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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.

s family sunset session | lexington ky family lifestyle photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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family sunset session at talon winery & vineyard | lexington, ky


The sunset danced around us as the girls giggled the remaining light away. There was so much snuggling, laughing, twirling, and love. My heart nearly burst. With each moment, each click of the camera, I fell in love with them all over again. This session came after several years of trying to pin down a lake session. 2018 seemed to be the year that the lake session would finally happen until I made one of the biggest goofs I think I’ve ever made. How could this “seasoned pro” leave home without at least one fully charged battery?!? Yes…I’m going to admit it…I drove an hour before I realized it. Thirty minutes before the session. All of my batteries were dead. Completely dead. I always check my cameras before I leave, and I did check my memory cards, but somehow missed the flashing dead battery signal. I just about died right there. I called them nearly in tears. Y’all, how could I be so lucky to have client friends who dish out so much grace? I didn’t quite give myself so much grace, but I did drive home, immediately charge all my batteries, and turned on some netflix. Later we chatted and decided to go for a Talon sunset session (of course at no charge) and will try the lake again this year. It IS going to happen and I can’t wait. This entire session all I could think about is how much fun we are going to have at the lake.

These girls kept me absolutely cracking up the entire time. I am sure they fight like all siblings, but I didn’t see a bit of it. All I saw were two girls who made each other laugh…a lot…and loved each other fiercely. I loved how they attacked each other and their momma and daddy with hugs and kisses. G’s love is especially fierce and so is her personality. She could take you down with a great big G hug. B always makes me laugh because he LOVES… ;) …photos. One of my favorite memories of B is a session we had together when they were just a family of three and we were in the literal freezing cold. B was not happy. We were all freezing. But now, I laugh at just how perfect it was. It shows just how much he loves his family. S is such a good momma and I am so thankful to call her friend. She truly enjoys her girls and let’s their personalities shine. She lets them be. And, y’all, she is filled with so much grace and beauty.

I am so thankful they continue to choose me and trust me, year after year.

One last thing…I am in love with Talon Winery & Vineyard. Seriously. It’s where we had our wedding reception many years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. When we are choosing a location for family sessions I always love to shoot in my client friends homes, but I also love shooting in a big open field…especially at sunset.

So much love sweet friends,

Cilla

PS…Have you booked your spring or summer session yet? Spring and summer sessions are booking up quickly and I would absolutely LOVE to see your family! Click the pink link below to find out more information and reserve your session today!

feast and farm and laughter and love | lancaster ky family lifestyle photographer

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I’m just gonna first say, I’ve typed big long text to go with this blog about my dear friend’s session twice and lost it twice! Oh…goodness. I fear it may not be meant to be. If you’re seeing this, it means this is my third time typing this sweet post, but it’s finally out and I am celebrating with a little happy dance.

This was her bucket list photoshoot. She had dreamed of it for years. A lifestyle family session on their farm that over looks the rolling hills of central KY, their home. She wanted to show her family exactly as they are. She cried when she was filling out the session questionnaire and going into detail about what she wanted to remember about her family and what she wanted her kiddos to remember about their childhood. But she worried they would be stiff in front of the camera. Put on their fake smiles. She almost had me worried too. I prayed, as I usually do before each session, that I would be able to see their family and capture them in a way that they could see too. You know what happened? We all laughed almost the entire time. Not a fake smile to be seen.

She shines light and love and joy, especially when she’s with her family. She’s a friend who supports me and kicks me in the butt when I need it, brings me eggs and honey and plants and seeds and yummy yummy homemade food from time to time. Did I mention she’s a food blogger and photographer? {Feast and Farm}

I watched as he looked at her and I could tell he saw her for the light that she is. He saw just how funny she is, how strong she is, how important she is. She looked at him and I knew they were just as, or more, in love than ever. They are best friends and true partners. She’s as much a farmer as he is and so supportive of the difference he makes in the lives of others. He supports her in this crazy dream of being a food blogger and farmer and superhero mom and wife at the same time. I am seriously constantly amazed by all she does. They are such strong, loving, examples for their kiddos. I watched as they all laughed and snuggled together in a field just in front of the home they built together. She took her sweet baby boys face in her hands and they giggled as they got nose to nose. She wrapped her arms around her oldest and soaked in the cuddles as they come less and less as the years move on. I watched as J swelled with love and devotion as he loved on each member of his family. They took turns cuddling up together then went inside for a quick change. C showed me her crafts and L showed me his prized toy gun (it was a stick before that) with the beautiful golden light coming in behind. I watched as they took pride in making biscuits with their momma. They each filled with glee as they swung high on their tree swing. We walked just a bit down their gravel drive to see if we could see any of their cattle. The took an adventure into their summer garden. Finally they all loved and snuggled in the tall grass, in the setting sun, with the KY hills behind.

It was my turn for tears as I left that day. I felt as I do so often with family sessions. Full of love, joy, and knowing that I saw them…really saw who they are…they opened up and showed me their love. When R saw her dream session for the first time she said “this is us”. That is the greatest compliment I could receive.

So much love,

Cilla

p.s. Click HERE to chat about your lifestyle session! September, October, and the very beginning of November are the best times to get those images taken to be back in time for the holidays. The spots are filling up!

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