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2019 sessions and once a year savings | central KY family lifestyle photographer

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Hi, friends! So, how is your holiday season going so far? Oh how I wish I could see each of you and give you a big warm hug and a candy cane. Let’s pretend that’s happening, shall we? Y’all this year has just flown by and, guess what, Priscilla Baierlein Photography has moved right into our 10th year (on October 25th to be exact :))! How can that be? Most of that time I’ve spent as a momma trying to figure her way around all the things and you have given me so much beautiful grace. I am eternally grateful. Because of that grace I continue to do what I love and show you your love. All through next year we will be celebrating our 10th year together with lots of fun little celebrations and maybe a give away or two ;) For now, let’s start with our once a year session savings and 2019 calendar! Here are a few things that are going on (Those subscribed to the love filled mailing list have had the details for about a week and in fact this was suppose to end Monday! Whoops…looks like we will extend it until next Monday! Yay!).

NEW PRICING

Y'all, I'm so excited. It is simplified. It is all inclusive. It allows you to pay "as you go" (deposit and two other payments split between the session and when the gallery is ready) and upgrade at any time. I am able to edit more images and not worry so much about doing so. It gives you choices (built around the collections we have had for most of our days). And it makes me oh so happy to know you automatically will walk away with some form of prints in addition to our prized high resolution digital image files.

Simply click HERE to view the new and improved pricing (and see lots of lovely pictures too)!
 

2019 CALENDAR & ONCE A YEAR SAVINGS
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Remember, as long as you have love, you have everything you need for a session. Don't wait for everything to be perfect...to lose those last ten pounds (or the first)...the landscaping to be finished...the braces to be off...the kids to not be little crazy crazies...the house to be tidy...I promise, none of those things will matter when you look at these...or more importantly, your kiddos look at these, in 20 years. 

2019 sessions booked by December 18th

I highly encourage booking ahead to ensure you get the date and time of year you prefer.

SIGNATURE SESSIONS
$100 off collection one
$200 off all other collections
$200 & session agreement due to reserve your spot

DAY IN THE LIFE/BIRTH SESSIONS
$200 off all collections
$200 & session agreement due to reserve your spot

MINI SESSIONS
april 27th | july 13th | october 19th
$100 off collection
full fee due to reserve your spot

TRAVEL DATES
surprise location (to be announced in January) April 2nd-5th
Clearwater, FL & surrounding areas June 24th-July 3rd
above promotions apply
$200 to reserve your spot

There has been something extra special about the work we have created together this year. It’s been some of my most favorite work yet. I will leave you will leave you with a handful of my absolute favorites from the last few months. I have so so many more to share!

I love you all so dearly. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for choosing me.

So much love,

Cilla

the wedding binder

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image by Stacey Woods Photography

It was my very first purchase after he proposed and I said yes...or, more accurately, I said "are you sure?" and then I said "yes!" Not just any old wedding planner would do. It would have to be perfect. I had been the stereotypical little girl who dreamed about her wedding and her Prince Charming. I would play with my porcelain bride dolls (which happen to also wind up and play "Here Comes the Bride") and imagine my Prince Charming. A hopeless romantic. In love with love.   When I was older I began looking at all the bridal magazines. I loved my family management classes in high school and soaked in all the information about planning weddings...and a bit about the whole planning a marriage thing too. In college I would actually buy those bridal magazines and comb through them. I held onto them and dog eared my favorite things. Martha Stewarts were my favorite. So, naturally, when it came time to purchase my wedding planner, I knew it had to be the one from Martha. In her signature blue, it had everything a girl could ever need in what would hold all the essentials in planning her big day plus room to add more. I began to fill it with my dreams...and Bret's too, of course. Images of dresses, tuxes, favors, flowers, decorations, wedding DIYs, sample timelines, vows, business cards, quotes, lists of local vendors, all my research of all the things, and, of course, dream weddings. We wanted our friends and family to walk away with a better sense of who we were. We wanted them to see us in all the details. To see our love. We would have different shades of pink, obviously...that's my favorite color. Bret insisted on actual bow ties...no clip ons for him. We picked a location for the reception that screamed KY, with its rolling hills and beautiful sunsets (Talon Winery...one of my favorite places to shoot to this day). I picked my dress out online and knew it was the one before I even tried it on. I knew we had to have a sparkler exit, so cute little pink matches were the perfect favor. I DIYed everything I could...invitations, decorating the unity candle, the centerpieces. Every detail was just us. Our story. Our love.

