Maternity, Newborn, &
Family photography

Serving Columbia, SC & the surrounding areas

Family Photography in Columbia, SC

Photos to Help You Remember the Joy in the Chaos

because They’ll only be this little for a moment

Your family is wonderfully unique—

Made up of different personalities, plenty of disagreements, a little bit of chaos… and a whole lotta love.

You’re usually the one behind the camera, capturing all the magic and memories. But when you look back, you don’t want to be missing from the photos… and your kids are going to want to see you in them, too!

You want family photos that capture the beauty of the season you’re in and feel like you—but you don’t want the whole experience to stress you out.

(And if it’s not too much to ask… you wanna love how you look in them, too.)

Joyful, Authentic, & Fun family photography in columbia, SC

The Nicole Watford Photography Experience

I believe that your family photography experience should be comfortable, laid back, and yes—also fun!

I know you’re imagining everything that could go wrong during your session (trust me… I’ve been there myself!). But as a mom, former teacher, and experienced family photographer—I’ve literally seen it all. There’s nothing your kiddos can do that will surprise me or throw me off my game!

When you work with me, you’ll show up to your session feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy the time with your family (thanks to all the resources I’ve shared with you!), and you’ll have complete trust that I’ll take care of the rest!

And then if it’s “one of those days” and it all falls apart—I’ll be there to capture the beauty in the midst of the chaos.

Nicole captured all the photos I wanted... and the moments I didn't know how much my heart needed.

"Not only did she capture our baby girl perfectly, but she also somehow managed to get the most perfect shots of my two older girls while I was feeding the baby! She even snapped some of the most perfect candid moments from across the room that I didn't even know I wanted, but that my heart needed."

Kristen Schepker

what to expect when you work with me:

A slow and relaxed session. Newborn sessions are baby-led, which means that I come with a whole game plan for your session, but everything is at your baby’s pace.

Resources and regular communication in the months leading up to your baby’s arrival, so you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after your session.

Natural-looking, timeless photos focused on capturing your baby’s sweet perfection and the love in this new season of life. 

A photographer invested in building a relationship with you, so you feel like you have a friend capturing these precious memories.

Every family session includes:

a detailed welcome guide to help you prepare for your session

plenty of communication before your session so you know exactly what to expect

a private, online gallery of all your photos

a custom-designed album to tell the story of this season of your family’s life

an experienced photographer that feels like a friend

Here's how it Works:


start planning for your session

Congratulations on this exciting season of life! It’s never too early to start planning for your newborn session, so let’s schedule a time to chat so we can get to know each other and make sure we’re a good fit!

Once you’re ready to book, we’ll make things “officially official” and get your due date on my calendar! Then, you’ll focus on getting everything ready for your baby, and I’ll keep in touch and help you prepare you so you’ll know exactly what to expect for your newborn session!

Strike a pose

time for your newborn session

Once you’ve let me know that your baby is here (and texted me a pic of their sweet little face, of course!), I’ll send you a scheduling link so we can get your session on the calendar, usually in the first 2-3 weeks after their birth.

The day of your session, I’ll arrive at your home, and we’ll chat about your birth story while I get everything set up. Then, I’ll take it from there! Your only job will be to relax and soak in all the baby sweetness while I guide you and capture all the details you never want to forget!

Relive the memories

get ready to relive the memories

Get the tissues ready! From the first draft of your album to the delivery of your full gallery, your photos will take you right back to those first weeks with your little one.

Then, it’s time to get your photos off the screen and into your hands! We’ll begin the process of customizing your album—from making sure every spread is perfect to personalizing the cover of your future family heirloom. When it’s finally in your hands, you’ll love reliving the story of this season of life  for years to come.

memories worth investing in

The images from your newborn session are more than just beautiful photos… they’re a lasting memory of a fleeting season in your baby’s life.

Your baby’s first year is going to fly by, but your newborn photos will capture the season and make sure you can relive the memories forever through your beautiful, custom-designed album.

The images from your newborn session are more than just beautiful photos… they’re lasting memories of this new chapter in your family’s story.

When you work with me, I’ll make sure that…

Newborn Photography Collections
begin at $500

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10% maternity & newborn package discount available

I only take on a limited number of newborn sessions each month in order to ensure the best possible experience for every client while also prioritizing time with my own family.

If your baby is due soon (or has just been born), please reach out ASAP!


It’s never too early to reach out about your newborn session! I definitely recommend reaching out early in your second trimester.

I usually recommend my clients have their maternity photos taken between 28 and 34 weeks pregnant. At that point, you’re rocking a beautiful, round bump, but aren’t at the point where you’re feeling extra tired and uncomfortable!

"The best choice we made was hiring Nicole for our newborn photos."

"I love how natural our photos look, and she made us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera! All my friends with kids told me that they regretted not having newborn photos taken, and I'm so glad I took their advice! "

patti fabel

Your baby’s first year is going to fly by…

You might be feeling less-than-glamorous right now (real talk: growing a baby is hard work!), but pregnancy is a fleeting season that is also the beginning of this new chapter in your family’s story. Let’s talk about adding a maternity session to your experience so you’ll have memories of the time you spent waiting for your new arrival!

Stephen & Becca

sorrento, Itally