I never planned to be a wedding photographer. In fact, it wouldn’t have even been on my top ten list of possible career options. But I am so lucky that wedding photography found me. It has opened doors, created relationships, and taken me places I never thought it would.

To know me, you have to know a little bit about my past. I grew up a child of an ugly divorce and parents who turned their own lives into a mess, and their children were just a victim of the aftermath. I was never surrounded by that all consuming, fill you from the tips of your toes to the tips of your nose kind of love and security.  I learned young a very valuable lesson:

true-love

I discovered that I am a girl who knows that it’s easy to give up and walk away, but true love is worth fighting for.  Along with watching my parents and how much they struggled, one very important thing happened to me that completely shaped my world. I met my husband Tyson. I truly believe that my life began with him. Every exciting adventure, every cherished memory, every blissful moment began with and continues to be wrapped up in him. He made me a wife, he made me a mother to three beautiful babies, he gave me the family I always wanted, and he has continued to stand by me and support me through every dream I have had. He has given me everything I could ever want in life.
 And that love and gratitude for him, is one reason that I love weddings so much. I love seeing that same miracle take place in someone else. To see how much you love each other and how excited you are to share your lives together. And to watch on your faces that gratitude you have for each other and the promise of what is out there for you.

I think that life is full of adventure! And I think the most important adventure of your life begins with the day you say “I do.” And I feel so excited and honored to be a part of that time in someone’s journey. I feel so lucky to know that I am the one who gets to tell your story, through my lens.

Even after being a part of hundreds of weddings, I still get butterflies of excitement from each one. The first time I see the bride all dressed up, seeing the look on his face when he sees his bride for the first time, and so many other tiny fleeting moments. These moments of your life become a treasured memory in mine.

I am definitely a genuine, heart on your sleeve kind of girl. With me what you see is what you get. I am sentimental about love to the core. I feel so blessed to be in this moment. And I look forward to hearing all about your love story and how you came to be where you are with this wonderful person.

Abbey-Kyhl

They Say It Better Than I Ever Could

"I feel like my pictures perfectly captured WHO we are as people and not just a wedding we planned."



Abbey was just as important to me as my bridesmaids! (Don’t tell them that!) When it comes to weddings she has basically become part of the family! When we talk about weddings everyone knows Abbey will be involved! Not only is she extremely talented with photography, but she is an amazing business woman and has the perfect balance of being professional and relatable. She gave helpful advice on planning the day, she was flexible throughout the whole set of events, she was reliable, but most of all she was FUN! There are a couple guys in my family who don’t like pictures. It made a world of difference to have Abbey there because she makes it so much fun, even the guys were relaxed and enjoyed it! It does wonders for your pictures when the photographer is able to connect with people so they look their most natural in the photos. And that is exactly why I chose Abbey! I feel like my pictures perfectly captured WHO we are as people and not just a wedding we planned. That means everything to me!

"She is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and a level head amidst the chaos!"



Abbey Kyhl... where to even begin? She is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air, and a level head amidst the chaos! I first stalked her blog and immediately fell in love. What talent! I loved her photographs, they expressed so much emotion. It is so important to feel comfortable with your photographer, you don't want to look forced in your photos! Well, comfort was not even a question the moment I met Abbey, she truly is a people person! I could tell she had a strong desire to connect with Carter and I, and to become our friend. I felt all nerves concerning photography melt away, and I knew we were in good hands. Abbey was always clear, concise and deliberate in her actions. She is proactive and makes sure to understand what you want and are looking for in your photos. I felt so relaxed at our shoots and on my wedding day knowing that Abbey was so skilled at her trade and that she would take stunning photos of the moments I wanted to remember most. She is an absolute joy to work with and you will come away from your sessions with not only out-of-this-world photographs, but with a new friend! Honestly, I could go on forever about Abbey, but if you take away one thing from reading this, it should be that you will never regret having Abbey capture the special moments in your life.

