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harrisburg, pa lifestyle newborn photography

There's no time more special than bringing home your baby. From their first breath to their first smiles, everything in the newborn stage feels like magic. But the time is so fleeting! As your Harrisburg, PA newborn photographer; let me capture those tiny toes and baby snuggles for you so that you can look back fondly on these special times for years to come. 

My newborn sessions give you the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. Not only do I capture the organic moments of your little one resting peaceful in their crib or on your bed, mama snuggles, and daddy lovin'; I also offer a handful of wrapped poses to give you those timeless newborn photo ops we've all come to love.

Whether you want to showcase these moments in your Central PA home or my Mechanicsburg, PA studio, the sentiment remains the same. Your baby; their tiny features, and your unique connection remains my focus. I offer both in home lifestyle newborn sessions as well as sessions held in my well appointed, "homey" studio featuring a bedroom & living room set up to emulate a  cozy home like setting. 

babies don't keep.

newborn investment with kate mccord photography starts at $475. Most clients invest upwards of $700.

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Newborn Photography

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Newborn Photography Gallery

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

For many new parents, the Harrisburg, PA hospital stay with their new baby goes by in the blink of an eye. All of a sudden the nurses are handing this brand new human to you and sending you on your way to figure out this parenting thing!

Part of what I love about capturing a Fresh 48 session is catching those teeny tiny baby details that tend to change so quickly. The way their bodies are still curled up, their wrinkly fingers & toes, and the sleepy smiles they give us. 

A Fresh 48 session is an opportunity to freeze that extra newness and remember it forever. These sleepless days & nights won't last forever (I promise) and believe it or not, you'll want to remember them forever!

it goes by in a blink

Kate McCord Photography serves UPMC Harrisburg, Penn State Hampden, Wellspan York Hospital, Lancaster Women's & Babies, UPMC Magee-Womens at UPMC Lititz, UPMC Hanover, UPMC Memorial, UPMC Carlisle, and more. Please verify with your care providers on all current visitor guidelines. 

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Fresh 48

Do you love the look of an in home session, but don't feel like you want photos done in your home? My lifestyle studio located in downtown Mechanicsburg, PA has that perfect homey feel without needing to worry about cat hair, stray socks, or any other clutter! 

While I absolutely adore in home sessions, I understand not everyone wants to bring someone into their home right after they've had a baby! 

When you schedule a studio newborn session with me, we will do a mix of relaxed, natural photos focusing on your perfect little babe getting all the snuggles and also some wrapped shots of baby solo in a basket or bed prop. I do not currently offer posed newborns, if that is what you're looking for, I am happy to help direct you to some of the best posed newborn photographers in the area!

the best of both worlds

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Lifestyle Studio

In Home Lifestyle sessions are some of my favorites to capture. There's something magical about watching my clients as new parents. Seeing the careful selections that mama made to decorate her dream baby nursery. Watching dad help mama with diaper changes and feedings as they navigate this new adventure together. 

These sessions are especially perfect for mamas who have other littles at home. Everyone can feel relaxed in their environment and toddlers/older siblings can disappear off into their own play spaces when they aren't needed for photos or are just tapped out! 

You don't need to have an Instagram perfect home to choose an in home session. I am really good at hiding things out of frame. You just need one or two spaces in your house to have an incredible session! We will just hide the piles of laundry, toys, and clutter in the closet for a little while. :) 

harrisburg, pa - home is where the baby is

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In Home Lifestyle

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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When should I schedule my harrisburg PA newborn photography session?

I recommend you choose a tentative date (your due date works) for your newborn session 2-3 months prior to your due date so that you can be sure I am available for your session. Then, once your baby arrives (yay!), you should let me know ASAP. Sessions are ideally held between 3-10 days old. But with lifestyle, the timeframe can be a lot more flexible!

what should we wear?

I recommend neutrals & earth tones for all of my newborn clients. These colors & tones allow you to change your home decor often and always allow your newborn photos to remain timeless. I bring along swaddles, headbands, and a basket to swaddle your babe up in and photograph as well. In my experience, simple is better. While dresses, tutus, and overalls are absolutely adorable on babies; I have found they do not photograph quite as beautifully as a simple romper or onesie on your little one. If you have your heart set on a special outfit, I am almost always happy to aquiesce!

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 is a client closet?

A client closet is a wardrobe that is available for my client's use. It has been carefully curated to include pieces that are unique, timeless, and photograph well. There are pieces included for all member's of your family and it is included at no additional cost with every session! 

harrisburg, pa newborn photographer

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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. 

Harrisburg. PA Newborn Photographer

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