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

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summer session & schedule update

central ky family photography


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.

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

2018 year in review | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {lexington ky family lifestyle photography}

Hi, friends! Happy New Year? I have been a bit in hiding. Only peeking my head out a couple times online. I’ve taken the beginning of this year to dream, plan, and make lots of changes to this little business of mine that will help us better serve you with all the love we’ve got. More to come on that. First I wanted to take a few minutes to share a little practice I’ve been doing over the last few years where I take a look at the year that just passed and see what went well, what didn’t go so well, and what I’d like to change, the things I want to say no to, and the things I want to say yes to. I usually just write this in my beloved Powersheets or in my favorite journal. Now, I’m sharing it for my little corner of the internet world…which is kinda scary.

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Good…

  • Bruce…I want to do a longer post about Bruce and his family. My heart breaks when I think of his life ending. And, at the same time, I am overjoyed by the love he brought to me, and to all those who heard his story. Bruce has touched so many hearts and he has forever changed me. I think of him and his family constantly. Being a small part of his story, capturing the most raw and heart aching love I’ve ever witnessed, is the greatest honor I’ve had as a photographer. I learned so much about love from him and his entire family. His love was loud and big and it showed up. He didn’t hide it away. He gave it away freely.

  • Steff’s snuggles…seriously y’all I will put this on the list every year until he stops snuggling. He is still so snuggly and sweet…when he wants to be.

  • Bret and I dreaming together about what we want.

  • Bret and I working on our parenting. Sheesh…when y’all said having kids was hard, I didn’t realize it was the actual act of parenting that was the hardest. I wish I had read parenting books instead of pregnancy books. We have been studying all things peaceful parenting because…well, we need all the peace we can find. We are a super sensitive bunch. I’m more sensitive and Bret’s more firey and Steff is the perfect combination of both. Gosh…what an awesome combination when he’s older. Right now we are all setting each other off. But we are learning and working our way through it. The absolutely beautiful thing about having kids just so happens to be the absolutely brutal thing about having kids…they bring out all the things you didn’t know about yourself. If you let it, parenting can help you become who you were always meant to be. You can grow up together. The journey is certainly a bumpy one.

  • Starting 20 minutes a day of just Steff and I time with him leading.

  • Finding something to help the anxiety and depression.

  • Our annual TN trip with our closest friends.

  • Being more involved in church and making new friends.

  • Watching Steff learn and grow through Kindergarten and the start of first grade.

  • A summer of learning in the garden. Didn’t produce much, but I sure learned a lot.

  • Traveling to North Carolina for a day in the life session.

  • Having a clearer vision for Priscilla Baierlein Photography.

  • The business coming to life during the second half of the year and being filled with so much love.

  • Growing our little team…Emily & Bella :)

  • Creating some of my most favorite work to date with so many I love dearly.

  • Having miss Marissa Noe create videos for our family and business!


the not so good…

  • Losing sweet Bruce.

  • Half of the year I spent with pretty deep anxiety and depression. I hate typing that. But it’s just another part of my journey. There were days it took the drivers seat. Finding something to help was such a gift. The darkness can be scary and feel so lonely.

  • Social media not being used intentionally. More mindless scrolling than anything.

  • Unhealthy habits.

  • Not being the kind of parents we want to be. We all deserve more.

  • The first half of the year being the slowest the business has seen.

  • More time on editing and not enough time on growing.

  • Not enough time spent with our extended families.

And with that…I bring you some of my most favorite images of 2018. I’ll be blogging more from 2018, but this is a glimpse into each of the year’s sessions. I cannot wait to see what we create in 2019!

These next three images may not seem like anything spectacular, but they are of me and sweet Bruce. Being the photographer, I took pictures of what I could. Us sitting together watching Scooby Doo and him holding my hand while walking down the steps.

Also, see if you can spot Steff in a couple of the images below.

You made it all the way to the end! Thank you sweet friend! I cannot wait to see what we create together in 2019! Soon I will blog more about my goals and all the wonderful changes for this year, but, for now, I’m sending you all my love and hugs!

Much love,

Cilla

PS…Are you ready to book your 2019 session?