Life in Motion: Spring | Long Island & NYC Family Films

It has been a while since I've shared a personal film! I made a few in January while taking Hailey Bartholomew's class "Film-making" and I look forward to sharing those with you in the coming weeks. For this season's "Life in Motion" blog circle, though, I wanted to tackle a challenge I had been thinking about for a while: creating a family film with a point-and-shoot camera.

The perfect opportunity arose when we decided to go up to Copake for a few days over the kids' winter break from school. Both my Nikons were in the shop being serviced, so the only camera I had to take with me was my Sony RX100iii. I love my little Sony for street photography and for on-the-go photos of my kids when I don't feel like hauling around my DSLR, but I hadn't played with the video function too much. I filmed all weekend in Copake with the Sony and came home and put together this little film.

My biggest challenge with the Sony was focus. I played around with both manual focus and autofocus, and I had some trouble being able to see whether I had achieved focus or not (to be fair, I also have this problem with my Nikon - getting old sucks!). There is focus peaking on the Sony, but I haven't gotten used to shooting with that on yet. Besides the focus issues, though, I love how smooth the footage is, for the most part, from the in-camera stabilization, and also because the camera is so much lighter than my DSLRs (it is smaller than my iPhone!). I am really pleased with the final result and I love knowing that this camera is a viable option for film footage. They do say that the best camera is the one you have with you!

I hope you enjoy this film, and then follow the circle around to see what all the other amazing filmmakers have made this season! First up is my friend Angie, who makes beautiful birth films for her clients, capturing those precious first few moments of life. Click here to see her film and follow the circle around.

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!