Leah O'Connell

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Playful family photos at Chiles Peach Orchard

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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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Sweet, juicy peaches and bright summer sun. All the ingredients for a super special family session celebrating this 3rd baby girl’s first birthday at Chile’s Peach Orchard. Add some wildflowers and a light breeze bouncing off the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was a true treat to savor the richness of family joy with them on a Virginia summer day.

Enjoy some of these favorite playful family photos at Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet!

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Bonus tips for summer family sessions outdoors

  • Let’s not forget that July in Virginia is hot. For outdoor sessions in this kind of heat, shade is always a bonus for recovering and I encourage families to tote along water bottles for taking breaks. (Of course, locations with water like rivers and creeks are a favorite of mine to avoid this all-together!)

  • Wear clothing that is breezy and light – nothing too stuffy required here!

  • Consider your shoes – keep ’em comfortable or better yet – go barefoot!

  • Many families choose to end their session with a treat, so I love when I can tag along! For a sticky finale to these playful family photos at Chiles Peach Orchard, we enjoyed their famous peach ice cream and cider donuts!

Interested in booking a family session with me at one of your favorite family spots in Charlottesville or Crozet?

Let’s do it! Reach out here so we can collaborate on creating images that drip with the beauty of personality and vibrance unique to your family. Getting excited already 🙂

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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.