52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Family Portrait Photographer

How is your February going so far? We are trading colds around here but enjoying the odd sunny day. Only a few more weeks until Spring!

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 34


You've had a rough couple of weeks with illness... I was trying to count up the days you have actually been to school since the Christmas break, and I think its only three! You have been so happy to get out of the house on a few occasions though - I can't wait for sunnier days when we can spend all day outside. Soon my love, soon.

Lila - Age 5, Week 12

We registered you for kindergarten this week! I cannot believe how fast these five years have flown by. You are so excited about your new school, your new teachers, your new friends, the bus! When I think about how timid you were starting nursery school, and how I had to stay with you for three weeks before being able to drop you off - I hardly recognize this brave, adventurous girl standing in front of me! I am so excited for this next chapter - you are going to do amazing things, sweet Lila!

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!