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hanging with friends in a field at sunset | family photographer stanford ky

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In an effort to share some of my favorite sessions that have yet to be blogged and get us in the mood for fall, I am going to mix some fall sessions into some of my more recent summer session posts. I mean…can’t you just feel the chill in the air and smell the pumpkin spice? No? Just me?

It’s kinda the most perfect scenario for me…hanging out in a field with dear friends, at sunset, with my camera. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if we shot for even longer and captured inside their home (but we have done that before too). Y’all, this shows that you truly don’t need much for a love filled family session. You just need to show up willing to love on each other. Add in golden sunset light and a field of some sort…even better. In between saying “cuddle up”, you could hear me say “watch out for that cow poo”. And it was perfect. Well…perfectly imperfect…just as it should be.

This is a family that is so close to my heart. I’ve been photographing them since the beginning of my business. Momma has worked with my husband since we moved here. I photographed D’s pregnant belly as she awaited her very first birth. I got to come into their home the first two weeks after both babies were born. And I’ve had the honor of watching them grow through the years. Steff and their youngest, SB, have been friends since he was born and went to the same babysitter. They were even the cute little homecoming prince and princess a couple years ago. D came and spent the night with us when I was so worried and stressed from breastfeeding during those first few weeks after Steff was born and basically saved me. She also made us leave on our very first date after Steff was born. Steff has looked up to their oldest, P, since he was born. We have pictures of our babies together throughout the years and it makes me so happy to look back on them. C (Dad) is one of the friendliest and kindest people I know. And look how loving they all are with each other. That’s what makes me the happiest. Look how much they love. They love in such a pure true way. Each person is seen and loved and appreciated just as they are. We were all laughing the entire time at SB and her silly joyful heart. And observing how P loved so sweetly just absolutely melted me. Watching the way he looked at every single person in his family was…well…beautiful. I nearly cried seeing how much he loves his momma and admires his daddy and enjoys his baby sister. I would take brief moments to just stop and watch. I don’t know if they see it in the rush of every day life, but they are all doing such a good job loving each other and it shows.

I had to share these next few. Bret had to bring me money for gas because I forgot my wallet. So our babies got a chance to visit for a few minutes. Look how happy Steff was about taking a picture with a girl. I was cracking up. Look at them!

So much love,

Cilla

PS…if your heart connects to the feeling of images like this and you would like your family’s love story photographed, you can contact me to reserve your session by clicking HERE. Remember, there are 10 spots open before the holiday cutoff!

How far in advance should you book your session? and Fall Schedule Update | Lexington KY family photographer

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Hi, there, my sweet friends! It’s been so long since I’ve regularly posted on this sweet little blog of mine. I miss it. I’ll be honest, when my mind gets overwhelmed, I narrow it all down to the bare essentials. Lots of things happen to be bare essentials in my mind, but blogging somehow gets booted out. Lots of things have been happening around here (including working with a business coach and being a part of a mastermind) and I know blogging is going back on the “essentials” list. Let’s have some fun on this blog again. Shall we? I’ll be posting some of my favorite sessions that haven’t been shared yet, along with some fun things to help you prepare for your family photos.

I get asked so often, especially here lately, “when do I need to book my session?” The answer is simple…

Book your family photo session as soon as you can.

Seriously. As soon as you think about it, you go ahead and contact your favorite photographer (eager little photographer typing raises her hand way in the air) and get on their schedule. Of course, all photographers are different. But, for me, booking early is best.

Why should you book your family photo session as soon as you can?

  • To get the best pick of dates and times (especially if your family is busy, this will help you get a date that works best with your schedule instead of having to bend your schedule to fit the session date).

  • To ensure you are able to get a session with the photographer you love. Many photographers, like myself, only take on a certain number of sessions each month. Sometimes that number isn’t as high as you would think because of all the work it takes on the back end. Each season has it’s own thing that may make a photographer book up quicker. Fall, for instance, is busy for most all photographers.

  • If money is on your mind, you are able to save, as well as, make payments along the way.

  • You have more time to prepare or dream up fun things your family can do during your session.

  • Christmas gifts. Seriously…I have clients in the summer who use their pictures for Christmas gifts. I use pictures from all throughout the year for gifts and on my Christmas cards (when I actually get them out). There are some photographers who do their holiday sessions closer to December, but most I know tend to do them in the fall. Doing a session in the fall (or sooner) that you want to use for holiday gifts gives you and your photographer plenty of time to edit the images, get them to you, get your order in, and process the order.

Wanna book your fall family session with me? Here’s a little schedule update…

SIGNATURE SESSIONS (what most have experienced throughout the year)

September…1 spot remaining

October…2 spots remaining

November…4 spots remaining

*holiday session deadline is November 16th

MINI SESSIONS

October 17th at Shaker Village…3 spots remaining

Will I get to see you in one of the 10 remaining spots before the holiday session deadline? Eek! It’s so exciting!

Love y’all so much!

Cilla

PS…Don’t forget, book your family photo session as soon as you can. Just get that checked off your list. Don’t let the beautiful chaos of your littles and the precious way they love in this season go by without capturing it for generations. xo

summer and schedule update | ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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summer session & schedule update

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Hi, friend! How are you? I mean…sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself when all I really want to do is sit down across from you on a couch (wine or coffee or hot chocolate optional) and chat about your day…your life..like really how you’re doing. I mean I would truly love it if you told me how you’re doing. Not the polite conversation answer either. HOW are you doing? What is bringing you life right now?

