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Can you believe how fast your baby is growing?!

Milestone photography sessions are a fantastic way to capture the precious moments in a child's growth. In my experience as a photographer based in Harrisburg, PA, I've had the opportunity to document various milestone sessions.

Tummy time sessions are a beautiful way to showcase a baby's development as they learn to lift their head and explore their surroundings. These sessions are all about capturing those adorable, curious expressions and the early interactions with the world.

Sitter sessions, on the other hand, typically occur when a baby is able to sit independently but hasn't started crawling yet. It's a great stage to capture their newfound confidence and curiosity as they engage with toys and props, resulting in heartwarming photographs that families cherish.

welcome mama!

YOUR HARRISBURG milestone experience

Turning one is an enormous milestone for your baby and an equally significant moment for you as a parent. That first year can be quite a roller coaster ride! Cake smash sessions offer a delightful way to capture your little one's transition into this exciting phase of life. We can opt for a theme that resonates with you or go for a timeless, classic look.

Our approach will always begin with capturing those pristine, clean moments of your baby. Once we've captured some precious shots, it's time for the cake smashing fun to begin. Don't worry if your little one isn't fully embracing the cake – I have lots of creative tricks to encourage their playful involvement!

In the Harrisburg region, this cake smash birthday session adds an extra layer of charm to your baby's first-year milestone. It's a chance to commemorate this special occasion in a way that's both whimsical and heartwarming. I'm here to guide you through this journey of capturing your baby's joyous moments, one cake smash at a time! 🎂📸

your baby is 1. let's party

Cake Smash

Let's chat! Send me a message via my Contact Form and let me me know what type of session you're looking for!

Within 24-48 hours of receiving your inquiry, I will respond to you with my availability and pricing guides. 

I recommend reaching out to your chosen newborn photographer as early as possible! During your second trimester is a perfect time to get on the schedule for newborn photos. 

Once you've decided I'm "the one," you'll sign a contract & pay your retainer. This is what officially gets you booked on my calendar. 

1. say hi!

We will set a date and time for your session held in the studio. In the time leading up to your session, we will chat about the kind of session you're envisioning. Do you love natural, organic, lifestyle photos? Or are bold colors and poses more your vibe? I will ask you all the right questions to style the session of your dreams. 

Whether you want the session fully styled from head to toe by me or have me send you style boards to purchase your own clothes, or just bounce ideas off of me...I am here to help you plan the perfect Harrisburg, PA milestone session! 

2. planning phase

It's session day! We will me at my studio and everything will be ready for your baby to shine. Outfits will be laid out and the set ups we discussed will be ready to go. 

We will work as a team to capture the best of your baby's incredible personality. I'll spotlight any special skills they're mastering (think tummy time or sitting up!) and we will have so much fun. 

After our session, we will part ways and I'll be heading home to back up your images and work on some sneak peeks for you! You'll usually see those within 24-48 hours of your session!

4. session day!

Next comes your proofing gallery, where you will choose your favorite photos from your session to be edited by me. Proofs are unedited versions of your potential selections.

This is where the magic happens. Where I take your images from "aw" to "WOW!" 

If you have any questions, I'm always just an e-mail away. 


Once you've narrowed down your favorites, I will get to work hand editing your photos and making them perfect. From session date to gallery final delivery is approximately 2 weeks (depending on how quickly you choose your proofs!)

Your images will be delivered in an online gallery where you can download, save your images, and choose what to print! Some sessions include print credits, which I will help you choose & order. 

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.

5. gallery delivery






The Process

The Investment 

There is nothing quite as priceless as a memory. Photos only become more valuable as each year passes by.

Pricing includes: 
- Over 4 years of experience as a Harrisburg baby & milestone photographer, including safety training & hands on mentorships
- Private studio with all of the props, backdrops, outfits, hats and headbands for your session, and a complete client closet for family shots.
- Online gallery delivery with print release for all packages 

Payment plans available upon request.



Kate was able to accommodate me into her schedule rather quickly. She is professional and friendly. She responds to emails in a timely matter. She has things planned and organized before arriving in her atudio.


Kate was absolutely amazing to work with. We used her for our sons first birthday photos with a smash cake. It was an amazing experience. She took her time earning our sons trust and had him hooting and hollering by the end of the session. Pricing was very reasonable for the length of the session. We can’t wait to see the finished photos. We will definitely be using her again.

tessa s

We had a lovely experience. Kate had so many fun ideas and made my daughter feel completely comfortable. Highly recommend!


Kate was so wonderful to work with. She is so professional, creative, patient, and fun. I wanted a swan themed photoshoot for my daughter’s cake smash and Kate went above and beyond my expectations. We are so excited to have found Kate and cannot wait to work with her again.


Kate captured my little guys cake smash and the pictures were so good I couldn’t choose which I liked best.


Kate was a pleasure to work with for my son’s milestone photos. She was very responsive with scheduling and flexible when we had to reschedule. She was great with my son during the session and I look forward to seeing the final photos.

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Share as much as you can about your upcoming session! I'll be touch within 24-48 hours! 

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You're one step closer to an incredible photography experience & absolutely stunning family memories!


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when should i schedule my harrisburg cake smash?

The sooner the better is what I say when it comes to cake smashes. If you wait too long, I may not have time to find the perfect outfits, props, and backdrops to make your cake smash dreams come true!

why do i need milestone photos?

If you haven't noticed, your baby is growing...quickly! They change so much each and every day and I truly believe in capturing each special season...especially in their first year! From tummy sitting up learning to stand & walk! These are all incredible moments I believe should be documented!

How long after my session will I receive my gallery? 

You will receive your proofing (lightly edited) photos within 3-5 days of your session. Following your choosing of your photos, you will receive you final gallery within another week. 

what should my baby wear?

I have TONS of baby clothes! Between special items purchased for my own kids to pieces I've purchased over the years for sessions, I have so much great stuff to choose from! In addition, lots of my clients bring special clothes with their baby's name or even heirloom pieces worn by other family members!

are you ready to celebrate your baby?

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