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r family in home and at shaker village | ky family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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ky family photographer in home and fall at shaker village


Years have gone by since one of my favorite fall sessions ever. I’ve been holding onto it to share and here I am, finally sharing it. Y’all…while am not even digging the new little bit of cold we have today, there’s just something about those fall colors and the nostalgia that surround them that gets me every year. This is probably the most “fally” session ever. You cannot beat Shaker Village in early November (or late fall, depending on the weather). Add in a family that is so full of love and joy, you pretty much have a photographers dream session.

We do what we got to do to make the session work. When their session started in home, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites. Then, just as we were wrapping up the in home portion and about to head out into their backyard, the storm clouds rolled in and the rain began to fall. Not a bit of rain on the forecast or on the radar when I was on my way to their home. So, we did what we had to do, and rescheduled the second portion of the session. I always tell client friends not to worry because a session always turns out the way it was meant to. If that hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have done the second part at Shaker Village, nor would we have had such vibrant fall colors. I remember the way I felt leaving Shaker Village that day, after good bye hugs. My heart felt full. I love it when I have that feeling. I often have it at the end of sessions.

I’ve had the honor of photographing this family since D, their oldest, was just barely a toddler. Momma always gets everything just right before the session, but is never tied to perfection or anything being just so. She and F just focus on loving their family. The littles get to be themselves. They are fun and silly and oh so sweet and love each other dearly. Every inch of their home and their lives is filled with love. It’s in the slow cuddly moments and the chaotic moments. It’s all around. One thing I notice as I watch them from behind my camera is how much they appreciate this gift they’ve been given and truly soak it in. That nearly takes my breath away.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…there’s still time to reserve your love filled fall session and have everything you need for Christmas gifts! If you connect to the joy and love in these images and would like to have your own family captured in this way, just contact me by clicking HERE and we will get started planning your session!

I'm the Lucky One | dunedin fl family photography


Honeymoon Island family photos


We walked onto our favorite path and I saw the joy and maybe a little bit of nerves all over my sweet friends face. She had been waiting for this day for a while. Every year we travel to Florida and mostly relax for two weeks as a family. How lucky am I that just 20 minutes away from the condo lives one of my closest friends? Almost every year we squeeze in beach trips, girls dinners, and a photo shoot of my family. Since her family is not on vacation…just lucky enough to live where everyone else goes on vacation…it’s harder for us to squeeze in her own family photos with the hustle and bustle of every day life. This year was different. We were going to make it happen and we did. One of my most favorite sessions ever.

I watched as one of my closest friends loved on her family. I saw her be one of the best mommas I know and the love she and her hubby have for one another just shine from them. Stac’ loves so big. So full of joy, patience, empathy, and acceptance. She loves you as you are and gives grace abundantly. All she wanted was for that to show through.

Here’s the thing…I’m the lucky one…not only in the friendship between Stacey and I (y’all…she’s been my mentor and photographer and constant friend for as long as we have known each other and asks for very little in return), but in getting to photograph their love and yours. When you see these beautiful images, they have very little to do with me and everything to do with the person in front of the camera. It’s all you. You stand in front of me with your love and fears and humanness. You get vulnerable and love so deeply and joyfully. How could the images not turn out beautifully?

Thank you for loving so big.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…remember, there are just a few sessions left open before the holiday cut off. I would love to see your sweet little family! You can contact me and begin reserving your session by clicking HERE.

my best friend | dunedin fl family photographer

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lifestyle family photography on honeymoon island


I could feel the gentle breeze from the Gulf and the sand from Caledesi Island between my toes. I could hear the sound of the waves and our kids playing in the water. I looked over and smiled as I saw them all talk about politics and football. I relaxed back in my chair, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath to breathe it all in and let it all out as a sigh of gratefulness. My best friend. Her husband who I watched her fall in love with way back in high school (and who is also one of my greatest friends). Her parents that I adore. The love of my life. Her kiddos, that I love like my own, loving my sweet baby boy that I had waited so long for. In one of my most favorite places. I knew, in that instant, this was one of my happiest days. One of those days I will always look back on. It was simple. It was us. It was perfect. I wondered if there was anything more perfect than being at the beach with those in your inner circle.

I can’t remember if it was before or after that day when we did their family session, but I remember, right at the end, distinctly remembering how happy I was for these people I love so dearly. Watching Andrea look at Brad…high school sweethearts. I’ve seen them at their best and at their worse. And here they are. In love. I watched Andrea as she full body laughed at me and Brad. I saw how she looked at Brad. How she loves him truer, deeper, today than she did all those years ago. I saw the person she had turned into. The same person she has always been, but somehow even more well worn into her own skin…comfortable…herself. Yet, she has always been those things. It’s hard to explain. I looked at her mom and dad and how they loved each other and their little family. How they have always been the most “normal” family I know (which…knowing them…they are laughing as they read this). Then there’s J & B. Their littles that aren’t so little any more. That I have watched grow into these joyful, heartfelt, kind, passionate, empathetic, feisty, loving, strong, kiddos that love and talk to their parents. Every single one of these people I love so much somehow are getting better and better with every year that passes. I am not exactly what I did in life to deserve having a best friend like this, but I am thankful for it every single day. The funny thing is, life has us so busy that connecting these days is hard. We have always gone through periods of connection and periods where we barely talk, yet, I have never felt like a thing has changed negatively towards us. I tease her that she needs to remind every one that I am her best friend or that she needs to text me every now and then just to say that very thing. But, truly, I know that no matter how many days we go without seeing each other and talking, the truth remains, she is my best friend and I hers. Right, Andrea? ;) I am just waiting on the day we can be neighbors. However, I’m sure it won’t be until a beach is involved.

Do most grown ups talk about their friends like this? Just me?

Andrea has been there to tell me everything is going to be okay since fourth grade when I cried on the last day of school because I just knew nothing was going to be the same as we went into middle school. And as I cute my bangs incredibly short in high school. And as I cried as we graduated high school. And as I cried on her wedding day. And when I cried as I struggled with infertility. And as I became a momma. And as I struggled with depression and anxiety. And every other big event since high school (we were not yet best friends in 4th grade but she does like to remind me of how I cried on that day). She has also had to tell me to take up for myself an equal amount of times. Thank you Andrea. Thank you.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…Would you love family pictures like this of your most special people? You don’t have to be my best friend for us to get love filled pictures like this! You can book your session or ask any question you may have by contacting me HERE. I cannot wait to hear from you! xo