Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'VE GOT A NEW BLOG!! | alabama photographer

the blog has *finally* moved. i'd love for you to check out the new blog. it is still in the midst of its metamorphosis, but the framework is there!!

you can find the new blog at see ya over there!

Friday, February 20, 2009

developments on the horizon . . . | alabama children's photographer

there are a few things i have been meaning to post for the past few weeks (okay, months - eek)! i've decided to wait just a little longer, though, because i am about to unveil a NEW BLOG!!!!

why, you ask, would i invest in a new blog when i don't even post on this one?? well, i *want* to post (i've even built in a little motivation by offering free sessions when i don't post), but i've had an itch for a great blog . . . and IT'S ALMOST HERE!!

soooooooooooooo, all posts are officially on hold for the moment. :-D ;-D :-D

Y monica

Thursday, February 12, 2009

she's all aglow . . . | georgia maternity photographer

check these out - images from the maternity sessions i did a few months ago. i'm finally getting them edited!!

these are two of my faves from T's session. you might remember her from an earlier post - she came over from georgia for our session, and i am oh-so-glad she did.

i'd love to hear your thoughts on the direction i'm taking my maternity sesssions, so post a comment or shoot me an email!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

a complimentary session | alabama children's photographer

i knew it was inevitable . . . i already went more than 7 days without posting!! i received a "reminder" email early monday afternoon from A.H. in decatur, alabama. i have been so swamped that i haven't had an opportunity to update the blog until now (and i've received several reminders this afternoon, which gave me the push i needed).

congratulations "h" family - i can't wait to see you in april for your free session!!

Y monica

Sunday, January 25, 2009

oh, how I love thee . . . | alabama family photographer

Holiday mini-sessions were such a hit in October and November (and so much fun for me) that I have decided to offer a few up for Valentine's Day!! For those of you who missed out at Christmas I'm sure I don't have to tell you how quickly they fill up.

For larger view, click here.

*you will also receive a 20% discount on all prints you order from the session!!

Y monica

Friday, January 23, 2009

don't be shy | alabama lifestyle photographer

given the fact that 2009 is officially "the year of the blog," i have been putting a lot of thought into ways to keep you (and me) entertained!! i decided that one good way to do that is to come up with another way to get a complimentary session!!

it's so simple: every month i will give a complimentary session to the person who posts the most comments on my blog! the only prerequisites are (1) there must have been at least 15 comments during the month and (2) the comments must be from at least 7 different people!! this should be interesting - i don't think i have had 15 comments TOTAL since the inception of this blog . . . ;-D

Y monica

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

kissable | alabama newborn photographer

i recently photographed an absolutely adorable baby girl. she is actually the second child of my first cousin, whom i used to babysit (yes, that makes me feel old). "baby a" has a head full of hair, which is way too cute on a newborn!

i love images that make me smile. this first one gets me every time!

Y monica

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

the year of the blog | alabama photographer

i know, i know! i get emails about it all the time - i absolutely MUST blog more!!

i rarely make new year's resolutions, but i did this year: i will endeavor to blog AT LEAST once a week! in fact, i'm going to give away FREE stuff when i don't.

here are the details:
every time i go more than seven (7) days without posting, be sure to shoot me an email reminding me to post. the first person who emails me after each such incident gets a FREE SESSION!!!! if there has ever been a "sure thing," this is it - just look at my posting history!

Y monica

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

the perfect Christmas gift | alabama newborn photographer

I photographed this little bug the week before Christmas. He was such a joy to photograph - seriously. Absolutely gorgeous (he definitely inherited his parents' good looks)!

He let us do just about anything with him, so I came away with so many fun shots! In fact, I had so much fun with this family that I conned them into a second day of shooting!! ;-)

No, seriously, it was very gloomy out the first day, so we ran out of light. Two days later we picked up where we left off.