That Martha Stewart blue binder was bursting at the seams with details for one day. One beautiful day that was exactly 13 years ago. What it didn't include, what it was so obviously missing, how to plan a marriage. It didn't include details on how to organize finances. It didn't give helpful tips on how to disagree with love and respect. It didn't warn there may be times when you still feel lonely and scared of what the future holds. It didn't tell how to plan for infertility and the possibility of never having a child. It didn't teach about having empathy for your partner even when you don't really understand their thinking. It didn't tell us how to truly be partners. It didn't guide us in knowing how to be gentle with each other while going through those first few months of bringing home a newborn. It didn't give either of us tips on how to handle a mommas postpartum depression. It didn't teach us about giving the best of ourselves. It didn't say we should take a date night once a week or continue to actually date or pursue each other after the wedding. It didn't demand we find a way to have a work life "balance" or how to handle the ups and downs of careers and owning small businesses. I'm thankful we included the 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in our ceremony or it wouldn't have even included anything about what love actually is. I don't blame Martha. I mean, how could she know what our lives would hold. How could we even know that? 

We learned the secrets to love and marriage can't be held within a binder. They are held within our days. Within each moment, each struggle, each "I love you", each spin around the kitchen, each kiss.  We learned how to love when we fought infertility and held each others hands through IVF. We learned to love when we felt the tiny kicks of our baby for the first time. We learned to love when he held me as I pushed our sweet baby boy into the world. We learned to love as we struggled through the first few months of being new parents and the journey through postpartum depression. We learned to love through owning a home and all...the...projects. We learned to love through the laughter. We learned to love through the tears. We learned to love through miscommunication and every "I'm sorry". We learned to love through slammed doors and raised voices. We learned to love through holding hands and big kisses and "good efforts". We learned to love through watching t-ball games and five year old basketball...laughing and cheering. We learned to love through honey-do lists. We learned to love through dreams coming true and the disappointment of dreams missed. We learned to love through books and experts and therapy. We learned to love through self growth and self care. We learned to love through loving ourselves first. We learned to love through dates and surprises...so many wonderful surprises. We learned to love through church hymns and prayers. We learned to love at Friday night football games and late night talks after. We learned to love through rushed mornings and slow summers. We learned to love through teaching our son to ride his bike and skinned knees. We learned to love through seeing friends and family rise and fall. We learned to love through long talks and silence. We learned to love through slow dances and silly family dances. Mostly, we learned to love from choosing each other every single day...through all the beauty, all the darkness, all the passion, and all the fear.

It's not like I imagined when I put together that perfect little blue Martha Stewart wedding binder all those years ago. It's better, stronger, more colorful, and more full of imperfect beauty than I had ever imagined. It's us. It's our story. It's our love. 

I love you, babe! Happy 13 year anniversary! I'm sorry I forgot to tell you this morning in the mad rush to get out the door. I'm so thankful you choose me every day. Can we have a dance in the kitchen tonight? And maybe not cook in it? You know...after football practice and your radio interview and soccer practice. I promise I'll try not to fall asleep when I lay down with Steff. 

So much love...

Cilla

because you are so loved.

Hi, friends! It has been so long since my last post and I miss you immensely. Over the last...oh...seven years, I have tried with all my might to blog on a regular basis and I've promised the moon and stars. Today, I will promise this, I want to write. I think of all of you often. I am going to take it one post, one day, at a time. Here is my love for today...

Some of you may recognize the beginning of this from the newsletter on my last birthday. Consider this my mission statement. 

