by Leah O'Connell  |  family and newborn photography  |  based in Charlottesville, VA

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There’s something about this season that makes you want to slow it all down for just a minute and soak it in like that first cup of hot coffee at dawn.

You need photos that remind you of your ‘why’ and reflect to you and your people the truth - that you are seen, valued, and loved.

Capturing the way we delight in those we know and

love anyways

[My husband] especially couldn't part with any of the photos as they have captured such a time of healing in his life. I can't emphasize enough how much this art means to us. "

"We are totally thrilled and floored by these photos."


We have been so happy working with Leah in both the process of having the photos taken and the end results. She truly makes everything feel so comfortable and natural. I take so many photos all the time of my daughter and my husband and my pets, but the ones that bring me the most joy and that I look back on year after year are the ones Leah has taken."

"It is very rare for me to look at photos of myself and feel happy with how I look, but I am so thankful to have photos of me with my family that I can look at and feel nothing but love.


She is able to get deep into the tiniest moments and pull out the spectacular. When we look at the photos Leah captured of us, I can't help thinking 'if I live to be 80 - this picture is going to transport me back to the years of raising our children and all the magic within them. 

"People talk about finding their forever home - I've started referring to Leah as our forever photographer.

- Samantha

this is what it's allabout

I’m also one of the first to meet your newborn baby, the one who won't judge your clothes baskets and unmade beds, and the one who can capture the way your husband looks at you with a twinkle in his eye after 12 years of marriage. I believe in honoring people and telling stories. I believe art has the power to light up the world in dark places, starting at home. 

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The Firefly Letters

Family photos are about more than pretty faces (though you're gorgeous, obviously). They're about celebrating what's right in front of you that's sometimes hard to see. That's where I come in. 

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baby back rolls

wind-blown hair

bare feet

jumping on the bed

grass stains

belly laughs

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- Jaden

We were hesitant about investing in family photos because of the cost. What if it didn't pay off? What if we didn't like how we looked? What if our child was having an off-day?

Instead - we took the leap. And I am soooo thrilled with what Leah was able to gift us. The pictures are incredible, genuine, soft, fun, playful, and capture our family dynamic perfectly.

Totally worth it.

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