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 25

The last days of pre-K are drawing near. I can't believe it. The ways you have blossomed this year are vast and beautiful. I am excited for this next chapter of your life - kindergarten! But also a little bit in mourning for my baby no more. I love you so.

Logan - Age 2, Week 47

My sunshine boy. You've had a rough week of it with terrible allergies and now an ear infection. I hope these anti-biotics kick in immediately and the happy face pictured here returns swiftly.

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!