Broadway Baby Mamas Concert at 54 Below | New York City Event Photographer
Two weeks ago I had the honor of photographing two concerts at 54 Below, performed by members of the Broadway community who also happen to be mothers. A couple of years ago I was added to a Facebook group called "Broadway Baby Mamas", started by my friend Cara Cooper and fellow actress, Jessica Rush. This Facebook group has grown by leaps and bounds since I joined, and now includes over 200 amazing mamas who also work on Broadway. Actresses, choreographers, songwriters, stage managers, you name it - we're all there. This group has been such a lifeline - from discussions about baby gear to child behavior to dealing with the crazy life in theater while juggling breastfeeding or childcare or whatever - we discuss it all, and everyone is always supportive, kind, open and encouraging. I have been part of many online mom groups and there is nothing like this one - it truly is one of a kind in its ability to stay a safe, kind space.
A few months ago the idea was floated around in the group to do a concert. There are so many talented ladies in the group that it really was a no-brainer. Cara, Jessica and Lauren Worsham spearheaded the planning, and two concerts were scheduled to benefit Planned Parenthood. Sadly, just a week before the performances, one of the mamas in our group lost her four-year-old daughter in a terrible traffic accident in Brooklyn. The concert was quickly changed to support her and her friend who was with her that day (who also lost a child).
It was an amazing, emotional night, and I feel so honored to have been able to contribute in the smallest way by documenting it in photos and video. I am proud to be a part of this amazing group, and it was wonderful to connect with old friends, and also meet some new ones.
Here are a few images from evening:
And the full performances can be viewed below:
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 or lifestyle videographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family, small business or event, please contact her for more information.