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As a lifestyle family photographer based in France, the pandemic halted all of my 2020 photography sessions – no surprise there!

After the cherry blossom and Paris photoshoots were cancelled, I was left with plenty of empty space and a little too much leisure time. During the quarantine, I decided to get my camera out and start filming videos in my small French village.

That’s right: I started a Youtube channel.

And boy, has it grown so quickly! I never expected to have over 1,500 subscribers in just a few months! And while it’s been super fun creating films on topics I care deeply about (slow living, the French lifestyle and simple joys)…I’ve really missed photographing families.

You see…human connection is my number one priority in life. And while I love chatting with my new friends in the comment section of my videos, there’s nothing quite like in-person human contact. I adore my job as a family and children’s photographer because I love getting to know people in real life. I love forming and maintaining relationships. 

Because to put it simply, I am fascinated with people. I love finding a connection, a sense of vulnerability and authenticity and humanness in who I am photographing; whether that be a mother, a couple, or a family. When shooting portraits, you really get to know someone and see firsthand what makes them who they are and what lights them up.

Cooking at Home Family Photo Session – France Lifestyle Photographer

Because all of my family photo sessions in France were cancelled or rescheduled to a later date, I asked a family I know and love if they wouldn’t mind modelling for me! It had been a solid 3 months not photographing families, and I felt a bit rusty with all the leisure time. And it lit a spark back in my heart! Oh, how I missed photographing families! This lifestyle family session in France was centred around making lunch together in the kitchen, similar to a lifestyle family session I photographed in March.

It is these precious moments that I love most about family photography: the split-second interactions, glances, and intimate details…

…the way the light hits your face while holding your first born, the way your daughter tugs at your dress when she wants your attention, the way your husband looks at you surrounded by your little ones, the way your littles speak gibberish but you somehow understand every word. Those little details, those simple joys are what fuel my passion for family photography. And this family photo session in France is exactly the kind of work that adore doing!

Here are just a few sneak peeks from this lifestyle family session in France


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Are you looking for an at-home lifestyle family or newborn photographer? Please inquire for session details and more information on booking. I look forward to documenting the love and joy between you and your family! While we all don’t know when it will be completely safe enough to travel internationally again, my session calendar is open for new and existing clients and I’m so excited for summer and Fall family sessions to kick back up again!

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Family Film – Helena Woods Photography

Family films can be added to any HWP  session type. To see a recent Family Film, watch below or click here!

Read more about our newest Family Film service!

Cooking at Home Family Photo Session | France Lifestyle Photographer

June 3, 2020


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I'm Helena! As a creative storyteller, I document magical, emotionally honest family and children's portraiture. A lover of childhood, fairytales and natural light, I photograph families across the world. I'm the ultimate Disney nerd, and I'm obsessed with cats and expressing my love for the simple joys of slow, daily life.

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Helena Woods is a destination newborn and family photographer based in France and New England and travels worldwide. She is known for her natural light, modern classic, and emotive photography style.










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