a boutique portrait studio, documenting the joys and real, emotive connections of family and childhood.
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. "
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."
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. "
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!"
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."
All sessions include the digital images on a personalized online gallery to download, print and archive.
- All final images are selected by Helena Woods and RAW images are never sold.
- The session payment 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.
- 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 cards are valid one year from purchase, unless otherwise stated.
Our calendar typically books 4-6 weeks in advance depending on the season. Fall sessions book 6 months in advance and cherry blossom sessions begin booking out 9 -12 months in advance. We try to leave availability for last minute newborn sessions, though we highly recommend booking well in advance of your due date. To get updated on Fall and NYC / D.C. Cherry Blossom shoots, monthly mini's, a Day in the Life series, and Mother's Day session dates, sign up for our studio's email list and be the first to get on the calendar!
Signature Sessions can be any day of the month at any location of your choosing. At home, in your yard and at the beach are some of Helena's favorite places to work. Simplicity 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.
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 Style Guide, which provides location and wardrobe suggestions, as well as what to expect before, during and after your session. Our studio has you covered all the way! :)
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 gift you our studio's printing guide for printing recommendations if you choose to print.
Not a problem! 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.
While it 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%. Our 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, we will work with you to either coordinate a reshoot or provide a full refund.
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 need to, we will schedule a follow up session free of charge.
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 35 - 36th week. HW strives for elegant and clean images with plenty of natural, magical light.
2019 Helena Woods | Newborn, Maternity, Children and Family Photography in NYC, Connecticut and the South of France.