Connecticut New England Family Photographer

As a lifestyle family photographer, my sessions in New England and Connecticut are fun, intimate, light-hearted and a time to create some honest memories for your family. Over the many years running my business, I’ve noticed a trend between moms and dads. I’ve found that warm, cuddly and intimate photos tend to showcase mom and her child, whereas the silly, fun, candid laughing portraits always tend to feature dad. After years of noticing this, I always have dad play that role during the session if it naturally fits.

Tips for Dad: Connecticut Family Portraits

Keep it light, keep it fun!

No need to stiffly pose and smile at the camera, counting down the minutes until the session is over. I want you to connect with your kids, talk sweetly with your spouse and pretend I’m not there. 

To read more of my helpful tips on relaxing for family photos, click here. 

While I always include a few traditional family portraits in all of my sessions, my focus is on documenting real life, real love and real emotion. In essence, I am a family lifestyle photographer in Connecticut New England.

How Dad Can Interact With Kids For Family Photographs

My heart soars when I see dad throw his little one high up in the air and they all smile, looking up at their laughing, joyful baby. I love photographing family portraits where dad holds up his child in that classic Lion King pose and the family interacts with with another as they naturally would. 

Joy is what I aim in capturing for in my portraiture, and when dad is silly and lets loose, joking, tickling, smooching, and affectionately holding his family, these images show so much LIFE, real life, in the gallery. These are memories that your children will love to look up at on their nursery walls, in your family storybook album, and around the home. 

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Happy Fathers Day, Dads!

In honor of Fathers Day, I’m sharing a few of my favorite images from this past year – all showcasing dad. Photographing families across New England, Connecticut and New York has allowed me to form incredible friendships with my clients over the years, and that love I have for building long-lasting relationships and true connection with others is why I love what I do. 

dad and mom throwing baby in air laughing connecticut photographer

baby girl and dad laughing in Connecticut with family photographer

Dads in Connecticut – New England Family Photographer 

Are you expecting a baby and looking for a lifestyle family and at home newborn photographer? I travel all over New York and Fairfield County Connecticut 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! You can view at more detailed look at my travel schedule HERE. Please inquire for session details and more information on booking.



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Best of Dads | Connecticut Family Photographer

June 15, 2019


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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.