Leah O'Connell

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Welcoming baby 3 // Newborn photos at home

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 phrase “beautifully imperfect” rubs me the wrong way. “Imperfect” somehow implies there is a “perfect” to begin with. It implies something is wrong, even if it’s accepted.

I don’t believe in perfect – a perfect session, a perfect home, perfect light, or perfectly behaved kids.

I believe in the hard, beautiful work of family.

The early days with newborns and siblings is really hard and I don’t try to sugarcoat it. But I do aim to spend one hour making photos that remind you where the glory shines through.

My real job is to zoom in on the moments that make your heart beat fuller and make photos that celebrate beauty within in the realness.

In newborn sessions like this one, I am humbled by the flow of family life.

Shyness and swing spinning.

Bed jumping and stories in the rocking chair.

Nursing and muffin baking.

Conversation about art and learning and things bigger than ourselves.

I want my time with families to be about more than making pictures. There should be a feeling of awake-ness, a settling of the soul that happens after an hour or two of being all in with your people. It’s as much about the experience as anything else.

The art of doing life together matters.

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If you’d love newborn photos at home that feel warm and natural, I’d love to honor your growing family in this way.

Reach out here to get started.

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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.