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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.

Wyatt | 3 Month Portraits | Hoover, Alabama Baby Photography

Nursery portraits! I love them! We kept it simple and personal with Wyatt’s 3 month portraits. With 3 month portraits, it’s a little limiting with where we can shoot and what we can shoot.  It’s such a sweet age, but they’re not quite ready to sit or roll over. Wyatt is such a delight to photograph and snuggle of course! Big brother Luke did have to jump in for a quick kiss and hug!

We’ll be checking in with Wyatt for his 6 month portraits, which I’m sure will be adorable! Here’s a look back at his birth story (my fave!).

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Jacob | Birmingham, Alabama Newborn Baby Photography

Introducing Jacob at 10 days old! Here are a few things I learned about this little fellow:

He really liked being swaddled.

He didn’t mind peeing all over his mama.

At 6 lbs. 3 oz., he wasn’t quite ready for his newborn clothes.

He loved his pacifier until it was time to eat.

These small discoveries are made at each newborn session that I do, which is immensely helpful. If I’m working with a family and their infant, I need to learn as much as I can about that baby to figure out what will work and what won’t. Some babies just aren’t going to pose how you want them to, they aren’t going to lay their hands a certain way, they aren’t going to sleep the whole time. They run the show! So, let’s have a peek at this show runner, Jacob!

PLUS, if you missed the maternity session you’ll want to have a look back!

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EmmaClaire | 1 Year Portraits | Trussville, Alabama Baby and Child Photography

I’ve been so excited to share EmmaClaire’s 1 year portraits! She’s a GORGEOUS baby and was such a pleasure shooting. Happy, loved the attention, incredibly photogenic, and really loved time with her brother, Sam. I met EmmaClaire’s mama, Lauren, when we were both students at UA. Her sister was actually my dorm neighbor for our 1st two years (those stories are for another blog post!).

Originally, we were going to shoot portraits at a local pumpkin patch, but Lauren had a change of heart and wanted to shoot at her parents home. What a perfect choice! I’m a BIG fan of at home sessions, these are so personal, familiar, and allow for comfort for younger children.

Let’s dive right into Miss EmmaClaire’s big birthday portraits! I dare you not to smile while scrolling through her portraits; she’s a timeless beauty and has a particularly precious head tilt!

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That left images is hands down my favorite. 
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