52 Weeks of Portraits | New York Children's 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 8

You surprised us all this week when you finally agreed to wade into the lake all the way up to your chest and then "swim" with Lila, Nana and I. You are tentative around water, but finally got up the courage to join us. I was so proud of you, buddy!


Lila - Age 4, Week 38

You spent three straight hours in the lake on Saturday! My little fish! I have got to find a place for you to do real swimming lessons ASAP!


Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. Head over to her Facebook page to see more of her recent work at https://www.facebook.com/francescarussellphotography/, or follow her on Instagram @francescarnyc. If you are looking for a 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!