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Newborn and Family Photography of A Day in The Life

A Day in the Life with a 5 Weeks Old Baby and a 3 Years Old Boy – Newborn and Family Photography

Are you welcoming your second baby soon?

They say that having a second child is usually much easier than the first. There are no fears of the unknown, and you’ll pretty much know how things work. You’ll probably spend less time Googling about poop, burping, diapers, car seat installation, sleep training, and the likes. But with this knowledge and confidence also comes a new set of challenges.

London Newborn And Family Photography A Day In The Life

Unlike before, second-time parents can’t devote all their time and energy to their newborn because there is another tiny human who is desperate for their attention. Parenting two children, a newborn and a toddler is a very demanding task. There’s your baby who needs to adjust from the comforts of the womb to the outside world.  And you also have your toddler who is undergoing his most significant developmental stage.

This A Day in the Life shoot with a 5-week old baby and a 3-year old boy gives us a glimpse of how life is with a newborn and a toddler. I am in awe of how the parents make it look so easy to take care of them both!

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The big brother has well adjusted to his new role and even helps his parents bathe and take care of his sibling. It is so heartwarming to watch all of them play and bond together. I love it whenever the big brother just stops and watches the baby with genuine curiosity. Years from now, I like to think that when the children look at these photos, they’ll see how loved and well-taken care of they are. 

I believe that capturing photos of your children doing day-to-day things together is very important. You don’t have to wait for a milestone or until everyone is dressed in their Sunday best. The fact that they have each other is already something special in itself.

London Newborn And Family Photography A Day In The Life

A Day in the Life shoots are fun, stress-free, and will bring laughter and smiles. Send me a message to book a session. Are you inspired enough? Plan your next newborn or family photoshoot with me. I’ll capture the raw and real emotions of your family while you’re doing an activity you love! Get in touch!

I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. I am specialized in family and baby photography. 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 and baby 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 does 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.

Check-out my awarded images in Family Photojournalist Association this year!

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    Authentic Family and Baby Photography in Hampstead – A Day in the Life

    Spring arrived, family and baby photography is allowed, and I can finally get back to my documentary photo sessions. It is a delight to photograph families with babies below one year old. All their routine is changing rapidly, and you really want to capture it all. The fuss they make while dressing up, the giggles and their curiosity flourishing day by day. It is fascinating to watch!

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    I am incredibly passionate about documentary family and baby photography and believe that A Day in the Life sessions are so important to tell our story most authentically. Most of us do a great job of documenting extraordinary outings, celebrations, and milestones, forgetting that in many ways, our most cherished memories are derived from everyday moments.

    It can be challenging to step back and appreciate the beauty of the life as we experience or observe it day in and day out, but the fact is that our daily activities do change – sometimes incrementally and gradually. A Day in the Life is a beautiful way to capture the rituals and routines that are so easy to take for granted (but are gone before we know it).

    Do you remember how your days were spent with your children when they were still babies? What were their favourite toys? What games or activities did they love doing with you? Was bath time a breeze? Were meal times messy?


    These are questions that may get harder to answer as time goes by. It’s probably easier to remember your children’s christening, first birthday party, or their first words. But we sometimes forget the ordinary days – the lazy afternoons spent listening to nursery rhymes, the random walks in the park, bedtime routines, and so much more.

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    It is likely because most of us do a good job documenting extraordinary outings, celebrations, and milestones while forgetting to photograph the things we do daily. We fail to realize that our most cherished moments can come from the things we do every day.

    I took these fantastic pictures from a day in a life of a family with a beautiful 9-month-old baby boy. I was delighted to be able to take a sneak peek at what happens in their typical day. It includes photos from their playtime, mealtime, and even bath time which all looked magical.


    Finding beauty in the ordinary, unscripted moments is what I do, and I enjoy bringing that to my clients. I photograph habits and routines that are easy to take for granted but are gone before we know. I love capturing the seemingly simple moments that make up our entire lives.

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    Whatever your day looks like, nothing better captures it like documentary-style photography. Ready for your family and baby photography session? Drop me a message.

    Family and Baby Photography in Hampstead – A Day in the Life

    I’m Ana Ruivo – an award-winning London family photographer. I am specialized in family and baby photography. 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 and baby 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 does 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.

    Check-out my awarded images in Family Photojournalist Association this year!

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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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          London Family Lifestyle Portrait Session

          I still do family lifestyle photography from time to time. My sessions are super relaxed and my main goal is to capture connection and the children’s personalities.

          These are some of my favourites from this session. On this day it was zero degrees outside! I love winter light.

          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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          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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            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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              London Maternity Documentary Photoshoot – what it’s all about

              Nine months are flying by at an incredible rate.
              Even though you can only sleep with a minimum of 5 pillows and bread is your main food group, something about the work inside your body right now makes you feel like a rockstar. And you want to remember it.
              Maternity photos used to be so unusual, now they are trendy, and because of that, there’s this huge misconception surrounding maternity sessions – what they’re supposed to look like, how you’re supposed to dress, blah blah.

              We’ve been conditioned, slowly but surely, to believe that a maternity session is a right of passage when you get pregnant. We follow this cookie cutter model and curl our hair and buy a new dress and imagine the romantic, backlit glow.
              These photos are lovely, and yes, it feels darn good to get dressed up and honour the beauty in pregnancy. You and your baby will never be one like this again, and it’s honestly an awesome thing to celebrate that by getting in front of the camera in general, no matter how you choose.

              But I want to challenge you to take it a step further and think about what is it you truly want to “capture?”

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              If you think about, I mean what’s unique and why you want to do a maternity session, I think you’ll realise that –
              This photo session is not about the baby growing inside your belly…

              …It’s about capturing the world and the people he or she is about to meet on the outside.

              It’s not about staring at your belly button.
              It’s not about a perfect flowing gown.
              It’s not about the stunning, scenic location.
              It’s not about the wooden blocks spelling his name.

              BECAUSE YOU, BEAUTIFUL MUM, ARE MORE THAN HOW YOU LOOK.

              Those things are beautiful, they’re fun, but they don’t capture anything you can’t flip through Pinterest and see a million other examples. And isn’t capturing truth and memories kind of the point?

              If you want to “capture this season,” we’ll need more than cheeky props and perfect light.
              You need the patience, the preparation, the hugs, the simplicity, the habits. Your STORY is what will make your maternity session special.

              Take a look at this one. There are no words to describe the connection between this family has already forged, and I know for sure that it will grow so beautifully.

               

               

              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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              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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                Snapshots of our month – Winter Sun

                Wow, I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January, and I just finished to edit my Christmas pics =) As soon as I got back, it’s been non-stop with newborn photo shoots and birthday parties.

                We had a lovely break in Portugal to spend time with our family, a little bit of sunshine and a much-needed pause from social media.

                These are just some snap-shots of our holiday between the crispy sunny days by the sea and lovely warm winter days in Alentejo. If you pass in Evora city in Portugal, make a visit to Convento do Espinheiro hotel, visit the beautiful University of Evora and the Herdade do Esporao wine caves.

                 


                And if it’s not too late…Happy New Year!

                =)

                 

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