The Easteadt Family, A Story in Motion | Queens Family Films

The hard part about marketing documentary family photography and film sessions is that you are constantly trying to teach people to have the forethought to record what will one day be memories. You are not really trying to meet a need that they have now, but rather a need that they will have in the future.

Many, many people will say after the fact, “I wish I had a photo of that”, or “I wish we had made photography XYZ a priority” - but finding those families that truly see NOW what the value of doing a session WILL BE… those families are special, and hard to come by.

The Easteadt Family is one of those special families.

I first met Ashley and Jason two years ago, just days after their second child was born. We documented one of those first days at home with a new baby and adjusting to life with two littles. They invited me back last year to make a second film in which they discussed all they had learned in that first year of parenting two kids, and this year, we collaborated on the family’s third film. It’s lovely to see this sweet family grow every year, and I love seeing the personalities emerging in the two kiddos.

Ashley is one of those unique people who truly recognizes that these little films are time capsules of her family. The memories of her kids at each of these stages in life are now documented forever, and able to be re-lived at any time.

Below are a few of the images captured in their session this year, and their 2018 film. I can’t wait for next year’s!

If you are interested in watching the family’s previous films, you can watch 2016 here, and 2017 here.

Thank you, Ashley and Jason, for inviting me back to document your family again this year!

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.