What a little ball of fun this birthday boy was! I adored being this family's Buford Family Photographer!Read More
I'm so excited that I was a part of the celebration of announcing Baby Rhodes #2 into this family's arms!Read More
Oh this sweet girl just stole my heart! She didn't make a peep throughout the entire session, such a sleepy little doll.Read More
What an amazing day to be a Lake Lanier Family Photographer. I adored spending time with this gorgeous mama and her handsome little man.Read More
I loved hearing these two's love story! Little Everleigh was such an incredible dream to work with! Such a sleepy little bundle of joy!Read More
These four are far more than clients, they are friends. I feel such honor to be their Buford Lifestyle Newborn Photographer. Love them!Read More
This sweet girl was such a wonderful little model for her newborn session. Make sure to check out all the wonderful sweetness from her studio session!
I adored spending the afternoon in the warm light of this family's company. What a wonderful bunch these four are!Read More
I enjoyed working with this family so much, and I hope they’re able to look back at these pictures to reminisce and cherish this exact point in their lives as well as remember the great time we all had together!Read More
Oh my goodness I have so much love for this week family! How fun it was to be their Buford Georgia Family PhotographerRead More
What a wonderful wild world we live in, and the arrival of precious Sydney just made it that much sweeter!Read More
This sweet family is now full of love and happiness with the addition of their sweet girl, Emma.Read More
The afternoon spent in the sweet company of this little girl and her adoring parents was such a treat! What a gorgeous family!Read More
WARNING: Cuteness Overload!!!
So let me just tell me about one of the most adorable things I have ever gotten to be a part of... These sweet girl's mama contacted me about my Easter Bunny mini-sessions for her 3 beautiful, tender-hearted little girls. C'mon guys... is there anything cuter than a sleepy bunny swaddled by three precious little gals? I don't think so! Take a look and see for yourself! :)
These little girls were so loving towards one another, and it was so fun to watch each one of their personalities shine through these images. This little guy was so calm, and loved to be snuggled. As soon as they wrapped him up in his little blanket, he went right to sleep!
I love keeping backgrounds simplistic. It allows the focus to be kept on the girls and our sweet Easter pal. This sessions truly did turn out so well, and we are all very happy with the final product! I adored working with these three and their parents! Between our furry friend's twitching nose, three sweet girls and the promise of Easter candy right around the corner, this session couldn't have been any sweeter!
Buford Child Birthday Photographer | Shelby Turns 6!
Happy birthday sweet girl! Shelby's adorable spirit and kind heart shine brighter than all the glitter floating in these images. It was so much fun working with her and her awesome mama during this glitter session. Being her Buford Child Birthday Photographer was such a sweet treat. I still can hear her adorable laughter fill the air when I think look through these images.
Six is such a fun age, don't you think? They make that huge leap into first grade, loose a tooth per week it seems, and have an unending supply of energy you wish you could tap into for just one afternoon. When it comes to photography, I love capturing this age. It's hard to believe that so much personality can be packed into such small bodies, but these kids somehow manage to steal my heart every time. Shelby here was no exception. I found myself laughing harder and giggling just as much, if not more, than this sweet girl herself.
With a hear as kind as hers, and a spirit as adventurous, I know she has a long glittery road ahead of her, filled with endless laughter and tons of fun!
Buford Family Photographer | Yeager Family
This session will forever have a place in my heart, as will this little guy's smile. The joy and happiness that flows from his sweet little body is so incredibly infectious. It's clear to see where he gets his gorgeous smile from when you look at his beautiful parents, isn't it?! What a stunning family. I loved being their Buford Family Photographer for this sunset session.
Little man here was soon turning one, and his sweet mama wanted to capture not only his adorable smile, but the beautiful dynamic shared by this family at this stage of their lives together. She has an interest in photography and wishes to pursue it one day, so we had more than enough to talk about! I love sharing my passion with others. Especially if it can help them bring more beauty into this big wide world!
I'm not sure how he fits such a huge personality in such a tiny body, but I adored every minute I was able to spend with this sweet birthday boy and his parents.
Make sure to scroll down to see all the precious smiles and laughter we were able to capture! I can still hear the sweet sound of his giggles fill the air as I look back through this collection<3
Have your own birthday boy or girl and want to schedule your own sweet session? Let's chat!
Welcome to This Beautiful Life
While I love to let my work speak for itself, I want to take some time and share a few details from my life with you all so you can get to know the face behind Crystal Barbee Photography!
I was raised in Florida originally, but relocated to Georgia roughly 10 years ago. What a wonderful move it was! I found my very own Georgia boy to fall in love with <3 We were friends for a few years before we decided to date, and that firm foundation of friendship has followed us through our marriage these last 6 years.
