52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island 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 50

You had a little bit of a hard day at school on Friday, the day of the Halloween parade. I took you home early for a reset. Sometimes you just need a day at home.


Logan - Age 2, Week 20

You had to take the whole week off school because of that darn croup. I felt so bad keeping you home because I know how much you adore school. Luckily you get to go back tomorrow!


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!