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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.

Easter Mini Session Favorites | Birmingham, Alabama Children’s Photography

Since Easter’s this Sunday, I thought I’d share some of my favorite selections from this year’s Easter mini sessions. I spent a few late nights working on the fabric background and loved the pairing with the modern Eames rocking chair. As the years go on, I’m realizing how much I appreciate and strive for my styled shoots to be clean, classic, and focus on the child first with less distractions around them. Mission accomplished!

As the morning went on, I quickly was reminded that 2 year olds love throwing Easter eggs and love even more that they endlessly crack! Que Sera, Sera! Thank you to the wonderful families that came to the studio, I am forever appreciative to my amazing clients. Happy Easter 2014!

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Hudson | Birth Story Photography | Birmingham, Alabama | Brookwood Women’s Center

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That handsome fella above was born almost 9 months ago, and I’m so excited to finally share his birth story. One word comes to mind when I think of Kamin’s labor and delivery: efficient. She was amazing! I’ve never seen a woman progress so quickly, and with her 1st child at that. Everyone’s birth story is different, but I’m dreaming of a much faster labor and delivery for me and my future babies! I’ve joked that I owe Kamin about 8 hours of additional photo coverage since she bravely stuck with me for 12+ hours while I was in labor!

I arrived at Brookwood Women’s Center about 7:45am and settled in for what I thought would be a relatively lengthy day. Kamin was induced early that morning and her contractions seemed to be somewhat manageable. Her and Cory’s family poured into the delivery room, so excited to meet baby boy Hudson. 2-3 hours later and her contractions were coming stronger and more intense. After taking a break and a much needed epidural, Kamin was much more comfortable. You better believe her mama was right there with her holding her hand! Kamin’s mom was so sweet and a little bit hilarious; she barely left her side, even with a quilt draped over her cold shoulders!

Around 11am, Kamin mentioned that she felt a good bit of pressure and asked to be checked. To everyone’s surprise, she was fully dilated at 10cm! I think we were all in disbelieve at how quickly things were progressing, but Cory (and I’m sure Kamin) was excited! He was ready to meet his little man. She started pushing, counting, breathing, catching her breath, more pushing, more counting, and her eyes welled with tears as her reality set in; their long awaited child was coming.

On Friday afternoon at 12:46, Hudson Ray Williams was born. He weighed 6 lbs. 10 0z. and 20.5 inches long. What a beautiful, tiny little baby he was. Family poured in once again to greet their newest member. I stopped by for an extra visit the next day for some official snuggles and more photos. I was immediately struck by Kamin’s calm and confident demeanor as a brand new mama. She and Cory had their boy, their family, their love. I’m continuously grateful to Kamin and any other mama who invites me into their most intimate, intense, and life changing moment of birthing their baby. I do not take it lightly. Thank you!

If you’re interested in having your birth story shot, go ahead and use the contact form above! Birth stories are listed and priced just like other portrait sessions, that info is here.

Want to see more from Hudson, Kamin, & Cory? Here ya go:

Maternity Portraits >> Newborn Portraits >> 6 Month Portraits

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I imagine she’s saying to her sister, “Hold on, let me have a contraction.”
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The nurse on the right had the best reaction to seeing her very first birth!
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Silas | Newborn Baby Photography | Tuscaloosa, Alabama

When selecting the photos I wanted to feature of Silas, I knew that his BIG smile had to be the one to kick it off! How can you not fall in love with him after seeing such a sweet, sleeping moment?! At 6 days old, Silas was a pro. His older brother and sister kept themselves entertained with lots of Jake & the Neverland Pirates, snacks, photo shoot ideas, and baby snuggling. While snuggling with Silas, Amarie and Pax produced one of my all time favorite series of outtakes! It’s always encouraging to get a thumbs up and silly crossed eyes while behind the camera. These are truly the joys of being a newborn and children’s photographer…I love these little guys and gals! See that pale blue outfit he’s wearing? That was worn by his Daddy as an infant, what a lovely heirloom.

Enjoy the wonderful pureness of a 6 day old baby boy named Silas. Congratulations to this happy, happy family of five!

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Charlie | Newborn Baby Photography | Homewood, Alabama

Introducing baby boy Charlie at 16 days old! Okay I’ll go ahead and say it, I love his hair! I’m such a sucker for newborn hair – handing me an infant hairbrush is a mistake, I won’t be able to stop brushing! Charlie was born about 7:45 in the morning and was greeted by his family shortly thereafter as he and his mama were wheeled from the operating room to their hospital room. As I shot Charlie’s birth story, I couldn’t help getting swept away in the emotion with his family in the waiting room. I kept imagining how in the world my own family waited as long as they did for Walt! I’m so excited to share Charlie’s first year on the blog with you guys, we’ll be seeing him around 6 months and 1 year!

Another detail that stuck out while shooting Charlie’s newborn portraits was how beautifully decorated his nursery was. His mama, Brynnan did an amazing job mixing rustic and delicate. The sweet blue details among the cream colors make for a serene space for Charlie to sleep and play. My favorite parts are the peeks of wood, natural and painted. That wooden monogrammed piece above his crib? Brynnan made that! My love for nursery design is at an all time high!

Welcome to the world, sweet Charlie!

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Hudson | 6 Month Portraits | Birmingham, Alabama Children’s Photography

The pleasure of photographing Hudson is always a highlight for me. He’s such a happy-go-lucky little boy and his 6 month portraits were no exception. Let’s face it: it doesn’t get much cuter than those cheeks and that amazing hat! While it’s such a blast shooting with the Williams family,the real work came for all three of us while trying to get Hudson to smile. With his mama being a photographer, he’s no stranger to the camera. That little jokester smiled almost every time I put my camera down! Smile or no smile, Hudson Ray rocked his 6 month portraits.  His first year is flying by!

Want to look back at Hudson as a newborn? What about when he was in his mama’s belly? Go here and here!

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