Birmingham, AL wedding & portrait photographer Kelly Cummings

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Baby Love :: Noah :: One Year

First of all, I was overwhelmed with how many people liked and commented on the above photo when I added it to my facebook page with the caption “babies think I’m hilarious.” Truthfully I think babies know that they are hilarious, but my willingness to make funny faces and stick my tongue out at them when their parents aren’t looking does help. [I love doing that in public with strangers babies, toddlers look at me in disbelief since they know they aren’t supposed to stick their tongues out and here I am doing it to them. One of the few perks of being an adult.]

I can’t believe Noah is a whole year old now. I’ve known his wonderful parents since I met them a few months before they were married, but we’ve definitely gotten close throughout the process of an anniversary/maternity session and documenting Noah’s first year. He is a happy baby as long as you don’t take away the things he wants (aren’t we all that way?) and I love that he’s already a percussionist. My biggest regret is letting my sister persuade me to pursue clarinet instead of drums in band.

Anywho, I love sweet babies who love the little things like leaves and grass and the click of a camera and I’m so glad to have babies to photograph now and then to stave off the baby fever. Thank you to Shea and Jeremy for the medicine.


Rebecca Mill :: The Indie Image :: Photography Playdate

I met Rebecca during one of my first (possibly my very first?) second shooting gig in North Carolina, in early 2008. We were both second shooting with Amanda from Studio 310 (who graciously let me come second shoot with her those first few months I was getting started, most of the photographers in my home county were completely and explicitly opposed to helping a newcomer out at the time). Rebecca was already a rockstar and fellow Nikon shooter, and I moved to Birmingham later that year so our friendship was extremely limited to the limited closeness that a facebook friendship allows.

As fate would have it, Rebecca has family in Birmingham and comes down to visit at least once a year, so this summer we got together for coffee to dish on all that comes with the glamorous life of photography (and by that I mean all of the drama, stresses, marketing, gear lust, and the good stuff as well). When I came home to do My & Nathan’s Chapel Hill wedding this past November Rebecca came along and killed it!

Rebecca came to visit her grandparents again this past December and we made an adventure out of it. I’ve become good friends with the girls at Molly Green (an eco-conscious boutique) and we stopped by to pick out a wardrobe and then frolicked over at Sloss. I’ve got to make more time for this sort of thing. Photographing friends and being photographed by friends are some of the greatest joys in my life. I don’t belong behind my computer! I should chant this over and over and make a huge mural for my wall.

Anywho, enjoy these photos of Rebecca and try not to get too jealous of her gorgeous smile and ridiculously cute hairstyle. View Rebecca’s work over at The Indie Image!

HUGE thank you to Becca for coming to hang out in Bham and getting me out of the office! I need a Raleigh playdate next time I’m home…

 


NOLA and Two Francophiles with Cameras

Last week I headed to New Orleans for a wedding with Morgan in tow to assist, and we got there a day early to settle in, which really translated to having a whole day to frolic around in the city. Morgan had never been to New Orleans and I’d been a few years back for the Sugar Bowl but hadn’t had much time to wander. My best friend Stacy lives in New Orleans and I could kick myself for not getting any shots of or with her while we were there, but I couldn’t convince her to take the rest of the day off for a big floppy hat photoshoot, so I’ll just have to go back. As with all of my travels and wedding trips this year it still feels so surreal, walking around New Orleans pretending it is somehow equivalent to Paris (hence the stripes, eating at a place called Cafe Amelie, the French Market, and shopping at French Connection). Morgan and I are so rarely the subject of photographs being photographers ourselves that we both understand the need for such vanities and also so desperately want someone to be our models when we are in someplace lovely. So, here are a lot of photos of Morgan, and if you visit her blog, you’ll find a lot of photos of me. Looking like the most stereotypical French wanna-bes ever. Much more wedding to come, and hopefully a lot more personal soon, but for now, enjoy the French Quarter with me.


I love that Cafe du Monde only serves coffee and beignets. It reminds me of Garrett reminiscing about how Dreamland used to only serve ribs, white bread, and Mountain Dew. I also love that beignets taste exactly like funnel cake only more of a big pouf of it, and equally if not more messy. Since we were there on a weekday (during Hurricane season which is probably not the busiest season for NOLA), a lot of the staff would just hang around talking with their paper hats, waiting for more tourists (I love the woman with the fan in the black and white shot a few up).



The one on the left (above) was shot through my sunhat, which I kind of want to take with me on all shoots to get that diffused light and texture.



I tried to get Morgan to buy her own hat but she wouldn’t, even though she looks adorable in this one. Also, I photographed every aqua and red thing I could find, since New Orleans is full of them, and they are my self proclaimed business colors.



This car on the side of the street covered in pin-up tattoo style graphics for Sailor Jerry’s rum was amazing. I’m planning to never ever even consider a tattoo, but if I did or if someone I knew was going to, I would definitely support a pin-up style (preferably by Kat Von D) above all else.








Merci beaucoup!


Pretty in Pink :: Meagan & Andrew :: Selma, Alabama


I met Meagan last May, when she served the lovely Ann Huskey as maid of honor. I received the inquiry for her wedding via Kerri Kelley (a fabulous planner I’d been itching to work with ever since I heard her name), and didn’t know who the bride was until Kerri sent me a client info sheet. I was beyond excited to meet with them both, Meagan is a BEAUTIFUL sweetheart and Kerri’s view on weddings, brides, and business really align with mine. I have to laugh now remembering Kerri telling me about the wedding before we’d met, the keyword was ‘pink’.

