52 Weeks of Portraits | New York City Family Photographer

My 52 Week Project is a portrait project that documents the growth of my children. For each of their first years, I did a photo a day project of each of them... this is a simpler continuation of that. One portrait a week for the year - not your typical "sit and smile at the camera" portraits, but "environmental portraits" - photographs of my children, taken in their element, documenting this moment in their lives.

I try to write a few short words about each child under their portrait to record any details or milestones of the week.

This project was inspired by a gorgeous blog called You Are My Wild

At the end of each year, I make a memory book of the year's portraits.


Lila - Age 4, Week 48

This week you read me two Gerald and Piggie books. No one taught you to read, you just are amazing at memorization. You ask what a word is once, and then it is forever engrained in your brain. Your speech therapist told me that you never would have gotten services if the committee knew how well you can read already. My smart girl.


Logan - Age 2, Week 18

You are fighting your nap so hard this week. You missed it twice and today was a battle, but sleep finally won. I will not lose your nap without a fight, buddy! 


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!