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Let's remember the little things

"Family is everything. And our children won't be this little forever."
Sounds cliche, but it's so true and it's why I think family photos are so important. Capturing your family laughing together, snuggling, and interacting organically is so special to me and telling your unique story.
I know the process can seem daunting and like so much work, but you'll never meet a mom who says she regrets having their photos taken.  I want you to always remember their smile with that missing tooth, how their little fingers wrapped around yours, or how it felt with them snuggled in your lap. 

My goal is to make the process fun and effortless, all you have to do is show up and be yourselves!

family session investment with kate mccord photography starts at $495. Most clients invest approximately $700.

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Family Photography

Your Harrisburg, PA family 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 (with your input, of course!). The hardest thing you’ll have to do is choose your favorite images. 

As a mom myself, I get how hard family photos can be. Worrying if today is going to be “one of those days” with your child. Hoping that naps and meals all magically align to create a unicorn child for the afternoon. But the reality is, that kids are unpredictable and what might work now may not be the case on the day of your session. That’s why you hire a mom who knows how to roll with it. Can pivot and change courses quickly, to make sure your kids stay relatively happy and engaged to allow us to really get some wonderful and happy family photos. Photos that when you look at them you remember having a great time getting them taken and not just feeling like you had to fight for a smile. 

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Family Sessions

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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How far ahead should i schedule my session?

It's never too early to schedule your Harrisburg, PA family session. The best way to make sure you get family photos taken is to schedule them! If you put them on the calendar early in the year, you can be sure that you've got the time blocked off in your busy schedules to be sure they happen!

what do you recommend we wear?

I get asked this question often! That's why I have created a style & prep guide to help my clients choose flattering, timeless clothing & color palettes for their sessions. In addition, I have a vast client closet for my clients to borrow clothing from! Skip spending money on new clothes just for photos, borrow mine!

Do you have any location suggestions?

Simply put, yes! I have a whole guide full of my favorite spots to capture families! As your go to Mechanicsburg & Harrisburg area photograher, I know lots of incredible spots! In addition, I'm always welcome to suggestions of places that hold a special place in your family's heart.

What is a client closet?

A client closet is a curated set of dresses, shirts, and other pieces of clothing that photograph beautifully. They are purchased by me for use exclusively by my of charge!


I try to give you the tools to prep your kiddos for a fun time prior to the session. However, we know moods can be unpredictable, kiddos can trip & fall and their whole worlds can come toppling down. As a mama myself, I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to redirect and help recover as needed. There are games I like to play, activities to do as a family, questions I like to ask. Whatever I need to get your child’s mind back in a great space to have fun!

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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.

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are you ready to make memories from all your adorable moments?

Have questions? That's ok! I want you to feel 100% comfortable in your investment, so drop me a note here!

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Thank You!

Thank you so much for contacting me!

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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