you are my wild | berea, ky family lifestyle photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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They have trusted me with my camera to capture all that silly love since their oldest was just a baby. I love that I also photographed her brothers senior pictures, reading B’s facebook posts, and that her momma was my college sewing professor (did you know I was once going to be a Family & Consumer Sciences…aka Home Ec…teacher), but I mostly love that they let me capture them exactly as they are. Just perfectly imperfect. There are littles hiding behind mommy’s leg and loads of cuddles and laughter and tickles and dancing and races and tackles and books being read and the perfect flowers picked for our hair (mine is still sitting on my dashboard in my car) and walks to the garden and tomato pickin’ (“Daddy can I pick tomatoes with you?” Melt. My. Heart.) and the messiest “poses”. Our goal isn’t everyone looking at the camera. Our goal is capturing their family exactly as they are right now. I love walking into their house and seeing these images displayed everywhere, from large to small. I think sometimes people fear they wouldn’t know what to do with lifestyle photography session images because they aren’t the perfectly posed, everyone looking at the camera, type of images. But you can do with them exactly as you can do with any others, blow them up big and put them on your wall or create an album that shows your family’s love story. I may be a tad bit bias about this. I do, in fact, have a 20x30 image of a single curl on the top of my sons head when he was a baby hanging at the end of my hallway.

The biggest honor I can receive is hearing a family say “this is us”! Knowing I captured their family exactly as they are makes me so insanely happy. Even more than that, knowing they trusted me enough to be comfortable being themselves and loving on their family in front of my camera…this is the greatest gift. The love…it’s nearly tangible.

So much love,

Cilla

P.S. Y’all October is looking a little crazay (yes…cra-zay). I do still have a couple sessions available and some in November to receive your images and prints back in time for the holidays. Please don’t wait. Click HERE to contact me and get started booking your love filled session!

how to find your family photographer

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It’s officially fall. Also known to photographers as the busiest time of year. I would love to be everyone’s chosen photographer, but, as I believe photographer Jenna Kutcher said, I can’t please everyone, I am not Nutella. I believe having a successful session is about so much more than a skilled photographer. They have to be YOUR photographer. The perfect match. If not, there’s a chance you won’t be satisfied with the outcome. No one wants that to happen. I want you to find your photographer. Bonus points if that does end up being me ;)

Here are my “big three” questions to finding your perfect photographer match…

Do I like the photographer’s style of photography?

This is a big one. You want someone who’s work already matches what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something specific, do not choose any photographer and then ask them to recreate what you’re looking for. Chances are they may not be able to and they may not have as much passion behind it as they do their typical style. If you’re wanting a studio look, go with a studio photographer. If you’re wanting to capture everyone playing, find the photographer who most reflects that in their work. You want to be fancy, find someone who shows that off on their website. My style of photography is generally referred to as “lifestyle”. My focus is on connection and how your family loves at this stage in life. There aren’t a lot of images of everyone looking at the camera (although we do try to get one or two) and I am not super posey. The outcome is warm, love and connection filled images that show who your family is, not just what each person looked like at this age. There is a place for all different types of photography, you just have to decide what you like best for this time in your life.

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Do I feel a connection to the photographer?

This one may not be as obvious, but it is SO important. You’ll notice I try to put my personality out there as much as I can. This is because I know whatever I put out there will attract or repel. I’d rather attract all the people, but, again, I’m not Nutella. So, instead, I know it’s going to attract the people who connect with me best. Those are also going to be the people I create the best work with because they’re more comfortable with me. You can connect with a photographer through their work, their “about me” on their website, the way they talk about photography, or even the light they put out into the world. Having a connection can have a great affect on the final images.

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Are they worth it?

Photography is an investment. If someone charges $200, but their work is not up to your standards and you don’t like the final outcome, then you’ve wasted $200. If someone charges $1200 and they meet the above questions and quality is on point, then you’ve made a $1200 investment that will last generations. If you love someone’s work that charges more than you have and you feel they are worth it, see if there’s a smaller session you can do or if they take payments. Or go to the photographer every other year or every few years.

As for how you come across your photographer? The best place is always going to be that one trusted friend that values the same as you do. I don’t value fancy cars, so I’m not the one to ask about what car to buy. But I do value good photography, so I am a good friend to ask for a photographer. I also value a good pair of jeans, so you can ask me about that too. Other places to run across your photographer can be google, instagram, Pinterest. I don’t know if I suggest asking on facebook groups. Everyone values something different.

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Bottom line, fine the photographer you love. I hope these big three help in your search. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You and your photographer will be partners in creating your beautiful art.

So much love,

Cilla