I always thought "by the time I'm 40 I will have it all figured out". Now that 40 is ever so near I am letting go of that. I don't want to have it all figured out. I want to learn and grow and heal. I want to live with grace. I want to let go of perfection. I want to laugh and love loudly. I want to breath and hug slowly. I want my eyes to always be open to the beauty and heart ache of life. I want to soak every bit of it in. I want to dance in my kitchen. I want to say yes to what's important and no to what isn't...and I want the courage to know the difference. I want to use every single fall along my journey as a chance to grow and heal and learn the deep lessons that only the falls can teach. I want to know that my unique sensitivity to life is never a weakness, even when it feels like it's a heavy burden to bare. I want to dip my toes into the ocean as much as I can. I want to collect all the seashells I can carry in my hands. I want the sand to find it's way into every nook and cranny of my car, my towels, my hair, and anywhere else it tends to find because it means I was there. I didn't worry about the mess...I worried about the joy. I want to sit alone with God every morning before the sun even rises. I want to sing even though I never seem to know the right words or have the right melody. I want to walk and run and hike because I have legs that will carry me. I want to cry...I want to cry every tear that needs to escape my eyes because tears mean I feel and feeling means I am alive and I am human. I want to hold hands. I want to witness the majesty of God's creation ALL around me, in all the ordinary moments because God created every bit of it...and created ME. I was worthy of creation. I want to run through the sprinklers. I want to embrace my curly hair and my thighs. I want to wear the swimsuit. I want my life to be dictated by joy...not anxiety...not fear...not depression...not trauma...not worry of what others may think or the need to please...not unhealthy food choices. I, also, want to eat the damn cake because every now and then we need cake in our lives people. I want to blow out all the candles and make all the wishes on shooting stars. I want to kiss. Oh how I love kisses. I want to dig in my garden and eat fresh tomatoes and strawberries before they ever make it to the kitchen. I want to love the world the best I can and I want to love my people with fierceness. 

My best friend likes to remind me that on our last day of elementary school (for us that was 4th grade) I cried and said "but things will never be the same". What I didn't realize then was the same is true for every single day of our lives. This day will never be the same as the day before. This too shall pass. Life will continue to move quickly and things will continue to change. Time, like all the best things in life, is bitter sweet. It gives us life and love and moments that we will always cherish, but it also takes them away. My sweet little boy who I can still hold in my arms will, hopefully, one day be too big to pick up, will no longer ask for "night night tickles" or for "one more minute". The spins and kisses and hand holding I get from the one I said "I do" to are not guaranteed for tomorrow. The only choice I have is to love. The only regret I don't want is the one that says I didn't love enough. 

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Why? Because I am already loved. YOU are already loved. We are loved for our imperfections, not despite them. Each thing that makes up your life...my life...each tear, each heart ache, each fear, each worry, each mistake, each joy, each laugh, each struggle, each trauma, each beauty filled, breath taking, brutal..soul stomping..awful...thing in your life and my life...is just another color of who we are. Sometimes it may look messy up close, right in the middle of it where all the noise is.  Some days it will feel dark and lonely and like there is no color left in the world and you'll feel like you can't breath. Some days you'll be filled with so much color and light and beauty that your heart will nearly burst with joy. Some days we'll feel lost. Some days we'll feel content. When the clutter clears, and the dust settles, we will look back and see the artistry in the colors...the artistry in the dark and in the light...the artistry in our becoming. Not becoming who society or our fears tell us we should be. Becoming the one love and life has made us to be. Sometimes full of happiness...sometimes full of darkness...full of joy...perfectly imperfect humans. Loved. Love. 

The words "everything happens for a reason" use to roll smoothly off my tongue. Now, I hesitate. I hesitate because I've seen childhood cancer and I know I cannot look at those parents and say those very words. What I do believe is this...there is always love. In that love...there is beauty. Beauty isn't always light...love isn't always easy or even visible. Beautiful, awful, heart wrenching, things full of life and purpose can come from the darkest of days. We live in a broken world full of pain, and at the same time, we live in a joyful world full of beauty. Each make up our unique painting that can be used to bring more love into the world.

My purpose is this...to use my dark...to use my light...to use my sadness and fear...to use my happiness and joy...to use my trauma...to use my life...to use my love...my arms...my voice...my unique painting...my camera...to love the people in front of me...and to remind them they are loved.

