How is your December going?? I think we are about to have our first snowfall tomorrow. We've got a festive weekend planned - caroling with the Girl Scouts tonight, and going to Planting Fields to see their holiday decorations this weekend, as well as getting our tree! Logan and I have been doing a little bit of shopping here and there for more holiday decorations for our house. He picked out a Santa nutcracker the other day that we brought home. I started the Christmas shopping yesterday (thank goodness for online shopping, right??) and made a pretty good dent. Hoping to finish up, with the exception of stocking stuffers, today. I work all next week so needed to get a jump on things.

It's been a few weeks since I've done one of these, but this seemed like a good, cold Friday morning to settle down with hot cup of your favorite beverage and spend a little time with some good reads.


This photo project is so interesting: this photographer shot the same strangers walking to work over the course of nine years.

I've loved him since I was 10 years old: four decades of Springsteen in photos.

Simple ways to add hygge to your winter routine.

Boycott Minted.

Some creative tricks to try with your Gorillapod.

6 books that will help you learn filmmaking.

I'm obsessed with this RV.

An interesting article about the publisher Aperture.

Xanthe Berkeley shows you how to make double exposures in iMovie here.

Pete Souza looks back on 1.9 million photos of Obama.

You may soon be able to follow hashtags on Instagram. I am pretty excited about this!

A new film about the rise and fall of Polaroid. Sounds fascinating!

100 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated.

The changing face of SOMA (in San Francisco).

This is a pretty great space saver!

We are doing a Christmas book a day this advent. Here are some recommendations for holiday stories for kids.

6 tips for making the jump from photo to video.

It's that time of year again... time to unravel and find your one little word.

This is a great winter guide to NYC!

Old New York, through the window of a taxi.

Pretty excited to check out this Stephen Shore exhibit and this William Eggleston exhibit!

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Banana Beer Bread with Brown Butter Glaze. You had me at beer.

I need to try this Cracklin' Chicken. It looks so good.

Scarlett's Turkey Pot Pie - this looks perfect to make with Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Diffusing Bergamot and Orange essential oils.

Molly Flanagan's Real Life Still Life class at The Define School.

Re-reading the high school books in the Betsy-Tacy series.

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Have a great weekend!

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.