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Here you'll find featured family and newborn photography, photography education, and tips for stress-free sessions that feel wild and true. Dig deeper wtih personal stories of simple joys and the inspired details in everyday life that ignite my work, thoughts, and heart for making art in the world. 

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It’s easy to think that all newborn sessions are sleepy, calm and serene. After all, that’s the majority of what we see in media around newborn sessions at home. But I believe newborn photos can be just as full of personality and vibrance as any other, especially whenever there’s a sibling or two thrown in […]

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families, for photographers

Big Feelings, Little Houses Project

Behind the project The Big Feelings Little Houses project is an ongoing experiment celebrating the big personality that unfolds in the nooks and crannies of home. It was born out of a desire to bring a new angle to representing artistic family photography in media through more diverse environments than only those that are ultra-styled […]

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families, featured, for photographers

Family photos with special needs kids in Charlottesville, VA

Making family photos with special needs kids can offer some unique challenges, but is also such a beautiful collaboration between the family and artist. Each time I work with this family, their radiating joy spills over in multitudes. I’ve photographed them at home several times, but this time, they wanted to give my petite sessions […]

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for photographers, motherhood, personal

Planning maternity leave as a family photographer

Planning maternity leave as a family photographer – even as an entrepreneur or small business owner in general – can feel overwhelming and exciting at the same time. You are in complete control and… oh, shoot, you’re in complete control. There’s no paid time off. There are no set-in-stone dates for your leave or return. […]

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families, featured, local

Summer petite sessions 2023

Mini sessions have never been something I’ve aligned with from a quality and creativity standpoint, but once a year, I offer an exclusive spring or summer petite session option with limited availability on a first-come, first-serve basis. These anticipated sessions are always offered to my email list first and usually fill up right from there! […]

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A morning person, nostalgia- obsessed, book-loving dreamer + doer

Hi, I'm Leah.
Family photographer and educator.

I am endlessly curious. I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself and love a good kitchen dance party. My kids inspire and delight me daily. My superpower is seeing magic in the mundane and thinking way too deeply about it. I’ll talk your ear off about business, purpose, and the ways art can fuel both. I believe the best way to care for people is to really see them. Every man in my life taught me that strength starts with black coffee and every woman showed me that you can be both sweet and spicy. 

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client tips, newborns

When to take newborn photos

Between hanging over a toilet, planning a registry, and setting up the nursery, it starts to really sink in that you’ll be joined by a little human soon; it’s special, unique, and a complete blur… so let’s talk about when to take newborn photos with that miracle you’ve been longing to meet for the last […]

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client tips, maternity, newborns

What to wear for fresh 48 photos

Scheduling fresh 48 photos can be exciting and intimidating – after all, you have no idea how you’ll be feeling after the intense labor-zone. Maybe the idea of deciding what to wear for fresh 48 photos, dressing up, and being photographed in this stage feels like a hard pass. But the good news is, despite […]

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Behind the scenes

Learn about photographing families in any home - even in low light, tight spaces, with wild kids, you name it. My class joins 26 other family photography instructors from around the world for this super valuable resource.

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Grab this 30 minute walkthrough of my behind-the-scenes thoughts, prompts, and direction to make these images of a backyard family session.