52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island 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.


Logan - Age 2, Week 49

Little man, feeling much better this week and back at school. You've been picking flowers while we are at the park and telling me they are for your classmate Rylin. "These flowers are going to make Rylin so happy", you say. Such a sweet boy.


Lila - Age 5, Week 27

I loved going on the field trip to the Science Museum with you this week. It's always nice to do things one-on-one. "Girls' Day?" you say. "Girls Day!". I love how happy it makes you. I am going to miss having so much time with you when you are in school full time next year. You are so ready, though. My beautiful, curious girl. Ready for your next adventure.


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!