My final outdoor session of 2018, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! “C” and her family met me at Le Jardin des Deux Rives in Kehl, Germany – just right outside of Strasbourg, France. Her son was quietly curious, adventurous and sweet, and I was able to capture so many great moments from behind the lens. Being December, the trees were mostly  bare, but I was able to find a tree or two with some beautiful foilage and creatively used a few other locations to capture that Kehl-feel. I am so pleased with how their gallery ended up and am sharing a few sneak peeks down below!

I love to share the behind-the-scenes of the HWP studio, and I thought with our studio closing up for winter I’d share what it is like for a seasonal on-location natural light photographer….

Life as a Seasonal On-Location Photographer

Being a seasonal on-location photographer means it’s harder to photograph kids at their happiest during certain times of the year. Because our studio uniquely specializes in children’s portraiture, it’s our job to make sure the kids are happy during their session. Kids are completely natural and unabashedly themselves – one of the many reasons why I love photographing kids so much! And you can bet that if the weather is bitterly cold, they will show their true feelings about it on their face. There is no hiding those chattering teeth and frowns. This tends to be a major reason why 90% of my shoots happen in the spring, summer and autumn months. The HWP studio is open for outdoor family portraits from April – November, and here’s a breakdown of what happens during each month.


Busy season. As every family photographer knows, October and November are the busiest, most hectic and exciting times in our schedules. The air is crisp and perfect, and families just love  being outdoors and enjoying the rich colors of the season. This is  the popular route for the vast majority of the families that book with me. That magical blur of oranges, reds and yellows in the background truly make my images pop! And families just love the vibrancy of these colors, which makes them ideal for holiday and Christmas cards.

Spring and Summer

Cherry blossom season (usually in late April) in New York and Washington D.C. is another busy time for my studio, as well as early summer into July. I just love those lush greens, shorts and polos, and everyone always just seems happier in photos in the summer – could be all that glorious sun. The days are also long in the summertime, giving us those extra hours to play with during our shoots. I can never complain about summer sunsets either – those rich blues, oranges and pastel pinks that sweep the sky in July and August are just breathtaking.


When winter arrives, it suddenly becomes “Newborn Season.” Not only are many mamas giving birth this time of year, but the bare trees allow plenty of light to enter homes, giving me that glorious natural light to work with while photographing families indoors. This is the time I primarily photograph newborns, “Baby’s 1st year” sessions, and lifestyle at-home family sessions. Our studio’s “Day-in-the-Life” sessions also mainly happen during the winter months. For families that desire those precious moments of putting on pajamas, bubble bath and story time, and tucking in before bed – my photojournalistic, lifestyle approach allows me to document these fun moments that always seem to fly by way too soon. Morning sessions are a popular favorite for families that want those memories of making pancakes and early morning playtime documented.

If you’re interested in booking a winter session with our studio – whether that be an indoor family and newborn shoot or my documentary “Day-in-the-Life” sessions, make sure to contact the studio now to book a slot!

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Final Outdoor Session of 2018!

A few sneak peeks…

Life as an On-Location Seasonal Photographer | NYC Connecticut Family Photography

December 7, 2018


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2016 - 2019 Helena Woods | Helena Woods Portraiture is located outside New York City in Fairfield County Connecticut and travels worldwide for her clients. Helena Woods is New England and Connecticut’s premier family, children, baby and newborn photographer specializing in modern classic custom family photography with a timeless look that's always in style. As a professional photographer, Helena captures maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits in NYC, Westchester, Trumbull, Easton, Weston, and Westport, Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Norfolk and all Fairfield County surrounding areas.