Harrisburg PA Baby Photographer

Welcome to Karissa Zimmer Photography! - Mechanicsburg Baby & Child Photographer

There will never be another today. There will never be another 6-month or first birthday milestone in your baby’s life.  Your 5-year-old will only be 5 once, and your middle school child will quickly grow out of her pre-teen look. This exact moment—whichever moment it is—is a precious one.

Our children are growing, moving, living and breathing examples of love. Documenting each milestone and stage is what I believe in.

As a Mechanicsburg PA baby & child photographer, I will capture a blend of traditional posed portraiture and light-hearted candid moments. I believe it is my job to freeze these fleeting moments and turn them into tangible heirlooms so you will never forget them.

I value the feeling of holding on to those memories through print, passing them on to our children and allowing future generations to enjoy a piece of their history.

Child Photoshoot with Mechanicsburg Baby & Child Photographer

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We will discuss style, location, and posing, as well as your vision and ideas for your session. Here you will have the opportunity to view portrait products to find the perfect fit for your home and memories. 

Photo Session

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Baby sessions are photographed in studio or outdoors, on location. Older child sessions take place outdoors, on location. Outdoor Shoots will take place in the late afternoon or early evening and will last between 1-2 hours.


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I will custom, hand edit the best images from your session, highlighting your child's unique personality and smile!


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You will get to see a slideshow of your images during your Viewing & Ordering Appointment approximately 2-3 weeks after your session.

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We had Karissa do pictures of my family when my son was about 6 months. We missed the opportunity for newborn pics, so we really wanted to take advantage of the spring weather with everything blooming and get some pics of our baby boy—while he was still a baby! We couldn’t have been happier with the result. There is definitely some anxiety when going into a photo session with a baby. Will they cooperate? What if he cries the whole time? How will the pictures turn out? Karissa is a pro! She worked with us and she was so good with my son. We couldn’t have been happier with our pictures and our experience was nothing but positive. Her products are also amazing! There is something so special and nice about having pictures that aren’t digital and that are framed and displayed nicely. Our babies are only little for so long and I’m so thankful we decided to use Karissa to help us capture those memories and that time for us! - Tara

Baby & Child Photographer in Mechanicsburg PA

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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.

Studio Baby - 6-9 Month Sitter
Pre-session consultation to customize your experience
1-2 hour studio session
Use of custom styled props
Reveal and ordering session 2 weeks after your session
*This fee does not include any printed products or digital images
Session Fee: $200.00

First Birthday
Pre-session consultation to customize your experience
An in-studio cake smash session for baby. Includes a 45-minute outdoor mini-session
Use of custom styled props in your choice of color scheme. Cake is not included but may be added for an additional $50
Reveal and ordering session 2 weeks after your session
*This fee does not include any printed products or digital images
Session Fee: $300.00

Child & Family
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
 Session Fee: $150.00

*Clients can expect to invest any amount north of $999 on a selection of luxury products such as Italian (acrylic and canvas) wall art, custom fine-art framed prints, heirloom quality albums, and keepsake folio display cases.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mechanicsburg Baby and Child Photography

A good question with a couple answers! I have a cozy and comfortable studio in my Mechanicsburg, PA home where I focus on baby photography. My studio is all set up with props and accessories for my little clients. During the cold weather months, all babies are photographed in studio. However, if weather permits and you prefer an outdoor, on-location session, you are welcome to choose that option. 

First birthday cake smashes are photographed in studio. Older children and families are photographed outdoors, on-location. Together we will plan the prefect location and setting for your baby or child’s portraits!

Each and every baby will reach their developmental milestones, like sitting up, crawling or walking, at their own pace. At age 6-9 months, babies typically are able to sit up without being supported. We will plan in advance, but set the exact date of your session once your baby starts to show signs of reaching this milestone.

First birthday cake smashes are best scheduled right around the first birthday as this is a big milestone for your baby! But plan well in advance for this type of session to allow for planning and customization. 

Contact me to discuss your baby’s sitter or first birthday session today!

My studio is all set up and stocked with props and adorable outfits that all my little clients are welcome to use. I style and customize each little set-up. I love simplicity for a timeless look. If you’d like to have your baby photographed in something special, I encourage you to bring it along!

Yes! Siblings and parents are welcome to join! Your children will cherish these memories with you all together as a family in the years to come.  

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 baby’s session at least 1-4 months in advance to ensure availability of your preferred time frame. 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 should not be 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 child’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 long 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!


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 Frames
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.

Heirloom Albums
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
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.

Baby & Children Pictures near Mechanicsburg PA

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Child & Pet

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Cake Smash

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I give Karissa a 5 out of 5! She is truly talented. Her images are one of a kind and just absolutely stunning. Karissa treated us like no one has ever treated us. Her customer service deserves a 10. I'm so thankful that we decided to invest in her work. It was worth every single penny!
- Client

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Karissa Zimmer Photography is a professional Harrisburg PA baby photographer.  Her private studio is located near Mechanicsburg, PA (Camp Hill) and is designed for the comfort of newborn and baby sessions. Karissa photographs clients 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.


As a Mechanicsburg baby & child 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.

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