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.
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 =)
Chiswick House London Family Photographer
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.