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2020 Publications and Awards

Jersey City Magazine
Ellements Magazine
Waves and Runways
Voce Spettacolo
Picton Magazine
Evon Magazine

Gerri Karamesinis Award
CTPPA Rookie Award (Highest Point Total for a first time entry)
Spring Seasonal Competition Best In Show for Fine Art

Capturing the Rhythm of Life

Pictures of People Studio is a leading headshot, portrait and fashion studio in central Connecticut. I am South Windsor photographer John Helmke and I love taking pictures of people. My goal is to create images that truly make a difference. Images that represent the real you to your potential clients, agents and casting directors in your best possible light.

Whether you’re a new model or actor and need your very first headshot or an experienced pro who want to add some flavor to your portfolio, I’ll be delighted to work with you. I work with actors, models and business professionals to develop and expand their media presence. I can help when you need professional photographs of your staff for social media profiles, corporate website photography or if you want some dramatic action shots of you being you.

In this day of ubiquitous social media, there is no substitute for a killer headshot to help establish respect and credibility in a career. Doctors, lawyers, politicians, clergy, teachers, professors, law enforcement…everyone can have high quality photography done at a local studio.

In short, my job is to create images that open doors for you.

Want to hear what our clients have to say? Check out our recent reviews on Facebook.

Sharon Ryals-Harden

John is wonderful to work with and does a great job with the pictures.

Melissa Gilbert-poulin

John does absolutely outstanding work! he is very patient and kind and knows how to capture the photo! His work is amazing!!

Haritha Vadavalli

Would highly recommend John for any kind of portraits with family, friends – he is very patient and works with you to get exactly what you are looking for. It was a pleasure getting our pictures done by John! The picture quality, attention to detail and the overall experience was wonderful!

Jessica Marie Glasser

John is amazing to work with! Makes sure you’re comfortable, checks in with you often, and is so easy to schedule a session with. I’d highly recommend!

Ngozi Nnaji

It was a pleasure working with John! He made me feel comfortable and relaxed during the photo shoot; bringing out my personality in every picture that he took!

Thank you for great professional head shots, John!

Amanda Lynn Klingman

So creative! Great pics and a fun time. John Helmke is professional and extremely talented.

Cristin Daly

This was a great experience! I hadn’t had headshots taken since college so I was nervous, but John immediately put me at ease and made me feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. The headshots came out great and I had such a hard time choosing which ones to get. I highly recommend Pictures of People studio!