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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.

Hannah & Andy | Hoover, Alabama Maternity Photography

I had to share these lovely portraits of Hannah and Andy before baby boy River makes his debut in April! It was quite the sight, I’m sure, seeing an incredibly pregnant photographer shoot maternity portraits. Be sure and check back soon to get a first glimpse of River and his sweet parents. What an honor it continues to be to document these precious times in a new family’s life. 

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Lucas | 8 Month Portraits | Railroad Park | Birmingham, Alabama Children’s Photography

This little fella is pure joy to photograph. I’ve been documenting his first year and am happy to finally feature him on the blog. The weather hasn’t exactly been friendly these days, so on location shooting is always a gamble in the winter/spring in Alabama. Lucas’s family and I met up at Railroad Park on a gorgeous afternoon day, shooting with beautiful light and their sweet boy. 

Besides the lovely setting, I think my favorite detail of the day was Lucas’s killer wardrobe selection. His mama brought her “A” game and it shows. A sweet, traditional bubble along with a Janie and Jack outfit that would make any grown man jealous. And, let’s not forget his knit hat…you guys know I love a baby in a hat! 

Okay, let’s wrap this up and get to the cute stuff! Here’s Lucas at 8 months!


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Charlie | 1st Birthday Portraits | Birmingham, Alabama Family & Children’s Photography

Sweet Charlie has been one of my precious baby plans this past year and we’re wrapping up his first year in the studio with some amazing smash (cup)cake! One of my favorite memories of Charlie is when I first met he and his parents, which was about 45 minutes after he was born! It was quite amazing sitting in the waiting room on that early morning, alongside Charlie’s family waiting to hear when had made his debut. 

For his big 1 year portraits, Charlie’s mama brought some lovely classic clothing for him to wear, which is hard to resist for me. Those classic bubbles are going to age so well in their frames and prints. Classic baby is the way to go!

Happy birthday dear Charlie! It’s been a lovely year with you and I can’t wait for more shooting in the future!

Charlie as a newborn // Charlie at 6 months

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