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Harrisburg PA Photographer 

Kate McCord Photography is all about capturing the special moments for your family. I strive to deliver beautiful, vibrant images that bring out the best of your family. In my business, kids run the world. I do my best to make your kids feel like they’re the most important part of the session and really work to get their buy in. This allows the session to be relaxed and fun instead of frustrating and full of begging for participation and cooperation.

Sessions take place both on location and in studio, which is located in Mechanicsburg, PA. From start to finish, my goal is to make the entire process simple & fun. Picking locations and planning wardrobe? All taken care of by me. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is choose your favorite images.

serving Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, york, hershey, camp hill

The keeper of the camera here at Kate McCord Photography. I am a lifestyle photographer based out of Central PA. Serving York, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Hershey, PA!

I whole heartedly feel that family photos are such an important part of your family's story. To be cherished in the present and passed down for years to come.

As your Harrisburg area family photographer, I will dance, sing, and do all kinds of silly things to get those authentic smiles from your kids that make your heart melt. 
When it comes to Harrisburg newborn sessions, my goal is for my new mamas to know their beautiful baby is in good hands and let you enjoy the process of capturing all their tiny, perfect newborn features!

As your photographer, I strive to capture your special moments in a relaxed and fun way. My sessions are meant to be fun and child led. I will always try to connect with your kids, help you relax and be in the moment, and assist in curating moments that you will cherish forever.

You should leave your session thinking or saying, "Wow! That was FUN!" 

When I'm not behind the camera, I am spending time with my 3 kids and husband. We love to travel to the beach, adventure in the woods, camp as the weather permits!

I started Kate McCord Photography in 2019 through my love of newborn and family photography. I initially purchased my first camera to capture my kids with something nicer than my cell phone. However, I quickly realized my passion for photography went beyond my own children and that's when I began snapping pictures for others to document their special moments too!


Hi, I'm  Kate!


Hi there! If you've made it here, I'm sure you're trying to figure out what sets me apart from the rest of the photographer's pages you've been perusing all day. 

Kate McCord Photography is a full service boutique photographer specializing in growing families and babies.

My goal as your Central PA newborn & family photographer is to make beautiful photography fun & easy! Central PA moms deal with enough stress on a daily basis. Choosing the perfect photographer, beautifully curated outfits, and *the* Mechanicsburg, York, or Harrisburg location shouldn't even need to phase them. From the initial inquiry through gallery delivery, I can assure you that the only thing you need to worry about is showing up...I'll handle the rest!

Each of my carefully curated collections aims to offer you the best experience in photography with a focus on ensuring you are printing your pictures and not just letting them sit on a USB forever. Collections include both digital images and print options. I strongly believe your session needs to include a tangible takeaway item for you to cherish now and pass on later. My focus is on quality over quantity, capturing incredible moments you can't wait to display all over your home!

Serving Central PA since 2019, I have photographed hundreds of families and babies. I travel to York, Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Hershey (among other places). 

In addition, I have a beautiful studio located in Downtown Mechanicsburg, pennsylvania ​​

The Process

Once we get your session booked, we will start planning your session. Are you picturing your session taken in a field or is an urban setting more your style? Do you need helping coordinating outfits? I have an extensive client closet for all of your needs! Do you have photos saved on Pinterest you want to pull inspiration from? These are all things we can work together on during the planning process. In addition, I send my clients a session guide that goes over all kinds of tips to make your session as fun as possible!


Session day! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready, but if the kids are joining, don't get them dressed until the very last second! We'll meet at our selected location and start getting to know each other. Your kids will be my main focus, because if your kiddos feel comfortable, you'll likely relax & feel the same! Your job is just to have fun and interact with your family! Don't worry about posing yourself or where to look, I'll handle all of that. 

the day of

Your session is over and it's time to head home. What's next? In about 24-48 hours, I'll post sneak previews on social media (with your permission, of course!). Approximately 3-5 days later, I'll e-mail you a gallery of lightly edited images to choose your favorites from.

Once you select your favorites, I'll get to work creating the behind the scenes magic! In about another 7 days, your final gallery will be sent to you and you'll be able to download your images and decide on any prints/products you'd like to add on as well.

I always recommend ordering physical prints, albums, and canvases. There's nothing that can replace the warm, loving feeling of holding treasured memories in your hands.

gallery delivery

olivia w.

Kate was an absolute delight to work with. I have three little girls with BIG spirits and personalities and man did she capture them all. To some, it may feel overwhelming and chaotic, but she somehow made us feel like our family dynamic was a strength! 🤣 She played my girl’s favorite music to dance and lighten up, we sang songs, she noticed when times had to somewhat come to a halt with their ability to take photos and made those moments times of fun. Photos with three little kids could feel like an absolute crazy endeavor but the simplicity of having our clothes picked out for us, Kate’s personality, and the environment she creates made it an experience we will forever cherish. The photos prove that!! We will definitely be having more in our future with her!

Jessica F.

"I would wholeheartedly recommend Kate to anyone! She did our newborn lifestyle photos. She was super easy to get in contact with and was very flexible to our schedule. She is laid back and easy to work with, she made us feel so at ease! I am in love with the photos and can’t thank her enough for these treasures. I look forward to working with her in the future!"

Jessica L.

"Kate was incredible to work with. She made us feel at ease and not awkward at all. I am in awe at how amazing the pictures turned out. She even captured some pictures with our dog and they are absolutely perfect. I would 10/10 recommend Kate for your photography needs!!! We love the pictures!!"

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If you have contacted me during normal business hours, I usually respond very quickly! If you are contacting me during the evening or on the weekend, I am likely spending time with my family or out shooting a session somewhere! If that's the case; I will respond promptly during the next business day!

I look forward to working with you and your family. 

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