Leah O'Connell

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Maternity and newborn photos at home with the Barnes family

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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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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 out to do the same with their second boy, I was thrilled to continue capturing the growth of their family.

There’s something so cool about keeping a variable like location the same, even when so much else is changing.

The logistics

When they were pregnant with Theodore, we photographed their maternity session at home on a snowy day in January, then his newborn session 2 months later in March. His one year session was the following April as their property was starting to bloom into spring.

Maternity photos at home with first baby

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One-year old family session at home

Maternity and newborn photos at home (round 2!)

These two sessions with new baby Callum mark our 4th and 5th sessions together, all done at home in early and late fall.

We photographed our first three sessions with their first baby mostly in the morning, but the latest 2 sessions took place closer to midday to work around their personal schedules and nap times with a now-toddler.

The icing on the cake is that this family lives in a small one level home, buried in the woods – so light and space are both slim! 

All these details may seem unimportant, but that’s kind of the point!

We were able to create 5 different sessions amidst all different kinds of conditions. The variety is endless when you can see constraints as fuel for creative options (and that’s my specialty ;-)).

It is so beautiful to have the consistent backdrop of the home where these boys began part of this family, including their dogs, their nurseries, the big red barn and the little hallway with a sliver of light where we aim to shoot every time as a testament to the seasons of their family.

Maternity and newborn photos at home with baby Callum

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Can you photograph multiple newborn sessions in the same home?

There is really no cap on what’s possible if you want to do both a maternity and newborn session at home. Every session is completely unique because there are so many other dynamics at play that weave themselves into the art we make to reflect your story.

(This is another example of a family who did both maternity and newborn sessions at home!) 

Want to learn more about maternity and newborn sessions at home with me? Check out all the info here and reach out to tell me about your growing fam so we can make heartwarming photos of those most dear to you.

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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.