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A Documentary Family Photography Dream Client

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Do you hate forced poses and being told to say cheese? Do you have a kid who dislikes being directed or cannot sit still for a picture? Or do you loathe over-the-top photoshoots? Then you might be my dream documentary family photography client!


Capturing great photos often boils down to the client and the photographer sharing the same vision for the shoot. You should understand your photographer’s style and be able to trust him/her with the camera. This is why it’s crucial for me as a photographer and a businesswoman to define my dream client and explain my style.


My dream clients are those who like family traditions (so I can capture them), the ones who have crazy and wild kids, and those that love an adventure. I want to work with clients who prefer an honest and artful visual record of their lives. These are people who don’t like to have the perfect smile, the fake laughs, or the photoshopped look. People who don’t care about what others think as long as they are having fun.

They want to relax and enjoy the shoot without worrying about how their hair looks or if their make-up is still intact. Those that are not afraid to get messy; won’t cry foul when something doesn’t go as planned or won’t get mad when something tumbles or spills. My dream client loves details and wants to remember the moment for how they felt in it.

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Documentary Family Photography and Lifestyle Photography

My photography style is not for those who love getting their family dressed up and getting their portraits taken in a beautiful location. If this is what you want, then a lifestyle photography shoot might be more fitting for you. It’s also not for the people who have a hard time letting go or are not comfortable being themselves in front of the camera. And it is not for those who just want a quick session. If you want to get it done fast, then a portrait session at a studio may be more suitable for you. I think there is nothing wrong with these styles; they are just not what I do.


I am passionate about capturing real emotions, genuine connections, and authentic moments in life that might soon be forgotten. My style is not intrusive, and I want my clients to be at ease while taking their photographs. I don’t want to snap perfectly combed photos. Instead, I am drawn to the in-between moments, the raw feelings that can take us back to a specific place or emotion. It is more than just love, joy, and happiness. It can include chaos, tantrums, and even tears which are all part of life.

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Since I just let the moment evolve by itself, there is no posing or acting in front of the camera. All the emotions are natural. My mission is not to make you look your best or your prettiest but to make you remember your life as it is – the love, the fun, the chaos, the hard times, and the unique moments.

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So if you’re ready to embrace the beauty and the chaos through documentary family photography, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s have a chat!

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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    5 Easy Ways for Us Mothers To Be In Family Photos

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    Why You Need to Exist in Family Pictures- 5 Easy Ways

    Family photos don’t need to be a chore. You’ve framed your babies’ newborn photos, you’ve designed each monthly milestone picture, you think of birthday shoot themes year after year, and you take so many snaps of your kids every day. You capture so many firsts of your children and their random sweet moments with your husband. But mum, when was the last time you joined the photos?

    Often, mothers make excuses for themselves to join family photos. Your postpartum body looks unfamiliar, your hair is too messy, your eyes look tired, or your clothes have spit-ups. You worry about the little things and forget about what really matters: you are important too!

    You are not just a bystander who watches the kids grow. Your motherhood is a big deal, and you should be included in the memories you are capturing. You are worth celebrating! Plus, I’m pretty sure that your kids will want to see photos of you too, especially when they’re all grown up. Do you think your kids care about your tummy or what you are wearing 20 or 30 years from now? Definitely not!

    Here are five easy ways on how you can be included in the photos:

    Take a Selfie!

    Selfies are a great and easy way to be included in photos! Snuggle in close and take a picture with your kids or your whole family. Find some good light, bring out your camera, and make sure you don’t cut faces in half.

    Hand the Camera to Your Husband.

    Husbands are not the best photographers; we can all agree on that. They can take the most unflattering photos, but who cares? Hand the camera to them, and you’ll be surprised what kind of photos you’ll get. I think you’ll get some candid photos that you’ll laugh about but will also love!

    For posed photos, tell your husband to take ten or more, then choose the best one. I promise you’ll notice fewer flaws in the image as time goes by.

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    Use the Camera Timer.

    Bring out your tripod and use it with your camera timer or remote! If you don’t have one, it’s easy to improvise with a stack of books or anything you can get your hands on. You can put it on top of a table, a shelf, or even on the floor!

    Play with Angles.

    Be creative! You don’t always have to show your face or include your whole body in the photographs. You can take a photo of your hand while holding your little one, your lap while your kid is laying down on it, or your back and shoulders while carrying your child. Include faceless details and use different angles on days that you really don’t want to be in front of the camera. But make sure that these are not the only ones you take!

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    Book a Photographer for your family photos!

    The best way to make sure that you are included in family photos is to hire a photographer! This way, you don’t have to worry about getting the right angle. You just have to be yourself. You can focus on engaging with your child and let the professional photographer seize those precious moments.

    Getting your photo taken doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t need to review poses or even dress up. Just relax and let the photographer do the magic!

    Or if you are in London you can gift yourself one of my Motherhood photo sessions and I will take it from there.

    Your children will remember the way your laugh sounds and the smell of your hair and the warmth of your breath on their heads.  They will remember the way your hands turned the pages of the books and that you gave the best hugs they will ever have.  They will know that the lines on your face came from how much you smiled and the wrinkle in your forehead came from how much you worried because you loved them with everything you had.

    And when they look back at your photo albums, they will not see anything other than how you gave them the world. Don’t let the time pass without being in pictures with your children.

    Let’s tell your story. The time is now.

    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

      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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      Little Spree – Sarah Clark for Massimo Dutti

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      I felt so honoured when Sarah approached me to do a fashion photoshoot for her and her children for Massimo Dutti. She wanted something natural and candid, but also she wanted sharp pictures with connection with nature that could show her twins’ personalities and bond as well as their beautiful clothes.

      First and foremost a fashion editor, Sarah has worked in the industry for over fifteen years for publications including Marie Claire, Glamour, Red and The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. Now a freelance stylist and art director, Sarah draws on her expert knowledge and personal style for Little Spree to source the most stylish high street finds mixed with the occasional ‘spurge’ (but only if it’s worth splurging on.)

      It was so easy to immerse in the beautiful Richmond Park and with its golden gorgeous winter light.

      Check-out this fantastic blog full of inspiration and great styling tips for the home and yourself at Little Spree.

      Also, the final print for Massimo Dutti for their online magazine Paper is here.

        

      If you want to have great imagery for your project or business, or if you have any questions about business documentary photography or blog/editorial photography, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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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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        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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