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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!

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