My story.

Hey! I'm Helenna Santos. I'm an actor, filmmaker, and creative portrait photographer.

I've been in the entertainment industry for two decades. My varied experience in the business has inspired me to highlight what makes each person unique, while focusing on storytelling and authenticity in my shoots, and bringing out what makes you, YOU.

xo Helenna


full biography

Helenna Santos is an actor, filmmaker, and creative portrait photographer.  

She has appeared in many network TV shows including Virgin River (Netflix),  Fire Country (CBS), The Flash (CW), and The Good Doctor (ABC), as well as studio movies and national commercials. She has produced and starred in two feature films as well as numerous award-winning short films and digital series. 

Helenna is the author of the poetry book A Long Dark Summerand was the founder/editor-in-chief of the entertainment website Ms. In The Biz for its seven year run. Her work as a contributing writer has been featured in a variety of publications including MovieMaker, Backstage, Film Inquiry, WeScreenplay, BUST Magazine, and Suleika Jaouad's The Isolation Journals

As a photographer Helenna specializes in portrait, editorial, and lifestyle photography for actors, various performers, and creative entrepreneurs. 

Helenna is a mix of Filipino/Russian/German heritage, a US and Canadian dual citizen, and currently resides in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia with her husband and their Bernedoodle pup. She is an indie film fanatic, an avid reader, and loves sharing creative inspiration via her Substack blog.



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