52 Weeks of Portraits | Long Island 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.

Lila - Age 5, Week 30

You had such a big week, touring your new school at kindergarten orientation and then celebrating the end of preschool with a trip to the beach with your pre-K class and a ride home on the train. It is the end of one chapter of your childhood, but the beginning of the next - I can't wait to see what is ahead for you. 

Logan - Age 2, Week 52

The last week of TWO. I can't believe how fast these three years have gone by. No matter how big you grow though, my little nugget you will always be.

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!