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As a destination family photographer, I am always so grateful to photograph families and couples in love on their vacation, and this recent session in Portugal, along the Algarve beaches, was one of my favorites! This being my second session at Quinta do Lago in Portugal, I scouted my favorite spots beforehand, finding some romantic locations along the sand dunes, wooden bridge and along the golden sands.

Destination Portugal Family Photographer

Nelson emailed me about portraits of him and his lovely girlfriend Catarina in Portugal, and after choosing to have our beach session at Quinta do Lago – a small, quiet beach near Faro – we planned our session for just a little before golden hour. The wide blue skies are stunning in Portugal, and with the empty beach to ourselves, we played, frolicked and I cheerfully snapped away while they were completely in their element: happily in love.

Our session was laid-back, silly and so much fun as we enjoyed the clouds passing by and the sun dipping down beyond the shore. We joked and laughed and Nelson and Catarina were both such naturals to photograph – they made my job so easy!

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Family Photographer at Quinta do Lago in Portugal

As a destination photographer, I’ve photographed families in Paris, Southern California, New York City and across France, but I am madly in love with the country of Portugal. Since having started photographing couples and families there last year, the Algarve has quickly become one of my favorite places to travel and shoot in, and I love going back to Portugal to photograph families on their travels.

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Planning a babymoon or family vacation and interested in having a photographer document your time? I travel all over New York City, Connecticut and across Europe for my clients. I recently returned from Portugal, Germany, and San Diego and I am next off to Connecticut and New York in October and November for Fall family and newborn sessions! You can view at more detailed look at my travel schedule HERE. Please inquire for session details and more information on booking. 

If you don’t see your city on the list, contact our studio here and we’ll get your destination on the calendar!

Now onto the photos – because how gorgeous are these beautiful people!

Couples Beach Photoshoot – Portugal Algarve Family Photographer

June 29, 2019


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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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