And when I saw this one, my heart jumped!! I love, love, love the perspective here - Daddy's huge hands surrounding Baby C's tiny feet. Normally, I wouldn't capture an image in which baby's feet are at all hidden (at least not intentionally), but this one just grabbed me, so I grabbed back - and I'm glad I did!

Many thanks, R&G! I'll have your gallery ready soon.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

such a beautiful time . . . | alabama maternity photographer

Following my maternity model call (to which I had an enormous response - thank you) I had a flurry of sessions! My plan is to take my maternity sessions in a less-traditional direction. I just want to throw a little more fun into them, and we have definitely done that with these sessions!

All of the models I photographed for these maternity sessions were so great! They were all so willing to try [almost] anything I suggested. Seriously, they were real troopers. I'm not too far removed from their condition, so I am particularly impressed with how great these mommies-to-be were to work with.

I got a HUGE variety of images that I can't wait to get on my website. Here are a couple of images from one of the recent maternity sessions! I love these images - and the really fun thing for me is that these aren't even my favorites!!! There are so many great shots of T that I just had to share a couple real quick.

Thanks again, ladies! I had so much fun, and I can't wait to meet those precious babies.


Friday, October 17, 2008

i need a model | birmingham maternity photographer


I have a ton of great ideas in my head for maternity sessions, and I need a willing participant or two. I'm going for a particular look here, so I need someone who:

  • is 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 months pregnant
  • is comfortable in her skin
  • is fashion-savvy
  • has kept in shape during the pregnancy (i'm going for the "basketball" belly here)
  • is photogenic (;-D)

This will be a creative session for me, so expect to have a lot of fun! Unfortunately, I only need one or two models, so I will not be able to photograph everyone who volunteers. Oh, and I need to do it soon before the holiday season gets too crazy!!

If this sounds like fun to you, shoot me an email telling me a little about yourself. Also, please send a recent snapshot of yourself if you have one (the snapshot will be helpful, but it is not required to be considered).

I can't wait to hear from you.



Monday, October 13, 2008

another gift . . . | birmingham, alabama photographer

Everyone who contacts me this week to schedule a session will receive a complimentary 5x10 storyboard and coordinating table easel. The storyboard will be mounted and ready to display!

I will try to post a picture of this gift later today . . . I'm loading up all my little ones this morning to go see my adorable grandfather ("Pa"). I could just gush about him all day!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

AMAZING GIFTS, Collections and Limited Edition Sessions | birmingham, alabama photographer

Like most people, I have always LOVED Christmas! This year seems more special than any in the past, though - I have a great husband and 3 GORGEOUS babies! (Well, they're not all "babies" - my 5 (almost 6) year old literally almost comes up to my shoulder . . . and I'm 5'5"! And my middle child - who prefers to be called "Incredible Hulk" these days - will very quickly let me know he's no baby. But they're MY babies!) This is our youngest's First Christmas, and the other two are at the age when things are magical! Sooo . . . I'm in the spirit early!

Gosh, I should really break this up into several posts, but I've gotta just spit it all out for now. In no particular order:

OCTOBER MINI-SESSIONS Sunday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 28 I have never done these before, but I thought I would give them a try. These sessions will work perfectly for those who need to get holiday cards together but don't need a "regular" session at the moment. Here are the details:

~ 20-minute sessions (scheduled at 30 minute intervals from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.)
~ 10 to 15 images shown in color AND black and white (for a total of 20-30 proofs)
~ your own private, online gallery
~ limited to 4 people per session
~ all prints, cards and other products sold a la carte

The first of these sessions (October 26) will be in downtown Homewood / SOHO. I have done several sessions there recently, and my clients (and I) have been absolutely THRILLED with the images each time!!! There are so many great things this location offers: excellent lighting, great textures and vibrant colors.

The second set of mini sessions (October 28) will be at a more traditional location - Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Be prepared to throw a fresh spin on the Gardens sessions, though. Think colorful, playful and relaxed!!

