Everyday Stories | Long Island Family Photographer

I've been having trouble picking up my camera lately . . . I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe because life seems kind of Groundhog Day-ish lately? Like we are just doing the same things over and over again and I can't imagine coming up with any new images of the same things? Anyone else have that problem this time of year? The good news is that the kids are on Winter Break next week, and the temps look to be nearing 50 degrees, so maybe, just maybe, we'll get in some adventures??

In the meantime - this is about as exciting as life is getting right now:


"Clean slate"

There is something about a fresh snow that seems to wash away the grey and the gloom and the dark of winter. The white blankets everything and suddenly the the world is a whole lot brighter. There is excitement in watching the snowflakes fall... how much will we get? Can we build a snowman? Can we go sledding? Can we have a snowball fight? Moods have shifted. Everyone is happy. Everyone exhales.

This came at just the right time. A clean slate. 

"Ray of hope"

An uncharacteristically warm day was like a little ray of hope. A reminder of what we have to look forward to in just a few short weeks. We went to the playground without jackets and soaked up the sunshine for a couple of hours. It was a game-changer in the middle of our winter, refreshing our souls and giving us the push we needed to power on until spring. Soon, the sunshine whispered. Soon. 

"The spirits of winter"

I walk through the city streets shivering.  The sun has gone down and it is cold. We are deep into winter now. The holidays have passed, and we have moved on to the hard part - the unrelenting cold and gloom. I feel the sadness in the air. It's always there. Every winter I have felt it. Despite warmly lit windows and laughter filtering through doorways. I am always aware of those on the outside. So many stories. So many struggles. So many broken dreams. I don't know why they seem to pervade the air more strongly in the winter, but they do.  They whisper up through the subway grates and rush around the dark alleys. They fill me with sorrow, but they also wake me up. I zip my coat up tighter around my face. I whisper a quick prayer, and then say thank you.

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!