To put it simply, I am fascinated with people and with life. I love finding a connection, a sense of vulnerability and authenticity and humanness in who I am photographing; whether that be a mother, a couple, or a family. When shooting portraits, you really get to know someone and see firsthand what makes them who they are and what lights them up.  Life passes quickly; I want to slow it down for a little while and allow time to stand still so you can remember what it feels like. I believe that children are magic, that they have much to teach us about the world, and that there is always time for play, wonder and curiosity in our lives. My goal is to share stories that elevate the simple joys around us, that bring positivity and light to our human experience. 

I photograph the split-second interactions, glances, and intimate details...the way the light hits your face while holding your first born, the way your daughter tugs at your dress when she wants your attention, the way your husband looks at you surrounded by your little ones, the way your littles speak gibberish but you somehow understand every word.

It’s about a feeling rather than posed, forced photographs. Mothers don’t often get behind the lens and my greatest gift is to give them timeless images of what they’ve created, their family and how beautiful their life is.  It's an honor to be invited into someone's life to photograph moments and deliver those moments for them to keep as family heirlooms, that they will look back on for years and years.

In 2016, I opened up my boutique studio in NYC, uniquely specializing in modern classic family, newborn and children's portraiture. Since then, I've photographed families across Europe and the U.S., begun incorporating couples photography and opened the studio's Signature Session collection line for families looking to have custom storybook albums of their portraits. 

I keep my sessions light, fun and efficient while observing those honest moments that naturally occur between people. My goal is to create stunning works of art that will stand the test of time, and I personally value quality and attention to detail in this experience, offering my clients exquisite handcrafted albums and "family films" to preserve each experience as art for your home.


a letter from


 i'm helena.
a storyteller, documenting moments.

To savor and celebrate life. To feel the past, imagine the future and savor the N O W. To live fully and live more. These are stories that reveal who we are in this present moment: our depth, our essence. Photography is about time. 

Why Photography? 

To savor life.

With my approach to photography, I focus on connection, following natural light and documenting those emotive, honest in-between moments.


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& filmmaker

In the summer of 2018, my husband and I moved to France where I began learning more about slow and simple living. In March of 2020, I began documenting my journey on the Simple Joys Youtube channel, where I create cinematic films about what living in France has taught me and what the  French lifestyle can teach us about living well.  

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How I let go of "should" and 



personal thoughts on living in France, following a simple and value-driven life and following your intuition

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