lifestyle photography for modern motherhood

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! 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 home or my 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.

Mechanicsburg Newborn Photography

newborn investment with kate mccord photography starts at $450. Most clients invest approximately $700.

Newborn Photography

Mechanicsburg Newborn Photography

Not sure what kind of session you'd like? Scroll down to learn more!

Mechanicsburg Newborn Photography

For many new parents, the 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

Mechanicsburg Newborn Photography

Kate McCord Photography serves UPMC Harrisburg, Wellspan Health, Lancaster Women's & Babies, Carlisle Hospital, and more. Please verify with your care providers on all current visitor guidelines. 

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

Lifestyle Studio

Do you prefer the look of a traditional studio newborn session? I offer wrapped studio newborn sessions where I photograph your baby on a variety of newborn "set ups" in different wraps, hats, and headband combinations. 

These also include parent/sibling photos on a solid colored backdrop with baby. 

While I do not offer "posed" newborn photos on a beanbag or do naked poses, there are still a variety of photos that can be achieved with the baby in a wrap. 

"traditional newborn"

Wrapped Newborn

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. :) 

home is where the baby is

Mechanicsburg Newborn Photography

In Home Lifestyle

Mechanicsburg Newborn Photography


Newborn Photography Gallery



When should I schedule my newborn 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! 

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!!"

Caitlyn Y.

“First off I wanted to say Kate is AMAZING at what she does! Kate had captured some family photos of my husband and two kids , the process was absolutely amazing. Kate is so kind and was incredible with our children!! The pictures came out beautiful and I can’t thank her enough for capturing precious moments! Kate also captured our wedding day, and if you're thinking about hiring her for your wedding day, DO IT! Despite all the rain, Kate really worked her magic. We really can’t thank her enough for capturing our special moments and look forward for MANY more family pictures with Kate!”

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