Mary Kate McKenna Photography has been offering filter-free in-home newborn and lifestyle family photography in the greater DC area and beyond for eighteen years. My goal is for you to not only come away with photos you'll treasure but to have a great experience from booking through image delivery.

A bit more info about me and what I do

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I photography elopements and micro weddings, which means if you're planning a big 'ol wedding that will be an all-day affair, I'm not the photog for you. I only photograph weddings that are six hours or less. (Although I'm happy to refer you to someone else with a similar style who can help you out!) 

+ Tell me about weddings- do you do them?

The package you choose will determine how long your session will be. Snapshot Sessions are typically 20-30 minutes, and full sessions are 60 minutes. Newborn sessions are typically 90 minutes.

+ How long will our session be?

Some of my packages do come with a digital download of every image delivered in your gallery. Others come with a set amount. Contact me to review my various offerings.

+ Do I get all the digital files?

No. I have found that my clients enjoy choosing their images and products from the comfort of their own homes, on their own timelines. A password-protected gallery will be emailed to you after your session to review your images and make your selections.

+ will there be an ordering session?

Send me an email through the connect section and let me know what your photography needs are. You'll be able to then view my offerings and decide which is best for you. You'll receive an invoice with a contract, payment info, and further instructions for making your session the very best it can be. 

I typically book 3-4 weeks out for sessions. I strongly urge you to book your newborn session prior to the baby's arrival to make sure I have availability. Fall portrait dates book out early- October is sometimes booked by July or August! So contact me as soon as you can.

+ What's the process for booking you? How far out do I need to contact you?

I offer a variety of packages that fit the needs of families in various stages of life. For an in-home newborn session, you can expect to spend anywhere between $850-$1200. Family sessions range from $500-$1200. I offer mini sessions twice a year- they start at $350.


micro weddings, court house wedding and elopements start at $750. 

Mary Kate, I just want to say how amazing these all are. I’m crying over how grown my kids look in these pictures. I’m so grateful for your time this Sunday and for capturing our family over the last 13 years. It was wonderful to catch up with you.

Kristina C.

I'm so glad we chose Mary Kate for our newborn photography session. Scheduling with her was so easy, and it was great that she was able to come to our home. She was very kind, professional, and easy to work with. We love all the beautiful pictures she took of our new baby and of our family! She also made us a gorgeous coffee table book with many of the photos. I would definitely recommend her and look forward to hiring her again for any photography needs we have in the future!

Deanna D.

I have followed Mary Kate's work over the years, as she has taken a number photos of my friend's families. I was always impressed with not only the quality of the images but her ability to capture some great moments with little kids. It was a no brainer for me to contact her to do our fall family photos. Mary Kate was extremely patient with my boys, even when they both almost refused to smile at the camera for most of the session. I was almost positive that we were unable to capture any photos we could eventually use, but was absolutely blown away when the pictures came back. Not only did she get a few of both boys smiling but we have some great family photos as well! She is a miracle worker! Highly recommend to anyone looking for family photos!

Jessica C.

Working with MK is a dream! She has captured many family milestones, including pregnancy and newborn sessions. Her patience and creativity is unparalleled. Her photos and style are unique and always capture the essence of our family. She is one of the most talented professionals we have ever worked with!

Heather L.

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