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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.

no more waiting | KY family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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life passes us by in the waiting… until there is no more waiting to be done


“You are worth being brave.” -Brene Brown

I’m not one for too much small talk. Meaningful talks about things that truly matter fill my heart up to the brim. Being a witness to my friends’ pain and deep joy is truly one of my most treasured gifts. It’s also how I found myself laying back in a dentist chair, after my semi-annual teeth cleaning, talking to a close friend (also happens to be my dentist and the best one around) about all the things. Life, business, life-business, business-life. I felt myself get so fired up (southern talk for impassioned) when we started talking about why we all wait to capture life, and more specifically, to hire a photographer. Really, it’s not about the photographer. It’s about the waiting.

We wait. There’s the necessary waiting in lines and traffic and for the cable company to show up and for the day our amazon prime order is waiting at our door step. But what about the other waiting? We are waiting for everything to be “just so”. Waiting to lose those last ten pounds or the first…waiting to love our bodies. Waiting to have time to finish those home projects. Waiting for the landscaping to be done. Waiting to get through the busy body toddler years. Waiting for the braces to be gone. Waiting for sports schedules to slow down. Waiting for work to slow down. Waiting for the depression and/or anxiety to go away. Waiting for the stress to be gone. Waiting for this season of life to be gone. Waiting to feel worth it.

I have a secret to tell you…these pictures are not for you today. They are not for your family today. They are for you twenty years from now. They are for your kids twenty years from now. They are for your grandkids. You know what, you are not going to care about that extra ten pounds in twenty years, but you are going to care about your memories. I’m not just talking about hiring a photographer. I am also talking about using whatever kind of camera you have handy (yes…even your smart phone) to capture what is going on around you. It doesn’t have to look perfect. It just has to capture it. And…it doesn’t have to be everything and it shouldn’t be everything…no having the camera glued in front of you at all times. Just don’t wait to capture some of it. Use the camera you have nearest and just capture that feeling. Let go of the perfection and just capture it how it is.

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Can you see that it’s beautiful? Stop waiting. Just see it. See what is in front of you. Push away the “clutter” of the busyness of life just for a few minutes. Take a deep breath and see what is in front of you. See those sweet curls as they bounce up and down (even if they are driving you crazy in this moment). See the beauty in the way they stand on their tip toes to reach their plate because they must do it themselves. See the beauty in you rushing to get everyone a snack before practice. See the beauty in the way they have batman riding a dinosaur and take a minute to wonder what kind of play they had made up in their heads. See the beauty of that pile of blocks…the mud from playing outside…the messy drawers…maybe even the laundry. By all means…clean it up if you want (I mean…it gets to me after a while), but take a minute to see it’s beauty first. Capturing in your heart, on your phone, on some other camera, or have a photographer to come over to capture all of it (okay…we will leave out the messy drawers).

You & your photographer, together, can capture your life so beautifully…just…exactly…the way it is.

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It is hard. There are days we want to go by as quickly as possible. I get it. Sometimes the beauty is so much harder to see. Just make a promise that too much time will not go by before you or someone else captures it. You may not see the beauty today, but one day you will.

Now…for a “few” more images from one of my most favorites sessions last year that shows just how beautiful our every day can be.

Don’t let today go by without seeing the beauty in it.

So much love,

Cilla



l family 6ish months later | lexington ky family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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in home family lifestyle session in lexington ky


Oh my goodness…I didn’t think I could love anything more than their newborn session, but now I’m in love with this one…so there’s that :) 6-10 months is one of my most favorite to photograph. This is when their little personalities begin to really shine through and they usually have a little chunk on them by then…which I LOVE.

My goal for your session is to always show the beauty in this stage of life. To take the pressure off, I assure you that if we need to we will redo it or do a smaller session to capture what we weren’t able to before. Because, ya know what, little ones have off days. I swear when they know I’m coming over they decide they won’t nap that day. I can’t tell you how many people have shared that their little one usually naps, but not on that day. The thing is, usually we are able to have a successful photo session even if it doesn’t feel like it. Sweet N was just off this day. He hadn’t had his usual amount of nap time and was teething like crazy. So, we did the session and decided I would come back for a little mini session to capture anything we missed. But oh my goodness…did we ever get so many beautiful images from the first session and the second one was just icing on the cake. You’ll see images from both sessions in this blog post :)

Seriously…my heart just smiles so big when I see this sweet family and the way they love each other. THIS is grumpy N. He’s just such a happy baby! And he is loved so incredibly well. I’m so thankful to watch him grow and cannot wait to see what the coming years bring for him.

We started with momma waking him and seeing the joy on his face as we walked into the room. There may have been a mix of pure confusion as she’s not usually joined by a lady with a camera in front of her face. Then from there it was just doing all the normal things. Getting dressed, playing in their room, some truly yummy lunch (seriously…I’m trying to convince them to do a baby food book), bath time, nursing, and night night again (since he didn’t get his first nap all out). Y’all, this is it what lifestyle photography is all about. Showing your love, the realness of it, the every day of it. All those little things that you don’t want to forget. It all passes way too quickly. I want to hold onto every single bit of it and I want that for you too.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…It’s time to book your spring & summer signature sessions! I want every bit of this for you. You can reserve your signature session by clicking HERE.

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!

You can read more about sessions HERE.

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