52 Weeks of Portraits | Garden City, NY 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 13

You've already started saying "I do it!" with getting dressed, getting in and out of the car, putting DVDs in the DVD player, applying sunscreen... all things it took your sister four years to want to attempt herself! My self-sufficient little boy! (Well, except when it comes to putting yourself back to sleep at night!).

Lila - Age 4, Week 43

Francesca Russell Photography | Garden City Family Photographer | Lila in the water

I think you must have been a mermaid in another life. You love the water so much.

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!