lifestyle photography

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

secrets to photographing your love filled life free download | central ky photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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top five secrets to photographing your family


How has my baby grown up so much? This is something I’ve said since he was 6 months old and will continue to think and say for the rest of his life. But, really, how has it all gone by so fast? It’s such a bitter sweet thing. On the one hand I want so badly to hold him forever. On the other hand I am so thankful that he is able to breathe and grow and learn and dance and…well…all the things. We laugh and cry and laugh some more every single time we sit and go through pictures of days past. Gosh…I just want to hold onto all of it. I’m so desperate to recall every move, every word, every tear, every laugh, every snuggle…the way it all felt. That day we went on a beach adventure in the rain and he stopped to give me a kiss. That day he held my face and told me I was the best momma ever. The day he patted my leg and said “MY momma”. Those blonde curls. That fat little belly and chubby legs. The way it feels when he wants to get just a little closer to me so he puts his face on top of mine.

Over the last seven years I’ve learned that for me, the best way to hold onto as much as I can, is to capture it on some sort of camera. Sometimes it’s my phone and sometimes it’s my big camera. Mostly, it’s my phone. I know that this is one of the greatest gifts I can give to every single person in my family. He loves sitting and looking through pictures and videos as much as we do. He loves hearing stories and remembers most of them.

I’ve always been desperate to hold onto life, even when it wasn’t so kind. I was the queen of the disposable camera and spent all my extra money in college on those little film camera and one hour photo labs. Nothing brought me more joy.

As a momma I don’t want to walk around with the camera in front of my face at all times and Steff sure doesn’t either…and…poor Bret…he’s just use to it. So I’ve learned little tricks to allow me to be in the moment and to capture it. I think you’ll be surprised by my number one secret for getting great images of our sweet little life.

First, you have to see it. What? Yes…that’s right. Before you can capture all that love and beauty that is soaking up your life, you have to clear the clutter in your heart and mind…you know…the clutter from every day life…all the million to do’s and the bills and the worries…and actually see the beauty in it all. The beauty of the chaos. The beauty of the wild. The beauty of the snack time and bath time and, yes, even screen time. The beauty in your kiddos covered in mud and grass and sweat and tears. Parenting little ones is hard work. This too shall pass. We may not be able to celebrate all of it in the moment and choose joy in all of it, but we can choose to breathe. We can choose love. We can choose to go ahead and document it, all of it, because one day we may just miss the chaos of it all. And you know what, if today isn’t a day that you can see the beauty, give yourself grace in that too. But just don’t let too many days go by before you can see that beauty that is right in front of you. It’s messy AND it’s beautiful!

Want to know my top five secrets how you can capture your love filled life, with any camera? I’ve created a free pdf download that’s short and sweet and gives you a glimpse into how I go about capturing my one wild and beautiful life. Click on the link below to get your copy.

So much love,

Cilla

PS…Have you booked your love filled spring or summer session yet? Now’s the time! Not later when everything is just so. Your love story is one worth documenting every single day. Click HERE to book your session today! xo

s family sunset session | lexington ky family lifestyle photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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family sunset session at talon winery & vineyard | lexington, ky


The sunset danced around us as the girls giggled the remaining light away. There was so much snuggling, laughing, twirling, and love. My heart nearly burst. With each moment, each click of the camera, I fell in love with them all over again. This session came after several years of trying to pin down a lake session. 2018 seemed to be the year that the lake session would finally happen until I made one of the biggest goofs I think I’ve ever made. How could this “seasoned pro” leave home without at least one fully charged battery?!? Yes…I’m going to admit it…I drove an hour before I realized it. Thirty minutes before the session. All of my batteries were dead. Completely dead. I always check my cameras before I leave, and I did check my memory cards, but somehow missed the flashing dead battery signal. I just about died right there. I called them nearly in tears. Y’all, how could I be so lucky to have client friends who dish out so much grace? I didn’t quite give myself so much grace, but I did drive home, immediately charge all my batteries, and turned on some netflix. Later we chatted and decided to go for a Talon sunset session (of course at no charge) and will try the lake again this year. It IS going to happen and I can’t wait. This entire session all I could think about is how much fun we are going to have at the lake.

These girls kept me absolutely cracking up the entire time. I am sure they fight like all siblings, but I didn’t see a bit of it. All I saw were two girls who made each other laugh…a lot…and loved each other fiercely. I loved how they attacked each other and their momma and daddy with hugs and kisses. G’s love is especially fierce and so is her personality. She could take you down with a great big G hug. B always makes me laugh because he LOVES… ;) …photos. One of my favorite memories of B is a session we had together when they were just a family of three and we were in the literal freezing cold. B was not happy. We were all freezing. But now, I laugh at just how perfect it was. It shows just how much he loves his family. S is such a good momma and I am so thankful to call her friend. She truly enjoys her girls and let’s their personalities shine. She lets them be. And, y’all, she is filled with so much grace and beauty.

I am so thankful they continue to choose me and trust me, year after year.

One last thing…I am in love with Talon Winery & Vineyard. Seriously. It’s where we had our wedding reception many years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. When we are choosing a location for family sessions I always love to shoot in my client friends homes, but I also love shooting in a big open field…especially at sunset.

So much love sweet friends,

Cilla

PS…Have you booked your spring or summer session yet? Spring and summer sessions are booking up quickly and I would absolutely LOVE to see your family! Click the pink link below to find out more information and reserve your session today!

spring session update | central ky family photographer {priscilla baierlein photography}

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Oh, sweet friends…can I tell you how absolutely excited I am that it’s actually SPRING!?! I have little tiny pepper and cabbage babies growing in milk jugs…there is sunshine…and warmth…and the trees have started blooming. I mean…Bret’s allergies aren’t thankful, but my heart sure is! Which means it’s also time for Spring & Summer minis! The calendar opened up at the end of last year, and many spots were booked…let’s book up the rest! This is going to be the best year yet and I cannot wait to see so many of your beautiful faces!

These sessions are meant to be fun and truly capture your love for one another. That is all you have to do…be yourself and take the time to love that sweet and wild family of yours. So many snuggles and so much laughter happens. Sometimes it feels a bit chaotic and fast with bits of sweet snuggles in between. Worry about your kiddos sitting still for photos? Perfect…they don’t need to! This is about them being themselves and us capturing all that wild beautiful love!

You can read more about sessions HERE.

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