Leah O'Connell

Featured sessions, newborns

A cozy newborn session at home in Charlottesville

I'm Leah!

I’m obsessed with stories of family, creativity, and simple joys.  A nostalgia nerd, educator, wife, and mom of 3, I believe life’s most fun when you’re dreaming big and having kitchen dance parties. 

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This cozy newborn session at home took place as snow flurried outside and the grey dreariness wrapped the home in clouds.

We were confined to the windows in the front two rooms of the house and the narrow nook of their entry with the front door open. It whipped snowflakes on my back as they huddled and I pulled enough light from behind the clouds. Regardless of the added challenges, the family laughed through the cuddles and occasional sniffs from their curious dogs.

Low-light newborn sessions create a richness in tone between warm light and fall-off from shadow that lends to the coziest tones. This session feels like a hug and a tickle at the same time, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s a combo any family would long to hold close.

mom with baby boy and 2 big sisters
overhead angle of newborn with siblings, lifestyle newborn photos
baby laying on bed in solid onsie
family of 5 lying on the bed, lifestyle newborn photos at home
poses of parents with newborn baby, lifestyle photography
natural poses of family in lifestyle newborn photos at home
charlottesville newborn photos at home, baby with mom in nursery
siblings sitting in crib with baby brother, charlottesville newborn photos at home
family with newborn, pose in front hall
charlottesville newborn photos at home, family of 5

Interested in a casual, relaxed newborn session at home for your growing family in an season? Reach out here!

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

I’m  one of the first to meet your newborn baby, the one who won't judge your clothes baskets and unmade beds, and the one who can capture the way your husband looks at you with a twinkle in his eye after 12 years of marriage. I believe in honoring people and telling stories.

I believe art has the power to light up the world in dark places, starting at home.