My Journey

this is 39 and my favorite things giveaway | ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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what my 39 looks like & my favorite things giveaway


As of this past Sunday, I am officially 39 and have began my final year of my thirties.

You know, I’m not positive what I expected from my thirties, but I’m pretty sure I had expected to have figured it all out. Ya know…so that I could slide into my “old” age with so much knowledge and understanding and just enjoy the rest of life. Right? Now, I think, each decade, perhaps each year, is about learning a different part of yourself. My teens were about growth, change, fun, and mistakes…lots of mistakes. My twenties were about discovering my love and what we wanted and didn’t want in life. My thirties have seemed to be where the real hard work came in. The deep down, soul discovering, work. I’ve realized that I’m not exactly like I thought I was. The me I thought existed was a lot less complicated. Always sweet and kind, slow to anger, knew what kind of momma she would be, knew what she would and wouldn’t do in a given situation, knew she could do anything she “set her mind” to, knew she could just simply choose joy, knew what kind of wife she would always be, knew happiness was everything, and thought she had fought through the hardest. The thirties me found that while I do strive to be kind and am a pretty pleasant person, I’m not quite as slow to anger as I thought…just slow to release anger and quick to shove all that negative stuff down (ah…but late thirties me is getting so much better at this). The momma I thought I’d be didn’t have to contend with postpartum depression. I truly mourned the momma I thought I’d be for a long long time. But now, most of the time, I celebrate the mom I actually am. I don’t always know what I would or wouldn’t do in a situation. I know that life is complicated and things just aren’t always so black and white. I do believe I can do anything I’m meant to do, but I’m not always meant for the things I “set my mind” to. Sometimes I can set my mind to something and then realize it’s not what I am made for. I believe in choosing love. There were days when anxiety and depression had it’s grip on me so intensely that choosing joy was not an option. I tried. Truly. It pissed me off so much that I couldn’t just freakin choose it already. Then one day I realized while I couldn’t always choose joy, I could choose love. I could choose to do something small to love myself or to love someone else. One small thing after another. Choosing love along the way. Being a wife, and romantic love in general, certainly is harder than I thought. It’s hard work, just like all the other worthy beautiful things. I also know that I will get out of it what I put into it. And it is one of the most worthy things I could pour my heart into. Instead of happiness, I strive for joy…joy which is a state of being and is always there no matter what emotion comes and goes…happy and full of joy…sad with joy in my heart…full of gratitude and light and love. While I would hope the struggles I’ve had would mean that the worst is behind me, I know that’s not necessarily true and the “hardest” could be just around the next corner…or it may not be…I may have already experienced it. I can choose to let the not knowing…the fear…hold me back…or I can let it remind me to live each day with as much love as I can muster and cover myself and all those around me with all the grace.

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just a few of my favorite things give away

You all have made me feel so loved on my birthday that I want to pass on that love to you and share a FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS including…

One of you, who do the following, will be chosen at random on June 24th:

  • First, be sure to…like/share/comment on giveaway post on Priscilla Baierlein Photography facebook page HERE

  • Like Priscilla Baierlein Photography facebook business page HERE

  • Like/follow Priscilla Baierlein Photography instagram page HERE

  • Subscribe to Priscilla Baierlein Photography email list HERE

I can’t wait to share just a few of my favorite things with one of you! :)

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So so much love,

Cilla

long days of summer | Priscilla Baierlein Photography


summer goals & a look ahead at the year to come


Of all the seasons, summer has to be my most favorite. I love all the things that happen in the summer…having both Bret and Steff home, days playing in the backyard, watching my garden take off and grow, bike rides and family walks, pool time, roasting marshmallows over a fire, sitting on our deck and talking with old friends, our annual trip to the beach, photographing friends play in sprinkles and cuddle in the tall grasses of a field, water balloon fights, playing with friends…just all the things. I love them. I won’t lie…some days are harder than others and filled with a bored cranky kiddo and a momma who is trying to get a little more work done. But none of that hides the beauty of it all.

This year we have decided to marry my love for summer and my love for planning. My friend and mentor, Abbey Kyhl, has created a wonderful free guide for what she is calling an “almost unplugged summer”. You can view more information and download it HERE. We took that guide and used it to plan our summer. Usually we spend our days trying to figure out some sort of plan, squeezing in work here, play here, and probably too much screen time in between all of it. It leads to us all being READY for summer to end when it’s all said and done…and, sadly, not getting to do most of the things that bring us all so much joy…you know…those “bucket list” items.

We are determined to make most of this summer different. Armed with our “almost unplugged summer” guide and our very loose, flexible “schedule” we came up with (involving Bret and I rotating special time with Steff while the other is working), I’m hoping it’s a summer of fun and getting what needs to be done actually done.

For fun and possibly accountability’s sake…here are my business and personal goals, our family goals, and our bucket list for the summer…

my business and personal goals…

  • stick to a work routine that involves getting up early before everyone else does

  • blog and post to social media as regularly as possible

  • create and share a complete guide to photographing your love filled life

  • birthday favorite things give away

  • 8 sessions each month

  • promote and prepare business for fall

  • work when I’m working and mom when I’m momming…be present and intentional

  • get back at my health and self care routines

  • enjoy as many adventures as possible, but also snuggle and watch movies on the couch and relax in our backyard

