Welcome to Karissa Zimmer Photography! - Harrisburg Family Photographer
What if 18 years flew by faster than you thought, and before you know it all you’ve got are some cell phone snapshots of your children and family together? What if days turn into months and months turn into years, and you are left struggling to remember the days when your baby used to fit in your arms?
Imagine capturing and holding tight to all of your family’s ever-changing moments—not only what they look like, but what they feel like. Imagine your family in true-to-life, loving, bonded imagery, and being able to hold those moments in your hands 20 years from now.
As a Harrisburg Family Photographer, I believe it is my job to help you capture and preserve even your family’s most ordinary moments because each moment you have together is something so special. Families are growing, moving, living and breathing examples of love. Documenting each milestone, phase or ordinary moment is what I believe in.
I will walk you though my custom family photography process every step of the way, from consultation to delivery and installation of your portraits on your walls. Through tangible, heirloom portraits, I will give you the ability to relive your family memories—forever.
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We will discuss wardrobe, location, and posing, as well as your vision and ideas for your session.
All sessions are photographed outdoors, on location. Shoots will take place in the late afternoon or early evening and will last between 1-2 hours.
I will custom-edit the best images from your session, highlighting the smiles and joy!
You will get to see a slideshow of your images during your Viewing & Ordering Appointment approximately 2-3 weeks after your session.
Why Choose Karissa as your Harrisburg Family Photographer?
Exceptional Customer Service
I’m a perfectionist in every way when it comes to portrait photography, especially in how I serve my clients. I want each of my clients to feel like my only client, and I am here to guide you every step of the way. It is my priority to make you feel comfortable, and it is my promise to create images that will tug at your heart strings for all of your lifetime.
Enthusiasm & Patience
Us parents all know that kids do things on their own terms! As a child photographer, I completely expect this! I am not upset when your toddler has a meltdown or when your child wants to click the shutter button on my camera. I simply love kids. I am a big kid at heart and connecting with children is one of my favorite parts about being a child and family photographer.
Not just the average “USB with digitals” photographer
I am a full-service portrait photographer! Our children likely won’t be using “the cloud” or Facebook when they’re older. I know, it’s a strange thought for our current world! There is no way for us to predict exactly what they’ll be using, but we do know that tangible keepsakes will stand the test of time. Prints and products have survived the test of time since the very start of portrait photography. They linger for generations, passed on as our own mark in the world for our children and grandchildren.
I believe in creating beautiful, tangible artwork that will remain in your family for generations. My goal is to get your images off the computer and the USB that’s sitting in the drawer. Your memories of your loved ones deserve to be on the walls of your home where you can enjoy them everyday. This is your family’s story, and that’s a powerful reason to have tangible keepsakes in your home.
Yep, you’re photogenic too!
All of the images you see in my galleries are real people, not models. Although I have photographed many gorgeous people, nobody comes into a session knowing what to do in front of the camera. It’s my job to coach you into each pose and give you little tips so that you look your best.
With 16 years of experience as a professional photographer and thousands of people photographed, I am great at anticipating tricky situations. I am even better at resolving them on the spot or even before they arise. I know that most sessions go more smoothly if I connect with your kiddos first. I want to win their trust, and I want them to feel like they can have fun with me. After all, the memories you’ll have of their genuine smiles and laughter are what you will cherish the most. Too much forced structure doesn’t always work the best with young children. Most need to be a little silly and I want them to know that I am ok with that. In fact, I love it.
No, you don’t have to be the perfect Pinterest mom with your outfit styling!
We can’t all be one of those moms—me included! I will create stunning images no matter what you are wearing. HOWEVER, if you’d like me to help plan, I am happy to do so! During your consultation, we will talk about clothing tips, combos and inspiration. You can even send me outfits photos to ask for my opinion in the days leading up to your session.
I whole-heartedly love my client families
When you work with me, you become a part of my extended family. I want to watch your family grow and your children grow up. Not only do I want to snuggle your newborn baby, I will cheer with you when she takes her first steps and graduates kindergarten. I want to create a lasting relationship and be there to capture all of your phases of life so that you will have them to cherish forever. I’ve been photographing some of my families since 2010, and it’s been a joy and honor to watch their children grow through the years.
