52 Weeks of Portraits | A Personal Project Documenting My Children

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.

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I've decided (at least until I change my mind again!) that this will be the last week that I share these portraits in their own post. From now on I will share the week's portraits as part of my "Snapshots of Our Week" post each Tuesday, but without any narrative. The images and their narratives will be posted privately on Flickr where I keep track of them until I make my year-end books for the kids.

With Lila starting kindergarten, I want to start respecting her privacy a little more, and by keeping the narratives private I can also open up a little further, which I think will ultimately be more valuable to both children in the future as they look back on these portraits of their childhood.

Logan - Age 2, Week 7

A wonderful week spent with Lucy - we were all a bit worried you might be left behind in the dust by the girls, but nope. You kept up with them and I think were even maybe the biggest life of the party! You loved playing with Lucy and keep talking about her, even now a week after her visit ended. Seeing the three of you together was the best. I can't wait until the next time.

Lila - Age 5, Week 37

It was the week you had been waiting for all year - Lucy's visit! It was a great week, filled with many adventures and much fun. It was so nice to see you and Lucy pick up where you left off - you slept upstairs with her all week and the two of you were inseparable. Many memories made to last until the next visit! I can't wait to put a photo book together for you of your week together!

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 preserve your family's legacy, please contact her for a session!