52 Weeks of Portraits | Family Photographer on Long Island

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 4, Week 42

The fact that your fifth birthday is only 10 weeks away is unbelievable to me. Just yesterday we sat together and looked through the book of the 365 portraits I took of you during your first year. In a way the year you were born seems like AGES ago, and yet just yesterday all at the same time. The days and months are flying by. It is true what they say - the days are long, but the years are short. I love you sweet girl, and I vow to savor every day with you, even the difficult ones.

Logan - Age 2, Week 12

I was looking at you yesterday thinking about how tall and lanky you are getting - those long skinny legs and torso. Not that you ever had any baby chub, but you truly are mostly little boy these days - the only glimpse of baby I still get is when you are nursing. That same little sucker face as when you were only days old. One more week until you start playgroup! Those two years flew by.

Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. Head over to her Facebook page to see more of her recent work at https://www.facebook.com/francescarussellphotography/, or follow her on Instagram @francescarnyc. If you are looking for a 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!