Buford Family Photographer | Yeager Family

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

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?

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Photo Credit: Amanda Nicole Photography

Atlanta Georgia Newborn Photographer | Drake

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

Don't forget to check out more sweetness on our from Crystal Barbee Photography! Looking to book your own newborn session? Let's chat

Buford Georgia Newborn Photographer | Alma

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

Don't forget to check out more sweetness like little Alma on our blog! Looking to book your own maternity or newborn session? Let's chat

Buford Georgia Maternity Photographer | A Sunset Maternity Session

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! 

Make sure to check our more sweet families like this one on our blog! Interested in booking your own maternity session? Let's chat!

Buford Child Birthday Photographer

Buford First Birthday session

I hope everyone is having a great week! So close to Fri-Yay!!

Meet Emily.

Emily is turning ONE!! Her cake smash was so much fun and I love the simplicity of the cake with the flowers and her cute little tu-tu! Cake smashes are becoming so popular and quickly becoming a personal favorite milestone session. Check out Miss Emily <3

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Buford Newborn Photographer

Buford Newborn Photographer- Baby Cameron

Happy Monday guys! I don't know where you are but here in Atlanta it is gray, raining and cold today... not a good combo for a Monday but I am feeling extra motivated so I am updating the blog!

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Meet Cameron.

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This very little guy was such a wonderful baby to work with. He not only was the perfect little client but he is very special too... He is a rainbow baby. I didn't know this before our session. During the session the mother was taking lots of behind the scene photos, which I LOVE, but then she started crying. Now this is somewhat normal for new mothers whose hormones are all over the place. So I asked her what was wrong and she told me the story behind him being a rainbow baby and losing her previous child during labor. Whoa... talk about putting everything in perspective for me. What I do is way more important than just "taking pictures" ...THESE pictures meant EVERYTHING to her. I am so fortunate to be able to give her something so special and call it work. Feeling thankful for my career and the happiness it brings others...

Atlanta Child Photographer - Cruz

Atlanta Child Photographer

Going strong on the blogging front, everyone!! I could hardly wait to share this session of sweet Cruz's cake smash.  When you get two photographer's together... usually the session itself is pretty epic.  This one was no exception.  

From an old rugged and vintage building, styled to fit all these vintage, a cute and happy baby, and a beautiful long blonde haired mama... it was not short of an amazing and fun session.  Sweet mama is a fellow photographer and friend, so when she booked me, I was completely honored.  He is the last of three boys, so she wanted to embrace and enjoy every second of this session.  

I am not sure if I'll ever have another baby, so I can't say that I completely understand what it's like to know that the last one is the last one you'll have.  The bond that these two shared was so inspiring.  I am so happy for this sweet family and I hope these pictures mean so much to this sweet mama! <3

Be sure to scroll below to see those highlights!!  And get in touch if you'd like to book one of your own!

Baby Girl Photography in Buford - Baby K

Baby Girl Photography in Buford

I love newborn sessions!  I keep getting more and more requests and I think it's an absolute perfect fit with me getting my new studio.  I am beyond thrilled and can't wait to see so many babies come through.  It's beyond exciting and because of that, I am happy to share this sweet baby girl photography session!  Meet Baby K!

This sweet baby girl's mama is an OBGYN, but we do both admit that her sweet baby girl is exceptionally cute!! ;)  One of Mama's good friend's uses me for years for her photography needs, and I was so thrilled and honored that this sweet mama chose me to document this time in their lives.  

Baby K slept so good the entire session.  So much so, I barely saw her beautiful eyes!!  Her skin complimented deep plum purple and I loved the way we styled this session.

Be sure to keep scrolling for the highlights from this session!!!

 

 

Maternity Photography in Buford

Maternity Photography in Buford

Hey everyone!  If you stumbled on this post, thank you for being here!! :)  I am finally getting caught back up on blogging and am so excited to share this maternity photography session with you.  Since I live here in Buford, I also proudly serve all locations near me!  So if you're interested in booking a session with me, be sure to get in touch!

About this Maternity Session

Meet the adorable Anderson family!!  I particularly loved this session because sweet mama had so many ideas and we exchanged so many texts and messages.  So much thought was put into it and I think it really shows in these images.  I also am so thrilled when clients book me and they truly value photography.  And as you can probably tell... this girl totally did!  

She was also up for anything- when I said to lay in the grass, I swear she was already on her way down.  It was so much fun and we had such a good time.  I was also extremely pleased to learn that she said that I nailed the images that she had in mind.  Win/win for this one, guys!

