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Fun Family Photography in West London

Fun family photography is not easy to come by if you are only looking for a family portrait session. Adding the documentary approach to my lifestyle photo sessions allows my clients to have a taste of all the amazing benefits that documentary photography can do to enrich their family albums. Unposed moments, real emotions and authentic connection are all captured.

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Fun Family Photography in London

This lovely and joyful family were leaving soon to New Zealand, and they wanted to capture their home before leaving. This was the perfect moment to make photographs to remember forever, not only beautiful portraits by their doorstep but also the sweet in-between moments, their daughters’ interactions and of course their lovely home. I always love to incorporate my client’s home in the family photoshoots. It’s the place where they are often the most comfortable, and it’s reflected in the relaxed, real-life, documentary imagery.

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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.

I hope you like this lifestyle family photography session where I incorporated a documentary approach. If you would like to know more about Documentary Family Photography check it here. I am a proud member of the Documentary Family Photographers Association.

West London Fun Family Photography

I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. Since 2013 I have photographed hundreds of clients from all over the world, all the UK and the USA Spain, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE and Hong Kong.

My view of documentary family photography is that it is unscripted, unposed, and records what happens naturally. I’ll come to your home, or meet you at the park or at brunch, wherever you choose, and just take photos as you and your family or friends interact just as you would on a day when a photographer was not present. I will not ask you to pose, sit still, “say cheese”, or pretend anything. There is no pretending, this is your life, documented. Let the kids be kids, Dad do his thing, and Mum just enjoy the experience.

I want these photos to capture the true essence of your family, your relationships, the stage of your life you are currently experiencing. I want it to be real, in all its tantrum-ing, messy, teary, silly, beautiful glory. I want to capture this chapter in your story so that you can look and remember exactly how it looked and felt at this very moment.

Your family has a story, many stories actually to tell, and I believe they should be preserved.

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    London Family Photographer in Beautiful Chiswick House

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    One of my favourite spots to photograph in West London

    As a London family photographer, one of my favourites spots to capture in West London is Chiswick House and Gardens. I love the architecture and its relation to the beautiful gardens. There are lots of different paths and little corners that are perfect for toddlers and children to explore.

    Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in West London. A £12.1 million project has restored the gardens which were unveiled in June 2010. Built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection, the house continues to display many spectacular works of art and provides a stunning venue for events.

    The gardens at Chiswick are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and have inspired countless gardens including New York’s Central Park. The varied and interesting gardens are perfect backdrops for your photoshoot.

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    This family was leaving London, and these gardens were one of the most cherished memories for them, especially during the lockdown.

    I have been taking pictures of them for many years so, of course, it is hard to see them go, but they are moving to Lisbon, so I know they are going to be alright =)

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    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.

    I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. Since 2013 I have photographed hundreds of clients from all over the workd, all the UK and the USA Spain, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE and Hong Kong.

    My view of documentary family photography is that it is unscripted, unposed, and records what happens naturally. I’ll come to your home, or meet you at the park or at brunch, wherever you choose, and just take photos as you and your family or friends interact just as you would on a day when a photographer was not present. I will not ask you to pose, sit still, “say cheese”, or pretend anything. There is no pretending, this is your life, documented. Let the kids be kids, Dad do his thing, and Mum just enjoy the experience.

    I want these photos to capture the true essence of your family, your relationships, the stage of your life you are currently experiencing. I want it to be real, in all its tantrum-ing, messy, teary, silly, beautiful glory. I want to capture this chapter in your story so that you can look and remember exactly how it looked and felt at this very moment.

    Your family has a story, many stories actually to tell, and I believe they should be preserved.

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    5 ways to celebrate International Women’s Day with your daughter

    The 8th of March is regarded around the world as International Women’s Day. It’s the day when we celebrate the accomplishments, both big and small, of women worldwide and a perfect day to celebrate with your daughter. 

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    Whether you want to teach her about her self-worth or the value of other women out there in the world, here are five activities you can do with your daughter to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    1. Watch a movie about a strong female lead.

