52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Children's Photographer

A little background about this project: 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 19

I arrived at school pick-up yesterday to find you devastated that the handle of your water bottle had broken. Such a little thing, but it clearly upset you immensely. You are generally so easygoing that sometimes I forget just how sensitive you are deep down inside. I gave you a big hug and reassured you that Daddy could fix the water bottle (he did) and you cheered up once we got outside into the fresh air. I hate seeing you so upset, especially at school, where you usually let things roll off your back more easily than at home. Nevertheless, I hope you always retain that deeply caring soul inside you.


Logan - Age 2, Week 41

Logan: "I need to go to the dentist."

Me: "You do? Why?"

Logan (completely serious): " Because my butt hurts."

Oh, you make me cry with laughter everyday  :)


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!