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Helena Woods is a destination family, children's and newborn photographer. The HW Studio is a boutique portrait experience for families that are looking for timeless, clean and classic lifestyle imagery.  We are a  full-service, relationship-based portrait studio currently based in France and traveling worldwide for our families - and their fun family vacations!  We have found that the best, and most effective, part of this studio is the wonderful relationships that we form with the families that we work with and the experiences we gift them. 

We believe portraiture is an investment and one you’ll enjoy for a lifetime, so we want you to - not only LOVE your photos and the HW family experience - but to treasure and look back on them forever. For those clients looking for heirloom quality products, we offer 2 collections with quality heirloom products, featuring custom hand-bound "storybook" albums and fine art canvas wraps, prints and frames designed to last for generations.

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The Family Experince

Our studios's specialty

The most sought after session type, the Family Experience encompasses what clients want most: a joyful. laid-back and successful child & family portrait session while providing the utmost dedication to capturing stunning and high quality images  as a result! 

Session Details

Always on the search for rich golden tones and plenty of natural light, Helena shoot her photos the way I see the world: pure, refreshing, and magically lit. She is passionate about documenting the real, the raw and the honest moments of love and human connection. Helena won't ask you repeatedly for a cheesy smile because let's be honest - how boring is that? Whether it's a soft look, a soulful stare, or a joyful laugh, Helena is crazy passionate about capturing who you and your family really are in this very moment.  Portraits that tell a story. That's why we're in this, to tell YOUR unique story, for your story and love for your family is so worthy of being told. 

Helena's editing style is bright and modern classic - photos that won’t look heavily filtered and dated with the passage of time - and she aims for inspiring timelessness, making conscious decisions with every session to stay proportionately in-between modern and classic.

This studio experience is for the wild adventurers, the laid-back moms, and the passionate-about-life families. Helena is a nature gal through and through and loves shooting on-location in grassy fields, open meadows and parks, mountains, and by the water to provide you with compelling portraits. We specialize in outdoor family and child portraiture, but no matter where your adventure takes place, if you value the experience over perfectly posed portraits, we're the perfect match! 

The Style

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The newborn Experince

Capture those first precious moment's of your new one's life 

Newborns are some of our studios's favorite tiny subjects to work with, and Helena aims to create simple, classic and timeless images that capture the brand new features of your baby, while incorporating those who love them in the comforts of your home. 

Session Details


  She has a knack for working with young children and their families. Helena pulled out the most beautiful smile and images of my daughters true self. My daughter, now 8, doesn't always want her picture taken but she connected with Helena immediately. She even asked if we could do another photo session. Helena has a warm, welcoming and calm professional demeanor. She knows how to let the kids be themselves while gently guiding them to make sure she gets the shots that are best. The images we received are priceless. They are gorgeous, and I'm so thankful we met and worked with her. "

"I cannot say enough wonderful things about our photo session with Helena.


a note from becky


Helena creates beautiful images and is a pleasure to work with! She is very easy-going and creative. She took beautiful photos of my daughter and they had such a fun session. She was fantastic at getting a 5 year old to engage with the camera.  I would not hesitate to recommend Helena, in fact I already have many times. Several friends have had her take photos of their children and have been thrilled with the results."

"The photos are amazing and everyone who sees them remarks on how beautiful they are.

a note from stephanie



We've had Helena take my family's photos three separate times--and she handles it all beautifully and with a smile--including my toddler, baby, and dog--and on one of the times, also my parents, sister's family (with her preschooler and baby). She's even managed the impossible--the most beautiful picture of my then-not-yet-sitting-up six month old being hugged and kissed by my then-almost two year old. "

"Her work is natural and stunning.

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a note from callie



I've had two photo sessions with Helena and cannot recommend her enough. She is amazing with kids, including my rambunctious 3 year old, wrangled a family of seven for group shots, is quick and efficient with getting proofs back after the session, and is an absolute delight to be around. Everyone who sees her photos comments on them and I just love them! Thanks Helena!"