I have a feeling these sessions will book quickly, so call or shoot me an email to schedule soon.


AMAZING GIFTS All regular sessions scheduled during the month of October include a very fun gift (yes, that means FREE) designed with images from the session. There is a different gift for each week. Everyone who calls this week to schedule a session will receive (2) accordion brag books!

These are the perfect size (3x3), and each will contain 10 images from the session. These accordion books are not even available for purchase, so this is your chance to get them!

My plan is to post the gift for the coming week each Sunday night, so be sure to check back each Monday morning to see what's coming up! There are only a handful of sessions left in October, so keep that in mind if you are hoping to schedule!

*note: these gifts are not available with mini sessions.


LIMITED EDITION COLLECTIONS I have had so many requests for "collections" that I have put some together for just this season. There are several options - at all different price points and with many different size variations!! These collections are intended to (1) help you knock out as many holiday gifts as possible and (2) save $$ while you're at it!!! Click

here for details!!


DIGITAL IMAGES NOW AVAILABLE!!! This is a very recent addition. If you want to have your own holiday (or other) cards printed, this is the solution! Please visit the "rates" section of our website for more information!


Special savings for October and November ONLY!! Purchase either the Gallery Keepsake Box or Gallery Album for only $450 (each is normally $750!!!!).


I guess that's all for now, but check back because I'm already thinking of some other surprises to throw your way! And I have a really fun announcement to make later this month regarding Monica Carroll Photography!!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

NILMDTS Annual Funds Drive

As some of you know, I am involved with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ("NILMDTS"), a charitable organization that provides complimentary photography services to families experiencing the loss or anticipated loss of an unborn or newborn child. The photographs are a great source of comfort and healing for the families in the weeks and months following their overwhelming loss.

I have been commissioned for two such sessions in the past few months. On the one hand, I am very selfishly relieved that I have not had more. As the mother of 3 small children, I am absolutely shaken to the core every time I view the images or recall my time spent with the families - especially the little ones. On the other, though, I deeply believe NILMDTS provides an invaluable service. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide these sessions, and my dear husband (who produces a beautiful DVD presentation for the families) and I will continue our involvement as long as we are physically and emotionally able.

Below is information I received regarding NILMDTS's annual funds drive. Please take a minute to look it over. Also, if you are interested in learning more about NILMDTS, please visit

Y monica

With the Month of October being recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation holds its Annual Fund Drive for six weeks starting in mid-September and ending in October.

President Ronald Reagan enacted Proclamation 5890 in October of 1988 to recognize that each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States alone end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn child. Reagan stated, "A national observance offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn or newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members... " To read the full Proclamation signed by Reagan, CLICK HERE.

If you are in a place to make even a small contribution to NILMDTS, please know that doing so will continue to allow the organization to provide improved resources, training, communication, and other tools necessary in support of our amazing contingent of professional photographers who provide the gift of free remembrance portraiture to families in need. NILMDTS's next project is an online, interactive webinar version of our Formal NILMDTS Training taught by Co-Founder Sandy Puc', which will allow anyone in any country with access to a computer to complete the course online. Donations help make programs like this a reality!

Your Donations Support the Organization in Many Ways -

* By supporting the continued education of our volunteer photographers

* By allowing us to further our outreach to hospitals and hospices across the world

* By offsetting the costs associated with outreach efforts including Formal NILMDTS Traingin Seminars

* By supporting the Family Forum which creates a productive and supportive haven for healing

* By supporting the Photographers' Forum which provides a helpful environment for our member photographers to express their feelings and receive advice on the various issues that they face in this noble work

* By supporting the day to day operations of our Headquarters Offices

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is recognized as an IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization (Tax ID#77-0656322) and your donations are always entirely tax deductible. When you donate, you will receive a thank you card that serves as your receipt as well as an enclosed card you may to send to the family of whomever you made the donation in memory of.

