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3 tips to a more relaxed family photo session | lexington ky family photographer

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three tips for more relaxed family photos


I’ve seen it so many times. Mom is frazzled and wants everything to be perfect. Dad just wants it to be over with. Everyone is hungry. Naps were missed. And the kids are off kilter as a result. It’s not quite the perfect scenario for a love filled family session, but, most all the time, we can work around it. It’s one of the reasons I take SO many pictures. I’ll hear “how did you capture this…I can’t even tell insert kids name was going crazy”. Which makes me SO happy, but my deepest desire is for us to capture all that love AND for everyone to have an enjoyable experience. This year many clients have started receiving a lifestyle session guide to help everyone prepare for the most happy and relaxed session possible. If you are one of those clients, please do read it…you will be so thankful you did. If you aren’t, here are just a few ways you can help insure your next family photo session is as relaxed as possible.

  1. Make sure EVERYONE is fed and rested.

    Oh I can’t stress this enough. I know my child is a completely different kid when he’s hungry or tired. If I’m expecting him to be anything but crazy, I’m likely to be a bit disappointed. It’s like a snickers commercial. Truly. Our sessions are usually scheduled around sunset and sunrise, which can sometimes be tricky. Sometimes we choose to schedule them earlier and stick to inside the home to pick a time the kiddos are at their best. But, if you’re dreaming of that golden light sunset provides you can have an early dinner or big snack before the session and bring snacks and water with you. If your kiddos goes to bed early like mine, sunset time can be even more of a risk. Sometimes a late nap can do just the trick.

  2. Let it go. Smile. Breathe.

    Listen, there is probably going to be a little bit of chaos. That is okay. Let them be themselves. Let them be kids. It truly is okay. Look at it as a beautiful chaos that will soon be gone. Our goal is not perfectly still studio portraits. Our goal is to capture your love and your family just as they are now. Just take a deep breath and smile. No matter what. Smile. Kid crying…smile. Kid refusing to take off coat…smile. Kid not letting go of their favorite toy…smile. I’m going to say something that probably seems strange. Let me worry about their behavior. You worry about loving them just as they are. That’s it. And before the session…mommas…I’m talking to you…you’re gonna have to relax. If clothes are stressing you out, let everyone pick what they want to wear…I’m serious. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed everyone will be.

  3. Make it as easy of a day as possible…focus on the experience.

    I know this can be a tough one when you have kiddos in sports and all the things, but if you can have a day where things are easy and no one is worn out before the session even begins, you are going to have such a more relaxed session for yourselves. Get everything ready the day before so you’re not running around like crazy the day of the session. Don’t do playdates or a full day at the pool. Just take it easy as much as possible.

These images are a mix of sessions that were just relaxed because they decided before hand they were just going to go with it and sessions where it was less than relaxed. Beautiful images either way, but the experience can always be so much better for you when you get to relax and truly enjoy your family as they are.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…are you ready to just breathe and smile and get images like this in your next family session? I would love to photograph your sweet little family! Contact me and begin reserving your session HERE.

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.

What is Lifestyle Photography and Why I am a Lifestyle Family Photographer | KY family photographer

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What is lifestyle photography?


I remember it so clearly. I was scrolling MySpace (yes…back in the day), in my little windowless office, on my lunch break at a job I was grateful for. I stopped scrolling when I saw an image I loved on a profile I didn’t recognize. She and I were friends with a lot of the same people, but I didn’t know her. Something drew me in. These were the days when I would drive up side roads on my drive home to practice my photography skills and learn as much as I could on my own. I knew I wanted to become a photographer. This is the place where the passion began. I looked at a few more of her images and loved how casual and happy they were. How they really captured her kiddos personalities. I worked up the courage to send her a message. I told her I loved photography and wanted to become a photographer and was hoping to purchase some studio equipment soon. She said something that changed the trajectory of my photography. “You don’t need studio equipment to be a photographer.” Now, that seems like a no brainer, but this was all the way back in the days of myspace people and I was knew to the world of photography. She told me about lifestyle photography, about her sister who is a photographer, and about flickr where so much beautiful lifestyle photographer and photographers lived. Y’all…I became obsessed…as I do with anything I’m newly interested in. I take in ALL the information. All of it. I want to master it…NOW. Now, that myspace stranger became one of my close friends, as did her sister. Amy photographed Steff’s birth and her sister, Stacey, photographs my family nearly every summer and I got to photographer hers this summer. Thank goodness for myspace. :)

Wikipedia does a good job of defining lifestyle photography...

“Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography that mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives or to inspire people in different times.”

Lifestyle photography blends portraits and documentary photography. It’s about connection and life. It’s about capturing how something feels and someones true personality and what they love. Not just what they look like. When someone said to me “you are a true lifestyle photographer” it was the greatest compliment. But, honestly, it’s just the way I shoot. Sometimes I wish I were even more documentary, but the way I shoot just happens to be lifestyle photography. I just connect with people and photograph them. That’s it. I pour over work I love and have learned from many of my favorite photographers. The work I love always ends up being lifestyle and/or documentary photography. Not only do I fall in love with this style of photography more and more every day, but I deeply and whole heartedly WANT it for my family and for yours. I want for you to see your life in your images. I want you to see your connections and the love you share with your family. I want you to see what life looks like today. Because, as I always say, it won’t look the same in ten years. Shoot, it won’t even look the same in one year. Life changes so quickly and I want, desperately, for us all to hold onto it, even as we let it pass us by.

I told myself I was going to share “just a few” of my favorite images that really show what lifestyle photography is. But, of course, I couldn’t do that. I love so many. So many more than this. Here are “a few” of my favorite images that I feel truly show what lifestyle photography is. The perfectly imperfect.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…do you feel a connection to these images? Would you love to have lifestyle photography for your family? It’s kinda like a little playdate and I promise to make it fun. There are still a few spots open in November. Click HERE to get started reserving your family session just in time for holiday gifts!