March Round-up

And here we are - Spring! (well, sort of - the snow hasn't figured out that it needs to move on just yet!). March was marked with a number of fun highlights - from daylight savings (yay for longer days!) to St. Patrick's Day to the first day of Spring. We are still waiting on sunnier days and warmer temperatures so still a lot of time spent indoors, but I have been buying fresh cut flowers from Trader Joe's to brighten things up inside, and the daffodil and tulip sprouts are growing taller and taller everyday in the yard. 

Here's a look back at our March:

FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS

- Lila went to Philadelphia to visit Dana
- We celebrated Lucy's 7th birthday
- I went to see the William Eggleston exhibit at the Met
- We visited the Hicks' Spring Flower Show
- Lila and I sold Girl Scout cookies at two different grocery stores
- I came with Logan to school and participated in the classroom for his "special day"
- I photographed the Broadway Baby Mamas concert at 54 Below
- We celebrated our friends' baby's first birthday at the Vedic Temple in Hempstead
- Three snow days from school!

CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

- I finished up "The Artist's Way" (but will continue doing morning pages indefinitely!)
- I created a personal film for March, documenting one of our snowy days at home
- I began working through a class on the 7 types of story, taught by Muse Storytelling, which is getting me really excited for some upcoming client video projects

BOOKS READ

- "Notes: The Making of Apocalypse Now" by Eleanor Coppola
- "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

FAVORITE INTERNET FINDS

The Power of Bookending Films 
7 Must-Watch TED talks for Parents 
11 Cool Ways to Display Family Photos 
Why Printed Family Photos Still Matter 
Time Blocking: The Smart Way to Structure Your Days 
Inside Broadway's Secret Laboratory 

GOOD EATS THIS MONTH

Lemon Garlic Roasted Shrimp 
Creamy Pasta with Smoked Bacon and Peas 
Trader Joe's Shrimp Tacos 

CURRENTLY MAKING ME HAPPY

- Reading "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Listening to the "Magic Lessons" podcast
- Watching "The World's Most Extraordinary Homes" on Netflix
- Watching "Grace and Frankie" on Netflix
- Browsing Vimeo everyday for inspirational films like this one 

FAVORITE PHOTO CAPTURES THIS MONTH

GOALS FOR APRIL

- go to the Arbor Day Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum
- have a picnic outside
- go to see the cherry blossoms in Brooklyn
- begin de-cluttering the house
- still working on editing those Parents in Theater Project films!
- get a fish for the kids


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.