Helena-Amante-Logo-freelance-travel-writer-and-photograher

About me

I’m a freelance writer, creative director, and photographer covering travel, culture, technology and creativity. I specialise in branded and editorial content for print and digital alike. I love to think about the hows and whys, consider the where and now, and find a beautiful, fitting verbal and visual expression to communicate a message.
 
Based between Lisbon and Madrid, I combine a decade of branding expertise with insight gathered from deep dives into creativity and culture for the likes of CNN and Emirates magazine, among others.

A bit of background

I co-founded a brand built on a century-old family shoemaking tradition in 2010 and specialised in wearing many hats: strategist, designer, writer, stylist, photographer, weightlifter.
 
Venturing solo at a time of turmoil in the fashion industry – aggravated by a global crisis – gave me a holistic understanding of the business and made me very aware of the importance of taking a step back to have a good look at the bigger picture, gathering cultural insights, talking to and building an audience, and having it all delivered in a compelling, cohesive, relatable, and understandable way.
 
Wearing many hats proved to be my one true love, and in between writing articles for international publications and delivering strategic content for brands, I welcome new challenges. If a project’s scope is beyond me, I happily partner with other creatives and strategists to get things done.

A little bit more

Visuals and words are my chicken or the egg – I'm wired to think in both, indissociably, at all times.
 
I believe digital and print are better together, and that a message without an audience is pointless, so I consider SEO-friendly practices the same way I care about designing a captivating book cover.
I like to step into other people's shoes and think people instead of consumers; I dislike formulaic approaches and I'm suspicious of people who don’t like to laugh.
 
I take an interest in all things culture, and in the people and ideas changing the world.
 
I also love chocolate.

So, what do I actually do?

  • Content creation
  • Art direction
  • Editorial strategy
  • Content marketing
  • Brand identity & narrative
  • Print & webdesign 
  • Brand consultancy
  • Project management

Contact

You're welcome to drop me a line at helena@luxesage.com
Freelance journalist, art director and photographer based between Lisbon and Madrid. Branded and editorial content creation for print and digital.