Be sure to get in touch.  I will help you from start to finish if you'd like me to.  From wardrobe all the way up to where you should hang your images.  See below for the highlights from this perfect session!

 

 

Buford Maternity and Family Photography

Buford Maternity and Family Photography

Happy Friday everyone!  I have been out of pocket the last couple of weeks and I am sorry about that!  But I am back! <3  If you have been following me on Facebook, you may have seen that the reason I have been a little absent is because....... I AM SETTING UP MY NEW STUDIO!  I am so excited!

When starting this journey of photography, I never expected to grow like I have.  I am beyond grateful for the support and encouragement that I get for it all.  This sweet mama in this particular session is a local business owner and one of my biggest fans.  She helped to grow as I have and really encouraged me.  She's a great friend and I hope she knows how important she is to me.

This sweet family is expecting a baby boy.  They waited so patiently for him, and they just knew that their number of children was 3.  I am over the moon excited for this sweet family.  Brother and sister are such great helpers already, so I just know when #3 arrives, nothing will change.  Be sure to scroll below for highlights from this sweet maternity session!

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Buford Family Photographer - Price Family

Buford Family Photographer

Whew!  It's Sunday everyone! Time for family.   Family is exactly what I look forward to on the weekends.  After having my son, it's almost scary to blink considering how fast the time seemingly goes by each year.  I am so grateful to him for showing me how meaningful life really is.  So, I decided that a family session is in order for the blog, so meet the Price family!! 


About this Family Photography Session

Can I just take a minute and mention that pictures are treasures?  Treasures because these are real life moments.  Moments that really happened and that I was able to document.  And.. the money shot, you guys.  You know... the one where all 4 kids are looking at the camera, with happy faces on them?  Yeah.  That totally happened for this family of 6.  Not to toot my own horn buuuuuttt... toot toot!  And mama and daddy should be proud.  This is just tangible, real life proof that they have it all together.  Because on most days, us parents do and we should be proud about that!  

I think it's also important to note- that this family is going through a lot.  So be sure to send good vibes their way.  Their son is battling cancer and will start chemo soon.  They wanted the memories of him with his hair, so before they shaved it, I made sure to get them on the books.  I am so glad I did and they are seriously the sweetest family ever.  For more information on Wilm's tumor (the cancer that this precious boy has) be sure to check out this link: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wilms-tumor/basics/definition/con-20043492

One of the other 123768146 reasons why I love my job- is that I get to play a part in my client's lives and I get to create these memories for them.  It's simply amazing to think that in 50 years, these kiddos will be sharing these images with THEIR kids.  It's pretty amazing and I am so honored to do it.  Be sure to scroll below for the highlights from this family photography session here in Buford!

Buford Maternity Photographer

Buford Maternity Photographer

Happy Thursday night, everyone! <3  As promised I am keeping up with my blog.  And I know, I know... a little later in the evening.  But hey, that's ok!  Better late than never.  And besides, it'll be some great eye candy for you early birds in the morning! ;)  I am looking forward to the weekend.  And I am gearing up for fall family sessions, fall mini sessions, squeezing in all the babies, and bellies that I can.  I am so honored to call this my job, and I seriously love every second of it.  So, what better way to show off each session than by a blog post?!  Up next is Leslie and Micah's Buford Maternity Photography Session!

 

About this Buford Maternity Photography Session

Meet Leslie and sweet Micah.  You may remember them from a wedding I shot, and I was so thrilled when they contacted me to document this next milestone in their lives.  They are such an awesome couple.  Very soft spoken, and so so so sweet.  After I documented their wedding (perhaps a blog post soon???) we became good friends.  I love when clients turn into friends, and I find that that happens often.  It's just another amazing perk to this job.  

This sweet mama is carrying a baby girl.  With the natural beauty her parents have, I can only assume this baby is going to be equally as gorgeous.  <3  ...anddddd if for no other reason... please keep scrolling so you can see this show stopping dress Leslie wore. It was seriously amazing.  

We took to my favorite lake location and the light was perfection.  I hope you love these images as much as I do, and I really am excited for this couple.  Be sure to keep scrolling to see the highlights from this perfect session!

 

Buford Lifestyle Newborn Photographer - Nassar Family

Buford Lifestyle Newborn Photographer - Nassar Family

Ok, we are one step closer to the weekend.  I am sure everyone is just as excited as I am!  I am so thrilled to call this profession that I am a "job."  It's wayyyyy too much fun to be considered a job.  I especially love being a Buford Lifestyle Newborn Photographer and documenting new life into a family of, now 4!  So, with that being said, the Nassar's are on the blog next!

