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10th year of being your full time photographer | central kentucky family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

image by Stacey Woods Photography circa 2013 :)

image by Stacey Woods Photography circa 2013 :)

How have ten years passed by so quickly? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was sitting in my little windowless office dreaming about the what-ifs of being a full time photographer? Just yesterday that I was taking the long way home to stop any place I could to practice what I had just read about in the little photography book I ordered off from Amazon? Well, if we want to take it back even further, it really seems like just yesterday I was the college girl spending all her money on ramen noodles, disposable cameras, and one hour photo labs. The girl who ruined too many pictures to count by accidentally getting her finger into the shot. Yes…y’all…that was me. I couldn’t say it was “perfectly imperfect” when my finger was straight up covering someone’s face. Somehow, I was also the girl who wrote in a freshman English journal that I dreamed of owning a photography studio one day. Not remembering this until I was five years or more into this journey and sorting through boxes in the basement. When I was just playing with a disposable camera, I was driving down the road dreaming of what would look good in a picture. My high school friends would also always tease that I was the girl in “Can’t Hardly Wait” who chased after everyone with her yearbook and cried out in heartache “These are precious memories people!” I will neither confirm nor deny this. In fact, when I started falling in love with photography, I would often say that I just wanted to photograph the things that I love before they were gone. It was mostly old barns at the time, but soon turned into people. The first time I photographed a genuine smile…well…I was hooked and knew photography was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and somehow we would make it happen.

Now, it’s been over ten years since I’ve called this my full time job. It’s been 10 years of laughter, of new friends who become old friends, hugs, snuggles, tears, butterflies just before arriving at a new home, of prayers before every session just to ask God to help me really see them, spending countless hours behind the computer…dreaming…creating…editing…culling…writing, using my gifts to love others, showing those in front of my camera just how loved they are, running a business while being an imperfect human…struggling with infertility…becoming a momma…postpartum depression…triggered PTSD…self doubt…feelings of not enough…self loathing…many days when I could barely pull myself out of the bed…and making it to the clearing to find love for myself again, a husband who supports me in every way, figuring out how to run a business with google and good mentorship and surrounding myself with all the education I could, learning and relearning all the things as they change, constantly discovering some of the most incredible people in this very saturated industry, photographing my own sweet family, being able to work from home and hear my husband and son play in the next room, having the flexibility to be there for sick days…snow days…field trips…family vacation…and after school snuggles, finding my voice and how to use it for love, finding my clear dreams lead by the one who created me, making new friends over and over again, falling in love with so many families and the way they love, getting the gift to slow down and truly see people and all their love, full hearts after sessions, love notes from clients, picked flowers in my hair, the sweetest little hugs, genuine smiles, first breaths, first snuggles, first kisses, being one of the chosen few to be in the room, first dances, tears of overwhelming gratitude, traveling the world, princess twirls, jumps on the bed, watching families just be in their most beloved places, and my heart being so incredibly full.

If you are here reading this, if you have ever clicked on my website, if you have ever shared an image I’ve taken, if you’ve ever liked a social media post from me, if you’ve ever left a comment on a post, if you’ve ever cheered me on silently from the sidelines, if you’ve ever given me the gift of photographing you…your family…your wedding…your birth…your birthday, if you’ve ever told a friend about my work, if you are or have ever been a part of my email list, if you are one of my loudest supporters…you are part of this family…we are in this together…I love you and I am SO grateful for you. Every single bit of it has made a difference and I know deep down in my soul that this IS going to be the best year yet and I cannot wait to see where WE are at the end.

Here are just a “handful” of my most favorite images from the last 10 years. You all have brought me so much joy and I hope with everything in me that I have shown you your love, just for a little bit.

Do you have a favorite image we have created together over the last 10 years? I would love for you to post it to instagram or facebook with a little note about why you loved it and your session! If you do, please tag me, or the business page, or use #priscillabphotography or #priscillabphotograph10years. It has filled my soul to see everyone’s favorites. I will be doing a drawing at the end of this week to see who will get a 16x20 canvas of their favorite! :)

So much love to you,

Cilla

PS…Have you booked your spring session yet? It’s that time of year! Summer and Spring sessions are filling up. Only 8 signature sessions are booked each month! You can see more information HERE and reserve your spot by emailing me or contacting me HERE.

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?

you are my wild | berea, ky family lifestyle photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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They have trusted me with my camera to capture all that silly love since their oldest was just a baby. I love that I also photographed her brothers senior pictures, reading B’s facebook posts, and that her momma was my college sewing professor (did you know I was once going to be a Family & Consumer Sciences…aka Home Ec…teacher), but I mostly love that they let me capture them exactly as they are. Just perfectly imperfect. There are littles hiding behind mommy’s leg and loads of cuddles and laughter and tickles and dancing and races and tackles and books being read and the perfect flowers picked for our hair (mine is still sitting on my dashboard in my car) and walks to the garden and tomato pickin’ (“Daddy can I pick tomatoes with you?” Melt. My. Heart.) and the messiest “poses”. Our goal isn’t everyone looking at the camera. Our goal is capturing their family exactly as they are right now. I love walking into their house and seeing these images displayed everywhere, from large to small. I think sometimes people fear they wouldn’t know what to do with lifestyle photography session images because they aren’t the perfectly posed, everyone looking at the camera, type of images. But you can do with them exactly as you can do with any others, blow them up big and put them on your wall or create an album that shows your family’s love story. I may be a tad bit bias about this. I do, in fact, have a 20x30 image of a single curl on the top of my sons head when he was a baby hanging at the end of my hallway.

The biggest honor I can receive is hearing a family say “this is us”! Knowing I captured their family exactly as they are makes me so insanely happy. Even more than that, knowing they trusted me enough to be comfortable being themselves and loving on their family in front of my camera…this is the greatest gift. The love…it’s nearly tangible.

So much love,

Cilla

P.S. Y’all October is looking a little crazay (yes…cra-zay). I do still have a couple sessions available and some in November to receive your images and prints back in time for the holidays. Please don’t wait. Click HERE to contact me and get started booking your love filled session!