Life in Motion: December | Long Island Family Films

Wow - here we are. December. The completion of an entire year of documenting my family each month in a short film. It has been a challenging journey, one which I thought I might quit a number of times, but I made it! I am so grateful for this set of films that preserve so many beautiful memories of our year, and also for all that I learned this year while making them.

This month's film was again a challenge. As the year winds down, I feel like I am at the end of a marathon, struggling to take just a few more steps to reach the finish line. I didn't think I would be able to complete a film this month amidst the holiday madness, but I managed to squeeze in filming a few clips each day throughout the week we celebrated Christmas, and put them together into this little compilation of our holiday.

Thank you so much to everyone who has cheered me on this year, and especially to those who have joined me in the challenge as well. I've been so inspired by all the family films I've seen this year - how amazing that this art form has just flourished in 2016! I am so excited to keep learning this coming year. I am taking my first video class since 2015 beginning next week and I can't wait to hear another perspective on filmmaking. 

In 2017 I have set an intention for myself to slow down and work on my craft. Which means I won't be putting out so many films or photographs this coming year on social media. I'll be working and studying behind the scenes and focusing on the quality of my work, not the quantity. I'm happy to share that the "Life in Motion" blog circle will continue, but as a seasonal project this coming year - we will be sharing films in March, June, September and November.

Thank you so much for following along with my journey this year. Happy new year!!

To see all my films from 2016, click here. And after watching my holiday film below, please follow our amazing "Life in Motion" circle around to see all the films made this month, starting with Juanita.

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!