52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Children's Portraits

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 4

I love watching you and Logan together when we are out somewhere public like the park. You spend half the time looking out for him and protecting him, and half the time hiding behind him. Whatever the case, it is clear you would be lost without your little brother. 

Logan - Age 2, Week 26

You waffle between being so daring (climbing things you shouldn't at the playground, and death defying dives off the couch!), to wanting to be carried, and making sure your spot as "Mama's boy" is secured. I love my brave, baby boy.

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!