52 Weeks of Portraits | Garden City South 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 23

You've been fighting a cold and cough for almost 6 weeks now, but you are still (mostly!) such a happy boy. I love your smiles, your giggles, your singing and your zest for life! I worked in your classroom on Monday and I adore seeing your enthusiasm for school, for trying new things and exploring your independence. 

Lila - Age 5, Week 1

5 years old. I can hardly believe it. My smart, beautiful, compassionate girl. We are not always seeing eye to eye lately, your stubborn independent streak is growing fierce, but know that I love you with all my heart and am so proud of you. I loved spending the day with you at school on Monday and seeing how much you have grown. You are loved, sweet 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!