52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island Family Photography

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.

Lila - Age 5, Week 23

You are such a character lately. This was taken on Easter after most people had left. You brought a chair out to Nana's front yard and sat down, wearing your sunglasses, to "read" your new knock knock joke book. You were perfectly serious about the whole affair and would not let anyone help you decipher the jokes. You read the words you recognized and then made up the rest. Perhaps a little Tina Fey or Sarah Silverman in the making??

Logan - Age 2, Week 45

". . . and she loved a little boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself." - Shel Silverstein, "The Giving Tree".

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!