With an average of 2-million hits per month on our web site, imagine if everyone contributed just $5 to the organization!

Your donation truly will make a significant difference in the continued success of NILMDTS.

If you wish to make a donation, you can do so through the secure website by clicking
here. NILMDTS is run 100% on donations and we truly could not provide the support necessary to the photographer volunteers without the kind generosity of donors like you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Babypalooza winners . . .

Congratulations to the three winners from Babypalooza:

1) Whitney Rogers;
2) Latoya Brooks; and
3) Stefanie Scott.

Each of the winners receives one FREE SESSION!! I have also e-mailed/snail-mailed each winner with all the info you need to take full advantage! CONGRATULATIONS!

For the rest of you, don't forget to check back from time to time. I plan to introduce some other fun things in the coming weeks!

til then . . .

Friday, September 19, 2008

Holiday cards are HERE!!

You can now find this year's holiday cards online! All wording and fonts are completely customizable!! As another fun bonus, EVERY card can either be designed with the more traditional red/green/brown color scheme or a hip blue/green/brown color scheme.

So click here to check out the designs . . . and then call me to schedule your session! ;-D



Gosh, I know it has been ages since I last posted! The whole site-going-down thing threw me completely out of whack! It was "only" down for 4 days, but it absolutely drove me crazy!!

Anyway, so last weekend we participated in Babypalooza - a baby expo held at Brookwood mall. Somehow it had flown under my radar until about 12 days before the event - TWELVE DAYS! There was so very much to do to get ready and so little time to do it, but we pulled it off for the most part.

So many fun families stopped by our booth. So many, in fact, that I ran out of business cards - and I had 450 (so for those of you who got a handwritten business card, please forgive me). To all of you who stopped by, thanks so much for the feedback - it was so great to hear that you love what we are doing!

As a lot of you know, I am giving complimentary photography sessions to 3 very lucky people who visited us at the expo. I will announce those winners Monday (the 22nd), so be sure to check back. I will also email (or "snail mail" those who didn't list an email address) the winners. How *fun* that is going to be!!!

til then . . .

Monday, September 1, 2008


For those of you who have checked my blog for the holiday cards you have noticed they're not yet up!! Since last Thursday I have had ongoing issues with my website and email, which I learned yesterday have been caused by a failing server with my hosting company. They are still working to get no telling how many sites back online (mine included), but this little snag has set me back a couple days.

Please feel free to shoot me an email at my alternate address ( - I'll be happy to email you when the designs are up!! Thanks so much for your patience!


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Today I met an Angel . . .

Noah Jackson Lauer was born August 17, 2007. Several months ago, Noah was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disorder. From what I understand, Noah's disease progressed more rapidly than even his doctors anticipated, and he has been on a ventilator for at least a couple weeks. Earlier this week, his parents contacted me because they made the excruciating decision to take Noah off the ventilator. (Note: for those who are unaware, I am an affiliate photographer with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a non-profit organization that provides photography services to families experiencing the loss of a baby.)

Noah was taken off his ventilator this morning, and I arrived around 9:30 a.m. to photograph this beautiful family. I spent less than an hour with the Lauers, but my time with them has changed me forever. I was immediately captivated by Little Noah.

My purpose was to photograph Noah with his parents, so I spent very little time interacting with him, but he stole my heart - every perfect little ounce of him. After the session, Noah's nurse, Amy, shared with me her perspective: what a gift from God to have shared with Noah some of his last few moments here.

Noah's little body was tired, and now he is at peace. He has been perfectly healed. God called Noah home just a few minutes before 1 p.m. today.

I cannot fathom the pain his parents are experiencing. Please pray for peace and comfort for all those who love Noah. If you would like to visit their blog, you can find it here:

Remember when I said to keep your eyes peeled?

Here's a good reason why:

The first person to email me ( and reference this post will receive a COMPLIMENTARY SESSION!!!!!



*note: the session must occur on or before September 15, 2008