52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Documentary 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 5, Week 6

The wonder on your face and the delight you showed for every new detail while we were in NYC last weekend was such a lesson for me. Continue to look at everything as if for the first time. Stay awed. This life we have been given is such a gift. Thank you for the reminder.


Logan - Age 2, Week 28

It has been a full year now that you have been obsessed with your numbers and letters. Those puzzles were a gift last Christmas. I love seeing your brain constantly on overdrive, reciting letters even in your crib while you are falling asleep. I hope that thirst for learning lasts your whole life. 


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!