I moved from the UK to California when I was seven years old. I took up journaling shortly thereafter. I remember scribbling furiously into my diary almost on the daily. I used to keep shoe boxes filled with notes from friends, greeting cards, pieces of paper from school events, and pages of stories I dreamed up on the playground.
Looking back now, I see that this need as a young child to create some kind of a story for myself, was perhaps my way of dealing with the huge change of moving from one country to another and leaving my life as I knew it. Gone were the family gatherings for the holidays and the trips to Granny’s house. We were planting new roots. By writing down little details about my new life, I was starting the new story of me.
Throughout the major transitions in my life, writing and photography have continued to be my touchstones. Through moving across the country to New York City in 2002, to giving up my home and traveling around the country for four years as a stage manager, and throughout the rollercoaster adventures of motherhood, I have documented my story.
Photography has opened my eyes to the magic in the everyday. It is an act of mindfulness and gratitude.
Francesca is a mother, photographer & former Broadway stage manager, who currently resides just outside New York City on Long Island with her partner Eric and their kids, Lila and Logan. In addition to photography, she is also an avid knitter, crafter, list-maker, meal planner, adventurer, learning addict and project-a-holic.
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Click Magazine - Pro Review: Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
Click Magazine - One Second A Day: Documenting Your Life With Video
2016 Voice Image Competition - Finalist in "Street" Category
Beyond the Wanderlust - Session Feature - July 2016
Sham of the Perfect - Featured Artist - June 2016
Click Pro Member - featured on the Daily Project
TWIP Family Podcast - Using Projects to Improve Your Craft - April 2016
Beauty Revived - 50 Most Beautiful Mothers edition - May 2016
Everyday Films' Project 12 - Finalist in Family Film Fest - January, February, April and May 2016
Lemonade & Lenses - April 2016