Karissa Zimmer provided us with the most stress-free photo shoot and gorgeous pictures. She met with us to get our dream for our pictures and scheduled a date. When weather wasn’t perfect, she rescheduled around our busy lives. Day of the shoot she was professional, fun, patient, and a true visionary. She endured the shoot with a toddler and family dog with grace. Karissa was able to capture the personality of our daughter in every picture.
When we met again to see the pictures, she used a program and showed us exactly what they would look like on our walls. We loved them all! How could we choose? She was again patient as we changed our minds and asked to see things a different way. When the pictures arrived, she came to our house to hang them! The quality of the prints and album are like nothing we’ve seen before. She was with us start to finish. We could not be more thankful for the memories she captured and the kindness she showed our family. Thank you, Karissa!
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***Please note that session fees include Karissa’s time and talent and do not include prints, products or digital files***
We will choose a time to schedule your in-person ordering appointment within 2 weeks of your session. The ordering appointment will take place at Karissa Zimmer Photography Studio.
Pre-session consultation to customize your experience
1-2 hour on-location session
Reveal and ordering session 2 weeks after your session
*This fee does not include any printed products or digital images
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a cozy and comfortable studio in my home near Mechanicsburg, PA (Camp Hill) where I focus on baby photography. Family sessions are photographed outdoors, on-location. Together we will plan the prefect location and setting for your family’s portraits!
To give each of my clients the best possible service and experience, I book a limited number of portrait sessions each month. It is recommended that clients book their family’s session at least 1-4 months in advance to ensure availability of your preferred timeframe. I will always make every possible effort to accommodate late bookings whenever my schedule permits.
Our children likely won’t be using “the cloud” or Facebook when they’re older. I know, it’s a strange thought for our current world! There is no way for us to predict exactly what they’ll be using, but we do know that tangible keepsakes will stand the test of time. Prints and products have survived the test of time since the very start of portrait photography. They linger for generations, passed on as our own mark in the world for our children and grandchildren.
I believe in creating beautiful, tangible artwork that will remain in your family for generations. My goal is to get your images off the computer and that USB that’s sitting in the drawer. Your memories of your loved ones deserve to be on the walls of your home where you can enjoy them everyday. This is your family’s story, And that’s a powerful reason to have tangible keepsakes in your home.
Digital files may be purchased when pairing with tangible products. Matching social media sharing files of purchased print products will be provided upon your request.
We know that any great product or service is not cheap. Anything of high quality is an investment—including great portrait photography. I pride myself on offering top-quality heirloom photographic art and only the best products available to professional photographers.
Your family’s photographs will represent some of the most special times in your whole life. I want to provide you with images and products that you will have to look at and remember these times every day for the rest of your life. Custom portrait photography is one of the very few investments you can make in something that will truly be around far beyond your lifetime—and quite possibly the only one that will allow you to remember something so special, forever.
Clients can expect to invest any amount north of $999 on a collection of luxury products such as Italian (acrylic and canvas) wall art, custom fine-art framed prints, heirloom quality albums, keepsake folio boxes and mounted prints.
Preparing and planning for your portrait session is easy and stress-free! I’m here to guide you every step of the way. I’ve learned a few things over the years that have helped me to be able to provide you with the best possible portrait experience.
Your first step is to fill out my contact form or give me a call. If sending a message, you can expect a phone call from me, so please make sure to fill out the best time of day to reach you by phone! I’ll answer any questions you have for me and we’ll set up a time for you to come to my studio for an in-person consultation.
The purpose of an in-person consultation is to plan all the details of your session to ensure we create the images you will love most. We’ll preview keepsakes and art products to gain a better understanding of your personal style and preferences. I even suggest grabbing a few cell phone snapshots of any walls in your home where you might like to hang portraits. I’ll explain in the next step below!
You will get to see a slideshow of your images during your Viewing & Ordering Appointment approximately 2 weeks after your session. I will have you come to my home studio where you will see your images for the first time. Your images will be viewed on a large TV screen in a slideshow.
Once we have viewed your images, I will help you with all of your final decisions on images and products that I have custom designed just for you. This is where the snapshots of your home walls will come into play! I can show you what your images will look like right on your own wall! I will take all the stress out of deciding where you’ll display your new wall art by using specialized computer software to show you exactly how your images will look and fit on your walls. Whether you have small spaces or larger ones, every home will have a space to fit your most favorite images on your walls.
This is the most exciting part, so please bring all decision-makers to this appointment!
