Snapshots of our Week | New York Family Photographer

We finally had a run-of-the-mill week - no holidays - just a straight-up full week of school. The kids’ noses are getting less drippy, and they both are very cheery heading off to school every day. Knocking on wood, but I think we are hitting our stride.

With Logan in school four afternoons a week this year, I am finally able to really block schedule my time, which has been great. Multi-tasking was really doing my head in, and so by assigning specific duties to each of my days, I am feeling so much more productive and way less scattered. Right now I am following this loose schedule: Monday - marketing/social media, Tuesday - editing, Wednesday - house (cleaning, meal planning, etc) or shooting, Thursday - editing, Friday - self-care, Saturday - shooting or family time, Sunday - family time and memory-keeping (editing and organizing my personal photos).

This week we had “Back to School Night” at Lila’s school. I really like her teacher this year - she is a mom of four, and although there are plenty of great teachers who are not parents, I think for the younger grade levels, its really nice to have a teacher who is also a mom. She seems to really understand the kids’ insecurities at this age, and also understands from a parent perspective what we are dealing with at home. I’m really excited for the year ahead with her. Lila’s school also has a new principal/assistant principal team, who are really energized and making lots of improvements, which is great to see.

Last weekend I went out and bought a bunch of art supplies, and Logan and I have been doing some art journaling in the mornings before he goes to school. I am really enjoying playing with paints and pens, and its a nice time spent with him. I’m posting some of my art journal pages over on Instagram stories if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to.

I had sessions on Friday and Sunday - both of which were really fun. A vacation session in Manhattan and a picnic in Cedar Creek Park. Sometimes work doesn’t feel like work.

On Saturday we went to Restoration Farm to pick up our CSA share, and we had such a great time. We ran into friends and ended up joining in their picnic lunch and staying for two hours! The kids had a blast running around the woods. We picked flowers and explored the fields. It was great. I am so happy we are members.

Next weekend we head up to Copake for some apple-picking. Yep, fall in New York is in full swing.

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.