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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello there! This fall has been filled to the brim with lovely families, editing, editing, editing, and...did I mention editing? Which...has left little time for blogging. I have so much to share from my family's year...vacation, backyard fun, garden, Superman costume, football, and a visit from a General. What. A. Year. It has been blessed with so much joy...laughter...heartache...loss...soul searching and wrecking...giggles...snuggles...stories...dancing...play...growth...friendship...disappointment...and simple abundant gratitude for every bit of it. As I approach 2015 I have a clearer picture of what my business and life can do. I can't wait to share all of that with you in due time. For now, to each and every one of you who have read a blog post, liked a Facebook status, subscribed to the newsletter, shared your story with me, a session with me, or have supported me for all these years, I am thankful. I am certain that my story would not be where it is today or tomorrow if it weren't for you. You had a part of it all...however large or small...you had a part. Thank you. Thanksgiving Exclusives (until December 3rd)

Those of you who reserve your 2015 session by Tuesday December 3rd

Signature Session w/ Full Digital Collection- $850 plus sales tax ($650 savings!)

Signature Session fee only- $150 ($300 order deposit will still be due at the time of the session)

*Nontransferable and cannot be traded for cash

*Mini sessions will be changing significantly in 2015, so no specials on minis

Goody Bag Exchange (ready by December 15th)

If you have had a session with me in 2014, receive one 11x14 ($72 value) in exchange for a back pack or juggle bag filled with any of the following by December 15th:

-Nonperishable foods

-School supplies

-Holiday gifts (for boy or girl)

-Homeless Care Kit (some ideas can be found HERE)

-Foster Care Kit (for children moving between foster care homes...including fuzzy blanket, socks, house shoes, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, coloring books, and/or journals)

These will be contributed among programs and individuals through out Central KY

Everyone Has a Story

If any of you watch Hoda and Kathie Lee you may now have the "everyone has a story" song in your head. It's a segment of the Today show where they tell a story of one of their viewers, write a song for them, and do something wonderful for them. I love this idea and truly had no idea what else to call this. While I certainly won't be writing or singing any songs (trust me...it wouldn't be pretty), I love celebrating stories.

Stories are powerful folks. Words matter. Hearing "me too" matters. Feeling loved and celebrated matters. I view my job as a job of storytelling. It is my main goal. And I love your story. I see your story. I want to know more stories and I want to celebrate and document the beauty and harshness and perfect imperfection of story. True stories. Through photography.

I need your help to do this. We all know someone who's story inspires us, saddens us, gives us hope, or simply makes us hold on to the ones we love just a little bit tighter. I want to hear those stories and have the chance to give a gift that will last generations.

*If you know someone who's story, who's family, needs celebrated or just simply needs to be heard or captured, write to me and let me know. Every so often I am going to pick from these stories and give a session to a deserving family. With this session they will also receive a CD/flash drive of all the final images with unlimited personal printing privileges.

This is not something that will be announced on my website, so please don't be discouraged if you don't hear anything about the session. I will leave it up to the families if they would like to share. Unfortunately, not all stories will be chosen. Email me at priscilla@priscillabphotography.com for more information.

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Soon to be family of 4 | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Lexington, KY Maternity Photographer}

Soon they'll be a family of 4. I loved that momma wanted to savor and soak up and capture their last little bit of time as three. This reminded me of the moment Bret and I were walking out the door before going to the hospital to become a family of three. We stood in the door, breathed it in...and then left in a hurry with the next contraction. I absolutely love maternity sessions. I know mommas don't feel exceptionally beautiful, but they always are. Just look how stunning she is!

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Sometimes there are tears in photography|Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Lexington KY Photographer}

Let's talk about this session...that whole weekend...my job in general. As I was photographing this family (who, by the way, I've photographed and loved since they were a family of three), watching them simply be...be themselves...be calm, snuggly, funny, thoughtful, intelligent, silly...and I start getting teary. Yes...tears on a photo session...from the photographer. Don't worry...no one knew and it didn't disrupt the session...no blubbering photographer at the shoot. The thing is, something that many people simply see as taking pictures....no big deal...is so much more to me. It is truly an honor to stand in front of a family, with a camera in their face, and for them to completely trust me so much so that they just completely let down any guard they may have. I get to watch them just be. I get to watch them interact with each other. I get to watch the way they get each other to laugh and the way they snuggle in and the way their hands fit perfectly together. The way a child's head fits perfectly under their mommas chin and into her arms. The way a Daddy can simply threaten a tickle and evoke a multitude of laughs. The way siblings can "get" each other in a way no one else can...the way they can make each other giggle and the way they can make each other scream. The way families just seem to fit. Even on their worse days...even when they're stressed, running late, uncomfortable in front of the camera...they still fit. I can't help but see God here. And I...I get to witness this and, hopefully, remind each of these amazing people that even on their worse days, they have this. They fit. No. They belong. They. Belong. Is there any greater gift in the world than that? This is why I love photographing families. God chose me to do this. I...I get to be a witness to THIS. Goodness...it kinda takes my breath away.

