A Year in Films | Long Island and New York City Family Films


We are nearing the end of the year, and I am currently working on my final personal film of 2016. In January I made a goal of one personal film a month, and I am so proud to say that I will complete that goal! Working on filming and editing techniques each month this year has really pushed me, and I have learned so much. This coming year I look forward to slowing down, and really focusing on quality in my work, and learning even more about color grading, sound, editing, filming techniques and telling stories. I have a goal in 2017 of four personal films - one each season. 

I will share my December film on Friday in our final "Life in Motion" blog circle for the year, but today I wanted to look back at all the personal films I made in 2016. 

But first, lets look at the numbers. In 2016 I made the following:

15 Photo/Video Fusion Slideshows for Clients
10 Family Films for Clients
4 Mini Films
12 One-Second Films (December and the final year-long film will be completed this week)
14 Personal Family Films












Look for December's film on Friday!

It is hard for me to pick a favorite from all the films this year, but I think it might be "The Dog Days of Summer". I love all the sound I was able to incorporate into that film, and the summer light is just so magical.

I wrote about this in my post for my October film, but no matter what the imperfections are in these personal films, I am so glad to have them as part of our family legacy. My kids love watching them, and in the years to come they will only become even more valuable to us. Invaluable, even. In them, memories in sound and motion and images will continue to exist, even after we no longer hold them in our minds. What a huge gift that will be. And not only for us, but for the generations to come.

I encourage all of you in 2017 to press that red record button on your camera. Capture some of the sounds and motion of your family. I promise you, you will not regret it.

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 on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family's story in photos or a film, please contact her for a session!