baby girl | kentucky lifestyle newborn photographer {Priscilla Baierlein Photography}

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lifestyle newborn session in kentucky


Y’all, prepare yourselves. You may have baby fever after this post. I walked away from this newborn session wanting to have about ten more babies (then I remembered how wonderfully exhausting and hard it is and thought…”hm…maybe just one more”). N is just so sweet and the whole family made it all look oh so easy. Momma Meredith is a dear friend and extremely talented photographer near Ashland, KY (Meredith Dickens Photography). It is always an incredible honor to be asked to photograph a family during such a precious time. I have to admit being asked to photograph a super talented photographer’s family, during such a precious time, just ups things a bit. Especially when I know how talented this momma is with newborns. One of the joys of working with photographers is that they are super picky when choosing who will photograph their family and you know they have chosen you to do the style of photography YOU are good at. And Meredith had already photographed sweet N all by herself, so I knew I got to focus on those beautiful connections I love so much (I may have snuck in a couple pictures of N too ;)). Meredith also has a super talented videographer as a best friend, so she came along and made the sweetest little video of our session (Alyson Biggs Films). So, basically, it was just a big playdate for us photographer/videographer mommas.

One of the things I loved about Meredith’s session is that we did it when N was a bit older than my typical newborn sessions. While I wouldn’t suggest this age for the sleepy curled up pictures of baby alone, a month or older is wonderful for family pictures and more interactive pictures. I remember before I became a momma I stuck to the hard and fast rule of newborn sessions always before 14 days. During that time I was also doing more of the sleepy curled up, nakey, pictures. After I became a momma I realized how crazy that first couple weeks actually is and how insanely special it was that I was allowed into so many homes during that time. I began to change my tune to “under 14 days or whenever you are ready for me”. Every stage is beautiful. There is often an awkward period between 2 and 4 weeks, so it may be wise to avoid that time, but other than that, let’s just do it when you’re ready for me. No matter what, remember, we always take our time with newborns. No rush. All the breaks we need and all the snuggles. I want every single session to be a celebration of your family and that is what it shall be.

Okay…I mean…just try not to get baby fever…

Go baby fever yet? :) Also, did you see that baby girls nursery?!

So much love my sweet friends,

Cilla

PS…it’s time to book your 2019 love filled session! Click HERE to chat with me and get your date reserved!

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?