I grew up in a family of portrait photographers in sunny San Diego, California, but it wasn't until years later as a working actress in the New York theatre scene, that I realized my love for creative visual storytelling...from behind the lens. I took a leap of faith, followed my heart and said a sweet farewell to my past life and bought my first camera.It changed everything. During my first year of business, I worked as a hospital newborn photographer in New York City. It was then that I fell in love with maternity portraiture and documenting those first precious weeks of a newborn's life. In 2016, I opened up my boutique children's studio and began uniquely specializing in modern classic family and children's portraiture. Since then, I've photographed families across Europe and America and opened the studio's Signature Session collection line for families looking to design and compliment their home with art of their loved ones.

I keep my sessions light, consistent, and efficient while focusing on those precious candid moments that naturally occur between people. My goal is to create stunning, timeless 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 matted prints to preserve each custom collection as art for your home. I am most passionate about documenting love, family connection and joy, and if you value high-quality art and a custom studio experience, we'd be perfect for each other.

Life passes much too quickly and these present moments are preciously fleeting. I recognize and deeply value the importance of living life fully, loving others deeply and preserving my most cherished relationships through timeless, meaningful portraits. I live for artistic visual storytelling and sharing stories that inspire and elevate the natural joys around us. 

I believe that children are magic, that they have much to teach us about the world, and that there is always time for play for in our lives. And I find my greatest passion is in telling the stories and legacies of families that matter, for your story is so worthy of being shared. Come celebrate your life and legacy with me. 

hello there...

a letter from


 I'm Helena, and I am madly in love with life.

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.



the studio MANAGER

he's also the husband! ;)


Helena's right-hand man, Alex is in charge of the administrative side of running the business. From handling the email inbox to organizing and scheduling sessions on the calendar, getting orders out and keeping track of the day-to-day operations of the business, he's the guy running the studio when Helena is on location shooting, editing and dreaming for the future.

We are a small but mighty team comprised of me, Helena and my incredible studio manager, Alex.

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A boutique children's portrait studio, documenting the simple joys of childhood and real, emotive connection between families, with a timeless classic look that's forever in style. 
Connecticut | NYC 









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 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.