Documenting the milestones of your baby’s first year

Serving Columbia, SC &
the surrounding areas

Family Photography in Columbia, SC

Photos to Help You Remember the Joy in the Chaos

Smiling family at Gibson Pond Park in Lexington SC captured by Nicole Watford Photography

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 season you're in and feel like you...

… But you don’t want the whole experience to stress you out.

(And you wanna love how you look in them, too.)

here’s what other moms are saying…

"Nicole will always be our go-to for photos."

We’ve done a newborn session, an in-home session, and an outdoor family session with Nicole, and we have loved every photo she has taken of our family. She is always so professional and prepared, plus she is extremely patient with our little ones and makes all of us feel comfortable! Nicole takes precious photos that are also flattering… which may seem silly, but is important to me. She is absolutely wonderful, and she will definitely be our photographer for life!

Mandy Dizes

Joyful, Stress-Free, & Fun Family Photography in Columbia, SC

The Nicole Watford Photography Experience

Your family photography experience should be comfortable, laid back, and yes—also fun!

You might be imagining everything that *could* go wrong during your session… but I’ve literally seen it all as a mom, former teacher, & experienced family photographer. So there’s literally nothing your kiddos can do that will surprise me or throw me off my game!

You’ll show up to your session looking fabulous and feeling ready to enjoy your family (thanks to all the resources I’ve shared with you!), and I’ll take care of the rest!

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

Smiling family at Gibson Pond Park in Lexington SC captured by Nicole Watford Photography

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 pre-session design consultation to go over all your session details

A personalized ordering appointment to help you choose your favorite images

Custom-designed photo products to preserve your memories

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.


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! "

The Investment

Our packages aren’t “one size fits all”

Because we believe in a custom experience for each client”

Our clients typically invest between $1000-$3000 on their session & products

We only reserve a handful of sessions each month in order to provide each client with the high level of service we’re known for.

Looking for a mini session?

Mini sessions are offered seasonally in Columbia, SC. Previous NWP clients and my email list have booking priority!

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Looking for a mini session?

Mini sessions are offered seasonally in Columbia, SC. Previous clients & our email list have booking priority!

Our next mini sessions will be offered in spring 2024. Join the waitlist to be the first to know when booking opens!

Stephen & Becca

sorrento, Itally

Serving Columbia, SC & the surrounding areas