52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Children's Photographer

A little background about this project: 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 36

This week you suddenly started pronouncing Lila's name more accurately - now you are saying "Why-wa" instead of "Wah-Wah". It's so interesting to watch you consciously practicing the sounds, saying her name over and over again. So much going on in your little brain. I think you've 85% given up your nap, much to my dismay . . . I was hoping you would nap until age 4 like Lila! I'm brainstorming some ways to make more of our afternoons since it looks like I'll no longer be using them for work time. I know I only have you home with me for a short time, though, so let's make the most of it. Spring is coming - I think its time for some Mom and Logan adventures!

Lila - Age 5, Week 14

You are so like me. You are so meticulous and so serious when it comes to trying to accomplish a task. And you get so frustrated when you can't do it. We've had a lot of talks lately about how you learn through mistakes, and you just have to keep practicing and trying until the mistakes become less and less, but its a hard lesson to learn. Believe me, I am still working on this lesson, too! I think if we keep cheering each other on we'll be okay, though. I know you can do whatever you set your mind to do.

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!