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Helena Woods is a family, children's and newborn photographer. The HW Studio is a boutique portrait experience for families that are looking for timeless, clean and classic imagery.  Helena and her team work together as a full-service, relationship-based portrait studio.  We have found that the best, and most effective, part of our studio is the wonderful relationships that we form with our families over the years. Currently the studio is based in France until 2020 and travels worldwide regularly for our families in New York, Connecticut (Greenwich and Fairfield County) and the D.C. metro area.

Our studio caters to discerning clientele looking for modern classic portraits of their children that are stunning, simple, and timeless.  For those clients looking for heirloom quality products, we offer 4 Signature Collections, featuring custom hand-bound "storybook" albums, fine art canvas wraps and artisan frames designed to last for generations.

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 portraiture  as a result.

We offer 2 portrait collections - Simplicity Sessions and our more custom Signature Sessions.  

Session Details

Always on the search for clean backgrounds and plenty of natural, airy light, Helena shoot her photos the way she sees the world: pure, refreshing, and magically lit. She is passionate about documenting the real and honest moments of love and human connection. Whether it's a soft look, a soulful stare, or a joyful laugh, Helena is passionate about capturing who you and your family 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, polished 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. Helena's goal is to create stunning, timeless works of art that will stand the test of time, and she personally values quality and attention to detail, offering her clients exquisite handcrafted albums and matted prints to preserve each custom collection as art for your home.

This studio experience is for the nostalgic mommas and the passionate-about-life families who value clean, classic portraiture and a custom experience. Helena is a nature gal through and through and loves shooting on-location in grassy fields, open meadows and parks, and on the beach to provide you with compelling portraits. Our studios specializes in outdoor family, child and newborn portraiture, but no matter where your adventure takes place, if you value the experience of custom portraiture, 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.  We offer only custom Signature Sessions for our newborn sessions

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 sessions  will begin at 550.00*

*u.s. pricing
for pricing in 2019/France, please contact the studio!

All sessions include the digital images on a personalized online gallery to download, print and archive.

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sessions in 2020:

studio faqs

what studio policies do you have?

- 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. 

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how far in advance should we book a session?

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!

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where do sessions take place? 

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. 

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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 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! :)

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are digital images included with the session?

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. 

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

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.

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what if we are unhappy with our images?

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.

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what if my children are uncooperative?

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. 

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does Helena photograph newborns and maternity?

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.

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2019 Travel Schedule 

january 14 - february 3 // san diego

june // st. tropez, bordeaux, provence 

MAY 20 -28  // ENGLAND

august 24- 31 //  austrian alps

october 26-November 1 // new york city, greenwich ct

november 2 & 3 // d.c. & Alexandria, va  


I'm a traveler at heart, and love serving families 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. 








2019 Helena Woods | Newborn, Maternity, Children and Family Photography in NYC, Connecticut and the South of France.