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Melanie and her beautiful family

i was so honored when melanie mauer one of my favorite photographers and friend asked me to photograph her family.  she has a classic and timeless style and i couldn’t wait to go down to lexington, kentucky for the shoot.  i was even more excited when melanie said she booked me and my family a stay at shaker village.  the landscape could not have been more perfect. check out their website because this place is such a gem. melanie tells me … it’s one of martha stewart’s favorite places to stay and i can see why.

it was so nice to finally meet melanie’s husband jason, her mom and her adorable little girl!

melanie mauer - April 12, 2009 - 7:54 pm

oh carmen!!! i am in love – and feeling like the luckiest person alive right now to have photographs cuddling my family like these! thank you x 1000000 for your amazing talent – everyone in the dayton area, hire carmen PRONTO! we had the best time!!! xoxo melanie

Mackenzie Spalding - April 12, 2009 - 8:46 pm

LOVE these photos of one of my favorite people…and families in the world! Love how you captured them perfectly! Hooray! So glad Melanie finally got behind the camera!

Tracy - April 12, 2009 - 9:22 pm

Melanie! How cute are you guys!!! Carmen these are just priceless.

wrecklessgirl - April 12, 2009 - 9:51 pm

so cute, it makes me giggle!!! rock on with those chucks!

melissapepin - April 14, 2009 - 6:28 pm

oh beautiful Melanie! These are awesome Carmen!!!

shannon - April 15, 2009 - 12:02 am

OH MY GOSH!!! These are SO much fun. I’m so glad you did this. Priceless!

melanie pittman - May 1, 2009 - 12:10 am

hey girls! It’s the other Melanie from “Love Affair”. What a fun session. Your little girl is so cute! Looks like her mommy 🙂 Ya’ll look so happy, glad you are doing well!
Carmen, great job as usual and love love the new blog!

elizabeth and the boys

i’ve been photographing these adorable boys for the last few years and they never let me down. this time was so special because i got to photograph their new baby sister elizabeth. this was one the best sessions i’ve had in my studio. i couldn’t believe how amazing they all behaved. i wish my boys would be so into having their picture taken. thanks for such a fun afternoon and some great images!

lroah - April 5, 2009 - 12:41 am

Delicious. How cute are these kids????!!!!!

Katie - April 5, 2009 - 9:20 am

So cute! I love the clean white of your studio in these.

Lindsey - April 7, 2009 - 9:26 pm

I love the first picture! Such detail with the bubbles coming out of her mouth. How sweet! ; )

tim + lindsey

i love e-sessions, especially when the couples are as cool as these two. hanging with tim and lindsey reminded me of life before marriage and kids. they are so active and do some fun stuff like hang out at the bookstore, run, rock climb, go biking, and camping together. things i would love to do but can’t find time to do anymore. you can tell they are both really fit and seriously i may start running again after following lindsey’s tweets. she’s an avid runner and is really inspiring me even though she doesn’t know it yet.
thanks for such a fun session. see you soon!

Alison - March 29, 2009 - 11:52 pm

Your new blog looks great! Love the tag swing. And this engagement shoot is very cool! It was fun meeting you at WPPI (I’m one of shannon’s friends:)

shannon - April 3, 2009 - 11:26 am

Carmen, your new blog looks SO great!! You are so talented and inspiring, my friend.

welcome to my new blog

i’m so excited to finally launch my fresh + happy new blog. I’ve been wanting a new blog for a while and it’s finally here!  i especially want to thank anthony, lisa, brandon and the rest of the crew at  ITDR for making it happen. they were so patient with me.  i also wanted to thank my friend Tine for taking new pictures of me. as a photographer it was good to be on the other side of the camera … and she made it so easy.

it should be much easier to navigate through this blog.  i threw some images on the header but i’ll be changing and adding things throughout the next few weeks.

i’ll be posting a lot for a while to populate the new blog so come back soon!  oh and there’s a comment section that should be easier than blogger so let me know what you think?

thanks for stopping!


