52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Children's Portraits

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 40

You killed me practicing your smiles for your school pictures this week. So stinkin' cute!! Reports say that your class was so well-behaved. No tears, just total cooperation for the group shot. Apparently you are most even-keel playgroup they've had at the school for years! I'm excited to see the next two years with this group of kids - such a good bunch!

Lila - Age 5, Week 18 - 

I love how happy you are at school and with your friends. It was your "special day" on Monday so I came with you to school for the day. Your teacher said you have made a complete 180 degree turn-around since the beginning of the year. You used to be so serious and let little things get to you, and she said now you always have a smile on your face, you have so much fun with your friends and that you seem so much "lighter". I am so happy to see you happy.

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!