  • enjoy time with Bret when he’s home and Steff isn’t…don’t sit behind the computer the whole time

our family goals…

  • create a routine that works for all of us and allows for spontaneity too

  • stick to chores and self care

  • read as often as possible

  • play outside as often as possible

  • screen time is okay between breakfast and lunch once chores are done

  • enjoy each other at least a little bit every single day

  • say yes to playing with friends

  • all the popsicles all the time

  • work through the positive parenting solutions course

our summer bucket list…

  • red river gorge

  • camping

  • big pool with friends

  • beach

    • donut date on the beach

    • kayak or paddle board

    • golf

    • fossils

    • sunsets

    • shaved ice on the beach

    • beach “hike” to the end of honeymoon island

    • fireworks on causeway

    • sunset festival

    • caladesi island

  • sunsets

  • backyard fire and roasted marshmallows

  • picnic

  • museum trip for steff’s birthday

  • sleepover for steff’s birthday

  • garden

  • visit maw and paw

  • fishing

  • bowling

  • drive in movie

  • play in the rain

  • family walks

From experience, I know every single year we wish away our days before the beach. Then, when we get back, it feels like summer is over. It goes by so fast. I just want to hold on to every thing I can and be as intentional with my time as I can. And, also, there are days like yesterday, when I just want to start over. For the day to be washed away, the tears and hurt feelings to be erased. Those days, those moments, are inevitable. I’m not sure if you’ve heard this, parenting is hard…and it’s beautiful. It’s so damn beautiful.

So, what do you want to do this summer? How do you plan on holding on to and surviving each and every day?

So much love,

Cilla

PS…Have you reserved your love filled summer photo session? It is my absolute favorite time to photograph all families! And…yes…you can even use them for holiday cards too! Only 8 sessions booked each month. Reserve yours by email me at priscilla@priscillabphotography.com or by clicking HERE.

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

2019 goals | kentucky photographer and dreamer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

Hi, friend! I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I am a bit of a dreamer. I love to make big plans and to get organized with all the things related to those big plans. For the last three or so years I have taken the end of a year and the beginning of the next to really think about what it is I feel in my bones I’m called to. Where do I want to be when I’m 80? What do I want to say I have done? What goals can I set right now to help me get there one day? I love this time of year. I get out my Powersheets, my journals, my calendar, my favorite pen, my colorful markers and highlighters. I mean…it looks like an office supply store in my living room floor. I write down all the things and see how all the things can and will happen.

The problem? While I felt these things in my heart and knew they were what I felt pulled to, I don’t know if I ever really worked on my belief in myself. Instead, I would make all these plans and then, I was like Dory, I would just keep swimming…just keep going…but for me…it was just barely. Through the depression. Through the anxiety. Through the fears. I was swimming, but I was also fighting against the current.

Last year something big happened. I started to make a mind shift. I started to learn how and see how the “magic” combination for success is an unbreakable faith…a belief…a knowing paired with hard work and determination. Not only that, I found something that really truly helped with my depression and anxiety, which allows me to believe. When I visualize the end of this year, I know in my heart what can and will be when I pair together that faith and that determination.

My ultimate goal is to live a long and healthy life filled with moments where I have chosen love…where I am constantly connected to the one who created me and that still small voice…that light…inside me and I use that to guide me. I leave fear behind. I use the gifts that God has given to me to serve those I come into contact with. I want to love and serve big and loud.

My 2019 goals to get me there…

  • Grow in faith and a constant connection to God and that still small voice.

    How (my mini goals):

    1. Begin and end my days with gratitude.

    2. Attend and be active in our church.

    3. Read the Bible daily.

    4. Pray with Steff.

    5. Keep the Sabbath.

    6. Create a gratitude routine with my family.

  • Cultivate healthy, sustainable habits to grow a healthy life…physically and mentally. (I feel like I would be a fraud if I didn’t mention that I am writing this while drinking a Pepsi and eating a chocolate chip cookie. Monday…I’ll start Monday.)

    How:

    1. Create a routine that clicks with me and takes some of the need for will power away.

    2. Move my body every day.

    3. Early to bed, early to rise.

    4. Write goals/visualizations every day.

    5. Meditate and pray daily.

    6. Eat clean foods that nourish my body 90% of the time.

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  • Grow a life giving, peaceful home…full of joy, love, and empathy.

    How:

    1. Continue to learn and grow in becoming a more peaceful parent.

    2. Create new sustainable rituals and habits to grow connection and trust in each other and allows each of us to thrive.

    3. Have a fun, love filled vacation and other adventures.

    4. Only allow things into our home and our life that matches our “personal style” (more on this later) and get rid of the clutter.

    5. Grow a successful garden.

    6. Love my little family well daily and remember “I get to”.

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  • Grow a love filled business to (insert double income) and show my people (by the way…you are my people) how absolutely loved they are.

    How:

    1. Create a VIP group.

    2. Say yes and just do the things I feel pulled to over and over again.

    3. Begin mentoring and create resources that will serve.

    4. 72 shoots this year.

    5. Create sustainable marketing plan.

    6. Automate and streamline workflow.

    7. Stay up to date with finances.

    8. Create a routine.

    9. Hire out editing.

    10. Finish up the Blueprint and TPL ( I believe strongly in constantly growing and both of these have been a huge asset to me…I just need to finish them :)).

  • Love Bret well.

    How:

    1. Date nights.

    2. 1 trip together

    3. Join each other in personal development.

    4. Big kiss and hug when he gets home from work.

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It all looks like so much when I type it out like that, but it’s all really do-able and most are about creating habits. No matter what…each goal has to be filled with so much grace and love. It’s not about perfection. It’s about the journey. It’s about letting go of the fear and moving forward. Knowing that this is what I’m meant for…being flexible in the how…and working hard to move towards the goal…no matter how slowly I get there.