no more waiting | KY family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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life passes us by in the waiting… until there is no more waiting to be done


“You are worth being brave.” -Brene Brown

I’m not one for too much small talk. Meaningful talks about things that truly matter fill my heart up to the brim. Being a witness to my friends’ pain and deep joy is truly one of my most treasured gifts. It’s also how I found myself laying back in a dentist chair, after my semi-annual teeth cleaning, talking to a close friend (also happens to be my dentist and the best one around) about all the things. Life, business, life-business, business-life. I felt myself get so fired up (southern talk for impassioned) when we started talking about why we all wait to capture life, and more specifically, to hire a photographer. Really, it’s not about the photographer. It’s about the waiting.

We wait. There’s the necessary waiting in lines and traffic and for the cable company to show up and for the day our amazon prime order is waiting at our door step. But what about the other waiting? We are waiting for everything to be “just so”. Waiting to lose those last ten pounds or the first…waiting to love our bodies. Waiting to have time to finish those home projects. Waiting for the landscaping to be done. Waiting to get through the busy body toddler years. Waiting for the braces to be gone. Waiting for sports schedules to slow down. Waiting for work to slow down. Waiting for the depression and/or anxiety to go away. Waiting for the stress to be gone. Waiting for this season of life to be gone. Waiting to feel worth it.

I have a secret to tell you…these pictures are not for you today. They are not for your family today. They are for you twenty years from now. They are for your kids twenty years from now. They are for your grandkids. You know what, you are not going to care about that extra ten pounds in twenty years, but you are going to care about your memories. I’m not just talking about hiring a photographer. I am also talking about using whatever kind of camera you have handy (yes…even your smart phone) to capture what is going on around you. It doesn’t have to look perfect. It just has to capture it. And…it doesn’t have to be everything and it shouldn’t be everything…no having the camera glued in front of you at all times. Just don’t wait to capture some of it. Use the camera you have nearest and just capture that feeling. Let go of the perfection and just capture it how it is.

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Can you see that it’s beautiful? Stop waiting. Just see it. See what is in front of you. Push away the “clutter” of the busyness of life just for a few minutes. Take a deep breath and see what is in front of you. See those sweet curls as they bounce up and down (even if they are driving you crazy in this moment). See the beauty in the way they stand on their tip toes to reach their plate because they must do it themselves. See the beauty in you rushing to get everyone a snack before practice. See the beauty in the way they have batman riding a dinosaur and take a minute to wonder what kind of play they had made up in their heads. See the beauty of that pile of blocks…the mud from playing outside…the messy drawers…maybe even the laundry. By all means…clean it up if you want (I mean…it gets to me after a while), but take a minute to see it’s beauty first. Capturing in your heart, on your phone, on some other camera, or have a photographer to come over to capture all of it (okay…we will leave out the messy drawers).

You & your photographer, together, can capture your life so beautifully…just…exactly…the way it is.

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It is hard. There are days we want to go by as quickly as possible. I get it. Sometimes the beauty is so much harder to see. Just make a promise that too much time will not go by before you or someone else captures it. You may not see the beauty today, but one day you will.

Now…for a “few” more images from one of my most favorites sessions last year that shows just how beautiful our every day can be.

Don’t let today go by without seeing the beauty in it.

So much love,

Cilla



l family 6ish months later | lexington ky family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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in home family lifestyle session in lexington ky


Oh my goodness…I didn’t think I could love anything more than their newborn session, but now I’m in love with this one…so there’s that :) 6-10 months is one of my most favorite to photograph. This is when their little personalities begin to really shine through and they usually have a little chunk on them by then…which I LOVE.

My goal for your session is to always show the beauty in this stage of life. To take the pressure off, I assure you that if we need to we will redo it or do a smaller session to capture what we weren’t able to before. Because, ya know what, little ones have off days. I swear when they know I’m coming over they decide they won’t nap that day. I can’t tell you how many people have shared that their little one usually naps, but not on that day. The thing is, usually we are able to have a successful photo session even if it doesn’t feel like it. Sweet N was just off this day. He hadn’t had his usual amount of nap time and was teething like crazy. So, we did the session and decided I would come back for a little mini session to capture anything we missed. But oh my goodness…did we ever get so many beautiful images from the first session and the second one was just icing on the cake. You’ll see images from both sessions in this blog post :)

Seriously…my heart just smiles so big when I see this sweet family and the way they love each other. THIS is grumpy N. He’s just such a happy baby! And he is loved so incredibly well. I’m so thankful to watch him grow and cannot wait to see what the coming years bring for him.

We started with momma waking him and seeing the joy on his face as we walked into the room. There may have been a mix of pure confusion as she’s not usually joined by a lady with a camera in front of her face. Then from there it was just doing all the normal things. Getting dressed, playing in their room, some truly yummy lunch (seriously…I’m trying to convince them to do a baby food book), bath time, nursing, and night night again (since he didn’t get his first nap all out). Y’all, this is it what lifestyle photography is all about. Showing your love, the realness of it, the every day of it. All those little things that you don’t want to forget. It all passes way too quickly. I want to hold onto every single bit of it and I want that for you too.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…It’s time to book your spring & summer signature sessions! I want every bit of this for you. You can reserve your signature session by clicking HERE.

