Leah O'Connell

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Reasons to love a summer family photos at home | The Pillar Family

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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Want to know the magical solution to getting all the pros of summer family photos without the heat, bugs, and late start times? Plan your summer family photos at home.

Summer can be a tricky season to schedule family photos outdoors because the days are so long and hot. A sunset session when the light is glowy and you’re not sweating could mean a 7:30pm start time… which is tough for families with young kids.

On the flip side, the summer season is much more versatile in color to coordinate with your home if you plan to display your photos (vs clear fall orangey/red vibes) and flowy dresses, shirtless little toddlers, and bare feet are the stuff of pure family session magic.

While I’m a huge fan of sessions where we splash in water and run with abandon in grassy fields… if that doesn’t feel doable or fun for you, then home is where it’s at.

In every session at home, I aim to capture the intricacies of personality that are innate within family dynamics – the subtle touches, bold laughter, intimate moments mixed with silliness.

It’s all baked into our relationships and so wonderfully accessible when we can let loose at home and feel beautifully alive with the people we love most.

These summer family photos at home have all the playful breeziness of a session outdoors, but with the added bonus of air conditioning and the sentiment that comes from capturing memories in a family’s most sacred space.

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Here’s what this mom had to say about their session:

“Leah these are absolutely INCREDIBLE. I am so blown away and so excited to share these!!! Thank you for capturing my family and freezing that day in time so beautifully!!! I am so impressed with how you somehow made our house look like a good backdrop for family photos, too. It’s tiny and old and our couch desperately needs a shampoo (or to be replaced entirely) and you can’t tell at all 🙂 Thank you!!!”


If you’re still here and feeling all warm and gooey inside about the idea of capturing your family in a comfortable, heartwarming way… reach out!

Let’s get your session on the calendar asap and celebrate the magical blend of simplicity and wildness that is family.

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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.