As a New England and New York family photographer, I get so excited when I photograph a baby milestone session in the mountains. This is a family portrait session I have been dreaming of for the entire year, and it happened with an incredible family!

Here’s their story…

One of my favorite all-time couples, Matthias and Rebecca have been together since high school! A fairytale story mixed with incredible chemistry and connection, they are two of the kindest and warmest people I’ve met. I met them three years ago while visiting Stuttgart, and as they just had their first child 8 months ago, they were so excited to have their first family portraits taken.

mom and baby cuddling with golden hour sun flare with helena woods

Family Photography in the Mountains

We all hopped in the car and drove out to the picturesque park called Wental-Felsenmeer in Germany, about a 45 minute drive from Stuttgart. It was well worth the fun drive through the mountains and fields and winding roads to get to this spot.

This family has ADVENTURE written all over them! They love being in the outdoors and the five of us (including my studio assistant (and husband) Alex) hiked up some rugged cliffs and mountains to scout out the rich, golden hour light. Waiting until the light was just perfect, we chatted and explored with this sweet boy on dad’s shoulders! He is only 8 months but has already seen so much of the world, as his mom and dad love to explore, travel and adventure the great outdoors – having just finished an incredible road trip through Corsica!

New York Baby and Family Photographer

We started with shots of Rebecca and him (motherhood is my favorite to photograph!) and then doing some lifestyle family shots together – including the famous Lion King throw/pose that I always include in my family/baby sessions. While my portraiture style is lifestyle, I also include some traditional family portraits right at the beginning to make sure we have it for the holiday cards.  While getting solo shots of him at the end of the shoot, when the golden hour light was so rich and magical, he played with sticks and bubbles and I photographed the cutest portraits of him while he crawled around in the golden fields. Isn’t he adorable? And those EYES! He’s gonna be a heartbreaker, for sure!

The love between Rebecca and Matthias was so evident, as they smiled and laughed together throughout the entire 90 minute session, adoring their sweet boy  and each other with hugs and affection. It was so beautiful to witness their love and joy for their family. They are so laid-back and go-with-the-flow – my ideal family to photograph! <3

Thank you Matthias and Rebecca for the beautiful experience of exploring and photographing the mountains of Wental-Felsenmeer in Germany with you! I can’t wait to see what you do with your images! <3

Want to Book a New York Family Photographer in the Mountains?

Are you expecting a baby and looking for a maternity, family and at home lifestyle newborn photographer? I travel all over New York City, Connecticut and France 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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Baby Portraits in the Mountains | New York Family Photographer

November 4, 2018


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I'm Helena! As a creative storyteller, I document magical moments through my lens and my pen. A lover of childhood, fairytales and natural light, I'm inspired to share the light around me. 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.