I found myself thinking about all of this as I watched them walk over the rolling hills of Central KY, in the spot my husband and I had our wedding reception, at a time in my life that I am truly in love with my job, and tears welled up in my eyes. I stopped. Took a deep breath to soak it all in. Whispered a thanks to God. And continued photographing this family that I love. What a beautiful day/weekend it was.

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Lots of lovely gifts to say thank you for the wonderful gifts you've given me

Today is my birthday...my 34th birthday. Yay! Happy birthday to me! I feel like 2014 has been so beautiful...heart wrenched, uplifting, a bit scary, grace filled, hopeful...beauty. I've slowly...stubbornly...worked hard at making changes that needed to be made deep down in my soul. I'm excited to make the second half of 2014 about showing those changes on the outside. I've had to take so much time to reflect and I know I'll need much more of that. But, I'm ready to do. Do you ever feel like you do so much planning, talking, dreaming and not enough of the actual doing? I know I do. I want to do those things that up until now I've only been dreaming of. I think my recent "be happy with me where I am now" has given me the grace to be okay with just doing...not getting it perfect...but just doing. I've been planning on showing and sharing more on my dear blog. Now I'm going to do it. I've been planning on running. Now I'm going to do it (my husband and I started the "ease into 5K program" this morning). I've been planning on spending more quiet time with God. Now I'm going to do it. I've been planning to do something fun and exciting with the business. Now I'm going to do it. The second half of 2014 is about doing. So let's get this second half of 2014 started right! In less than a week we will be leaving to visit my favorite place on Earth for two weeks. We will be away to Florida until July 6th. So why not pack this week with sessions, editing, packing, a wedding, and... GIVEAWAYS! Yay! Monday through Friday will be jam packed with awesome...fun...tickle-me-pink...happy happy...GIVEAWAYS! (If you could...it'll be much more fun if you imagined me saying this and announcing each one in my best Oprah voice...just sayin's all)

How do you get in on the fun? I'm so glad you asked! There are several ways.

1. If you reserve your session between today (June 16th) and Friday (June 20th), you'll receive 1/2 off a Signature Session fee and $100 off a Mini Session fee. You can reserve your session online HERE.

A few notes:

The nonrefundable session fee must be paid by the end of Friday. Reserve the session first with the session fee and then we will discuss specific dates and times. If you need a specific date, feel free to email first at priscilla@priscillabphotography.com

Signature Sessions must take place within an hour of zip code 40444 and after July 9th.

Mini Sessions are on specific dates and locations. Please see calendar HERE.

2. I will be giving away a birthday celebration package of some of my favorite things on Wednesday. Eeek. Oh how I would love to get this package in the mail. It will be filled with...

Emily Ley gift certificate to purchase my favorite planner (or whatever you would like :))

Caramels from the Caramel Jar

Love Does by Bob Goff

Inspirational quote from Lara Casey

* There will be several ways to enter, which I'll announce on Wednesday.

* You have to follow me on Instagram or have "liked" my Facebook page.

* The package will not go in the mail until late July.

3. There will be one big giveaway on Friday for Newsletter and Blog subscribers. You can subscribe to my newsletter HERE and the blog HERE.

4. Also on Friday there will be one big giveaway exclusively for clients only (This applies to new and old clients!)

* Nontransferable and cannot be traded for cash. If you purchase a session and would like to give it as a gift, that is perfectly fine with me, but that is the only instance it can be "transferred".

Now...I think that about covers all of you who have been supporting me from the beginning and those of you who are new around here. I love you all so dearly and feel extremely blessed that God chose photography as one of my biggest gifts. If it weren't for Him, my family and friends, and all of you, I wouldn't be able to do what I love. I also wouldn't have been able to have the flexibility to keep my son home on most days. That is the best gift that any of you could give me and as a collective, that's exactly what you've given me. I wish I could come give each of you an extremely big hug. I wish there were enough words to express exactly how grateful I truly am. I consider all of you and all of this a blessing. Thank you. Thank you. A million times over...thank you.

Since I can't finish any post without a picture...here's one of my favorites from our vacation last year. I absolutely can't wait to see my crazy little man on the beach this year. It feels like a second home to us and it melts my hear to share it with him. May there be many more days like this. Thank you to Stacey Woods Photography for the beautiful images year after year.

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Peace and so so much love,

Cilla