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2018 year in review | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {lexington ky family lifestyle photography}

Hi, friends! Happy New Year? I have been a bit in hiding. Only peeking my head out a couple times online. I’ve taken the beginning of this year to dream, plan, and make lots of changes to this little business of mine that will help us better serve you with all the love we’ve got. More to come on that. First I wanted to take a few minutes to share a little practice I’ve been doing over the last few years where I take a look at the year that just passed and see what went well, what didn’t go so well, and what I’d like to change, the things I want to say no to, and the things I want to say yes to. I usually just write this in my beloved Powersheets or in my favorite journal. Now, I’m sharing it for my little corner of the internet world…which is kinda scary.

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Good…

  • Bruce…I want to do a longer post about Bruce and his family. My heart breaks when I think of his life ending. And, at the same time, I am overjoyed by the love he brought to me, and to all those who heard his story. Bruce has touched so many hearts and he has forever changed me. I think of him and his family constantly. Being a small part of his story, capturing the most raw and heart aching love I’ve ever witnessed, is the greatest honor I’ve had as a photographer. I learned so much about love from him and his entire family. His love was loud and big and it showed up. He didn’t hide it away. He gave it away freely.

  • Steff’s snuggles…seriously y’all I will put this on the list every year until he stops snuggling. He is still so snuggly and sweet…when he wants to be.

  • Bret and I dreaming together about what we want.

  • Bret and I working on our parenting. Sheesh…when y’all said having kids was hard, I didn’t realize it was the actual act of parenting that was the hardest. I wish I had read parenting books instead of pregnancy books. We have been studying all things peaceful parenting because…well, we need all the peace we can find. We are a super sensitive bunch. I’m more sensitive and Bret’s more firey and Steff is the perfect combination of both. Gosh…what an awesome combination when he’s older. Right now we are all setting each other off. But we are learning and working our way through it. The absolutely beautiful thing about having kids just so happens to be the absolutely brutal thing about having kids…they bring out all the things you didn’t know about yourself. If you let it, parenting can help you become who you were always meant to be. You can grow up together. The journey is certainly a bumpy one.

  • Starting 20 minutes a day of just Steff and I time with him leading.

  • Finding something to help the anxiety and depression.

  • Our annual TN trip with our closest friends.

  • Being more involved in church and making new friends.

  • Watching Steff learn and grow through Kindergarten and the start of first grade.

  • A summer of learning in the garden. Didn’t produce much, but I sure learned a lot.

  • Traveling to North Carolina for a day in the life session.

  • Having a clearer vision for Priscilla Baierlein Photography.

  • The business coming to life during the second half of the year and being filled with so much love.

  • Growing our little team…Emily & Bella :)

  • Creating some of my most favorite work to date with so many I love dearly.

  • Having miss Marissa Noe create videos for our family and business!


the not so good…

  • Losing sweet Bruce.

  • Half of the year I spent with pretty deep anxiety and depression. I hate typing that. But it’s just another part of my journey. There were days it took the drivers seat. Finding something to help was such a gift. The darkness can be scary and feel so lonely.

  • Social media not being used intentionally. More mindless scrolling than anything.

  • Unhealthy habits.

  • Not being the kind of parents we want to be. We all deserve more.

  • The first half of the year being the slowest the business has seen.

  • More time on editing and not enough time on growing.

  • Not enough time spent with our extended families.

And with that…I bring you some of my most favorite images of 2018. I’ll be blogging more from 2018, but this is a glimpse into each of the year’s sessions. I cannot wait to see what we create in 2019!

These next three images may not seem like anything spectacular, but they are of me and sweet Bruce. Being the photographer, I took pictures of what I could. Us sitting together watching Scooby Doo and him holding my hand while walking down the steps.

Also, see if you can spot Steff in a couple of the images below.

You made it all the way to the end! Thank you sweet friend! I cannot wait to see what we create together in 2019! Soon I will blog more about my goals and all the wonderful changes for this year, but, for now, I’m sending you all my love and hugs!

Much love,

Cilla

PS…Are you ready to book your 2019 session?

how to find your family photographer

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It’s officially fall. Also known to photographers as the busiest time of year. I would love to be everyone’s chosen photographer, but, as I believe photographer Jenna Kutcher said, I can’t please everyone, I am not Nutella. I believe having a successful session is about so much more than a skilled photographer. They have to be YOUR photographer. The perfect match. If not, there’s a chance you won’t be satisfied with the outcome. No one wants that to happen. I want you to find your photographer. Bonus points if that does end up being me ;)

Here are my “big three” questions to finding your perfect photographer match…

Do I like the photographer’s style of photography?

This is a big one. You want someone who’s work already matches what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something specific, do not choose any photographer and then ask them to recreate what you’re looking for. Chances are they may not be able to and they may not have as much passion behind it as they do their typical style. If you’re wanting a studio look, go with a studio photographer. If you’re wanting to capture everyone playing, find the photographer who most reflects that in their work. You want to be fancy, find someone who shows that off on their website. My style of photography is generally referred to as “lifestyle”. My focus is on connection and how your family loves at this stage in life. There aren’t a lot of images of everyone looking at the camera (although we do try to get one or two) and I am not super posey. The outcome is warm, love and connection filled images that show who your family is, not just what each person looked like at this age. There is a place for all different types of photography, you just have to decide what you like best for this time in your life.

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Do I feel a connection to the photographer?

This one may not be as obvious, but it is SO important. You’ll notice I try to put my personality out there as much as I can. This is because I know whatever I put out there will attract or repel. I’d rather attract all the people, but, again, I’m not Nutella. So, instead, I know it’s going to attract the people who connect with me best. Those are also going to be the people I create the best work with because they’re more comfortable with me. You can connect with a photographer through their work, their “about me” on their website, the way they talk about photography, or even the light they put out into the world. Having a connection can have a great affect on the final images.

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Are they worth it?

Photography is an investment. If someone charges $200, but their work is not up to your standards and you don’t like the final outcome, then you’ve wasted $200. If someone charges $1200 and they meet the above questions and quality is on point, then you’ve made a $1200 investment that will last generations. If you love someone’s work that charges more than you have budgetted and you feel they are worth it, see if there’s a smaller session you can do or if they take payments. Or go to the photographer every other year or every few years.

As for how you come across your photographer? The best place is always going to be that one trusted friend that values the same as you do. I don’t value fancy cars, so I’m not the one to ask about what car to buy. But I do value good photography, so I am a good friend to ask for a photographer. I also value a good pair of jeans, so you can ask me about that too. Other places to run across your photographer can be google, instagram, Pinterest. I don’t know if I suggest asking on facebook groups. Everyone values something different.

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Bottom line, fine the photographer you love. I hope these big three help in your search. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You and your photographer will be partners in creating your beautiful art.

So much love,

Cilla