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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. 


backyard family photos in the summer by charlottesville family photographer

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This crew invited me to their home on a bright summer day for a family session to celebrate baby boy turning one. While many families will choose to have lifestyle newborn photos at home, I met this little guy when he was just hours old for a Fresh 48 session in the hospital. This made […]


client tips, families, local

Reasons to love spring family photos

Families (predictably) flock to fall photos as their annual go-to, but spring is too good to pass up and most people just don’t realize it! Last spring, I was on maternity leave but this year, I’m excited to dance with some families in the sunshine, play in backyards, and re-discover all the reasons to love […]


for photographers, motherhood, personal

Top 10 Discoveries of 2023

Full disclosure, I first got the idea for this from one of my favorite podcasts – The Lazy Genius. I weirdly enjoy these types of episodes and proceeded to come up with a list of my own so easily, I couldn’t not share it. My top 10 discoveries of 2023 include the art, products, practices, […]


families, featured

Backyard extended family photos in Charlottesville | The Murphy Family

Many photographers shudder at the thought of extended family photos, but to me, they’re a thrill. There are so many different personalities and so much potential for spontaneity and honest delight. All it takes is the right prep and energy to set the tone. Take these sessions to the backyard of a home where the […]



My 2024 Book List

Now that I’ve shared what actually got read in 2023, I’m diving into what’s on my 2024 book list. One of my major goals is to read more fiction. Doesn’t seem hard, but man do I get pulled in by a good biography or teachable, highly recommended non-fiction book. They call me! But also, they […]


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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Looking for family photos that go deeper? The kind where you can practically feel those knock-you-over-hugs, baby skin and the life you've built over 15-years-of-marriage... I'm your person.

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maternity and newborn photos at home with sibling

maternity, newborns

Maternity and newborn photos at home with the Barnes family

Is it possible to photograph sessions at home in any season, through family changes and growth, in any time of day or weather? Absolutely! I photographed maternity and newborn photos at home along with a one year family session with the Barnes family as they welcomed of their first son, Theodore. So when they reached […]


local, maternity, newborns

Gift certificates for photo sessions | Charlottesville, VA

Over the years, I’ve had so many families inquire about how to gift loved ones with a session. Experience gifts are so special, and while it’s easy enough to send an email that says “I got you this!” – there’s something even better about a tangible card to share the sentiment. Im excited to offer […]


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.


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