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  • Hey Ya’ll!

    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.

Sarah | 1 Year Portraits | Mt. Brook, Alabama Children’s Photography

It’s Sarah’s 1st birthday! When Bethany, Sarah’s mom, contacted me to talk about shooting her daughter’s birthday portraits, I was honored and incredibly excited! Bethany and I grew up together. Seriously, we’re talking since we were 5 years old. Our lives revolved around church, church choir, school, boys, rap music, camp, sitting next to each other, writing notes, and more boys. My formative years were spent next to her, usually whispering into each other’s ears.

Shooting with Sarah proved to be as adorable as she is. I had a difficult time stopping my shutter button finger…she was running the show! Between the gorgeous blue eyes, her hilarious “What?” expression, and her fervor for her delicious smash cake, Sarah brought her A game. And yes, we all had a taste of the cake post-shoot.

Alright, let’s get into it! Happy 1st birthday Sarah!

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Caleb | Newborn Baby Portraits | Cahaba Heights Newborn Photography

I’d like to introduce you to one handsome fella named Caleb! This sweet thing was truly amazing to photograph. Sleepy doesn’t even begin to describe this him. Sure, his sister was playing with marbles and announcing to the house that she’d be leaving soon for a milkshake, but he kept right on snoozing. You remember Caleb’s sister, right? It’s the one and only Jemma!

When we first started shooting, his mama wrapped him in this adorable whale swaddle. It turned out it was perfectly positioned to feature one, big whale for his first shot! Kismet. Jennifer’s work in Caleb’s nursery was truly inspiring. My favorite part was the re-purposed red wagon as a shelf, with the University of Alabama elephant (which served as a door stop for his daddy in college) coming in at a close 2nd! Once it was time for family portraits, Jemma slipped on her “I’m The Big Sister” t-shirt and was ready for her time in the spotlight. The shirt was especially lovely, as I adore the clothing designer, Anna Garner with Sweet Dreams Designs.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with this family again, this time for Caleb’s 1st year. Welcome to the world Mr. Caleb!

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Luke | 8 Month Portraits | Homewood, Alabama Children’s Photography | Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Luke’s streak for being an amazing subject to photograph is still going strong! For his 8 month portraits, Luke and his parents joined me at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens for some truly perfect light.  I’ve noticed for awhile now that toddlers are a picky bunch and one thing that Luke didn’t quite appreciate was the grass touching his feet! What he did love however, was snuggling and playing with his mama and daddy. Plus, I’m pretty sure he loved all the attention.

It is such an honor to photograph little Luke and I’m already looking forward to his big 1 year birthday portraits! Want a little reminder of a newly born Luke? Look no further, here he is! Enjoy this blonde bundle! 

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Kristen & John | Talladega, Alabama Wedding Photography

Oh, this wedding! One of the first things that was described to me about Kristen and John’s wedding day was that it would be a “The Great Gatsby” theme. I didn’t need to hear much more after that. The details were truly beautiful; perfect flowers, diamonds and pearls galore, Lana Del Rey serenades, a sunset ceremony, and a dance party reception.

When I arrived at Kristen’s father’s beautiful home, I was greeted right away by the sweetest & most fun bridal party! This couple truly surrounded themselves with the most loving friends and family. The bridesmaids were steaming dresses, having mimosas, and fluffing Kristen’s dress, while the groomsmen spent most of the day on the water.  Of course, the sweetest bridal party member was Kristen and John’s daughter, Kynlee (who’s newborn portraits I had the honor of shooting).

Once the sun went down and they said their vows, John and Kristen entered their reception with an amazing first dance to Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”. Can you say HOT?! The rest of the night was spent doing what you do at receptions; eat, drink, dance, be married. It’s my privilege to show you what this amazing wedding day looked like. Congratulations to Kristen and John! You guys are wonderful and I’m honored to have been a part of your day!

Wedding Planner: AK Brides | Flowers: Hothouse Design Studio | Videography: Cam Video ProductionsKristen’s Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Officiant: Roger Hayes | Cakes: Cakes by Audrey |  Catering: Yellow BicycleReception Band: Live Wire

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