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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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As I poked around online to get some gift ideas for my own family for the holidays, I couldn’t wait to share what I found! This Charlottesville, VA gift guide is full of some of my favorite items on shelves in our area to help narrow your hunt and shop local for the holidays. *Most […]

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Black Friday Deals for Family Photographers

As a lifestyle family photographer, my gear list is minimal, but it still takes a host of tools and products to run my business well… and costs can add up. That’s why it’s such a good opportunity to take advantage of Black Friday deals for family photographers on software, education, gear, etc that can help […]

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Do I need Instagram for my photography business?

Last week, my privacy was violated. I got a disturbing text to my personal phone from an unidentified number saying they got it from Instagram (and other creepy things). That text coupled with a few unwelcome phone calls AND a hacking scare really shook me about the open online world. It got me thinking – […]

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Summer newborn photos at home with baby Wilder

Every new baby melts my heart, but it was a first time experience to walk into a session and simply start weeping. Baby Wilder is the first baby boy to my very best friend whom I’ve known since I was 7. She and her husband welcomed him into the world after years of infertility, a […]

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Love in an upside-down world | in-home family photos in Charlottesville

When the world feels upside down, there’s still that moment. The one when you brush a fallen hair out of her eyes and tuck it behind her ear.There are tiny red cheeks, soft and supple, grinning about things like sparkles and raspberries.Sun-dripped nooks of warmth.Hugs like fuel. Books of encouragement and stories of escape. Friends […]

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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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What to wear for outdoor family photos when it’s hot

You want an outdoor family session… but it’s a million degrees and you don’t want to turn into a pool of sweat. How do you look pulled together, casual, and summery, but still keep cool and comfortable during the session? How do you decide what to wear for outdoor family photos when it’s hot?! The […]

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Interview on The Art And Soul Podcast

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Lisa from The Milky Way in this interview on The Art and Soul podcast. We talked all about building sustainable systems as a family photographer and building confidence when shooting in homes! Lisa and I dug into the ins and outs of how to build a foundation […]

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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.