During photos later on in the day I heard Andrew say “apparently the theme of the day is pink?”, and yes, he is the only one that did not get the memo. But I love the pink, I think it was executed in an ever so Meagan way, and she gave her girls dresses with pockets, so does it get any better than that? My best friend and I had a very long pink phase in our childhoods, that eventually shifted through shades of blues and purples but I think I’ll always have a soft spot for pink.

The day itself was easy, minus the threat of sprinkles and the summer heat of Alabama, everything was beyond perfect. Meagan told one of the members of the band that once she got onto the dance floor she was there for good, no more talking, just dancing. Everyone had an amazing time, and one of the groomsmen might’ve been iced…

Most of all I’m impressed with all of the people who came together to bring this wedding to life, all of the lighting, flowers, unbelievable cake, the band… and of course Morgan & Nancy, who came along to shoot (and who always keep me hydrated and fed despite my tendency to never sit down or to pop up as soon as something new catches my eye. also, Sonic might be the best wedding day stop ). Thank you to all of the amazing vendors that turned Selma pink for Meagan and Andrew, and to Meagan and Andrew for having us there!







Below, this was how my interaction with Andrew’s groomsmen began, around oh, 1:45 pm. It only got better from here. They were one of the most lively set of groomsmen I’ve ever dealt with for sure.






































Vendors:
Planner/Coordinator: Kerri Kelley Weddings
Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church (Selma, Alabama)
Reception Venue: Selma Country Club
Photography: Kelly Cummings, Spindle Photography
Florals: Andy Hopper, KG Designs
Cake: Olexa’s
Lighting: Andy Tolar, Design Productions LLC
Dress: Ivory and White
Stationery: Sonia Davis
Music: Creativity Band


One :: Burtoft Family

We lost one


Senior Portraits :: Haley


Haley. The funny thing with portraits is that often I won’t meet someone until the day of the session, and I never know exactly what to expect. Haley is jaw-dropping gorgeous, and I’m so lucky she sought me out for her (high school!) senior portraits. I loved her style right away, she’s polite and sweet, and her bangs are perfect.

Haley, best wishes for your upcoming graduation and thank you so much for coming out to Birmingham to do a session with me!


Morgan Trinker

Meet Morgan.

In November of last year I got an email from a girl who had recently moved here (to Birmingham, AL) from Salt Lake City, and was restarting her photography business from scratch in a new place, much like I started just a year before. I haven’t always had luck with other photographers I’ve met (which is true of anyone you meet really), and friendships are a huge emotional investment, a time commitment, and a risk. But after a few emails and our first lunch at Cafe de Paris, it was clear that we had a lot of the same goals and interests, and we’ve been lucky enough to find ways to work together since then!

Our biggest adventure began with the Hi-Fi Weddings Fest in Huntsville this January, which is where I took the following photos (you can see the images Morgan took of me here). Afterwards we decided to take on the project of a local wedding resource for Birmingham girls, called Bham Bride (near and dear to my heart as an internet addict who planned a wedding here just after moving from NC and finding that everything was much more offline and word of mouth).

I’m sure there will be much more to say in the future about Morgan, and mostly she’s an amazing friend and the only reason I didn’t kill myself over my open house last week. She’s very DIY crafty, loves the colors aqua and lime green (if you ever come across her or any of her possessions you will be made aware), she loves Kate Spade, and she has a sparkling personality. We live very similar lives but mine is a little less color coordinated. Our husbands have become friends and we’ve replaced our dreams of husband and wife photography teams with a girl friend team aspiration. I hope you enjoy these images, and if you haven’t checked her work out already, please do, she’s awesome, and I’m lucky to know her!





Ashley & Patrick :: 4th Anniversary

I’m going to try out more pictures and less talking as a blogging method, since I spend so much time as a voice on twitter, Dash Pinch Smidgen (though less often now) and now Bham Bride (which I could NOT be more excited about). You just want to look at the pretty photos anyway, and I just want to show them to you.

I can’t tell you more about the couples I photograph than their faces do, so all I’ll say about this session is:

1. This is my second couple of the year named Ashley and Patrick.

2. Patrick flies planes.

3. Ashley and Patrick celebrated their 4 year anniversary in January and she still fits in her dress. Not only still fits, still looks amazing. She’s hording secrets.

4. This session, an anniversary session/chance to take a few more photos in their wedding attire, took me to Mississippi which is somehow only 2 hours from Birmingham. Magical. And, it’s the state I fell in love with my husband in, so even hearing about Mississippi warms my heart (especially when I spell it like elementary school kids do with double-s or crooked letter crooked letter and such).

5. The last photo is my favorite because the reflection of the tree on the window makes me think of double exposures on film and I love that they are only visible because of the shadow made by my head as I took the photo.

6. I’ve said more than I think I usually do but lists comfort me more than paragraphs.

Enjoy.



This session took place in Columbus, Mississippi at the Old Waverly Golf Club.


Noah :: Newborn Session

A few months ago I did this one year anniversary session with Shea and Jeremy that doubled as a maternity session. Noah arrived about a week and a half ago and it was so great to be a part of his newborn session!

I can’t get over how tiny babies are, especially their little fingers and toes. And, after going to my cousin’s baby shower in South Carolina this past weekend I feel like I’m catching baby fever!


Congratulations Shea & Jeremy! Noah is beautiful and I am so looking forward to seeing him grow!


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