    There are TONS of movies out there showcasing a strong female lead. If you’re having trouble finding some kid-friendly ones, try these: Mulan, Madeline, Alice in Wonderland, Akeelah and the Bee. Not only are they kid-friendly, but it gives you an excellent opportunity to talk with your daughter about the importance the female character played in the movie and introduce her to this internationally celebrated day. 

    2. Attend an event (even online)

    Take your daughter to an exhibition of a female artist; attend an event in your area for International Women’s Day; take her to a festival or a play at the local theatre. Check on the International Women’s Day website to find an event near you. 

    3. Read books

    One of the best ways to educate and spark conversations with your kids is to read books. Fortunately, there are thousands of books out there written by incredible female authors or about strong women, so your choices are far from limited. To help you narrow it down, School Run found the best girl-empowering books for kids

    4. Learn and do

    Pick a strong woman that inspires you and teach your daughter about her. If she was a painter like Georgia O’Keefe or Frida Khalo, learn about her painting style and mimic it. If she is a gymnast like Simone Biles, take your daughter to a gymnastics lesson or have one in your living room better yet. If she is a tennis player like Serena Williams, watch a few videos about her and then head out to the courts to play a few games yourself. There are so many incredible women with incredible talents. Take today to celebrate those women and try something new. 

    5. Say, “Thank you”.

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    Pick a special woman in your or your child’s life to celebrate. It can be a grandmother, a teacher, a coach, a neighbour, or a lunch lady. Every woman deserves to be celebrated today, and there are a few who deserve a little something extra. So, write her a card, take her out to lunch, buy her flowers, or anything else you can think of that would make her feel special and loved. Most importantly, make sure she knows why she’s being celebrated.

    Regardless of how you choose to celebrate today, make it a point to educate your daughter on women’s vital role in our world’s history. Not only does she need to realize the importance of female contributions, but she needs to see that she is essential and she can make a difference in this world. After all, our kids are the ones who will grow and transform our nation one day. So, let’s do our part and educate them on this International Women’s Day.

    A smart woman learns from her failure, smiles during her lows and grows stronger when faced with challenges. You are one of them. Happy Women’s Day!

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      New Family Storytelling in Times of a Pandemic – 1 Year ON.

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      What about family storytelling?

      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.

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      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.

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      A touchstone for family storytelling

      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.

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      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. Family storytelling must not fade.

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      Enjoy the slow life.

      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 Heartwarming Family Photoshoot in Kensington

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

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        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 in 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.

        Check out other family photoshoot here.

        If you want to give a family photoshoot 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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        I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. Since 2013 I have photographed hundreds of clients from all over the world, all the UK and the USA Spain, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE and Hong Kong.

        My view of documentary family photography is that it is unscripted, unposed, and records what happens naturally. I’ll come to your home, or meet you at the park or at brunch, wherever you choose, and just take photos as you and your family or friends interact just as you would on a day when a photographer was not present. I will not ask you to pose, sit still, “say cheese”, or pretend anything. There is no pretending, this is your life, documented. Let the kids be kids, Dad do his thing, and Mum just enjoy the experience.

        I want these photos to capture the true essence of your family, your relationships, the stage of your life you are currently experiencing. I want it to be real, in all its tantrum-ing, messy, teary, silly, beautiful glory. I want to capture this chapter in your story so that you can look and remember exactly how it looked and felt at this very moment.

        Your family has a story, many stories actually to tell, and I believe they should be preserved.

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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

        A Day in the Life at Holland Park Photoshoot

        I know this family for quite some time now, and unfortunately, like many families this year, they decided to leave London. It’s not a goodbye holland park photoshoot but it’s an important set of pictures that I hope they will cherish forever.

        Since moving to West London I’ve fallen in love with Holland Park. A wonderful spot for family photography and also just for the place itself, a great spot for a walk and explore on the wildest part of the park. 

