52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Children's Portrait 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 29

Portrait of boy with blonde hair.

There are days when you seem like all little boy. You go, go, go and keep up with the best of us. And then there are the days when you melt into a mushy puddle in my arms, and I remember that you are still only two. 

Lila - Age 5, Week 7

Watching you over the holidays at our family gatherings was such a testament to how much you have grown. I remember you used to cry and hide for the first hour of any gathering of people you hadn't seen for a while. Now you are the life of the party! I love seeing your confidence and joy. 

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!