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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.

New Baby | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Lexington, KY Newborn Photographer}

I could've folded her up, stuck her in my pocket and taken her home with me. Everything about this session was perfect and flowed so naturally. Okay...minus the very dark clouds outside. I had another one of those "aaww" moments when I just wanted to stop and soak in the moment with them. The love  in their home is so strong.  How can it not be when you have a perfect little angel like Miss M and such loving parents!?! I am so sad that they are moving...excited for them though. I did mention that they were welcome to fly me to their soon to be new home, but I don't think they were going for it. I mean...I don't know why. lol. Thanks to the Y family for opening your home to me. xoxo

Awesomeness | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Danville, KY Senior Photographer}

Quirky is good. I love quirky. Maybe it's because I'm a little quirky myself, but I love it. I think it's the fact that someone is free to be. Just be. I don't know, but it seems like quirky is COOL now. Thanks to movies like Juno and 500 Days of Summer. Or maybe it's because I think I'm cool so it MUST be cool...right. Either way...I love. But if quirky is cool and popular it can no longer be called "quirky"? Hhhmm...a little something for you to ponder. Anywho... Miss J is down right awesome. I loved everything about her. Her very funky style, her cute little accessories,  her love for music, her willingness to admit she has no musical talent, her willingness to follow me into a creepy junk yard, her love for life that just beams, and even her little bit of shyness in front of the camera. Oh...and you guessed it...her quirkiness! I loved her so much that I absolutely couldn't narrow down her sneak peek pictures. So, enjoy! xoxo to you Miss J! Thank you thank you!

Peace and much much love,

Cilla

at peace | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Lexington, KY Newborn Photographer}

When I said this couple could do anything they put their mind to, I was right. It was proven again when I visited last week and met little Mr.A. Parents for just over a week and they already seemed like pros. I adore being with families during this time. Every family is different. Some are happy, but stressed beyond measure. Some are just simply at peace (or hiding the stress very well). I love observing this and being in the mist of it. Often there are moments when I get the "at peace" feeling along with them. Those moments where you want to just breathe it all in. Rarely do I feel a family so "at peace" as this one. Don't get me wrong, I am often surprised at how well my clients handle everything...especially me being up in their space and moving their little one all about, but there was just something different. Of course, they were stressed. They were sleep deprived. Let me tell you, despite those things, they had it down. They approached everything as "I got this". I truly enjoyed every moment of it. Mr A was just so good for me. I have to admit, there were even a couple moments that I got all choked up behind the camera. Observing their relationship and bond. Nothing but pure, undconditional love here. Their house could burst with it...as well as the amazing light that streams through everywhere! Another part that got me was at the very end of the session. We were sitting around chatting (sometimes I just can't shut up!) and they mentioned getting a book from me for every year of Mr.A's life, including his Senior pictures. I know I haven't talked about all the things I love about photography yet, but I'll give you a hint, this is number one. I have actually gotten teary (yeah...I'm a softy) talking about this very thing with Bret. The thought of forming these relationships and watching these children grow up. It's truly such an honor to me. That's why I wouldn't do photography any other way than I do right now. I'm not simply taking a few pictures and that's it. In most cases I'm forming relationships, making new friendships. All while recording your life moments and showing the art in your life. Wow...I so sound like a Halmark card right now, but...oh well...I mean it!

Peace and much much love,

Cilla