52 Weeks of Portraits | Garden City, NY Portrait 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 3, Week 1

You want to run with the big kids but you forget that you are still only three. A little dude who, regardless of his size, wants to play tug-o-war on the big boys team, and attempt to climb through a hole in the fence that is too high for you to get your leg through because you saw the big boys doing it. I admire your gumption, your determination, your give-no-shits attitude. You are going to be just fine out there in the big, bad world. You got this.

Lila - Age 5, Week 31

That sunny face was not present for much of this week. I hate it when you or Logan are sick. When your light is dimmed. It doesn't seem fair. I hover and worry, trying to will the light back. And eventually it does. Thank goodness, eventually it does.

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!