Celebrating the Holidays with The Hathaway Family | New Jersey Family Films

Another milestone for my business this year was my first returning family for a "Story in Motion" video session! The Hathaways were the first family that I ever filmed other than my own. I made a little video for them last fall when Anna was just two years old. It was fall, and we spent a morning going to Anna's gymnastics class, out for coffee, and then to a fall fair near their home in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Erika contacted me a few months ago and told me that she and her husband Brian treasure that little film so much - that in it was captured little things that she didn't even realize were important until some time had passed, like the way Anna talks with her hands. She said that they would love to make it an annual tradition to have a family film session. 

This year we planned a holiday-themed film. I went and met the family at their home one Sunday morning, and we went to pick out a Christmas tree, and then back to the house to decorate for the holidays. I love watching this new film in conjunction with last year's, and seeing much Anna has grown. Now, can you imagine five or ten of these films, captured throughout the years? What an amazing legacy that would be for Anna! To be able to see and hear the interactions with her mom and dad and her own unique little voice growing stronger and stronger with each passing year. She may not recall these days in her own memory, but here they will be, recorded for her forever.

Here's are a few still images from this year's session.

And the Hathaway Family's "Story in Motion":

If you are interested in a film like this of your own family, please contact me for session details. I am now booking for 2017.


Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. If you'd like to see more of her recent documentary family photography, head over to her Facebook page or follow her everyday adventures on Instagram. If you are looking for a family photographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family's story in photos or a film, please contact her for a session!