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  • Hey Ya’ll! Stay, have a look around!

    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.

Heather and Andrew | Homewood, Alabama Maternity Photography | Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Heather and Andrew are expecting their first baby (a boy!) next month, and I’m thrilled to share with you guys a few highlights from their gorgeous maternity shoot. The late afternoon light was a dream, and these two were PROS in front of the camera! Truly, they were perfection. Heading over to Birmingham Botanical Gardens felt like a natural choice to take advantage of the vibrant and late summer colors.

I’ve known Heather and Andrew for many years, CCHS alum all around….but maybe a few years behind me. It’s such a treat working with couples who’ve grown up in Clanton, as they start a completely new life as parents! Sure, it also makes me feel a little old, but hey that’s the price you pay! As the weather cools down and college football is in full swing, we’ll get our hands on baby boy Wendt and be treated to his newborn portrait post. Until then, let’s marvel at how beautiful Heather is as an expecting mama!

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Wyatt | A Birth Story | UAB Women & Infant Center| Birmingham, Alabama Birth Story Photography

There is nothing like a birth story. Nothing. Whether I’m walking into a room with a newly born baby or witnessing the birth of child, it is the heaviest, most beautiful room at that moment. There’s a misconception about birth story photography; that the actual birth has to be photographed. Not true. I’ve spent many hours in a delivery room, only moments after a baby’s been born. Mama is full of natural endorphins, cuddling skin-to-skin with her brand new child, while daddy sits in awe of what he’s just witnessed. Can you tell I’m absolutely in LOVE with birth stories?

After a long night of intense, natural laboring from Allison, baby Wyatt made his debut via emergency c-section. Not exactly the birth plan, but was absolutely necessary for mama and baby. After meeting Wyatt, I instantly thought he looked like a chunkier version of his brother Luke. As he’s grown over the last few weeks, he’s proven me wrong! Luke was so excited to hear from his mama and daddy when they called to tell him his little brother had been born! One of my favorite things this family does is choosing not to find out the gender. (My fingers are crossed I can eventually persuade Kent with this idea.)

Okay, get ready to swoon over sweet Wyatt and his slightly sleep deprived parents!

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Jaclynne | 6 Month Portraits | Mountain Brook, Alabama | Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Ah, the 6 month portraits. I adore these shoots. Chunky legs, big eyes, toothless grins, wobbly sitters. Just look at Jaclynne’s gorgeous eyes! The gardens and the sunshine in their reflection is perfect. Miss Jaclynne is truly a beautiful baby. The Botanical Gardens made for a great spot for her 6 month portraits and some family shots in between. Sure, it was the hottest session I’ve had this year, but you’d never know. Get ready for this lovable family! 

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You would never know how unbelievably HOT it was during our shoot. The Stuhl family is picture perfect, while I’m panting like a dog behind the camera. This whole photography thing can be super glamorous! 
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As the shoot went on, Jaclynne got a little frustrated. Nothing a little stuffed animal paci and milk can’t fix! It was great timing, I needed some shots of big sis!
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The in between moments usually make for some of my favorite images. 
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Eleanor & Henry | Mountain Brook Children’s Photography

If you’ve ever wondered what the most photogenic family looks like, look no further. Eleanor and Henry are just FANTASTIC in front of the camera, both an absolute delight to photograph! Sure it’s quite a challenge shooting with a 6 year old and 18 months old, but it’s nothing a few dozen marshmallows can’t fix.

This family is extremely special to us, as we live only blocks away and Eleanor & Walt are only days apart. (Don’t you think that “Eleanor and Walt” sounds like a sweet children’s book?!) WAY back before E & W made their debut, our 2 families were a force to be reckoned with at weekly trivia nights at BWW! Motherboy was unstoppable…you know, until we had little babies!

Alright, enough about Motherboy and our glory days…let’s focus on these cute kids. Here’s a look back at some family portraits from last summer and some precious Christmas studio portraits. ENJOY!

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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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August 13, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Bethany McClure - We had such a great time! The location was perfect. Thank you for your patience… the photos are just wonderful!!!

Also, we spent many years drinking SURGE and eating FUN DIP! Haha! :)