Family Tradition Short Story Sessions | Long Island Family Documentary Photography

My parents were just here for a ten day visit and my dad brought me another USB stick filled with scans of images and videos from my childhood (this is third volume he has given me and each one is filled with irreplaceable memories that have been locked away in the depths of my brain… how lucky I am to have them back!).

Some of my favorite images are of family traditions from this time of year. I looked through the images and remembered pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating, making holiday cookies, eating cozy meals together, and putting out mince pies and sherry for Santa on Christmas eve (British tradition!).

Yep - that’s me in the middle!

These are quintessential childhood memories - when I think of my youth, these family traditions are the first ones that float to the surface of my mind.

Maybe that’s why this time of year always makes me nostalgic - the days growing colder, the leaves beginning to turn, the holiday decor appearing in storefronts, and mums decorating everyones' porches. It makes me reminisce of days gone by.


To celebrate this special season for families, this fall I am offering a limited number of FAMILY TRADITION SHORT STORY SESSIONS.

Imagine a collection of images of your family (you included!) celebrating this season in your own unique way - a collection that perhaps, like the images of my childhood that my dad just gifted me, your children will look at in forty years' time, and remember their childhood with overwhelming warmth and fondness. Tangible proof of how special this season was to your family.

Your Family Tradition Short Story Session will include one hour at a location of your choice, 20 high-res images delivered by digital download (which will include one family portrait), and a 20% discount to Minted for your holiday cards. The cost of a session is $650. (Travel fee applies outside of Nassau County.)


Apple picking
Pumpkin picking
Pumpkin carving
Holiday cookie-making
Christmas tree farm
Christmas tree decorating
Fall hike
Fall-themed art project
Boo your neighbors
Decorate your home/porch
Craft night with friends
Make a family recipe
Fall picnic
Make chili
Rake leaves
Roast marshmallows
Service (take a meal to an elderly neighbor, pick up litter on the beach, deliver treats to a fire station, etc.)
Decorate gingerbread houses
Make tortellini
Host a cookie bake-off

READY TO DOCUMENT YOUR FAMILY'S TRADITIONS? Click here to reserve your session!

Curious about what a Family Tradition Short Story Session might look like?

Click here to see the Capaldi family decorating their Christmas tree.

Click here to see the Dennis family at a pumpkin patch.

Click here to see The Sabbagh family spend a fall Saturday at their local farm.

Questions?? Check out my FAQ page, or send me an email.

Wishing you and your family a festive and happy fall!

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.