Until then, here is just a little update on sessions right now. Did I tell you that summer is my absolute favorite time to shoot? Fall gets all the glory because of it’s beautiful colors and being just before the holidays. But summer is where it’s at. You can totally use images of you in shorts and short sleeves on a Christmas card. I PROMISE! I have…you know…when I actually get cards ordered and sometimes in the mail. Summer is all fun to me. I mean…sure…I sweat like I’m at the gates of hell, but y’all look good and we have a ton of fun…that’s all that matters.

SIGNATURE SESSIONS
limited sessions are scheduled every month
 I recommend scheduling your session as soon as you can so we have your spot reserved. 
Signature Sessions are by far the most popular session (and probably my favorite) and are what most have experienced over the years. We take our time and usually enjoy a bit of your home and a bit of outside or another location. We can really linger a bit and I can truly capture what your family's love looks like. 

JUNE
4 sessions remaining
*FLORIDA beach sessions available last week of June
JULY
3 sessions remaining
*FLORIDA beach sessions available first week of July
AUGUST
7 sessions remaining
SEPTEMBER
4 sessions remaining

SUMMER MINI SESSIONS
july 13th only 1 spot just opened up

FALL MINI SESSIONS
(new date added) october 20th only 2 spots remain

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR LOVE FILLED SESSION TODAY!

And, lastly…here are just a few images from a beach session I had a couple years ago. I love shooting at the beach. The imperfection of it and that light make my heart just melt into a big ol mess of joy. I have ONE beach session left (the last week of june or first week of july) and I also offer day in the life travel sessions any time of year! :) Just sayin…in case you want me to come with you on vacation…that can be arranged.

Please, if the images you see make you feel and you would love images like this for your family, let’s reserve your session. Click HERE to get your love filled session reserved today.

So much love,

Cilla

spring mini sessions | lexington ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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spring mini sessions


Sometimes we schedule mini session dates and all goes as planned, the weather is amazing, the location is perfect, no one is sick, and we get such beautiful images as a result. Other times…well…we schedule mini sessions and the photographer (yep…me) gets sick, then it rains, then it rains again, and then no one’s schedule matches up…then you decide to just go ahead and schedule them individually and even get to shoot inside one of your favorite homes and in a beautiful field you’ve never been in and another field you’ve loved forever AND you still get really beautiful images as a result. I swear, every time I have to reschedule a session, even if it’s three times or even more, it works out the way it’s meant to be and just so so so perfect. Did you know I intentionally build my business in a way that I don’t have an overpacked schedule and reschedule sessions as needed? I never want to feel like I have to take a chance of making someone sick just to fit in this session or that someone has to come to a session even when they are sick or that we have to do a session in ugly weather. Now, there are super busy times that it’s harder to reschedule, but, in general, I don’t want to take pictures of people who aren’t feeling like themselves and I don’t want to go around getting babies sick. :) Now…I feel like I’ve been on a soapbox. I shall move on.

I guess you can imagine what I’m going to say next…each and every one of these sessions happened exactly as they were meant to. It’s more traveling for me, but, goodness, it was worth it. One happened in a field near a client friend’s home, another happened in a home, and the third happened in one of my favorite fields at Keeneland. I’m not sure if you can tell from looking at my website, but fields and in home sessions are pretty much both my favorite.

I have been photographing the McCormick family since there were only two sweet boys. I’ve watched their family grow through the years and watched those sweet boys be the best big brothers. All of their personalities get better and better each time around. And now they all have a baby brother to smother with so much love. When I asked them to snuggle and just love on each other, they did it so naturally. So calmly. I know the entire session felt crazy hectic to mom and dad, but, to me, it was just right. I love the chaos and the brief moments of calm in between. Sometimes they’re so fleeting that only I notice them, but they’re always there.

This was my first time ever photographing the Lennon family. Even after 10 years of family photography, I still get a little bit nervous every time I meet a new family. Those nerves quickly go away and it’s easy to see why with these little cuties. They had me cracking up. They were so much fun and so easy…I probably had a full mini session worth of images in the first five minutes. If you scroll down and see the picture of D (big brother) looking at his momma, it pretty much sums up the whole session to me. I mean…do you just see all that love? And sweet little E (little sister) is so stinkin cute. I love that we were able to capture her silliness and her sweetness (seriously…look at her sucking on her two fingers…cuteness).

I have loved the Pannell family since MK was just a baby. They are some of the absolute happiest people I know and it shows in their beautiful…absolutely perfect in every way…smiles and love for each other. MK is so grown up, sweet, and even mature. Little B is wild and SO much fun. I LOVE that I got to shoot in their home. Their neighborhood is one of my favorites in Lexington and seeing them at home just makes me smile. Plus, the doggy got to be in a few pictures. :) Have you seen Mom to Mom on WTVQ? My friend Sarah, aka momma of this session, is the host. She covers a wide range of topics that affect all of us parents and parents to be.

A few things I want to mention about the images below…first of all…check out those pictures of B when he was just a toddler. Some of my favorite pictures from Shaker Village…he was silly even back then. Second…the picture of their doggy is my favorite from the entire session and I have no idea why. Thirdly…first picture of mom and dad is their “pose”…the one we get at every session and the one I remember getting the very first time I met them and commenting on how great they are at it. See…look at those smiles. The second one…that’s me making them totally uncomfortable…asking Nick to whisper “sweet nothings” in her ear. I only ask you to do weird things that you don’t normally do to show sides of you that are harder to show when someone is in front of you with a camera. :)

Be looking for a mini session update coming your way shortly. After filling up all the mini spots for the entire year, I opened up one more day and there are only a couple spots left! Eek! To be the first to know and get all the updates, sign up for our newsletter HERE.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…There are still some summer spots open! Book your love filled session today by clicking HERE or by emailing me at priscilla@priscillabphotography.com.