Kimberly Barnes Photography | Year in Review 2012

2012 was a big deal for Kimberly Barnes Photography. Huge. Lots of exciting things happened. Like what, you ask? Well, for starters, early on in the year, I finally launched the Web site and branding for the boudoir portion of my business, Unlocked Boudoir. It was a long time coming and I’m so thrilled to say there were a lot of beautiful women I was blessed to photograph this year. In July, we moved from Nashville to Columbus, Ohio, and I photographed weddings in both cities (plus a few others). Moving the business to a new city has been so scary and exciting at the same time, but I’m so thankful for the new doors that seem to be opening. I also started shooting film this year. I know I’ll be discussing it more in future blog posts so I won’t go into much detail here, but let’s just say that shooting film has challenged me in ways I never thought possible (awesome, amazing ways). So much so, that I decided to take a leap of faith and sign up for a Film Is Not Dead workshop next year. Speaking of growth, I really feel like 2012 was a defining year for me in terms of style and business. It offered clarity for what I wanted to photograph and how I wanted to photograph it. I couldn’t have asked for anything better this year.

As I was looking through all the lovely images taken this year, I was just overwhelmed with gratitude for the people (all of you!) whose lives I got to be a part of. Thank you for asking me – trusting me – to photograph you this year. I had a hard time limiting myself to the photos in this post, but here are just a few of my favorite moments from 2012. Some weddings, some beauty, some lovely mommas. And a little bit of film thrown in to make my heart happy. Thank you again for making 2012 one of the best years yet!


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December 31, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Amilia - I love all of these photos so much, Kim!

December 31, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Jenny - So love all of these! <3

January 1, 2013 - 6:00 am

Kim Tsui - Beautiful post!!

January 5, 2013 - 3:42 pm

jenny lindsey - You have had a busy year! Beautiful work!

Wed // Michael and Leslie

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom”

– Charles Dickens


Michael and Leslie’s wedding in Marion, Illinois was a gorgeous and relaxing day. If you can remember, Leslie wore her mother’s wedding dress and had it redesigned and altered. Leslie’s mother, Jeannie, actually wore the dress her own mother (Leslie’s grandmother) had worn to Jeannie’s own wedding. What a beautiful tradition (and beautiful dresses)! The getting ready location and reception site was a lovely private farm poignantly referenced as “Thornfield Manor” by Leslie (that’s a nod to Jane Eyre, if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet). Michael and Leslie got married at the same little Baptist church that Leslie’s parents got married in. They followed the ceremony with a quick cake and punch reception and then headed to Leslie’s grandparent’s farm for photos before their reception back at Thornfield Manor, where guests were served a delicious home-cooked southern meal. It was a day full of love and laughter with the rustic elegance of every little detail. I so enjoyed every moment I had with Michael and Leslie on their wedding day! Congrats!


Ceremony Venue: Center Baptist Church
Reception Venue: Private farm in Marion, Illinois
Florist: Country Creations Flowers by LaRonda Winstead
Wedding Cake: Larry’s House of Cakes
Reception Music: Abi York
Second Shooter: Anna Rebecca

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Wed // Kayla and Nathan

“When I fall in love, it will be forever.”

– Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility


Kayla and Nathan’s Jane Austen-inspired wedding at Pine Halls was a beautiful love-filled affair! Thanks to wedding stylist Jessica Sloane, every detail was perfection. From the lace-covered altar to the mismatched china plates and antique touches, the wedding certainly was reminiscent of the love stories that fill Austen’s books. I photographed this wedding for Krista of Twine & Twig Studios, who asked me to step in for her. I was more than happy to and I very much enjoyed getting to know Kayla and Nathan. You know that you’re in the presence of a rare kind of love when people are brought to joyful tears time and time again throughout the day and Kayla and Nathan’s wedding was no exception.

Congrats, Kayla and Nathan! Thank you again for letting me be a part of your gorgeous wedding day!


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December 19, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Amilia - This is beautiful, Kim! I love how you captured all the details and the ceremony shots are wonderful!

December 19, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Kayla - Kimberly you were absolutely amazing and so are these photos!! I just love them!! Thank you so much for everything!


December 19, 2012 - 11:10 pm

Kristine Neeley - Her dress! Her hair! The table settings! The cake! So so pretty – and I love how well you captured it all! Gorgeous!

December 20, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Jenny Cruger - Oh these are so breathtaking! Love love love this wedding, amazing work as always! <3

April 19, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Bree - What a gorgeous couple. I love her gown and everything about her day! You captured it beautifully.

Columbus – New York – Nashville // Cyber Monday Sale

It’s Cyber Monday and who doesn’t love a good sale?! See all the details below and don’t forget – sessions can be purchased for you or as a gift (gift certificates are available), so remember to check your Christmas list!

What would Cyber Monday be if there wasn’t a little something for everyone?

All past sessions: 15% off ALL products

2013 portrait sessions: Receive a complimentary mounted wall print (valued at $200)

Boudoir/Beauty sessions: 


Fine art product orders must be placed and paid for in-full by midnight EST on 11/30. Contact me for the current product list or to view  your online gallery again –

Any 2013 portrait session booked by 11/30 will include a complimentary 11×14 standout mounted wall print when you place your final art product order. Your non-refundable retainer ($100) must be paid by midnight EST on 11/30. Maternity sessions include professional hair and makeup (with $200 non-refundable retainer).

All sessions must take place in Columbus, OH; New York, NY*; or Nashville, TN*.

*Limited dates available.

P.S. There are still a few dates available for the Unlocked Boudoir marathon taking place in Nashville on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Contact me ASAP to reserve your spot!

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