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How far in advance should you book your session? and Fall Schedule Update | Lexington KY family photographer

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central ky fall family photographer


Hi, there, my sweet friends! It’s been so long since I’ve regularly posted on this sweet little blog of mine. I miss it. I’ll be honest, when my mind gets overwhelmed, I narrow it all down to the bare essentials. Lots of things happen to be bare essentials in my mind, but blogging somehow gets booted out. Lots of things have been happening around here (including working with a business coach and being a part of a mastermind) and I know blogging is going back on the “essentials” list. Let’s have some fun on this blog again. Shall we? I’ll be posting some of my favorite sessions that haven’t been shared yet, along with some fun things to help you prepare for your family photos.

I get asked so often, especially here lately, “when do I need to book my session?” The answer is simple…

Book your family photo session as soon as you can.

Seriously. As soon as you think about it, you go ahead and contact your favorite photographer (eager little photographer typing raises her hand way in the air) and get on their schedule. Of course, all photographers are different. But, for me, booking early is best.

Why should you book your family photo session as soon as you can?

  • To get the best pick of dates and times (especially if your family is busy, this will help you get a date that works best with your schedule instead of having to bend your schedule to fit the session date).

  • To ensure you are able to get a session with the photographer you love. Many photographers, like myself, only take on a certain number of sessions each month. Sometimes that number isn’t as high as you would think because of all the work it takes on the back end. Each season has it’s own thing that may make a photographer book up quicker. Fall, for instance, is busy for most all photographers.

  • If money is on your mind, you are able to save, as well as, make payments along the way.

  • You have more time to prepare or dream up fun things your family can do during your session.

  • Christmas gifts. Seriously…I have clients in the summer who use their pictures for Christmas gifts. I use pictures from all throughout the year for gifts and on my Christmas cards (when I actually get them out). There are some photographers who do their holiday sessions closer to December, but most I know tend to do them in the fall. Doing a session in the fall (or sooner) that you want to use for holiday gifts gives you and your photographer plenty of time to edit the images, get them to you, get your order in, and process the order.

Wanna book your fall family session with me? Here’s a little schedule update…

SIGNATURE SESSIONS (what most have experienced throughout the year)

September…1 spot remaining

October…2 spots remaining

November…4 spots remaining

*holiday session deadline is November 16th

MINI SESSIONS

October 17th at Shaker Village…3 spots remaining

Will I get to see you in one of the 10 remaining spots before the holiday session deadline? Eek! It’s so exciting!

Love y’all so much!

Cilla

PS…Don’t forget, book your family photo session as soon as you can. Just get that checked off your list. Don’t let the beautiful chaos of your littles and the precious way they love in this season go by without capturing it for generations. xo

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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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