Leah O'Connell

families, Featured sessions

An Extended Family Session at home

extended family session at thanksgiving
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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Home sessions are an amazing option for extended families who want to capture a piece of the true memories and relationships shared.

They’re also a great way to have natural photos of people who hate being in photos.

This family, for example, traveled from all corners of the country to be together for the holidays but wanted to keep it simple and not detract from their time just hanging out.





Their typical evening included grandpa cooking, playing outside with the little kids, decorating cookies, watching football, and playing dominos.

Documentary family photos give you a unique perspective of real, natural moments. Not just the faces, but the personalities behind them. When you see photos with a ‘20 years from now” lens, they tell a story of family and the love your shared.









Are you interested in a home session with your extended family or just learning more about Firefly sessions in general? Check out my experience page here or reach out to connect!

You can also hop on my 2x a month email list for updates, offerings, and fun recommendations for families 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.