The Spellman Family: A Story in Motion | New York Family Films

This was a really special session for me. Jennifer is an amazing photographer and a pioneer of in-home sessions, who I first "met" shortly after starting my business. She taught a fantastic online business class that I dove head first into, and gave me some really solid guidance as I kicked off my business in early 2015. At that time she was pregnant with little Josephine, who was born that fall. Fast forward to this past June, and I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer in person at a workshop she held in Connecticut with two other fantastic instructors (you can watch a video I made of that special weekend here). It was a fabulous weekend and awesome to connect with her face-to-face finally.

You can imagine how excited I was (and nervous!!) when Jennifer messaged me to ask me to come and do a video session with her family. Little Jo had just started walking, and big sister Emma was celebrating her ninth birthday. It was a perfect time to record a "slice of life" at this stage in the family's journey . Motion, sound and images recorded in tandem forever. 

I arrived in Westchester very early on a Sunday morning and got a little bit of footage around town before heading over to meet up with the Spellmans. I spent the morning with them before they headed out to celebrate at Emma's birthday party. Jo hung in there like a champ despite her nap schedule being off because of daylight savings the night before, and I was able to capture a relaxed, typical morning with them. I loved meeting Emma and Jo in person after seeing their beautiful faces on Jennifer's Facebook page for the past couple of years!

Thank you Jennifer for the honor of filming your family! I hope this "story in motion" is a treasure in the years to come. xo

And a few images taken throughout the morning...

Jennifer now teaches and runs her own school for photography, and they offer an amazing line-up of classes. For more information - check out the website for Illuminate.

And if you are interested in a "story in motion" for your own family, please contact me for details. All sessions for 2016 are now booked, but I still have slots for "Name Your Own Price" sessions available this winter, and 2017 sessions are booking now.


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!