Mechanicsburg, PA Newborn, Maternity & Family Photographer

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Hi! I'm Karissa Zimmer, a Mechanicsburg, PA photographer specializing in custom newborn, baby, maternity, family, and high school senior photography sessions for clients from Mechanicsburg and the surrounding areas.


archival-qualityIn today’s fast-paced digital world, we often forget the impact of seeing a family photo noticeably displayed in the heart of our home or a lovingly tattered album kept out for our children to enjoy and one day pass down to their children.

As a full-service Mechanicsburg photographer, I specialize in creating images for display in your home in the form of custom, archival-quality products. Above all, I want to give you the ability to relive the wonderful moments of your life over and over again, forever. I will create and provide you with images that you want to fill your home with and will pass on for generations to come. I believe it is my job as your photographer to walk you through the entire portrait process from consultation to delivery and installation of your wall portraits.

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Karissa Zimmer is a Mechanicsburg PA photographer based in Mechanicsburg, specializing in full-service newborn, maternity, family, and high school senior photography. Karissa is passionate about people, life, love, and family and wholeheartedly believes in the necessity to capture life's swiftly passing moments and phases.

Harrisburg Pa newborn and family photographer, karissa zimmer photography located in camp hill pa

Hi, I'm Karissa!

With nearly 15 years experience as a professional Harrisburg PA newborn and family photographer, I have worked with babies, children and families of all ages and sizes, telling each very special story though portraits.

I want my images to tug at your heart, and to create timeless portraits that warm your soul in all moments, happy or sad. I promise to capture the beautiful moments that we all seem to take for granted and later struggle to remember.

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Harrisburg family photographer captures a moment between a mother and her one year old son at their outdoor portrait session

Harrisburg PA Family Photography is for Nontraditional Families Too!

Harrisburg PA Family Photography is for Nontraditional Fam
Baby girl gets ready to smash her cake during her Hershey PA first birthday photoshoot with Karissa Zimmer Photography

When to Book First Birthday Photos in Hershey PA

When to Book First Birthday Photos in Hershey PA
Family of 4 sits together on a little bridge near Hershey PA during their family photography session with Central PA photographer, Karissa Zimmer

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Hershey PA Family Photography: 3 Common Concerns You Don’t Have to Worry About
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Why Not to DIY Your York PA Newborn Photos

Your baby’s first portraits will always be a treasured heirloom for your family. But the idea of investing the time and resources into a professional photo shoot sounds overwhelming for some parents, so naturally, some families try to take their own newborn photos. While these can still be photos you love, it can also be heartbreaking if you try a DIY approach and it doesn’t go the way you hope. In fact, there are several reasons why I advise against DIY York PA newborn photos.
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How Often to Take Childhood Portraits in Camp Hill, PA
Studio newborn photography of baby girl wearing green and resting head on heart pillow at Karissa Zimmer Photography

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Expecting a Baby? Here’s How to Start Preparing for Your Newborn Photos in Mechanicsburg, PA

Mechanicsburg Newborn Baby Photographer

Karissa Zimmer is a skilled and trained professional newborn and baby photographer in Mechanicsburg PA and surrounding Central PA locations.  Newborn sessions are creatively planned and photographed by Karissa Zimmer in her Camp Hill photo studio, located a few short minutes from Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, Hershey, and Carlisle. The cozy newborn photo studio is thoughtfully created for newborn baby photography sessions and for the comfort of new moms and dads.  Newborn sessions incorporate Karissa's hand-selected newborn props, accessories, and outfits.  The Mechanicsburg newborn photo studio is equipped with anything a new baby and parent could possibly need!

Mechanicsburg PA Family Photography

Karissa is driven by her enthusiasm and love for child and family photography. She is most recognized for her fun approach, and her ability to easily connect with children and families. Making her clients feel comfortable allows the ability to capture the natural connection between family members and the child expressions that parents love most. As a Harrisburg family photographer, Karissa's outdoor child and family photo sessions take place in various locations throughout Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, Hershey, and Carlisle. Karissa's objective for every session is to deliver families with stunning, tangible artwork to fill their homes and pass on for generations to come.

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Frankie did not like cake nearly as much as I do, but she is super sweet nonetheless…therefore, she probably doesn’t need cake as much as I do 😂 I loved this First Birthday cake smash set that my talented daughter helped build (well, she is fully responsible for the balloon garland!). A lot of time, love and communication goes into planning and creating a first birthday session! I can promise it will be a perfect and special way document this big milestone in your baby’s life! PLAN AHEAD. You’ll want to contact me at least 3 months prior to your baby’s first birthday to allow for plenty of time to customize. Each session is one of a kind and no 2 sets are alike! You can visit the contact link in my bio or call 717-991-7414 to learn more 🥳 🎂

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I am SO HAPPY to be back in the full swing of outdoor family session season! It’s my most favorite time of year and the absolute best time for outdoor sessions! I still have one July and one August opening. If you’d like to learn more, click my contact link in my bio to visit my website and send a message or call 717-991-7414.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am so excited about the possibility of capturing some incredibly special memories of your new baby, family, or high school senior!

Please fill out my quick form to get in touch - I am honored to have you here and by your interest in choosing me to preserve your most important memories.

<3 Karissa