Sunday Morning in Manhattan | New York City Family Photographer

I've been photographing this little lady since she was a tiny newborn. It's amazing how fast kids grow, and I love seeing her personality evolve every time I see her. Now a sassy, smart, sweet almost-three year old, we played a lively game of hide-and-seek (which ended up with a snuggle session in the bathtub!), ate some snacks, helped dad hang some pictures on the wall, and went to the playground! It was a very full two hour session!

As Willa's third birthday approaches, I made note of all the elements of her life that might be different a year from now... perhaps her crib will be replaced by a big girl bed, diapers may be a thing of the past, even her sippy cups might be different. I hope these little details in the photos prove to be heartwarming little memories to look back on. 

Selfishly I love shooting in this gorgeous upper west side Manhattan apartment... I mean - look at those windows in the living room! The light is just amazing. And mom Andrea is a dear former co-worker from "Rock of Ages" who I always love catching up with. 

Here are a few of my favorite images from the session followed by a slideshow of the complete gallery.

I am now booking family sessions for 2018! Information can be found here.

A couple of blog posts to encourage you to think about a session in your home: Home is Where Your Story Begins and 5 Reasons Why Winter In-Home Sessions are the Best

And finally, if you still have some holiday shopping to do, here is A Gift Guide for the Family Documentarian.


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.