Because quality is very important to me, expect 4–6 weeks before I deliver your order to you. I promise the wait is worth it! Upon delivery, I will help you hang your art in your specially chosen wall spaces if you wish!
PRODUCTS: WALL ART AND HEIRLOOM KEEPSAKES
I promise that you will never regret having your images printed in the form of professional, tangible artwork. Whether they’re displayed on your walls in the form of beautiful framed prints or Italian wall art where you see and enjoy them every single day or in an album that safely preserves each and every special image from your session. I believe the memories of the people you love most are meant to be seen, displayed, and relived-not tucked away on a USB to only be viewed on a computer screen. As your photographer, it is not only my job to help you capture your memories, but help you display them in your home and preserve them forever.
Farmhouse Framed prints are my personal favorite and most popular wall art item amongst my clients. I am so honored to be among a small, select group of photographers in the US who offer these beautiful frames. Each frame is hand crafted with love and no two frames are exactly alike. They come in a variety of over 30 different styles, including my favorite – round framed prints! Each frame is unique and crafted from authentic, re-claimed barnwood. Farmhouse Frames hold your memories printed on a fine art linen surface and complete any image as a truly beautiful work of art.
Albums are the most perfect keepsake for preserving your memories. Often popular with those who are tight on wall space, but great for anyone who truly wants to enjoy all of their images, forever. My flushmount Heirloom Albums are hand-crafted with archival materials which means they’re meant to withstand the test of time. Albums are something your children will have to pass down to future generations as a way to share their lives and legacy. These classic heirlooms are made in the US and feature thick, layflat pages printed on archival grade photographic paper. You are free to choose from a variety of gorgeous, genuine Italian luxe leathers, European linens and hand crafted Japanese fabrics.
Keepsake Folio Display Case
A Keepsake Folio Display case is perfect for the client who desires a versatile portrait product. Handmade in Italy, these beautiful boxes house 15, 20, 25 or 30 fine art matted prints. Display upright on a shelf as an interchangeable framed print or flat on a coffee table as a loose leaf album. Unlike traditional bound albums, a keepsake folio box allows you to split up your images to share amongst loved ones or your children when they’re grown and have families of their own. The versatility of the Keepsake Folio Display Case makes it a very popular selection amongst my clients!
Italian Wall Art
Canvas and Acrylic Pro
A superior quality canvas unlike any other you’ve seen! These stunning pieces of wall art are hand crafted in Italy and feature vibrant colors on a cotton canvas that looks and feels like a soft leather. Mounted on a thick, solid, wood grain backing, the Italian Canvas will never collapse or loosen over time like many traditional gallery wrapped canvas products. The incredible print quality and build of the Italian Canvas Pro is designed with a 300 + year archival time!
Amalfi Panels are a unique and elegant piece of gallery wall art. Hand made in Italy with great attention to detail. One of the most amazing presentations of a portrait. It’s a fine art handmade print, matted in a cotton, hand torn Amalfi paper and assembled on your color choice of coordinating fabric panel. Amalfi Panels have an archival time of 300 + years and come ready to hang or can be custom framed for a more finished look.
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Parent & Child
Karissa did an amazing job! We could not be happier with our pictures! We had a drizzly evening for our scheduled session but you would never know from the pictures. Karissa then worked with our schedule so we could have a few more pictures taken during a sunny evening. The portraits we ordered are beautiful. Karissa even came to our house to hang them. She is highly recommended.
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HARRISBURG FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER
Karissa Zimmer Photography is a professional Harrisburg Family Photographer. Her private studio is based near Mechanicsburg PA (Camp Hill) and is designed for the comfort of newborn and baby sessions. Karissa photographs families throughout Harrisburg and all of Central Pennsylvania including Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Hershey, York and Carlisle. All sessions are artistically designed and photographed by Karissa. Karissa Zimmer Photography specializes in photographing newborn babies, maternity, families, and high school seniors.
HARRISBURG PA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
As a Harrisburg PA family photographer, I focus on my passion for baby, child and family photography. I love chasing toddlers, dancing around like a fool for smiles, cuddling brand new babies, bonding with families, and feeling youthful again with high school seniors! I love to capture true smiles. I want to create a lasting relationship with you. My goal for each session is to provide you visual memories and beautiful art work to showcase throughout your home. These are memories that you and your family can look back on for years to come.