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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

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

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seeing the beautiful

family lifestyle photography


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

no more waiting | KY family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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life passes us by in the waiting… until there is no more waiting to be done


“You are worth being brave.” -Brene Brown

I’m not one for too much small talk. Meaningful talks about things that truly matter fill my heart up to the brim. Being a witness to my friends’ pain and deep joy is truly one of my most treasured gifts. It’s also how I found myself laying back in a dentist chair, after my semi-annual teeth cleaning, talking to a close friend (also happens to be my dentist and the best one around) about all the things. Life, business, life-business, business-life. I felt myself get so fired up (southern talk for impassioned) when we started talking about why we all wait to capture life, and more specifically, to hire a photographer. Really, it’s not about the photographer. It’s about the waiting.

We wait. There’s the necessary waiting in lines and traffic and for the cable company to show up and for the day our amazon prime order is waiting at our door step. But what about the other waiting? We are waiting for everything to be “just so”. Waiting to lose those last ten pounds or the first…waiting to love our bodies. Waiting to have time to finish those home projects. Waiting for the landscaping to be done. Waiting to get through the busy body toddler years. Waiting for the braces to be gone. Waiting for sports schedules to slow down. Waiting for work to slow down. Waiting for the depression and/or anxiety to go away. Waiting for the stress to be gone. Waiting for this season of life to be gone. Waiting to feel worth it.

I have a secret to tell you…these pictures are not for you today. They are not for your family today. They are for you twenty years from now. They are for your kids twenty years from now. They are for your grandkids. You know what, you are not going to care about that extra ten pounds in twenty years, but you are going to care about your memories. I’m not just talking about hiring a photographer. I am also talking about using whatever kind of camera you have handy (yes…even your smart phone) to capture what is going on around you. It doesn’t have to look perfect. It just has to capture it. And…it doesn’t have to be everything and it shouldn’t be everything…no having the camera glued in front of you at all times. Just don’t wait to capture some of it. Use the camera you have nearest and just capture that feeling. Let go of the perfection and just capture it how it is.

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Can you see that it’s beautiful? Stop waiting. Just see it. See what is in front of you. Push away the “clutter” of the busyness of life just for a few minutes. Take a deep breath and see what is in front of you. See those sweet curls as they bounce up and down (even if they are driving you crazy in this moment). See the beauty in the way they stand on their tip toes to reach their plate because they must do it themselves. See the beauty in you rushing to get everyone a snack before practice. See the beauty in the way they have batman riding a dinosaur and take a minute to wonder what kind of play they had made up in their heads. See the beauty of that pile of blocks…the mud from playing outside…the messy drawers…maybe even the laundry. By all means…clean it up if you want (I mean…it gets to me after a while), but take a minute to see it’s beauty first. Capturing in your heart, on your phone, on some other camera, or have a photographer to come over to capture all of it (okay…we will leave out the messy drawers).

You & your photographer, together, can capture your life so beautifully…just…exactly…the way it is.

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It is hard. There are days we want to go by as quickly as possible. I get it. Sometimes the beauty is so much harder to see. Just make a promise that too much time will not go by before you or someone else captures it. You may not see the beauty today, but one day you will.

Now…for a “few” more images from one of my most favorites sessions last year that shows just how beautiful our every day can be.

Don’t let today go by without seeing the beauty in it.

So much love,

Cilla