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WHY FIREFLY?

Fireflies are small, superfluous in the scheme of the things -- yet, they have this amazing ability to grab our attention when they let their light shine.

When you see them, you get this warm, gooey feeling of childhood and playfulness.

You want to capture that feeling. Return to it, night after night.

That’s the kind of feeling I like to bring to my photos, too.

Firefly is about more than snapshots. It’s a way to celebrate life with color and expression.

To vibrantly and boldly declare love and put it on display.

I believe we should let our light glow to our families and friends, to radiate it in our homes, and to turn the little things into moments we can embrace forever. 

 

by Leah O'Connell

Based in Charlottesville, VA

serving surrounding areas and long distance clients

 
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Meet Leah


Meet Leah


Hey there, I'm Leah

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I'm your photographer, but I'm also your champion - I'm one of the first to meet your day-old baby, the one who captures your father throwing his 2 year old grandson high in the air, the one who gets to make your middle schooler feel like a million bucks and captures that mischievous grin your toddler makes when he's trying to steal cookies from the pantry.  Life has many beautiful seasons and I am honored to not only have a glimpse at yours, but freeze them for you to love on forever. 

I put my soul into this work because I believe in a bigger picture - the one that tells a story of love, makes all ages feel beautiful and valued, and allows us to hold on to the moments and people in our lives that make us truly feel something. I want you to look at the images we create with heart pumping every time you walk by them on a wall or shelf and say "that's US." 


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Firefly is known for :

capturing genuine expression and personality

quality, heirloom products and wall art

bold color

personal, friendly experience 

fast turn-around times

joy, love, and playfulness

 

 


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"Can I just say wow!? Leah made our daughter feel amazing all through the whole process. From designing the shoot, to taking the photos, and delivering a product she loves, every step was discussed and professional. Her energy and enthusiasm to create [our daughter's] senior portraits look amazing says it all." - Hilary
 

"I was nervous scheduling a session based on labor, but Leah was fantastic and flexible, arriving at the hospital at the perfect time to catch our boys meeting their baby sister for the first time! We absolutely love the photos capturing our new family of 5 for the first time and will cherish them forever. Leah takes beautiful photos, but more importantly, her sweet spirit is one that you WANT to have present at the special moments she captures."  - Bana

 

"Our biggest reservation about hiring a photographer was making sure the pictures were worth the cost. We loved that Leah captured all of the moments in our home  and even took the time to include our dog in our family photos, which made the pictures even more special. She also helps you through the ordering process to make sure you get exactly what you want! We definitely believe that the moments she captured and the experience are well worth the price."  -Brittany

 
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Like what you see? Want to learn more? Contact me below with your interest and questions so we can get started making and capturing your memories.