About this Newborn Lifestyle Session

We took to this sweet family's home to document this sweet baby girl addition to their family.  And oh man, does older sister love her to pieces.  This family was so sweet and we had a blast shooting this session.  We laughed constantly, which made my job exceptionally easy... because genuine, organic, and loving laughs are PERFECT for the camera.  It really makes said "job" so easy and enjoyable.  Mama and daddy were so relaxed and so welcoming.  And as mentioned previously, older sis was such a good big sister.  She was so helpful and so loving to baby sister.  And can we all take a moment to just swoon over this adorable nursery (pictured below)?!

It's sessions like these that allow me to reflect on what life really means.  Love, laughter, fun and just an overwhelming sense of joy.  I hope this sweet family loves their collection as much as I do.  Be sure to see the highlights below from this Buford Lifestyle Newborn Photographer session.

Buford Child Photographer - Emily

Buford Child Photographer, Emily

Happy Thursday, everyone!  You should all be really proud of me because I have now successfully posted my second blog!  HOORAY for productivity!!  I am dreaming about the weekend coming up in a couple short days and always look forward to spending it with my two main squeezes.  But first, these sessions demand to be shared, and up next is this sassy chic, Emily!

 

About this Buford Child Session

Meet sweet Emily.  Blonde headed, adorable, and so full of LIFE.  Sweet Emily is the product of two very special people to me.  Her mama and daddy are some of my greatest treasures as friends and I was honored they asked me to document this fun time in sweet Emily's life.  I've known Emily the entire 2 years she's been on Earth and honestly, I love every second of it!  She is a dreamer, she loves that lake life, extremely funny and FULL of sass.  The total package in a two year old.  

It was so hard for me to pick my favorites, so I am pretty much sharing about 75% of this session with you.  HA!  I'm good with it though!!  Be sure to keep scrolling to see the highlights :)

 

Buford Newborn Photographer - Baby Jamie

Buford Newborn Photographer - Jamie

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing amazing and having an awesome week!  I am so excited for the launch of my new blog today!! EEK!  I just wanted to start blogging my sessions to give my clients a more comprehensive look into what they can expect from me when they decide to book me as their Buford Newborn Photographer (and family, wedding, seniors, etc).

I wanted to kick off my blog with one of my favorite sessions to date.  It isn't necessarily my favorite because I think the images are BETTER than my other collections, rather.. the story behind it.  A story of sadness followed by great joy!  It's just everything.  And I just love new life... really it's incredible.  So first on the blog is sweet newborn baby Jamie and his story.

About this session (and this sweet baby boy)

Jamie was born with a heart defect known as Critical Aortic Stenosis.  This is when you have a narrowing of your Aortic valve; therefore, blood is not pumping properly through the heart.  In sweet and precious' Jamie, it was the worst that his doctor's had ever seen.  After he was 16 hours old, his father and mother thought his breathing was strange and told the nurses.  After being checked, within a few minutes, he was sent to the NICU.

And within the hour a cardiologist was there and having him transported by helicopter (life-flight) to Egleston's CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit).  He had an emergency procedure done on his 2nd day of life that was suppose to open the valve, but instead it opened it too much and the valve was "blown."

They decided to wait and see what the next step would be. Mama and Dad (and all other loved ones) waited for a week, basically watching him die. His breathing was so fast that he was burning off all of his calories and his heart was now in full blown heart failure.

On day 9 they decided to do a very big surgery called the Ross Konno Open Heart Surgery. They would be cutting out his Aortic Valve and replacing it with his Pulmonary Valve. Then taking a man made valve and making it his Pulmonary valve. There was a 25% chance of survival - but it was the only chance. They did the procedure on day 11. He did great!!! Within a week and a half he was in a regular hospital room. 

He now has some Mitralvalve leakage, but he is growing and doing well. He will have to have Open Heart Surgery every few years to replace the man made Pulmonary Valve, since it doesn't grow with his body. His prognosis is good as long as we keep him well. Any small cold or flu can be devastating to him. He is still in heart failure and may need his next Surgery sooner rather than later (2yrs old), but everyone who knows and loves him are optimistic.

He might need a heart transplant one day- but that bridge will be crossed if they get there. 

He is a miracle baby and he continues to get better and better each day.  (most of these words were written by mama, so thank you for sharing your story with me and everyone who reads my blog).


I was so honored to document this time for this sweet family.  These are such amazing treasures to have, especially in these special circumstances.  Sweet Jamie was so alert and so sweet during his session.  He even fell asleep once or twice.  But for most of his session, he just wanted to show off his big beautiful eyes.  Be sure to keep scrolling down for highlights from this perfect Buford Newborn session! <3