We currently have a home here in the little town of Buford, GA. I'm lucky enough to explore my creative passion for photography out of a studio here on Historic Mainstreet. When I'm not behind my camera lens or editing, you can find me soaking up the sun with my family on the lake. We have a houseboat that we love to take out and sail the day away on.
While photography is the biggest passion in my life outside of my family, fitness comes in as a close second. I adore going to the gym, and regularly indulge in my "me-time" at least 3-4 times a week. As a photographer, my schedule and days can get incredibly busy, so the gym really is a place I can go to clear my mind. My current obsession is Barre and Pilates. Just can't get enough!
For me photography started as a creative outlet as a new mom. It was (and still is) something I genuinely enjoy, which keeps it from feeling like work. I truly think that's why I've been so successful over the years.
Naturally, as a photographer, you find yourself organically gravitating towards specific genres of this art-craft. Over the years I've always found myself drawn time and time again to newborns, children and families. I love working with their sweet little bodies, capturing their delicate features and watching them grow. After all, what in the world could be better than the opportunity to document the sweet growth of newborn babes?
Photo Credit: Amanda Nicole Photography
Atlanta Georgia Newborn Photographer | Drake
As we draw to a close on the first week of spring, I can't help but share this sweet little bundle of joy with you all! Loving the spring/baby combo! <3 Working with this family was such an immense pleasure. Casey (mom) found me online and instantly fell in love with my work! How my heart leaps with joy when I hear sweet appreciation for my work! Being an Atlanta Georgia Newborn Photographer is such a rewarding career. To know you have the unique opportunity to document the love that flows so freely through families like this one is a gift I'll forever cherish.
Casey and her sweet husband just moved here to Atlanta. He's actually the marketing director for the Atlanta Falcons. How exciting! They have an adorable tradition of getting a newborn shot with each sweet new addition cuddled up inside one of the helmets of the team he currently works with. Such a cute idea, don't you think? I can only imagine the adorable gallery wall arrangement these images will all make together!
To me, traditions are vital when it comes to family. I come from a family packed full of both silly and meaningful traditions alike. As soon as my husband "big Zeb" and I were married over 6 years ago (geeze how time flies..), I literally sat my husband down and we wrote out a list of traditions we wanted to incorporate into our lives. Traditions for just the two of us and traditions we planned on incorporating when our kiddos would join the mix. I'm proud to say, since our first Christmas together, we have never missed out on our onsie-swap ritual. Looking back on the pictures of his big, burly self wrapped up in a Yoda onsie just cracks me up! It's times like these we cling to when days get long and tempers get short.
I had so much fun working with this growing family! Make sure you scroll down to see all the sweetness from their session. Go Falcons! <3
Buford Georgia Newborn Photographer | Alma
As a Buford Georgia newborn photographer, one of the biggest compliments I can receive is repeat business. The pride I feel when I have a past client contact me to schedule another session is such a beautiful feeling. The first time I met this sweet family was at their maternity session, when Alma was still a precious little baby bump. I've watched these two lovebirds grow from excited soon-to-be parents, into an adoring mommy and daddy. It's easy to see that these two were born to love Alma.
Not long ago, I learned an interesting fact about baby names from a close friend who was expecting her second little boy, desperately trying to pin down a perfect name. (She eventually decided on Elijah, LOVE!) There is a 100 year rule when it comes to baby name popularity! For some reason, it just so happens that roughly every 100 years or so, the same names rise in favor. For instance, this year, Charlotte is one of the most popular names, coincidentally it held the same title back in 1916. How funny!
Personally, I love the choice of using classic names for little ones these days. It gives them such a unique and timeless characteristic. Evidently, Alma's parents couldn't agree more and decided on this sweet title for their little girl. The perfect name for the perfect little girl. What a dream she was to work with! Such a happy, sleepy baby. <3
Buford Georgia Maternity Photographer | A Sunset Maternity Session
This soon-to-be big brother can hardly contain the excitement he has for the arrival of his sweet little sister! How adorable it was to listen to him talk about all the fun adventures he plans to take her on! As a Buford Georgia maternity photographer, getting to work with this family and families like this one is such a sweet treat. The love they already have for this little girl is so deeply touching.
When working with little ones like big brother, I like to let them run the show to a point. When I try and position him perfectly every pose, it really puts a lot of pressure on both him and his parents. But, when I allow him to act naturally and have fun throughout the session, I have the opportunity to get some truly stunning shots!
After we were done capturing some family shots, we snapped a few singles of this glowing mama and her sweet baby bump. How gorgeous is she?! A more beautiful family would be hard to find. Enjoying this perfect afternoon, bathed in golden light and the love that flows so freely through this family was such a pleasure. I can't wait to see what the future holds for these four. Thanks for letting me be your Buford Georgia maternity photographer!