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Snapshots of our Summer – Surf and ice-creams

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It feels like Summer was ages ago while I am writing this post; it is raining cats and dogs in London.
Our Summer was in Portugal, as usual, with our family and most of the time we spent it in our little beach cottage near the Atlantic. This place is a renowned famous surf spot, and I thought this year would be an excellent opportunity for the girls to surf.
I was a little bit afraid, to be honest, but they just loved it, and now I am already thinking about the next time!

These are some snapshots of our holiday in this extraordinary place. Until next time.

Check some snapshots from the last years here and here.

In case you want to book a documentary family photo session or if you wish to document your holidays please contact me at anaruivophotography@gmail.com or leave a note here.

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    100 days of Summer – a personal story in motion

    100 days of Summer is a personal project I do every year for my daughters. I compile short videos of our Summer holidays to honour our love for the sun and the sea.

    Summer now feels like ages ago as we are experiencing freezing days here in London but as the season changes, new adventures and new lovely moments are yet to be captured.



    Check-out the pictures I took from our time in Portugal in my other post too. And the ones in Dubai here.

    See the video from last year here.

    I hope you have a wonderful week. We are getting ready for Halloween!


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      Snapshots from our Summer 2018

      Oh, Summer…it seems it was such a long time ago…! Coming back to these images and editing them gave me a strike of homesickness, especially today in London where there is no light.

      We call it SAUDADE.

      A feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese temperament.

      I love living in a busy, chaotic and culturally rich city like London but my heart will always be by the beach, in this little village near westernmost point of Europe. Here you fall asleep with the sound of the waves, where the ocean is never calm and the days are long.


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      Snapshots of our holiday in Dubai

      Our Summer started in Dubai again this year, with gorgeous light and food in our favourite hotel at the Palm. It was a perfect time to recharge batteries, to be together with my family and to enjoy the full sun. The girls collected sea shells, and little treasures, they can stay hours playing in the pool or at the beach It was such a lovely week.

      This Is Our Life 2018-Dubai-London Family Photography-Ana Ruivo Photography-

      Now we are on our way to Portugal to my home country and I can’t wait to see my whole family. If you haven’t already please check my Autumn Sale. I am offering half price my all documentary sessions if you book until the 31st  of July.


      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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        Baleal Beach, my happy place – London Family Photographer

        – Baleal Beach




        Baleal is an island located 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) north of Peniche, in the western region of Portugal is separated from the mainland by a tombolo. At the extremity of the island you can find the inaccessible ilhota das Pombas and the ilhéu de Fora.

        The coastal shape, namely the bay and northern strip of coast associated with Baleal create unique conditions in Europe for the practice of surfing and body boarding. Over the years I have seen Baleal becoming a major holiday and surfing spot. Although it’s still a little hidden tourist gem, today there are lots of surfing schools and water sports shops.

        Baleal beach is a place very close to my heart. I come here almost every year since I was born, sometimes with my parents but most of the time with my grandparents during Summer holidays. I have so many good memories with my brother and the friends we made. We could spend hours at the beach playing games, making sand castles, exploring the rocks, looking out for little creatures, shells and stones and as we got older we adventure ourselves for what Baleal is world-famous: surfing and body boarding.



        – Simply dreamy 


        This area of Portugal can show quite surprisingly weather conditions therefore you never know how the weather will be tomorrow. You can have beautiful sunny beach days in a row but time to time there are cloudy days when it feels good to wear a sweatshirt. That’s what I wanted to capture when I came here in August. We had a lovely day, surrounded by low clouds and quite humid so consequently we were just able to spot the surfers waiting and catching the waves. Everything looks like a dream, because it can feel that way: a serene, peaceful atmosphere where you can only hear the sound of the waves and where you can feel the most unique smell of the ocean.



        – Glorious Sunset


        When the sun sets near the water is a glorious moment and the west coast of Portugal has the most beautiful sunsets. These pictures show another side of Baleal: exceptional sunny days when you can stay at the beach until late. I was very lucky this day, it was warm and the sky presented the most gorgeous colours.




        “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
        ― Jo Walton


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