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The Investment in Photography – 3 Reasons Why It’s So Important

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The Investment in Photography.

Sometimes, it’s hard to slow down and enjoy the simple moments with our kids in this fast-paced world. Bike rides around the neighbourhood, ice cream dates, or even reading bedtime stories may be neglected. It is easy to get caught up in the rush of whatever we are doing and forget to enjoy our children. That’s why a family photo hanging on the wall is essential. It can be a great reminder to delight at the moment and capture them. That’s the investment in photography.

The question is, is hiring a professional documentary family photographer an investment? Is it worth spending our hard-earned money on? Or is it just another luxury that we don’t need?
I’m a firm believer that a documentary family photo shoot is an excellent investment that the family can’t do without. Here are three reasons why:

It’s an investment in the future.


Every parent knows that kids grow too fast, but we don’t really feel it until the moment has passed. A family photography session can document the precious time for you! A great documentary photographer brings more than just good lighting; they can bring context to an image, evoke all five senses, and show you the moments you are probably missing.


Think of all the changes that can happen in a year. Capturing those memories, no matter how insignificant they may seem at the moment, can be nostalgic to look back. A professionally taken photo is a lovely way of preserving a precious moment in time for generations to come.

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It’s an investment in your children.


Celebrate your kids and their milestones! Forget about the frustrating sessions that only make your kids bored or grumpy. Investing in a documentary-style shoot makes it fun for your kids and the whole family. You can plan a simple activity like going to the park, or you can just stay at home and go about your daily routine. This shoot won’t feel like a chore.


Moreover, your kids will thank you for it in the future! They’ll remember memories that may have been lost since they were still too young when they happened. It will also make them feel loved, valued, and wanted.

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It’s an investment in you and your partner.


Let’s face it; parenting is a tough job. It’s a 24/7 post with no breaks and no vacation. Even when our kids are asleep or when we are away for a while, we still worry about them. The things we do day-to-day are rarely noticed nor appreciated. But that doesn’t always have to be the case.


Investing in a documentary family photography session is a chance for you and your partner to be in front of the camera finally. It’s a celebration of your parenthood and a reminder that you are doing great. It’s proof that you were there too!

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Investment in Photography

For the reasons stated above, you should keep in mind to hire the photographer that best fits your needs instead of looking out for the “best deal” in the market.

You don’t want to spend money on someone who’ll give you awkward, stressful, and stiff-looking photos, do you? For a genuinely fun and relaxed session that you, your partner, and your kids will love, send me a message!

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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    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.

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    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.

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    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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      10 Cool Activity Ideas For Your Summer Family Photoshoot

      Summer is nearly here, and it’s filled with endless possibilities! I am sharing today some activity ideas that scream summer and holidays (that we all so much need) and that make fantastic moments to capture in a Summer family photoshoot. It’s the time for amusement rides, camping, napping in a hammock, heading to the beach, and so much more (while practising social distancing, of course).

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      It is when everyone is more at ease and relaxed. Schedules are a lot more open, and things are less hectic. There’s just something about Summer that brings the life out of us, don’t you agree?

      Summer is also a great time to take family photos! Instead of posing for pictures this year, why not plan an enjoyable summer activity that your family will love? It’s a great bonding idea for the family, and you’ll be able to have unique photos. Here are some summer activities that you can try for your next family photoshoot:

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      Have fun in the pool

      Summer is for lazy days lounging around the pool, am I right? Jumping in the pool or just splashing around is a great memory to capture for the family. It’s also the best way to beat the summer heat, so win-win!

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      Play a sport

      Are you into badminton, soccer, rollerblading, table tennis, or miniature golf? Pick a sport that all the members of your family find pleasure in and get moving! Sports offer incredible physical, emotional, and mental benefits. It can also increase family ties and understanding between each member.

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      Have a picnic at a local park

      For a more relaxed photoshoot, lay down a blanket and have a picnic! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just grab a few sandwiches and some drinks, then you’re good to go. There’s nothing more attractive than the warm summer sun, shiny golden leaves, and delightful smiles.

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      Hit the beach

      Playing by the beach is another magnificent family photography idea. Frolic in the sand, collect some shells, or swim! Having a shoot at the beach usually results in animated motion pictures that make remarkable photographs.

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      Venture out at the golden hour

      Bring out your bikes or go for a walk during the golden hour. The sunset can produce strong, vibrant, and saturated colours, giving a dramatic setting to your photos. Who doesn’t love breath-taking scenery, anyway?

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      Backyard camping

      Get your sleeping bags ready! It’s time to set up a tent in your backyard and let your kids experience camping. Spruce up your space, create a scavenger hunt, sing campfire songs, grill dinner, and have S’mores for dessert. Create long-lasting memories and maybe even a new family tradition when you camp in your backyard.

      Water balloon fight

      Pop! Squash! Splat! Don’t underestimate the power of playing with water. Kids and adults alike can have a blast playing this game. For a variation, you can fill your balloons with shaving cream or paint.

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      Prepare cool summer treats.

      The kitchen is also a great place to implement family photoshoot ideas. Homemade popsicles, two-ingredient ice creams, fruit pizzas, smoothies, and frozen yoghurt, take your pick! Preparing summer treats with the kids can bring lots of excitement.

      Play board games

      Drop your devices and connect with your family the old-fashion way. Bring out your board games and spend some quality time at home. Some healthy competition is a great way to bring out emotions!

      Get artsy

      Create a summer mural or decorate your walkways with chalk. Arts and crafts encourage kids to play and experiment in a safe and relaxed environment. You’ll also be able to showcase the creativity of your kids through this shoot!

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      Summer Family Photoshoot bookings open for June and July in England. August in Portugal. December in Dubai.

      Are you inspired enough? Plan your next summer 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!

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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

            River Thames Ride – Family Photography

            I photograph London through many lens, angles and many different lights. I discovered so many special places but this one was my first time on a private boat in the river Thames. What fun and beautiful sights!

            I truly recommend this fantastic boat ride for a special occasion or just because we love London.

            See for yourself how magical it can be, and it produces stunning family photography.

            f 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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              Sunday mornings and a farewell – London Family Photography

              Morning routines sometimes are so underrated. We just want to do everything as quickly as possible and rush out of the house. But it is the little moments that make our lives and can intrinsic memories.

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              This was fun but at the same time emotional photo session. This family left London and went to NY so they wanted to remember their beloved home and also that the girls would never forget their time in London at their home where they were born and grew beautifully.

              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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                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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