        In this morning in the life photo session, I was thrilled when we planned a trip to Holland Park photoshoot for this recent family photography session. 

        It’s been a crazy year as we know so far but that doesn’t deter my clients to keep on making memories. I think especially this year we should do more pictures, more albums and more prints to decorate our walls and bookshelves. Our children need that warm comfort that family is always together no matter what.

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        This shot, one of my favourites from our portrait session, caught my eye the moment I took it. I absolutely love it.  There is so much love, so much connection, the moment is fantastic. It’s an image that is full of emotion and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

        I love to think that the girl, who is older, will be able to look back at images like this and see so much of her childhood in London. Who wouldn’t want a picture like this from their childhood, to have a visual record of the fun they had and be reminded of how much they are loved and love in return.  This is what I look for in my work and if this is how you would like to record your family life then do get in touch, with lockdown looming we might be booking for the New Year but it’s always lovely to have something to look forward to.

        I am very sorry I have been so busy I haven’t been able to give the proper attention to my blog and share with you the most wonderful photoshoots I have been doing since September.

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        I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. Since 2013 I have photographed hundreds of clients from all over the world, here in London like this Holland Park photoshoot but all the UK and the USA Spain, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE and Hong Kong.

        My view of documentary family photography is that it is unscripted, unposed, and records what happens naturally. I’ll come to your home, or meet you at the park or at brunch, wherever you choose, and just take photos as you and your family or friends interact just as you would on a day when a photographer was not present. I will not ask you to pose, sit still, “say cheese”, or pretend anything. There is no pretending, this is your life, documented. Let the kids be kids, Dad do his thing, and Mum just enjoy the experience.

        I want these photos to capture the true essence of your family, your relationships, the stage of your life you are currently experiencing. I want it to be real, in all its tantrum-ing, messy, teary, silly, beautiful glory. I want to capture this chapter in your story so that you can look and remember exactly how it looked and felt at this very moment.

        Your family has a story, many stories actually to tell, and I believe they should be preserved.

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        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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          My COVID-19 lockdown survival guide

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          First I was really shocked about everything that was happening in China and then Italy…and then well you know…what the situation is…

          The ones of you who know me probably know me as a positive person, and I genuinely believe lots of good things will emerge from this crisis but right now the most important thing is for us to stay home, staying home is saving lives. We are all in this together but we are the lucky ones. Lucky because I am at home with my family, we are healthy (so far so good), we have food, we have a safe place we call home, we have books and entertainment, and we have the time. The time to be with each other, the time to learn and the time to rest.

          So in that line of thought, I would like to thank all the health workers, nurses, doctors and front line workers in the world fighting this unprecedented war. Also a big thank you to pharmacists and food supply and delivery workers, rubbish collectors and cleaners, all helping to save the world. 

          I did this little guide for those of you who are in isolation with their children. I hope it helps you with some inspiration and ideas that so far are working for me and in the end, I left an activity for your children to do during the holidays so they document your days too.

          I know it can be difficult and frustrating and you feel like you have to entertain them ALL THE TIME, while you have better things to do, especially if you’re also trying to work from home. 

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          1. Manage your expectations

          We have been inundated with home learning activities and schedules and lots of lots of to-dos, but it’s quite overwhelming trying to do all those things while you work or taking caring of your family. Please lower your expectations; unfortunately, it’s impossible to have the same productivity while you take care of young children. Kids are kids, and they will act like kids, and while it’s okay for them to get bored, we should not expect them to go without interacting with us for hours on end. 

          Work in short chunks of time and forget multi-tasking – concentrating just on one thing at a time for 15-20 minutes will give you better results than trying to do it all in an hour. If you are working as part of a team, keep them updated on your availability and progress – that’s pretty much all of us can do right now.

          It won’t be forever.

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          2. Online learning resources 

          At this point, you have seen tons of list with educational programs and online learning activities, so I will share the ones we like the most that are more entertaining.

          Ted-Ed – TED-Ed provides everything you need to spark and celebrate your child’s ideas.

