I'm a family and newborn photographer and educator. 

hey, I'm Leah.

I've been working with families since my days as a teenager in the mall portrait studios - yea, we go waaaaay back.

There's a culture around “picture perfect family photos” and I'm not into it.

The backstory

We bought a camera. I found a few local photographers and begged to tag along. I shadowed them and slumped bags and watched them edit and soaked up their confidence. I realized that “professional photographer” was an option - and I wanted it bad.  Despite my complete lack of skills and business savvy, I felt the nudge and threw myself all in. 

From the beginning, I wanted to make images that felt more real - visual reminders of legacy, personality, and little joys that set our souls on fire.

what would you do with this one wild and precious life? 

In my early 20’s, I was freshly married and freshly graduated from JMU with a degree in English and a masters in secondary education, alone on an actual island paradise. We were nomads - on Oahu for just one year. I had no kids, no job, a bajillion questions rattling around the big question - 

 I've spent the last decade chasing down that vision. 

I believe in being the light in dark places. I believe it starts small.
It starts with little hearts and homes.

I believe the world feels too big sometimes - that making a difference feels imperative and impossible.

But when we run through sprinklers with our clothes on and play a little past bedtime and taste the batter and hug so hard we fall over… we are rebels.

I believe that celebrating people for who they are is step 1 in building a world full of people who appreciate and support one another.

I believe sometimes we need a little help seeing our own light.

When its reflected back to us, we shine brighter together. 

Why Firefly?

My person and our 3 babies

me and my crew

Put on a record, make some waffles, lay in the grass, splash in the river. We're here to tap into the goodness that abounds when we're all in with each other, so for these moments, you get to soak in the beauty of life - then relive it again and again in the photos we make from that well. 

Perfect is boring. You are much cooler than that.

I've been photographing families for over 15 years, everywhere from Hawaii to Virginia, in dark homes and scenic mountaintops, with stoic teens, camera-shy parents, and crying babies. Basically nothing surprises me. My goal is to help you see your insides on the outside - the more natural and free we can be, the better.

Basically nothing surprises me.

WHAT?! You're not perfect?! Good.

not about

Sticking babies in baskets,
overcomplicating things,
stiff, fake posing
hustle culture


A good book,
black coffee,
printed recipes, 
celebrating people

all about


Words from happy clients:

"Absolutely stunning - I cannot thank you enough. These photos mean everything to us."

— Sarah


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