Krista Photography - March 27, 2009 - 12:04 pm

Love it!!

Michael - March 27, 2009 - 12:39 pm

I enjoy the new look for the blog very much. Nice work.

Brian - March 27, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Congrats on the new blog Carmen…it looks awesome!

Cassidy - March 28, 2009 - 8:36 am

looks great!!!

sheri mazariegos - March 28, 2009 - 10:59 pm

Love the new blog!!! the hanging tag is REALLY a great touch!! (the Chandra and Eric photos with the heart are awesome!)

suzi neely - March 30, 2009 - 9:17 am

carmen, this looks amazing!! congrats – i know you worked so hard on it and it paid off. love it!!!! : )

Tracy - March 30, 2009 - 1:09 pm

Carmen your new blog looks amazing so clean and freash (so you)! I know you worked long & hard, it paid off sweetie! Congrats

melanie mauer - March 30, 2009 - 2:05 pm

so great, carmen!!

chandra + eric

i’m so excited to finally be posting a session on my new blog. i drove out to miami university for this e-session because that’s where chandra and eric met. i’ve learned that they have a name for these types of unions … “miami mergers”. it’s always fun to shoot outside my area and especially a place that has so much meaning to a couple. these two drove up from nashville and i think it was well worth it. the session was a ton of fun and it was great to finally meet them. i can’t wait for their wedding!

chandra’s a teacher and i had some chalk in the car … so i thought this would be cute!

during the shoot … classes got out and suddenly the campus was full of people. it was fun to take a quick shot of them in their own little world as the rest of the world passed by.

chandra has the greatest personality. she’s so happy and positive. she’s going to be a dream to photograph on her wedding day.

they say if you kiss at midnight under this light you’ll get married. so of course i’m sure this image is done often by many engaged couples who have their engagement sessions done at miami. i myself have been asked to do this before with nick + caitlin back when we did their e-session.

if you look to the right of chandra + eric there is this cute older couple walking arm and arm. there’s something so sweet about them and i didn’t even notice it when i took this shot.

on the outskirts of campus you were back to midwest ohio and farmland. i had noticed this barn on the way into town and when chandra said she had brought her cowboy boots, i just had to take them there.


Chandra - March 25, 2009 - 8:06 pm

Thank you for all of the kind comments you accompanied the pictures with. We had so much fun and cannot WAIT for the wedding day!

caitlin - March 27, 2009 - 11:05 am

yay miami! these are beautiful! i am filled with nostalgia.
this new blog is so nice! a gorgeous picture of whitney popped up when i opened it! i love how big all the pictures are. congrats!

Lindsey Shea - March 27, 2009 - 12:35 pm

Love the new blog Carmen!

brooke schwab - March 27, 2009 - 1:39 pm

the blog is killer! i love it girl! all the hard work paid off! that’s for sure!

Melissa Bauzo - March 27, 2009 - 10:17 pm

Carmen, the blog looks awesome! Congrats! Hope to see you soon.

shanna - March 28, 2009 - 12:35 pm

lauuuve your new blog.

Kelly Settle - March 28, 2009 - 3:42 pm

Hey Carmen, Love the new blog. So clean and simple. A beautiful space to show off your beautiful work!

jael deyoung - March 30, 2009 - 11:15 am

LOVE the new blog my friend!!!!!!!!!
This session totally RAWKS!

Cheri - March 31, 2009 - 7:19 am

Carmen, I LOVE all of the pictures of my beautiful daughter and new son in law to be!! Can’t wait until the wedding day…. congrats on the new blog!!! Cheri

Sybil - April 2, 2009 - 6:10 pm

I love your new blog site. Your pictures always make me want to cry. You capture love so well. -Sybil

Lynda H. - April 4, 2009 - 8:54 pm

You did it! You really did it! It’s beautiful- and fun!