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  • That's me on the left, I'm Carmen! I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my amazing husband, our two children Walt & Frances, along with our Jack Russell Terrier, Heidi. I have a B.A. in Studio Art/Photography from the University of Alabama, and I founded CBM PHOTO in 2008.

    My love affair with photography began with a hot pink 3x5 camera. As a little girl, I would pose my friends, toys, and dogs with the goal of getting the perfect shot. Twenty years later I'm still shooting away, always on the quest for the next ideal shot. What else am I (almost always) on the lookout for? Taco Casa, golden hour lighting, newborn props, sweet tea, Walt's lovey, Heidi's collar, Ikea, a parking spot, inspiration, The Office episodes, and John Mayer.

Audrey at home | Birmingham, Alabama Newborn Baby Photography

A newborn baby at home…there’s nothing quite like it to photograph. They’re comfortable, they’re sleeping in the nursery, mama can take time to feed in the nursery chair, and I can get a good sense of what each family’s story is. Audrey was a delight to photograph, and of course, to snuggle!

This year my goal is to work as organically and naturally with newborns as possible. In the comfort of their own home, in their beautiful newborn gowns, and sleeping in their mama and daddy’s arms. Welcome to the world, Audrey! You are a beautiful baby girl with amazing parents! birmingham alabama newborn and baby photographybirmingham alabama children family and baby photographyfamily and baby photographer birmingham alabamanewborn baby lifestyle photography newborn baby photography birmingham alabama family children baby newborn alabama birmingham photographerfamily photography birmingham alabama baby childrennursery photography birmingham alabama baby newbornalabama birmingham children

Eli at 5 Months | Homewood, Alabama Children and Baby Photography

Last time we checked in with Eli, he was a few days old and had me swooning over his sweet pout and killer nursery! About a month ago, I met up with Eli and his family for a beautiful dusk shoot, just before all remnants off fall had dissipated. The light was golden, the weather was perfect, and Eli was ready for his time in front of the camera.

He did not disappoint. Eli seems to know exactly what I’m doing, at each of our shoots. He looks beyond my camera and stares deep into my soul! Look at that stare! The same stare was captured during his newborn portraits and I’m sure he’ll surprise me during our next shoot together.

Enjoy this sweet baby boy. I’m so excited to continue photographing his first year and look forward to sharing more soon.

Have you checked out the Baby’s First Year Collection? It’s an amazing collection and is perfect if you’re expecting a baby, adopting, or if you’ve recently welcomed your newest bundle!

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Garrett | Birmingham, Alabama Newborn Baby Photography

This was a newborn shoot I won’t soon forget. We had it all planned out; we would head over to a nearby park for a few family portraits and then head over to the studio for newborn portraits. Simple enough. But, the best laid plans…

Right beside a large pond, I spotted a beautiful weeping willow tree that would work perfectly for sibling and family portraits. We started with a few shots of brother, Gannon (3) and sister, Elise (soon to-be 2). While Gannon took his turn, Elise peeked in and out of the weeping willow. While wrapping up big brother’s portraits, we heard a big splash, Elise’s name was screamed, and she was pulled from the pond. She was covered in mud, grass, and drenched in pond water! Luckily, her dad pulled her out quickly from the water and she was fine. Unluckily, we were done with portraits before we’d really begun. Cleaning her up proved to be impossible, and before we knew it, she and Gannon were whisked away for a scrub down bath.

So, here we are. Baby Garrett made his way to the studio and was wonderful! He looked so peaceful in his mama’s arms, and really took to the neutral colors beautifully.  Welcome to the world baby Garrett! Your newborn shoot will make it in the hall of fame!
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The Salerno Family | Homewood, Alabama Family Photography

The Salerno family had a simple request for their portraits: follow them around. They wanted me to document their time in the Japanese gardens, enjoying the fall weather, and getting those “in between moments”. Basically, my favorite way to photograph a family.

This is one of the best ways to document the sweet moments with small children. Give them enough space and freedom and they’re bound to open up, joyfully explore, and eventually give you beautiful portraits. This is childhood. These are true memories and adventures. Here’s to many more shoots just like this one!
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