Maternity Photography

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

spring session update | central ky family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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Oh, sweet friends…can I tell you how absolutely excited I am that it’s actually SPRING!?! I have little tiny pepper and cabbage babies growing in milk jugs…there is sunshine…and warmth…and the trees have started blooming. I mean…Bret’s allergies aren’t thankful, but my heart sure is! Which means it’s also time for Spring & Summer minis! The calendar opened up at the end of last year, and many spots were booked…let’s book up the rest! This is going to be the best year yet and I cannot wait to see so many of your beautiful faces!

These sessions are meant to be fun and truly capture your love for one another. That is all you have to do…be yourself and take the time to love that sweet and wild family of yours. So many snuggles and so much laughter happens. Sometimes it feels a bit chaotic and fast with bits of sweet snuggles in between. Worry about your kiddos sitting still for photos? Perfect…they don’t need to! This is about them being themselves and us capturing all that wild beautiful love!

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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?