          National Geographic Kids – Lots of resources for children from quiz, puzzles and fact packed articles.

          Audibles – Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. 

          Elevenses with The World of David Walliams – Every day David Walliams reads a story at 11am.

          Draw with Rob – Rob Biddulph posts a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am BST that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.

          WhiteRose Maths – For those kids who like maths this website has lots of free resources. My kids like to do the problem of the day.

          Keep Cooking and Carry On – Jamie Oliver is releasing new episodes every day of this series on Channel 4 – my kids love to watch cooking programs. Plus, his 9 year old son has an entire playlist on YouTube dedicated to kids-friendly cooking.

          PE with Joe Wicks – The Body Coach star creates a kids workout from Monday to Friday at 9 am. My daughters love it and everyone joins in!

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          3. Cooking and baking

          While at home it’s been non-stop in the kitchen. I have been quite busy with the girls, and I try to teach them about food/nutrition and include them in the making of cakes and some savoury dishes. We follow a plant-based diet, so my to go books for inspiration are Bosh, Happy Pear, Delicious Ella, and the fantastic website/app BBC GoodFood where I just search for an ingredient and loads of recipes appear with reviews and tips, it’s amazing!

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          4. Embrace your home. 

          You know all of those little projects you have been pushing because you didn’t have the time. Well, now it’s the time. I have been trying to organise a cupboard every day or every other day. My children’s closets, the pantry, etc. Try to include your children as much as possible; they love to help! Get some inspiration from theHomeEdit; I am sure the kids will love to organise shelves by colour. =)

          If you are lucky enough to have a garden, at this time of the year there are lots of things that need to be done, from planting, clearing and pruning. Check SarahRaven for inspiration. If you don’t, you can adventure yourself by planting some seeds or buy some indoor plants to brighten your space. Check Patch Plants for some gorgeous plants delivered to your home and Freddie’s Flower for magnificent blooms weekly deliveries.  

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          5. Finish those family photo albums.

          I started last week my family photo books. It’s something I do all the time but in little chunks. Check this post for some tips on how to organise your pictures. You don’t need to send them to print right now, but at least they are ready and updated. Your children will thank you!

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          6. Read everyday 

          Not only it’s a great family activity, but it is also very educational. Read to your kids and with your kids. Read all sorts of books, any books that they love. It’s a beautiful and intimate routine that is good for your and for them.

          Our current ones are Five Children and It, The Goldfish boy, Harry Potter book series, David Walliams book series and Ronal Dahl stories. (8 and 6-year-old girls here) 

          7. Art ans Science are important too

          Learning doesn’t involve only English and Maths. Embrace your inner artist with these fantastic art boxes or cards for kids LOLA. I know they might need a bit of guidance, but these art boxes are amazingly well done and are very inspiring for children. 

          For Science because it’s Spring I would recommend starting to plant some seeds and make a diary of them growing. Study flowers and his components etc, gardening tips are important lessons too.

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          8. Enjoy the slow life

          Trust me; they won’t fall behind or unlearn anything. So enjoy slower mornings and more time together. It’s so easy to get frustrated and resent this forced exclusion but try to find joy in this unhurried pace and see this an opportunity to foster a deeper connection with your kids. Lazy mornings in your PJs and cooking breakfast from scratch together, solving a puzzle or having a cuddle while watching a favourite TV show could just end up some of your favourite moments of this whole COVID-19 nightmare.

          I am getting back to meditation, something I used to do before having children and really helps me a lot. Balance app is offering one-year membership, so it’s good to incorporate this healthy habit back in our lives. I also use the app Calm for the kids and me. They love the night stories and wind down with the sound of waves. 

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          And for last try my photo hunt!

          Let’s not stop making visual memories. Capture these times at home with the kids through their eyes. I hope they enjoy this activity. I would love you to share the results with me!

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          Stay Home – Save Lives!

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            Autumn in London – Hyde Park – Family Photography

            Summer may be over; the days are getting shorter, the temperatures colder and rainy days in London are setting in. Embrace that back-to-school feeling and enjoy Autumn in London where the parks are bursting with warm colours perfect for long walks.


