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Family and newborn photography in Charlottesville, VA

Whether we’re cozy at home or in your happy place, we'll make heartwarming family photos that natural, silly, playful, and full of warmth. Your photos are meant to fuel love on your hardest days and celebrate the simple things in life. Bonus - no shoes required. 

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You’re not here to check 'Christmas card photo' off the list or get just one "good" pic of the kids. 
You’re here because you’re interested in art that
shows how it feels to love. 

Your days are a swirl of work and play, but 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.’ Photos that reflect to you and your people that they are seen, valued, and loved.

Heartwarming family photos that feel 
wild and true. 

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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. 


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. 


Home is the key to removing some of the biggest stressors that most people say they hate about family photos - like getting everybody dressed and out the door on time. Here's how. 


This post is meant to be a super helpful gathering of Charlottesville pregnancy and newborn resources from aaaaaall their words, advice, experience, wins, and fails.

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[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."


This could be you....

We put the slideshow up on our TV and K**** loved watching  - he was dancing the whole time and made us put it on repeat! Thank you!!

These are amazing! We're so impressed by the moments you were able to pull from the chaos.


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

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We can go ahead and ditch the idea that family photos have to be some stressful event with lots of arguments about tucking your shirt in. Here, we're about baby back rolls, wind-blown hair, and jumping on the bed is part of the ride.


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“She knew exactly how to make family photos fun for our two little boys - I am totally in love with our photos.

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