52 Weeks of Portraits | Garden 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.


Logan - Age 2, Week 25

You had such a fun weekend upstate - your favorite thing was going through the doggie door to the porch (even when the regular door was open!). You surprised all of us by sledding by yourself down a pretty big hill! Definitely a daredevil, you are!


Lila - Age 5, Week 3

You got to spend the weekend with your beloved Riley dog, who you said you were most thankful for on Thanksgiving. It is so sweet to see how much you love Riley. Such a big-hearted girl.


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!