Leah O'Connell

keepsakes, newborns

The Perfect Newborn Photo Book

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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The perfect newborn photo book - Charlottesville, VA newborn photographer

Many of my newborn session clients love the idea of a baby book, but the idea of finding and creating one themselves is overwhelming.

If you’ve invested in newborn photos, it’s important that you actually enjoy them and let them serve their purpose of sweet reminders and emotional connection. That’s why I chose this 8×8 album as our signature book and the perfect option for newborn sessions.

I’ve tested and ordered samples from dozens of labs over the years to narrow down the choices for my clients, and am super excited about where we’ve landed with this hardcover 8×8 keepsake.


This is a step up from the softcover book – and seriously, so so pretty. A soft-to-the-touch velvet cover and little gold-heart imprint are just the sweetest fine details that make it perfect for both newborn and family sessions. They’re also available in a range of gorgeous jewel and neutral tones to compliment any home.


Many well-meaning and sleep-deprived mamas end up with half-finished books that live on a website somewhere in internet-land instead of the shelves of their baby’s room.

That’s why every Firefly collection comes with a print credit. Families can choose whatever printed products they love from the shop after viewing their images and apply thier collection credit like a coupon! It’s truly an easy button on that last step of getting your session photos printed.

I handle all the design, ordering, and delivery so you just choose your favorite images and cover option, then leave the rest to me.


Interested in one of these 8×8 hardcover albums for your personal family photos? Check out my Yearbook service 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.