So much love,

Cilla

Spring & Summer Session Scheduling Open | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Central KY Family Photographer}

Happy Spring y'all! No? Not Spring yet? I'll just pretend then. I feel like I've been hibernating the last couple months...only peeking my head out to say a quick "hi" or show pictures of delicious maple bacon donuts (yeah...I went there...if you're not following me on Instagram then you're missing out on such beautiful deliciousness). It has been for a greater purpose...although hibernating to sleep would've been nice too. Sometimes I feel my heart just simply scream for change, so that's what I did. I changed a lot of the backend of the business. I haven't made it to the website yet (although I did make my current layout flow a bit better...easier to understand...less fluffy words...is that a thing), but that's next. Let's see...

* "Live In" sessions (which are basically puffed up day in the life sessions...lasting 12-24 hours instead of 8...I basically become your child for a entire day)...and Vacation session (puffed up day in the life sessions held in far away lands...or the lake...or camping...or...ah you get it...I get to spend time with you on your vacation...that's all I know...Mom...you IN pictures on vacation...yay) are now being offered (yippee!)

* All sessions (with the exception of minis) are charged a session fee and all prints, etc. are purchased separately. This means it's less of an up front investment on the day in the life and birth sessions than in the past. Leaving more room for customizing everything to exactly what you want.

*All collections now include unlimited printing rights of all high resolution digital files on a pretty little flash drive and online download and most feature my favorite boutique products

*Mini sessions are now only being offered 4 times a year! I basically narrowed them down to the most popular months. I am so excited about the locations (note that these locations are also available for Signature Sessions if you'd rather have something a bit longer but love the idea of these locations). Be sure to check out the calendar HERE for all the dates and locations.

*Galleries will now be viewed on a slideshow that can be seen (and heard) your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

*The new proofing/ordering page is a dream. The images are all laid out in a pinterest style. You click on an image and you can view it larger, save your favorites, compare favorites, easily order, share with friends and family, etc.

*All pre session information back on the client lounge.

*Not offering standout mounts any more, but if you have ordered one in the past, they will still be available to you.

*And lots more little details that you will just have to see for yourself...hint...hint.

With that said...Spring and Summer scheduling has started! This year is shaping up to be a busy one. It had been years since I had a birth and day in the life session scheduled and now I have three births and a day in the life session scheduled since before the new year. Not to mention all the signature sessions. I've heard so many beautiful stories and met so many who love so loudly. I recently schedule a session with someone who said they had been waiting three years to schedule a session with me, but just knew that if they moved without having a session with her family they would regret it. That was such a wonderful compliment. I'm already in love with their family and their session sounds like a dream...full of baking, jumping on couch pillows, playing airplane, playing in the mud...a photographer's dream.

Folks, it's going to be a beautiful year.

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Since I barely blogged anything about our family last year...here's a little peek out how much our little man has grown. This is actually from October 2014. So he's an even bigger big boy now. Oh and he sure does know it. Some things he likes to say right now...

"I do whatever I want"

"Put yous hair in a ponytail...you're nice when it's in a ponytail"  (what?)

"Don't say that at me"

But he also says

"I love you mamma" sweeter than anything I've ever heard in my entire life

"Nuggle wis me" (Snuggle with me)

"Thank you for fixin dinner mamma"

Favorites include playing pirates, the big bad wolf, dancing, banding, snuggling on the couch while watching movies, "hiding", and "working" with me.

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These next few pictures are proof that as long as you have good light, you can hold a session any where. These were squeezed in between a gas station, a dumpster, and a strip of stores/offices, with the high way and huge billboard in the back. You can see the blue dumpster in one. 

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Oh and he loves superheroes too. Of course. 

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Also I'm so excited that one of my most favorite photos has made it to the final 10% of the 2015 Shoot & Share Photo Contest in the family category. Yippee! I never enter contests, so this is super exciting. Only one day left to vote. Eek!

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I can't wait to see your beautiful faces this year!

Peace and love,

Cilla