Snapshots of Our Week | Long Island Documentary Family Photographer

Boxing day. This might be my favorite day of the Christmas season. The day where you get to lay all around all day and decompress. The kids are engrossed with all their new toys and the house is full of leftovers and gifted bottles of wine. School is closed and we have nowhere to be. I'm not sure if I'll even get dressed today. I may do a load of laundry. Maybe.

We had a good week. It was all about holiday prep - running out for last minute gifts and ingredients for a Christmas dessert. Making sure the house was stocked with enough beer to get us through the weekend! The kids had school through Friday, and everyday more Christmas crafts came home with them.

My daily photo project is winding down, as well as my one-second a day project. I am letting both of them go next year, as I badly need a break from so many projects. The last few weeks have been especially challenging with the lack of light. I'm in the home stretch though, and hope to finish out both projects strong!

I've been using my little Sony RX100iii a lot lately. This is such a powerhouse of camera in a teeny tiny body. I love the dynamic images I can capture with it, and the stability of the video footage is really impressive. These images from early in the week were all taken with my Sony.

Stomping on a grate outside the speech therapy office.

Reading books in the car.

Lunch at Panera. 

Watching TV from Dad's laundry basket.

Logan has been battling a cold for weeks now. I kept him out of school last Monday but he went back on Thursday. Lila and I stayed with him for a little while during outdoor play so I could wipe his nose (his poor teachers were inundated with snotty children!).

Winter shadows.

Christmas tree in afternoon light.

Waiting for Lila at speech. I feel bad for Logan - we sit in this waiting room three mornings a week for up to an hour and a half. This kid is a trooper.

Christmas eve. The most magical night of the year! We spent the evening at Eric's parents' house with cousins... the kids had a fun night opening presents from Nana and Pops, and although I missed it with my camera, Santa drove by on a fire truck illuminated with thousands of colored lights! The kids were in awe!

Little boy coloring his face with a drawing.

And Christmas day was just as fun. The kids loved all their gifts from Santa. Later in the day we went over to Eric's aunts' house for another family dinner and more gifts. A very full and happy holiday!

And that was our week! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday... and that you are all spending today in your pajamas as well!


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!