Lisa and Phil are true adventurers. We met on a cliff overlooking the sea in Iceland a year prior, when Alex and I camped and road tripped our way through the small country on a summer trip. We chatted about our love for travel and photography before we realized we all lived in the same area! They asked for my card, and a year later – here we were! Although I specialize in family and children photography, I had always wanted to shoot an engagement session in historic Old Town Alexandria. And they were the perfect couple to photograph and work with! We explored the town’s cobblestoned alleyways and streets, chatting about the Northern Lights we had witnessed (thanks to their recommendation! Without them, we never would have seen those dancing lights on that warm August evening…) and their upcoming marriage on August 10th! These two love birds were beyond easy to photograph – they way they both looked at each other was pure magic and a joy for me to document and capture behind my lens.

Congratulations Lisa and Phil! May your wedding, honeymoon in Greece, and marriage be as magical and lovely as you two are. <3

Here are a few sneak peeks of our recent session in Old Town Alexandria!


Couples Engagement Session in Old Town Alexandria D.C.

July 8, 2018


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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.