Everyday Stories | Long Island Storytelling Photographer

Daffodil stalks are poking their stubborn heads through the dirt and leaves are beginning to sprout on trees. We are on our way to Spring! We are still on a rollercoaster weather-wise, sunny one day, rainy and cold the next, but plans are afoot. We are starting our Spring bucket list this week come hell or high water! In the meantime, this is what the past week looked like.


"At last"

There is still snow on the ground but the words "first day of Spring" rang like music in my ears. We made it. I know there are still April showers to get through, but just knowing that the sunny days of summer are that much closer makes my shoulders relax a bit. Spring is here. Spring is finally here.

"Potty training"

And here we are again. No real progress yet because I am being lazy and trying to push off really training you until summer, but you sure love sitting on that potty. I look at this image and cannot believe how big you are already. Those three years just flew by. I've been in a stay-at-home-mom funk lately, feeling claustrophobic and tied down, but when I look at this picture, I feel such gratitude to be able to be here for these moments, I really do. I only get these milestones with you once, and then they are over. I will try to be more patient. With you, with this house, with this "now", with me. 

"My original"

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau.

Keep on being exactly you, my sweet, smart, creative, imaginative, beautiful, original girl.

"Back to basics"

It's nice to get away from the screens and the plastic toys, and come over to Daddy and Pop's work site. There I watch you so enraptured with paint cans, pencils, and chalk, collecting nails and screws in buckets, making shapes out of pieces of tile, creating elaborate structures out of styrofoam packing pieces, learning how to hammer in pieces of flooring. I watch your imagination and your love for learning bloom with the simplest of objects and activities. A good reminder to me that you don't need hundreds of toys or the newest "it" thing - just a little challenge and some guidance.

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!