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w family at keeneland | lexington ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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sunset session | family of six at keenland in kentucky


Hi, friends! One of my goals, along with loving you and recent client friends through this little blog consistently, is to also share some of my most favorite past sessions that never got shared. This is one of my absolute favorites from last year!

This was my first time ever meeting the W family. I love when I feel an instant connection to a family. I felt like I knew momma M before we ever met in person. They brought me pure joy and my heart felt so full after. Like I was exactly where I was meant to be. The way they loved each other with so much joy and grace. The kiddos were up for fun and knew they wanted to play tag at some point during the session. They were patient with all of my requests for them to snuggle before tag. Sometimes you don’t know if siblings are really going to want anything to do with each other. They may say “ew” when you ask them to hug up or they may give each other a big ol bear hug and giggle. It’s just part of having a sibling. How lucky am I that they were happy to snuggle and laughed the entire time. My favorite part was watching how they all loved on their newest member of the family. Gosh…what love they have for one another. Each kiddo wanting their turn to hug her and have their picture with her. I watched as she ran her fingers in her mommas hair and had pure joy in her eyes as she was held by her daddy. My heart melted and I’m pretty sure I could’ve left there and adopted ten littles.

I have trouble describing the feeling I get after meeting and photographing families with so much joy and love for one another. Add on top of that feeling like they are old friends and you could spend all day with them…let’s just say I’m eternally grateful they found me.

Side note…this is why I love Keeneland. I use to shoot near the stables and paddock area (and still do sometimes), but now I mostly shoot in the big open field behind Keene Barn. It’s so easy to get to, it’s out of the way, there’s a big gravel road, but, mostly, I love it for this light…for the tall grass…and these trees. It’s the perfect spot for a sunset session.

Okay…now join me in falling in love with the w family. Be still my heart.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…If you connect to the feeling of love you get from these images and you would like to have the same for your family, it’s not too late to book a summer session or too early to book a fall session! I would be so happy for you to book your love filled session HERE.

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

this is 39 and my favorite things giveaway | ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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what my 39 looks like & my favorite things giveaway


As of this past Sunday, I am officially 39 and have began my final year of my thirties.

You know, I’m not positive what I expected from my thirties, but I’m pretty sure I had expected to have figured it all out. Ya know…so that I could slide into my “old” age with so much knowledge and understanding and just enjoy the rest of life. Right? Now, I think, each decade, perhaps each year, is about learning a different part of yourself. My teens were about growth, change, fun, and mistakes…lots of mistakes. My twenties were about discovering my love and what we wanted and didn’t want in life. My thirties have seemed to be where the real hard work came in. The deep down, soul discovering, work. I’ve realized that I’m not exactly like I thought I was. The me I thought existed was a lot less complicated. Always sweet and kind, slow to anger, knew what kind of momma she would be, knew what she would and wouldn’t do in a given situation, knew she could do anything she “set her mind” to, knew she could just simply choose joy, knew what kind of wife she would always be, knew happiness was everything, and thought she had fought through the hardest. The thirties me found that while I do strive to be kind and am a pretty pleasant person, I’m not quite as slow to anger as I thought…just slow to release anger and quick to shove all that negative stuff down (ah…but late thirties me is getting so much better at this). The momma I thought I’d be didn’t have to contend with postpartum depression. I truly mourned the momma I thought I’d be for a long long time. But now, most of the time, I celebrate the mom I actually am. I don’t always know what I would or wouldn’t do in a situation. I know that life is complicated and things just aren’t always so black and white. I do believe I can do anything I’m meant to do, but I’m not always meant for the things I “set my mind” to. Sometimes I can set my mind to something and then realize it’s not what I am made for. I believe in choosing love. There were days when anxiety and depression had it’s grip on me so intensely that choosing joy was not an option. I tried. Truly. It pissed me off so much that I couldn’t just freakin choose it already. Then one day I realized while I couldn’t always choose joy, I could choose love. I could choose to do something small to love myself or to love someone else. One small thing after another. Choosing love along the way. Being a wife, and romantic love in general, certainly is harder than I thought. It’s hard work, just like all the other worthy beautiful things. I also know that I will get out of it what I put into it. And it is one of the most worthy things I could pour my heart into. Instead of happiness, I strive for joy…joy which is a state of being and is always there no matter what emotion comes and goes…happy and full of joy…sad with joy in my heart…full of gratitude and light and love. While I would hope the struggles I’ve had would mean that the worst is behind me, I know that’s not necessarily true and the “hardest” could be just around the next corner…or it may not be…I may have already experienced it. I can choose to let the not knowing…the fear…hold me back…or I can let it remind me to live each day with as much love as I can muster and cover myself and all those around me with all the grace.

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just a few of my favorite things give away

You all have made me feel so loved on my birthday that I want to pass on that love to you and share a FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS including…

One of you, who do the following, will be chosen at random on June 24th:

  • First, be sure to…like/share/comment on giveaway post on Priscilla Baierlein Photography facebook page HERE

  • Like Priscilla Baierlein Photography facebook business page HERE

  • Like/follow Priscilla Baierlein Photography instagram page HERE

  • Subscribe to Priscilla Baierlein Photography email list HERE

I can’t wait to share just a few of my favorite things with one of you! :)

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So so much love,

Cilla

summer and schedule update | ky family photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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summer session & schedule update

central ky family photography


Hi, friend! How are you? I mean…sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself when all I really want to do is sit down across from you on a couch (wine or coffee or hot chocolate optional) and chat about your day…your life..like really how you’re doing. I mean I would truly love it if you told me how you’re doing. Not the polite conversation answer either. HOW are you doing? What is bringing you life right now?

Until then, here is just a little update on sessions right now. Did I tell you that summer is my absolute favorite time to shoot? Fall gets all the glory because of it’s beautiful colors and being just before the holidays. But summer is where it’s at. You can totally use images of you in shorts and short sleeves on a Christmas card. I PROMISE! I have…you know…when I actually get cards ordered and sometimes in the mail. Summer is all fun to me. I mean…sure…I sweat like I’m at the gates of hell, but y’all look good and we have a ton of fun…that’s all that matters.

SIGNATURE SESSIONS
limited sessions are scheduled every month
 I recommend scheduling your session as soon as you can so we have your spot reserved. 
Signature Sessions are by far the most popular session (and probably my favorite) and are what most have experienced over the years. We take our time and usually enjoy a bit of your home and a bit of outside or another location. We can really linger a bit and I can truly capture what your family's love looks like. 

JUNE
4 sessions remaining
*FLORIDA beach sessions available last week of June
JULY
3 sessions remaining
*FLORIDA beach sessions available first week of July
AUGUST
7 sessions remaining
SEPTEMBER
4 sessions remaining

SUMMER MINI SESSIONS
july 13th only 1 spot just opened up

FALL MINI SESSIONS
(new date added) october 20th only 2 spots remain

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR LOVE FILLED SESSION TODAY!

And, lastly…here are just a few images from a beach session I had a couple years ago. I love shooting at the beach. The imperfection of it and that light make my heart just melt into a big ol mess of joy. I have ONE beach session left (the last week of june or first week of july) and I also offer day in the life travel sessions any time of year! :) Just sayin…in case you want me to come with you on vacation…that can be arranged.

Please, if the images you see make you feel and you would love images like this for your family, let’s reserve your session. Click HERE to get your love filled session reserved today.

So much love,

Cilla