52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Family 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 44

You've been ending up in our bed every morning around 4:30 or 5am for a few weeks now. Your dad says it's a bad habit to get into, but here's a little secret that I'm not even going to let present-day you in on - I kind of love snuggling in those early morning hours with you. Even though it has meant no more early morning work hours for me, I think the Logan snuggles are worth the sacrifice. I know before too long they will be a thing of the past. 

Lila - Age 5, Week 22

You are many things. Proud, stubborn, silly, loving, concerned, smart, curious, compassionate, tentative, needy, creative, imaginative, friendly and brave. I love them all. 

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!