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  • That's me on the left, I'm Carmen! I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my amazing husband, my redheaded son, Walt, and 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.

    There's LOTS of info around here, so stay and have a look around. For pricing, info, or to shoot me an email, head right up top. Scroll on down for some of the newest shoots and news.

Luke | 7 Month Portraits | Birmingham, Alabama Children’s Photography

I’ve been getting to know Luke very well over the last 7 months and just had to share his latest set of portraits. This “big man on campus” is growing so fast and I have the privilege of not only documenting his whole first year, but specifically every single month! That’s right…every month for his first year! 

This cold weather has had us running for the indoors and I’m especially loving this latest collection of winter portraits. My favorite outfit his mama brought was the cable knit romper, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic like that! The Letterman jacket is precious and reminds me so much of his Daddy in high school (CCHS fellow alumni). 

Enjoy this sweet fella and check back for more Luke action as the year goes on! And for a little throw back, here’s the MATERNITY SESSION that started it all! 

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The Wetta Family | 6 Month Portraits | Birmingham, Alabama Botanical Gardens

Moving right along with sharing some of my favorite sessions from late 2014, it’s the Wetta family! I met this wonderful family shortly after their youngest, Claire, was born. Luisa’s friend surprised her with a gift certificate for 2 portraits sessions for Claire! (Amazing idea, I highly recommend a gift certificate for new or expectant mamas.) We had a lovely at home newborn session and quickly decided that her 2nd session would be at the 6 month milestone. 6 months flew by and here we are.

A gorgeous fall day before Christmas was our setting for the 2nd session. Let me go ahead and make a grand statement: The Wetta children are the most well behaved siblings I’ve ever seen! Seriously, they make my job super easy and so much fun. Claire was a doll during her time in front of the camera, those big blue eyes don’t disappoint. I’m also quite fond of their choice to dress in jewel tones and creams. The combination of colors along with the lovely garden light was exactly what I was hoping for.

I love shooting with this sweet family of 5 and can’t wait to share more shoots with them in the future!  

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The Gray Family | Clanton, Alabama Family Photography

After taking a little break for Christmas and to snuggle with the Michael men at home, I’m back in 2015 and excited to share new work with you dear readers. There are still some portrait sessions in my back pocket from late last year that I want to share…so let’s dive right in. 

The Gray family met up with me at a local Christmas tree farm near our hometown, and we spent some wonderful time running around the trees, playing pretend with their son Kipton, and watching as the sun dipped below the hills. Kipton’s 3 year old energy should be bottled up and sold to pregnant women trying to chase after toddlers! He was a treat to talk to, in face there were moments when I had to remember to pull my camera back up to my face for actual photographing. 

One of my go-to pieces of advice for family portraits is to bring layers. Coats, scarves, hats, vests. The beautiful red colors alongside their coordinated layering is nothing but perfection. I’m loving how the session turned out to have both a casual and “put together” look to it. So, let’s start scrolling through so you can see for yourself. 

Welcome 2015, you will be an unforgettable year! 

*To book your 2015 session, fill out the handy contact form at the top of the page!

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