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hanging with friends in a field at sunset | family photographer stanford ky

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In an effort to share some of my favorite sessions that have yet to be blogged and get us in the mood for fall, I am going to mix some fall sessions into some of my more recent summer session posts. I mean…can’t you just feel the chill in the air and smell the pumpkin spice? No? Just me?

It’s kinda the most perfect scenario for me…hanging out in a field with dear friends, at sunset, with my camera. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if we shot for even longer and captured inside their home (but we have done that before too). Y’all, this shows that you truly don’t need much for a love filled family session. You just need to show up willing to love on each other. Add in golden sunset light and a field of some sort…even better. In between saying “cuddle up”, you could hear me say “watch out for that cow poo”. And it was perfect. Well…perfectly imperfect…just as it should be.

This is a family that is so close to my heart. I’ve been photographing them since the beginning of my business. Momma has worked with my husband since we moved here. I photographed D’s pregnant belly as she awaited her very first birth. I got to come into their home the first two weeks after both babies were born. And I’ve had the honor of watching them grow through the years. Steff and their youngest, SB, have been friends since he was born and went to the same babysitter. They were even the cute little homecoming prince and princess a couple years ago. D came and spent the night with us when I was so worried and stressed from breastfeeding during those first few weeks after Steff was born and basically saved me. She also made us leave on our very first date after Steff was born. Steff has looked up to their oldest, P, since he was born. We have pictures of our babies together throughout the years and it makes me so happy to look back on them. C (Dad) is one of the friendliest and kindest people I know. And look how loving they all are with each other. That’s what makes me the happiest. Look how much they love. They love in such a pure true way. Each person is seen and loved and appreciated just as they are. We were all laughing the entire time at SB and her silly joyful heart. And observing how P loved so sweetly just absolutely melted me. Watching the way he looked at every single person in his family was…well…beautiful. I nearly cried seeing how much he loves his momma and admires his daddy and enjoys his baby sister. I would take brief moments to just stop and watch. I don’t know if they see it in the rush of every day life, but they are all doing such a good job loving each other and it shows.

I had to share these next few. Bret had to bring me money for gas because I forgot my wallet. So our babies got a chance to visit for a few minutes. Look how happy Steff was about taking a picture with a girl. I was cracking up. Look at them!

So much love,

Cilla

PS…if your heart connects to the feeling of images like this and you would like your family’s love story photographed, you can contact me to reserve your session by clicking HERE. Remember, there are 10 spots open before the holiday cutoff!

their happy place | jamestown ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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lake family lifestyle session in jamestown, ky


What an absolute dream session that was two or three (we couldn’t decide which) years in the making. It started with a conversation many years ago, then with a winter special three years ago, then a summer full of being rained out, another summer with rain and the session where I played a rookie mistake and accidentally didn’t have any charged batteries with me (I mean…really…what the what…for which momma responded with “it just wasn’t meant to be”…I love them), and finally happening this year with no rain…no reschedules. I don’t tend to worry about reschedules because it just always seems to be “meant to be” on the date it winds up being on. There’s always a conversation about how the date the session actually happens on was just the most perfect date. This certainly was. I do not exaggerate when I say this was an absolute dream session.

Photographing families in the place that makes them the most happiest is absolutely what I want to do. You know…we all have that place. The place that is sacred. The place where our families come alive and feel engulfed in love. For us that is our backyard and the beach. For them, it’s the lake. Side note…mommas take note…if your husband just isn’t that into photo sessions, take them to their happy place. I got to see this Dad at his happiest and most relaxed. They called him the mayor and it was obvious why. Also, a drink for each of us adults may have helped a tad. I don’t think I’ve ever carried wine in a covered coffee mug in my camera bag before. But it felt appropriate for the lake.