L family at home newborn session | lexington ky newborn photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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in home lifestyle newborn session in lexington ky


One of my most favorite newborn session ever. And I’ve loved a lot of newborn sessions. The fact that parents allow me into their home during the first month of their baby’s life, when they are all just figuring it out, simply amazes me and leaves me feeling overwhelming honor and gratitude. I didn’t realize just how special and precious it was until I became a momma myself. The first month of Steff’s life went by so slowly and yet felt like a blur. I mean…parents let me into their home during one of the most…trying…and yet beautiful…times of their lives…and let me photograph them…and somehow seem like they are actually pulling off this parenting thing in a somewhat graceful manner. Me…my boobs were always out and I sat in a chair with Steff in one hand and rice krispy treats in the other and cried half the time. What a wonderfully, beautifully, exhausting time it was.

This family though…I felt at ease as soon as I walked in. I knew their love story…met in a restaurant. Fell in love. Married within six months. The people I saw in front me made each other laugh…a lot. And were so loving with each other. They also made me laugh…a lot. I knew when I walked in, saw their home, fell so comfortable with them, and was already laughing from the start, that this would be a favorite session. A clear sign that I’ve made a new friend is when we can laugh with and at each other in a loving way…and that we did. Making life long friends that I truly connect with on a heart level, is one of the best parts of being a photographer. It’s why I know I am where I’m suppose to be. Newborn sessions are always longer and always wear me out. While I was certainly tired after, I still felt rejuvenated and full of so much love and joy. Momma A said she wanted to capture their lives just as they were in that moment. That we did. Y’all…THIS is a lifestyle newborn session and THIS is what I strive for each and every time these days.

My most favorite part of the session was quietly watching as momma A snuggled her new baby, soaked it all in, and began to cry tears of gratitude. That’s what I want for each and every person in front of my camera. I want every session to be a time fo gratitude and love and joy.

Just a little sneak peek at our most recent session together! Look at sweet N! Psst…this session is all ready to go for it’s blog post too! Be watching for it this week as well :)

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So much love,

Cilla

PS…It’s that time! Time to book your spring and summer session! Click HERE to reserve your love filled session! xo

secrets to photographing your love filled life free download | central ky photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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top five secrets to photographing your family


How has my baby grown up so much? This is something I’ve said since he was 6 months old and will continue to think and say for the rest of his life. But, really, how has it all gone by so fast? It’s such a bitter sweet thing. On the one hand I want so badly to hold him forever. On the other hand I am so thankful that he is able to breathe and grow and learn and dance and…well…all the things. We laugh and cry and laugh some more every single time we sit and go through pictures of days past. Gosh…I just want to hold onto all of it. I’m so desperate to recall every move, every word, every tear, every laugh, every snuggle…the way it all felt. That day we went on a beach adventure in the rain and he stopped to give me a kiss. That day he held my face and told me I was the best momma ever. The day he patted my leg and said “MY momma”. Those blonde curls. That fat little belly and chubby legs. The way it feels when he wants to get just a little closer to me so he puts his face on top of mine.

Over the last seven years I’ve learned that for me, the best way to hold onto as much as I can, is to capture it on some sort of camera. Sometimes it’s my phone and sometimes it’s my big camera. Mostly, it’s my phone. I know that this is one of the greatest gifts I can give to every single person in my family. He loves sitting and looking through pictures and videos as much as we do. He loves hearing stories and remembers most of them.

I’ve always been desperate to hold onto life, even when it wasn’t so kind. I was the queen of the disposable camera and spent all my extra money in college on those little film camera and one hour photo labs. Nothing brought me more joy.

As a momma I don’t want to walk around with the camera in front of my face at all times and Steff sure doesn’t either…and…poor Bret…he’s just use to it. So I’ve learned little tricks to allow me to be in the moment and to capture it. I think you’ll be surprised by my number one secret for getting great images of our sweet little life.

First, you have to see it. What? Yes…that’s right. Before you can capture all that love and beauty that is soaking up your life, you have to clear the clutter in your heart and mind…you know…the clutter from every day life…all the million to do’s and the bills and the worries…and actually see the beauty in it all. The beauty of the chaos. The beauty of the wild. The beauty of the snack time and bath time and, yes, even screen time. The beauty in your kiddos covered in mud and grass and sweat and tears. Parenting little ones is hard work. This too shall pass. We may not be able to celebrate all of it in the moment and choose joy in all of it, but we can choose to breathe. We can choose love. We can choose to go ahead and document it, all of it, because one day we may just miss the chaos of it all. And you know what, if today isn’t a day that you can see the beauty, give yourself grace in that too. But just don’t let too many days go by before you can see that beauty that is right in front of you. It’s messy AND it’s beautiful!

Want to know my top five secrets how you can capture your love filled life, with any camera? I’ve created a free pdf download that’s short and sweet and gives you a glimpse into how I go about capturing my one wild and beautiful life. Click on the link below to get your copy.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…Have you booked your love filled spring or summer session yet? Now’s the time! Not later when everything is just so. Your love story is one worth documenting every single day. Click HERE to book your session today! xo