April Round-up

I'm a little late getting April's round-up out, seeing as May is more than half over! I have been doing a lot of shooting and editing client projects this month and last, which has been great, but I have had to put my personal projects, and this blog, on the back burner for now. Hopefully this summer I will have more time to jump back in.

I've been thinking a lot about social media lately, and blogs specifically. I have been missing all the personal online journals that people used to keep. I used to love checking into Flickr everyday, and following along with various 365 projects and then popping over to everyone's personal blogs to read about their day-to-day lives. I loved that little peek into the worlds of others. Facebook and Instagram algorithms have made following along with people so disjointed. I miss the community and the ongoing stories. I felt like I really got to know people.

With the start of my business I've had to learn a lot about websites and keywords and lead magnets, and all the things that give a website good SEO. I think SEO along with the growth of social media just killed the charm of the personal blog. I miss it. I'd like to start trying to get back to making this space more of a personal journal and less of a business asset. I'd love if others would join me in that. I have been searching the past couple of days for interesting personal blogs that are still out there, so that I can add them to my feed reader. If you still keep a personal blog - let me know - I'd love to subscribe!

Anyway, back to the task at hand: rounding up April.

FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS

- Lila and Logan were off school for Spring Break. The weather was lousy, but we went up to Copake for a few days and enjoyed visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Firefighter's Museum and Olana.
- Lila had fun at her Girl Scout luau party.
- We bought two fish!
- The daffodils, tulips and dogwood finally blossomed!
- The weather finally warmed up and we spent many afternoons and evenings outside.
- We made our first trip to the "baseball fields" (local community park) this year.
- Had a blast at the Arbor Day Festival at Planting Fields with our friends.

CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

- I had my busiest month of client work ever, the highlight being the film sessions of two biography films that I am creating for a family, integrating hours of interviews with two sets of grandparents into two long-format films.
- I started work on the lessons for a video class I will be teaching in the fall.
- Still plugging away at my 365!
- I finally edited and shared one of the films in my "Parents in Theater Project" - featuring the lovely Blair Goldberg.

BOOKS READ

"In the Blink of An Eye" by Walter Murch
"Stillmotion's Know Filmmaking Guide"

FAVORITE INTERNET FINDS

- What About the Breakfast Club?
- What I Won't Teach My Daughter About Hard Work
- Forgotten Photos of NYC Parks
- Reflections on Journaling for 25 Years
- Stanley Kubrick's little known life as a photographer
- The 5 Best Parenting Reminders I Picked Up in Therapy

GOOD EATS THIS MONTH

Caramelized Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Pesto Chicken and Tomatoes
Garlic Herb Spaghetti and Meatballs

CURRENTLY MAKING ME HAPPY

- Trips to Hicks Nursery to look at the flowers
- Reading all the gardening books and joining all the gardening groups on Facebook
- Reading blogs
- Watching "Big Dreams, Small Spaces" on Netflix.
- Spring cleaning!
- Sitting outside on the porch.

FAVORITE PHOTO CAPTURES THIS MONTH

GOALS FOR MAY (almost over!):

- Go to Copake for Spring Break
- Film a personal film (even if I don't get around to editing it)
- Clean out the crawl space upstairs
- Complete a bunch of client work
- Re-invest in my blog (only bucking all the "rules")


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.