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 51

I absolutely love listening to you potter about by yourself when you think no one is watching or listening. You give voices to inanimate objects and entertain yourself so well. Today I heard you give voices and personalities to two markers. They had a whole conversation with each other. It was freaking adorable.

Lila - Age 5, Week 29

The Lila of Fall 2016 is not the same Lila of Spring 2017. I cannot believe the confidence and joy you exuded at your final music class performance. I was so so proud of you. This extra year of pre-K has been a game-changer. You are so ready to go out there and take on the world!

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!