Leah O'Connell

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Summer lifestyle newborn photos at home | Charlottesville, VA

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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It’s easy to think that all newborn sessions are sleepy, calm and serene. After all, that’s the majority of what we see in media around newborn sessions at home. But I believe newborn photos can be just as full of personality and vibrance as any other, especially whenever there’s a sibling or two thrown in the mix.

These summer lifestyle newborn photos at home are the perfect example of how you can still embrace all chaos, fun, and silliness of family.

Behind the scenes

Throughout this 1 hour session, baby wanted to nurse no less the 4 times.

I read Little Blue Truck to a 3-year-old and let him dance on top of the coffee table.

We instigated tickle fights, dad finished a half-eaten english muffin with heated up coffee, and we talked about the bizarre injuries of their energetic farm dog.

The laid-back nature of the shoot, the ebb and flow of rooms and poses – it’s all a reflection of my approach to notice and harness the intricacies of each unique family.

To do that, we have to play. We connect beyond the camera. We are open and delighted by the spontaneity of children.

It can be hard for families to embrace this sometimes, especially in a newborn session at home with older siblings. They’re functioning on little sleep and high emotions, after all. That’s why it’s so crucial for me as the photographer to set the tone and continually reassure and guide the direction of the shoot with an abundance of grace and encouragement.

The real gold in lifestyle newborn photos at home

Scheduling lifestyle newborn photos at home can be such a beautiful pause in the mundane rotations of those first days home from the hospital.

Amidst all the stress and confusion of those early weeks with a newborn, they are as much about the experience of breathing out joy as they are about the final photos.

Experience matters.

2 extra hands to hold a baby for an hour matters.

Getting dressed and feeling beautiful and acknowledging the growth of your family with both reverence and excitement matters.

The warmth and color and laughter matter.

Here’s what this mom had to say about her experience:

“Leah with Firefly Photography is a joy to work with she has a true talent for making you feel comfortable and capturing the real essence of your family. She is prompt and responsive and the outcome from her time with you will be photos that you will want to share with others and display for a lifetime in your home. Her aesthetic is authentic everyday life and magnifying the little precious moments. I have been thrilled with the cherished memories she has captured of our family.”Rebecca

Are you interested in lifestyle newborn photos at home with me that feel as vibrant and heartwarming as the love for your family?

Check out my maternity + newborn portfolio here and reach out to chat details!

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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.