Once a bride, always a friend

One of my favorite parts of doing what I do, is being able to become friends with my brides so that even though the wedding is over I can still be a part of their story.
Once you are part of the AK bride family, I am here to capture life and love as it grows.


I knew I wanted family pictures after our newborn arrived, and I was so excited to know that Abbey had an beautiful indoor studio where my kids, especially my newborn would be warm and comfortable. Family pictures can feel like such a daunting task with kids, especially when they are little. Within minutes of our session Abbey, put my mind at ease, she was so great with my kids and had them laughing. She is such a talented photographer. She was able to capture such precious moments of my little ones, their personalities show through in every photo. I am so happy with how they turned out.

e first met Abbey when she did our engagements, bridals, and wedding photos four years ago; we became instant friends. It never ceases to amaze me how she can so effortlessly capture such precious moments in time. Thanks to her dedication for perfection, I now have many wonderfully captured memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.


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Don't let this fool you, earlier today these two considered murdering each other over who was going to load the dishwasher. 😂 #brotherlylove #usuallytheirfriends #exceptwhenchoresareinvolved
I have such a love hate relationship with Monday's sometimes. I love routine and schedule. I love having all the boys in the family get up and get going with their days. I love starting fresh and getting stuff done. But I also wished I could just give in to the super lazy couch potato side of me and just sit in bed and watch Netflix all day. Anyone else out there wished that Monday's officially started at noon?
These three over-energized goof balls are the best thing that ever happened to me...besides their daddy of course. And being their mother was what I was born to do. Sometimes I'm great at it and other times, well lets not talk about that. But I keep trying and with each day I think I'm getting a little better and figuring it out a little bit more. I asked both the boys today if they had to give a talk about what they learned from me the 10yr old said
I have been waiting and waiting for this gal to join the world. I think I was ready for her before her momma was. And I was so lucky to be there the moment she made her arrival. My plane literally landed in AZ and I headed straight to the hospital. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. I am so in love with her and so happy for her mommy and daddy. Just had to share a little peek of miss Riley....and can we all just agree that her hair is amazing 👶🏻❤️ @foilandink
I'm leaving for a week on Sunday to head to Arizona and have a list of about 83 things to do, so naturally I'm laying in bed picking a new outfit for my @bitmoji and settling in to take a big nap. It's amazing to me how incredibly lazy I can be sometimes...and how insanely productive I can be at others. Maybe after a good nap I can get a handful of those 83 things done before it's time to head to the summertime state 😎🌴☀️
Practicing my selfie-game while I'm hanging out at the studio waiting for my next cute client. 😆📷🤦🏼‍♀️
Welcome to my morning 👧🏼😫🤦🏼‍♀️
We've been playing hairdresser this morning, which really just means she has been pulling my hair for the last 45 minutes 💇🏻😫 She kinda does hair the way Monica Gellar does back rubs.
But I'm also sitting here thinking about all these things that she and I do that I don't really ever remember doing with my mom. Her styling my hair, me doing hers, playing dress up, playing makeup, dressing the same (capsule wardrobes at their finest) and so many other things. It's such a bittersweet feeling. She tells me all the time that she wants to the mommy so she can be like me. I don't remember ever wanting to play mommy as a little girl, so it helps me feel like I must be doing something right in her eyes. I am so cherishing this second chance at a mommy and daughter relationship.
Can I tell you a secret? Most days I loathe instagram. When you own a business and have a social media account it can be this never ending battle of trying to post the right thing. Can't talk too much about my kids because that annoys my clients. Can't talk too much about business because that annoys my friends. Especially with this account I feel a tugging at my heart lately to share more about motherhood. Cause you see I am kind of making it up as I'm going along...and somehow it's working out pretty well. So I think for now this space is going to be all about how I'm raising these little weirdos to be pretty amazing humans and all the stuff that happens when I'm not at work. My mom voice...in a good way 😉. So if you want the business tips you should follow @akcommunity. Or if you want to see the photography you should follow @akstudiodesign. But if you want to watch me making it up in motherhood then I'm happy to have you here ❤️
The golden boy found the golden egg 💰💰💰
20 second photo shoot in our same old Sunday clothes. Happy Easter folks 🐰🐣
This Easter morning I can't help but think of all that will happen when the Savior comes again. All of those who will be made whole, loved ones who will be reunited, wrongs that will be made right, broken hearts and broken bodies that will be healed, and a peace that will be all encompassing. I am grateful for this life and this gospel, and a Savior who died for each and every one of us so that we may enjoy the sweet blessings of eternal life. #happyeaster #heisrisen
Life skills via the brothers 🙄Pretty soon she'll be peeing in the backyard. #missivyardella #thinksshesabrother
Three reasons I'm over-sharing these lovely images tonight...first off today is @andyjackimiller's birthday and he is pretty much one of the best guys around. So happy birthday Andy 🎂! Second, pretty much any day this little baby is going to make her appearance and I can't wait! I'm going to be in AZ on her due date so I'm crossing my fingers 🤞🏻she makes her arrival while I'm there! And third, this week I'm shooting 16 of my favorite mommies in this gorgeous space and I can't wait to be here again ❤️ so there you go and enjoy!!!
Yesterday I was there to capture the tender moments of a dear friend and her children as they buried their husband and father. Something that came far too soon. It was such a hard day with so many consuming moments. There wasn't a single moment that didn't seem absolutely surreal. Today I woke up feeling as heavy as the branches of my favorite tree that is weighed down nearly to the ground with freshly fallen snow. I can't imagine what this morning was like for her and how the days ahead will be. But yesterday I also saw an ocean of love and support that I know will buoy her up as she takes these steps into the unknown. But even in the midst of so much heartache and darkness, I can't help but be so grateful for our Savior and that this isn't the end of their family. I know they will be together again and that when any of us are going through sorrow we can call on the Lord to help get us through these parts that nearly brake us. I have thought too many times of those who stood beside her and mourned with her. We are commanded to mourn with those who mourn and I know that she will find comfort, strength and peace in all the hearts who feel this loss alongside of her. I even think the unwavering rain yesterday was like tears from heaven that came straight from our Heavenly Father who I am sure mourns alongside with her and the pain she is feeling. I read recently there are times in our lives when we need to be rescued and others that we do the rescuing, and I just pray as I have watched the last few days unfold that I can see with eyes more open to those who need me and that I may be someone who can help lift the burden in their times of need. #mournwiththosewhomourn #familiescanbetogetherforever #eternalfamilies
So for what seems like years we have been looking for a studio...and I think we have finally found one 😍 but it gets even better it doesn't just have the potential to be an AMAZING studio but it would also make a perfect spot for small art studios/offices and co-working space for creatives and an amazing teaching space! Crossing my fingers 🤞🏻 And do you know anyone looking for an exclusive studio/office in Davis County but 10'ish minutes from downtown SLC? Would you please tag them below!