Documenting the milestones of your baby’s first year

Serving Columbia, SC &
the surrounding areas

Maternity, Newborn & First Year Milestone Photography in Columbia, SC

Remember All the Details of Your baby's first year

Because it’s true what they say—it’ll go by in a blink

Real talk:

One day, all you'll have left to hold from this season is the photos.

Life with a newborn is exhilarating and exhausting.

It’s a hazy season, fueled by unconditional love, broken sleep, and reheated coffee.

You’ll watch your baby change right before your eyes and wish you could slow down time so you could soak in every moment.

You want beautiful photos that tell the story of this new chapter, document the emotion and the love you feel, and help you remember this fleeting season of life…

So let’s make sure you get to savor these memories every. single. day.

A Full-Service Photography Experience

Experience the difference…

Your newborn session should be about so much more than a gallery of digital images of your newest addition.

As your photographer, I’m here to document all those little details you never want to forget—from their fuzzy hair to their tiny fingers & toes—so you’ll always remember just how small they were.

I’ll come alongside you every step of the way to make sure your experience is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Most importantly, I’ll take care of the process of printing & preserving your memories for you so you you’ll be able to enjoy them every day for years & years to come.

"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

photo showing image from a fresh 48 hospital newborn session printed on the page of a custom newborn album created by Nicole Watford, a newborn photographer in Columbia SC

What to expect when you work with me:

Resources & regular communication before your baby’s arrival, so you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after your session.

Timeless, natural-looking photos, so you can always remember 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 memories.

Expert guidance to get your photos off the screen and into your home, so you know you’ll be enjoying your memories to the fullest.

Every session includes:

A pre-session design consultation to help you plan every detail of your newborn session

A personalized viewing & ordering appointment to curate a gallery of just your favorite images

Exclusive products—including custom-framed wall portraits & heirloom albums—to ensure your images will last for generations

Here's how the process works:


Reach out & say hello!

It’s never too early to start planning your session! Reach out through the inquiry form HERE (& answer a few questions so we know if we’re the right fit for ya!).

We’ll get a consultation call on the books—picture a 20 minute video call-slash-virtual coffee date so we can chat about your vision & hopes for your photos!

Once I’ve gotten the full picture of your wish list, I’ll create a customized package for you. Ready to make things official? Once you’ve signed the agreement & paid the retainer for your session, your date will be reserved on the calendar!  


Everything before the session

Once your session date is reserved, it’s time to start planning all the details of your session… but you don’t have to do it on your own!

I’ll come alongside you as your expert guide, helping you with everything from planning outfits for your entire family to deciding on the perfect location for your session during your design consultation meeting.

This is also when you’ll get to see & touch & feel different product samples so you can start to visualize what your finished images will look like after your session! 


No more forgotten online galleries

One of the most special parts of your entire experience is when you see all your beautiful images for the first time during your reveal session!

We’ll start off with a slideshow (we’ll keep the tissues handy 😉). Then, I’ll guide you through choosing your favorite images and deciding which ones will be perfect for your album, your gallery wall, or smaller gift prints for your loved ones!

Finally, I’ll get to work designing & ordering your products… and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your beautiful memories in your home every day… exactly the way they were intended.

This new chapter begins before your baby is born…

Document Your Journey with a Simple & Intimate Maternity Session

Adding a new baby to your family is a huge milestone!

Whether you’ve been through loss, infertility, sickness, or other challenges on your journey, your story matters.

Adding a maternity session to your newborn session is the perfect way to document the very beginning of your baby’s story.

Plus, it gives us a chance to get to know each other even better before your newborn session and helps you feel more comfortable in front of the camera!

Here’s what other moms are saying…

"I don't think you can find a better photographer in the Columbia area!"

We hired Nicole as our newborn photographer after a coworker recommended her. She kept in touch throughout my pregnancy, which I loved and appreciated, and she made sure she knew exactly what type of photos we wanted and in what rooms. During our session, she was so understanding and patient, especially when our son got fussy! The pictures turned out wonderfully, and I don’t think you can find a better photographer in the Columbia area for the value!

Catherine Warth

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.

"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! "


It’s never too early to reach out about your newborn session! I only reserve a handful of newborn due dates each month, and our calendar typically books out several months in advance, so I recommend reaching out early in your second trimester!

I usually recommend my clients have their maternity photos taken between 30 and 35 weeks of a standard pregnancy. At that point, you’re rocking a beautiful, round bump, but aren’t at the point where you’re feeling extra tired and uncomfortable!

That being said, every pregnancy is different, and the right time may depend on how you’re feeling, whether or not you’re having any complications, or if you’re carrying multiples!

As a mom of two, I totally understand that due dates are really more of a guess! We’ll schedule a tentative date for your session based on your estimated due date when you book, and then after your baby is born, we’ll either confirm or adjust the date!

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!

before you go…

Thinking about an in-home newborn sessin?

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Snag my stress-free style tips for your next photo session!

Stephen & Becca

sorrento, Itally

Serving Columbia, SC & the surrounding areas