As soon as we started, the girls had me cracking up. The first images below, on the beds, was just them being themselves. They make each other laugh and love each other so. I did absolutely nothing to pull that out of them. It was just what they do. G with her exuberant snuggles and E with her big sister love and each with their big laughs and silly jokes. The three of us, me and the girls, just started laughing immediately when I had them lay on their tummies next to each other. Seriously, that’s all I did. After that we drove around the neighborhood on a golf cart in the areas that momma had dreamed about for three years. She had this down and knew exactly what spots she wanted. They were perfect. Overlooking the lake and providing laughter and fun.

After a quick change we were off to the boat. The girls skipped rocks and I watched as the sun danced behind the boat houses. We all gathered onto the boat as the girls got their life jackets on and I watched as G showed her independence and desire to do it herself, momma pushed us off and dad backed us out. We listened to their music and they did as they usually do (well…mostly). Boat snuggles, dancing, finding the perfect spot, driving the boat with dad, and jumping into the water a thousand times. One of my favorite things was watching E, big sister, as she soaked it all in on our drive. She was at peace on the lake. There were two moments in particular where she just watched as we drove by the spots she had driven by most of her life, with the wind in her face and a heart full of love and joy. I imagined a grown up E, with her family along side her, feeling the wind on her face and remembering the days with her baby sister and mom and dad at the place where she felt so much joy.

The girls jumped in the too cold for June water a million times and every single time they laughed as hard as they did the first. G got out of the water with her hair looking just like our president’s and didn’t have a care in the world. I hope she always remains this way. No worries…just jumping into the cold, deep water.

We got back to the house and after a quick change, E gave me a hug and a “thank you so much for coming” and we headed out the door for roasted marshmallows (with chocolate INSIDE them…life changing) and S’mores. I listened as the girls made up a song about how much fun they were having and my heart just swelled with love.

It was perfect. It was a dream. It was worth the two or three year wait.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…if you connect to and feel love in these images and would like a session that holds onto your love, it’s not too late to book your summer family lifestyle session (or get a jump on fall and book it). Just click HERE to reserve your session today. xo

there's beauty in the chaos | central KY family lifestyle photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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seeing the beautiful

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I have a secret…most sessions have a little bit of chaos to them. You think it’s just your family, but it’s not. It’s all of our families. There’s just a touch of wild there. Some more, some less, but almost always at least a little. And maybe not the biggest secret…I love it. I tell you it’s okay. I tell you I actually love the wild. But I see it in your eyes…you don’t believe me. You’re not sure how we could’ve gotten one good image in that whole bunch. You’re now counting down the moments until those wild babies of yours are asleep so you can remember just how lovely they are…or you are considering possibly giving them up. You are worn out. It was fun…it was wild…were there even any snuggles in there…you are now ready to collapse into your comfy bed.

Do you see how much beauty is in there? I do. I see you and I want you to see you. That every day chaos that comes with life is just as beautiful as those precious snuggles you get. Trust me, I’m a momma too, I know how good those snuggles feel. But, one day, hopefully long from now, it’ll all be gone and traded for something different…possibly a new kind of wonderful. You may long for the days of the chaos. It doesn’t make them any easier now, but there’s a sweetness there that I want you to be able to feel and I am certain you will feel twenty years from now. I want to capture what you look like…what your kiddos look like…right now, but more than anything, I want to capture what your love and your life FEEL like right now.

So, I say, let them be wild. Trust me. Trust them. It’s hard not to fuss at them when you know you want everyone smiling and happy and you’re just not sure if I’m going to capture anything from this. But, I am. Most of the images you see from me came from a little bit of chaos and a whole hell of a lot of love. Give the kiddos what they want, love…understanding…play…your calm(ish) in the midst of it all. Trust me…look how beautiful it is…

Oh, sweet friend, if you connect to any of this, if you want to capture and hold onto the beautiful in all your chaos, I would love to do a session with you. There are still summer spots left that my heart wants to fill with your family. I want to help you tell your love story for generations to come. Please stop waiting for everything to be calm or everything to be perfect. Summer is the absolute perfect time no matter what stage of life you’re in. Simply click HERE to get started reserving your love filled session.

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.