No props, backdrops, or harsh lights. In my version of school photos, children are encouraged to be themselves, engage playfully, and are never forced to smile if they don’t want to (but they’ll be having fun, so chances are, they will!).

School photos


Sessions take place outdoors with natural light. We keep it simple and you get timeless, authentic photos of each student.

School photos are getting an upgrade.

A modern gallery delivered for each student with 5-10 images to choose from in digital or print.

Online viewing + ordering

 Parents only pay for the photos they want after viewing them and are never obligated to purchase.

a la carte purchasing

Yep, this is free for schools. I offer this service at no charge because I love empowering kids with a positive school photo experience.

No cost to schools

the perks

Homeschool co-ops

Outdoor, forest schools, alternative school programs


Montessori schools

The perfect fit for

outdoor school photos, charlottesville, va

I've been photographing families and kids professionally for almost 20 years, and above all, I believe capturing true personality is about seeing and honoring people. Whether we're together for 3 minutes or an hour, my priority is always connection first. I believe that being photographed is a vulnerable and beautiful act and want to create a positive association around it for kids of all ages. 

more about leah

Leah O'Connell of Firefly provides all with grace. I see wiggly or reluctant children relax into what is a stress-free session with a photographer who never speaks down to them. Leah's photos of our students catch their very essence -- silly, serious, dubious, joyful. Her photographic alchemy is unparalleled!"

Head of School - Free Union

"Warmth, professionalism, and stellar photographs -

director at Free union country school


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let's work together

spring and early fall openings available