The Simplicity Session is the perfect option for clients who seek exquisite lifestyle portraiture and who want the excellence of a high-end portrait experience but who may not be looking for the full investment of a standard Signature Session. These sessions are perfect for families and couples who desire only digital images and an easy, simple session experience for yearly portraits. Custom storybook albums are only available with the Signature Sessions.
- 45 minutes of quality session time with Helena
- 30 hand edited + retouched digital files for you to download, print, and share online.
The Signature Session is our studio's most sought after session type, offering families and engaged couples image variety and several shooting locations. The Signature Session is ideal for those expecting as well as those who desire a custom documentary Family Film. It includes 100 digital files. Our Signature Session includes a pre-consultation with Helena, styling services and a complimentary, small luxury album from your session designed by Helena.
- All final images are selected by Helena Woods and RAW images are never sold.
- The session payment is due upon booking to reserve your time and date and is non-refundable. Should an emergency come up, session fees are transferable. Rescheduling of the session depends on the studio’s availability.
- Signature Collections and custom products are only available during the session consultation.
- All images are stored for one year. We cannot guarantee that we will have a copy of your images, slideshow or gallery outside of one year.
- Gift certificates are valid one year from purchase date, unless otherwise stated.
Our calendar typically books 4-6 weeks in advance depending on the season. Fall sessions book 6 months in advance and NYC cherry blossom sessions begin booking 9 months in advance. We try to leave availability for last minute newborn sessions, thought we highly recommend booking well in advance of your due date. To get updated on holiday and Cherry Blossom sessions, Fall minis, our Day-in-the-Life series and Mother’s Day session dates, sign up for our studio’s newsletter and be the first to know when our session dates become available.
Signature Sessions can be any day of the month at any location of your choosing. At home, in your yard and at a beach in Fairfield County Connecticut are some of Helena’s favorite places to work. Simplicity Sessions are held at a local park, garden, waterfront or beach on specific weekend dates - all of which are quiet, unique and provide the light and texture that create beautiful imagery. Helena travels worldwide for Signature Sessions, whether that be at your summer home or on holiday abroad.
Yes, in the modern era - most families want digital files, so all Simplicity and Signature Sessions include digital files for sharing online, printing and archiving. We also provide you our studio’s printing guide for printing recommendations and tips if you choose to print your digital files from your Simplicity Sessions.
If we are local and the weather looks uncooperative, we will contact you to coordinate a different date. However, if it is a destination shoot, and Helena is traveling to your location, we always encourage embracing whatever the weather ends up being like. Helena is a seasoned photographer and can play and shoot in any type of light. However, if it is crazy town and could damage Helena's gear or it’s just not safe — we will absolutely reschedule or postpone. If your child is under the weather, it is imperative that we reschedule.Sick kids typically don’t act themselves, and as their parent, you’ll notice in your images if they aren’t feeling well. There is no charge for rescheduling due to weather or illness.
That is why Helena is here! It is a rare occasion that Helena is not able to get fantastic images of your child, regardless of their temperament. She strives to create images that capture all of the facets of their personalities - not just the smiles. If for some reason she is not able to capture everything she needs to, our studio will schedule a follow up session free of charge.
While is is rare, if for any reason Helena is unable to get all of the images we need in the first go, we will let you know and come back to round out your images at no extra charge. We stand by our work and clients 100 percent. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with beautiful, timeless images that fit your needs and expectations. If you are unhappy with your images once they are presented to you, we will work with you to either coordinate a reshoot or provide a full refund.
We will thoroughly discuss all of the details you’ll need to know, as chat with you on the phone about your visions, thoughts and priorities before your session takes place. In addition, you’ll receive our studio’s session guide, style magazine with wardrobe suggestions, as well as what to expect before, during and after your session. We pride ourselves on being a full-service boutique studio and will have you covered each step of the way! :)
Of course! We know the importance of preserving your family’s most precious moments, especially when you are preparing for the new addition to your family. Newborn sessions take place within the first 4 weeks of life, preferably within 7-12 days of birth. Maternity sessions take place in the 35th-36th week. Helena strives for elegant and clean images with plenty of natural, magical light.
Absolutely! In the last couple of years, Helena has had families fly her out to their vacation homes and holiday destinations. It allows for her to document a season at your home or in your home state / country, and it is such a beautiful experience!
Tip: If you want to save on travel fees, try to find other families/mamas in your circle, or in your city, that may be interested in a session as well, and you can split the travel fees to save money! You can also check out Helena's "bucket list" which showcase destinations with waived travel fees.
It truly depends on where Helena is traveling, the season we are in, the timeframe we book the flights, etc. That said, you can estimate by checking Airbnb/Hotel costs in the area Helena will be staying, and seeing how much roundtrip flights are from Paris (CDG) to the destination. Keep in mind that rental cars typically run about $30-50 per day, or less when booked in advance. Airfare is completely waived for destinations on Helena's "bucket list"
We don’t have set travel fees since every destination is different and can have its own unique set of costs. We only have you pay for roundtrip flights, stay, and a rental car. If a rental car isn’t necessary, I just take Ubers to and from the location and have you reimburse me. I am also completely open to staying with you or in the same hotel as your guests if this helps save money!
Outdoor session start times vary depending on the season, but they almost always begin 60-90 minutes before sunset. In summer, that is usually around 7:00, and in winter that is usually around 4:30. Newborn and indoor sessions usually begin around 11:00 am, but start times are very flexible. If you love the golden hour glowing sunshine look, your session will need to start 60-90minutes before sunset regardless of your kiddo's bedtimes. Later naps and bribing with treats seem to help! However, if that is simply not doable for your family, don't worry - we can do a session earlier in the day in a location with lots of shade.
Absolutely! We love when clients share the images to their own page or share with others! However, when posting Helena's imagery online, please do not crop, edit, slap a filter on or change the image. You are welcome to use the images as your Facebook profile picture as long as the image is not altered and photo credit is given. When posting on Instagram, please ask us to text you your sneak peek images so you have the highest quality image available to use and kindly give photo credit.
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Helena Woods is a newborn, maternity, kids and family photographer in New England, France and travels worldwide for her clients. She is known for her natural light, modern classic, and emotive photography style.
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