hard to find inspiration from all the bad news that surrounds us. And I don’t blame you.

London family photographer - Ana Ruivo Photography

But I refuse to drown in that mindset. I took a step back to re-assess what was happening and wanted to still find meaning in all this. I realized that my kids are still growing, and they are observing how I traverse these circumstances. I wanted to still live a purposeful life despite the changes and uncertainties that the virus has brought us.

Here’s the thing: life keeps going. It goes on during entire meal times at the dinner table or while taking your time to have breakfast with your kids, which doesn’t often happen pre-COVID. It goes on while thinking of what activities your kids will have tomorrow, spending time on Pinterest for inspiration, or just giving yourself a break and giving them the iPad for one whole day. It goes on while you’re looking at your kid’s smile and knowing how happy he is while blowing his candle during his intimate birthday celebration, not having to worry about guests. It goes on; no matter how slow we think the days are, life keeps going.

This moment will be a touchstone for our kids, something they’ll remember when they get older. They’ll be sharing the stories with their kids, and they’ll be talking about it with their peers during reunions. It’ll be a memory of when the world was interrupted, and it doesn’t have to be a sad one. We, as parents, have the power to shape that story.

We can’t change what is happening in the world, but we can mould how our kids experience this. It is up to us to keep them engaged, available, and optimistic. But more importantly, it is also up to us to capture these moments for our family to look back on.

Focus on what you can control in life – how you spend your day-to-day with your family—document the slow, unhurried moments with your kids, spouse, and even pets. Capture them through the lens of a camera because this is still a stage in your life that you can’t get back. Click away from the challenges, the struggles, and the ups and downs. Do not let the time pass you by.

Enjoy the slow life.

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    North Kensington A day in the Life Photoshoot

    In this dark and cold London day, Autumn looks so far away now but this photoshoot warms my heart.

    This is the year, more than any other before, we see how important are the moments with our family and close ones. The little moments in between on our daily lives, the closeness and connection with our children are one thing we sometimes forget to capture and it is the most important to remember.

    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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    • RacheleThese pictures are so beautiful that they really make me feel emotional. ReplyCancel

      • anaruivoAw I know! They are very special. xReplyCancel

    Summer in London – Family Documentary

    English Summer weather is quite tricky – we can have literally 4 seasons in one day – but it’s wonderful to have warmer days and to enjoy London parks. My families have been scheduling and re-scheduling in an effort to find a beautiful sunny day but sometimes to wait it’s not possible and we work with what we have. Life goes on and life with children feels that goes even faster.

    We are so lucky with this glorious day of sun, the family enjoyed a morning in their garden. This session reminded me of my own children as they have the same age-gap and oh dear it’s not easy! So much fun running after them…

    Don’t wait to book your session!

    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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      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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