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            This family wanted to celebrate Autumn with an after school picnic in Hyde Park, and we were so fortunate with the weather. There was lots of running to get some pictures from these boys and the dog, who loves to pose, but it was completely worth it.

            Check-out an another beautiful session during Autumn in Hyde Park here for some inspiration.

            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 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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              The difference between lifestyle and documentary photography

              Ever asked yourself what’s so different about these weird words – “Lifestyle photography” and “documentary photography?”

              How do you know what you want or what to ask a photographer when you’re looking to book a session? These terms are often used reciprocally because on a surface level; both are used to describe images that look relaxed and natural. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

              Let’s pull these terms apart and break down the difference between the two.

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              LIFESTYLE IS: Lifestyle sessions produce photos through orchestrated light, location, space, wardrobe, and engagement to capture a beautiful, candid moment. They allow families to look their best and demonstrate a family dynamic when they are their most happy and their most “together.”

              THE BIGGEST DIFFERENTIATING FACTOR TO LIFESTYLE PHOTOS IS THAT THEY DEMONSTRATE THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER HAS GIVEN SOME DIRECTION ALONG THE WAY.

              They are not traditionally posed or placed, as in the studio experience of “stand here, tilt your chin a bit, dip your shoulder…” but subjects are guided merely into place and given prompts/direction to facilitate movement and interaction.
              One common misconception is that merely because a session takes place outside, it’s “lifestyle.” But it’s not a prerequisite to being outside – in fact, my newborn sessions are typically lifestyle in nature, but all take place in the home. It’s all about the casual approach and direction over posing.

              TO BE CLEAR, IT IS NOT THAT THE MOMENTS ARE FAKE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT- A GOOD LIFESTYLE SESSION SHOWS PERSONALITY, CONNECTION, AND GENUINE EXPRESSION.

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              DOCUMENTARY IS: Rooted in the methods of photojournalism, documentary sessions produce photos with no photographer interference. Nothing is moved or touched in the scene, the subjects are not directed, the light not altered, and the post-production is minimal (no skin retouching, objects removed in photoshop, etc.).

              THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOCUSES SOLELY ON THE MOMENTS UNFOLDING AND CAPTURING THEM ARTISTICALLY BY USING ANGLES, COMPOSITION, AND FOCUS TO TELL A PARTICULAR STORY WITH DETAIL AND DEPTH.

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              Where objects may have been considered “clutter” and moved, or lightly considered too dark in a lifestyle session, an excellent documentary photographer includes and utilise these aspects in the frame intentionally because they add to the authentic story. These sessions focus on the emotion over appearance. They feature meaningful environments and details that often go overlooked but are iconic for documenting a time/place/or stage in life. The blankie before it is torn to shreds, the pancake recipe you used every Saturday morning, the way you made your coffee, tickled a child, the games you played and stores you visited.

              WHILE A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES IS  PLANNED, THE SUBJECTS AREN’T BEING DIRECTED IN ANY WAY TO ACHIEVE A PARTICULAR RESULT OR EMOTION.

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              THE VERDICT: Neither type is better than the other. I shoot for both and believe there is a place for both. It all depends on your goals for the images and personal preference. Often people assume they want a lifestyle session – it’s what we see all over Pinterest and what’s most popular right now for showing joy, laughter, happiness, and overall, just your family at their best in a particular stage of life (clean, smiling, happy!) Who doesn’t love that?! But I also believe that in 30 years when our kids are graduating, getting jobs,  moving on to start families of their own – they’ll long for images that show them the intricacies of their childhood. Pictures beyond the selfie or the obligatory first day of school on the front porch photo, but the kind that acts as a reminder of the reality that shaped them.

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              WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK FROM A LIFESTYLE OR DOCUMENTARY SESSION?
              WHAT KINDS OF IMAGES DRAW YOU IN?

              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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