"an absolute delight to be around. 

a note from jennifer



 My sons can be slow to warm up to people, but they immediately took to Helena and were happy to be spending time with her. She blended into the energy of our family with ease, capturing both spontaneous moments as well as setting up some poses, without it ever feeling forced. Even in a short amount of time, Helena got several heirloom quality shots. I know that her skills and passion for photography are going to put her in great demand. I'm so happy to have had the privilege of working with her and look forward to scheduling our next shoot in the coming months."

"Our family photo session with Helena was a dream.

a note from sarah



and what the HW Experience includes

simplicity PACKAGES  295.00

signature collections begin at 595.00

All collections include a wardrobe & styling consultation and  digital images on a personalized online gallery to download, print and archive.

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studio faqs

what studio policies do you have?

- All final images are selected by Helena Woods and RAW images are never sold.
- The session fee is due upon booking to reserve your date and time and is non-refundable. Should an emergency come up, session fees are transferable. Rescheduling of the session depends on the studio's availability.
- 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 cards are valid one year from purchase, unless otherwise stated. 

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how far in advance should we book a session?

My calendar typically books 4-6 weeks in advance depending on the season. Fall sessions book 2-3 months in advance. I try to leave availability for last minute newborn sessions, though I highly recommend booking well in advance of your due date.  To get updated on Fall shoots, mini sessions, a Day in the Life series,  and Mother's Day session dates, sign up for my email list and be the first to get on the calendar!

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where do sessions take place? 

Signature  and Luxury sessions can be any day of the month at any location of your choosing. At home and in your yard are some of my favorite places to work. Simplicity "mini" Sessions are held at a local park or downtown city location on specific weekend dates - all of which are quiet, unique and provide the light and texture that create beautiful images. 

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how do we prepare for our session?

I will thoroughly discuss all of the details you’ll need to know, as well as chat about your visions/thoughts/priorities, before your session takes place. In addition, you’ll also receive my Session Guide, which provides location and wardrobe suggestions, as well as what to expect before, during and after your session. I've got you covered all the way! :)

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are digital images included with the session?

Yes, in the modern era- most families want digital files- so all sessions include digital files for sharing online, printing, and archiving. 

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what happens in the case of rain, illness, etc?

No worries at all! If we have an outdoor session planned and the weather looks uncooperative, I’ll contact you to coordinate a different date. Sunlight is an important element in my clean and bright style, and I ask that you trust my judgement when it comes to whether or not the conditions are favorable for shooting. 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 in rescheduling due to weather or illness.

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what if we are unhappy with our images?

While it is rare, if for any reason I am unable to get all of the images we need in the first go, I'll let you know, and come back to round out your images at no extra charge. I stand by my work and clients 100%. My ultimate goal is providing you with beautiful, timeless images that fit your needs and expectations. If you are unhappy with your images once they are presented to you, I will work with you to either coordinate a reshoot or provide a full refund.

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what if my children are uncooperative?

That is why I am here! It is a rare occasion that I am not able to get fantastic images of your child, regardless of their temperament. I strive to create images that capture all of the facets of their personalities - not just the smiles! If for some reason I am not able to capture everything I need to, we will schedule a follow up session.

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do you photograph newborns and maternity?

Of course! I 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 35 - 36th week. HW strives for elegant and clean images with plenty of natural, magical light.

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2019 Travel Schedule 

january to april - strasbourg 
may - england, ireland
may - paris
june - south of france
july - austria
august - switzerland
october - paris


I'm a traveler at heart and love serving clients all over. If you don't see your city on this list and want me to photograph your family's story, please get in touch with me and let's make it happen! 

Documenting the joys of childhood and real, emotive connection between families, with a timeless look that's always in style. 








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Helena Woods is currently based in Strasbourg, France and is available for travel worldwide.