"When you think she isn’t watching, she will capture the most treasured candids"



When Cullen and I got engaged, one of the first things I wanted to focus on was choosing an amazing photographer. When we first met Abbey, she connected with us immediately and saw the vision we wanted! She was spunky, fun and outgoing. She made us feel so comfortable. She captures moments perfectly. When you're not thinking she is watching, she will take the most treasured candids. She has a way of showing true love through the camera! She let Cullen and I be ourselves. She truly cares about each photo by getting the perfect lighting and location. She cares about getting to know the couple. She cares about making everyone feel comfortable, while having fun and laughing along the way. She cares about every detail. She cares about communication throughout the process. She takes time to get your love story depicted through the camera. She will do whatever it takes to be positive the bride and groom are satisfied. She is there for you and your fiancée to make sure you feel stress-free knowing your photos will turn out beautiful. The best decision was having Abbey as our photographer. The memories we have from our wedding are captured through photos. These photos will forever be the best gift for me and Cullen since we can relive our wedding day everyday!

"She made sure everything was perfect and captured every little thing down to the last detail!"



Abbey is a dream! I can honestly say that there is no one else I would have rather shared this special time in my life with. Hiring her to shoot our wedding was hands down the best decision we have made. She is so much more than an amazing wedding photographer. She made sure everything was perfect and captured every little thing down to the last detail! All of our photos were absolutely stunning and she captured everything I could have ever imagined. I have gained a lifelong friend and I am so incredibly thankful that I had the privilege of working with her. I cannot recommend her enough! She is honestly, my absolute favorite!

"Abbey has an incredible gift of making you feel so comfortable and beautiful while she's working.."



When I was trying to decide on a wedding photographer, all I had to do was look at Abbey's pictures to know that there was something special about her. As the day of our first shoot approached, I was nervous because I'm not an experienced picture taker and I didn't want that to show. My worrying was pointless though! Abbey has an incredible gift of making you feel so comfortable and beautiful while she's working. Our pictures captured our true relationship because it was so easy to instantly open up to her. That's the magic behind Abbey's talent. When she takes a picture, she captures the emotion behind it. That is a priceless gift and I will forever be grateful to Abbey for giving us such clear memories of how we felt before and during our wedding, not just the things we did. She is incredible!

"Looking back through our wedding photos is like re-living our special day and it is priceless."



Working with Abbey was fun, laid-back, and exciting all at the same time! My favorite part about working with Abbey was knowing that I was going to love the images she would capture. Her talent for making a connection with brides on a personal level and photographing beautifully makes her brand incredibly unique. Looking back through our wedding photos is like re-living our special day and it is priceless. I will recommend her to all future brides I come into contact with because I can trust that they will love their photos as much as I love mine.

"We knew we could count on her."



From all the wedding advice I received upon my engagement the best by far was to be selective about your wedding photographer. While some things only last for the 'big day' your pictures will last forever. My husband and I could not have been more thrilled working with Abbey and the memories we received. She was a blast to work with and set our minds at easy during stressful moments. We knew we could count on her. We had some newly blended families at our wedding and we were so impressed with Abbey and the time she took before hand to know who was who and not make anything awkward. We love her and can't wait to work with her again!"

"I love how our wedding photos will look timeless for years to come."



We loved working with Abbey! My fiance was not looking forward to taking pictures, but she made it so fun and he really enjoyed our sessions with her! She took the time to figure out what style I was imagining, looked through my Pinterest wedding boards and got every photo I wanted! I love her clean photography style, and I love how our wedding photos will look timeless for years to come. After the wedding day, we got several comments from friends and relatives about how impressed they were with how she handled the wedding day. I've heard of group pictures being really stressful with so many people at the temple, but I was never stressed! She was organized, orderly, and knew the most efficient ways to get all of the group pictures done quickly without confusion. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!

"Abbey was there from the beginning to end!"



Abbey was there from the beginning to end! She was able to see my vision for what I wanted and totally made it happen! Both me and my husband loved working with her because she was so fun to shoot with and helped us act completely natural and relaxed.

"In every session she made us feel so comfortable"



I loved having Abbey as our photographer! In every session she made us feel so comfortable, so we were able to get shots that really showed who we were as a couple. And her edits are beautiful! We were so happy we chose someone who was able to capture every detail of our wedding day with such talent. The photos are priceless. If we had to do it over again, we would choose Abbey in a second!


Meet My Team

Kira

I am the romantic one providing soft sunlight images with a timeless feel. Candid moments, laughing and sunlight are my speciality and are a must at every session! I love all things sentimental and knowing that I get to provide you with the most sentimental of items, a captured memory on the most important day of your life, means the absolute world to me.

Wedding Photographer

Kira's Work

Whitney H

With me you can expect outgoing professionalism with just enough quirkiness to keep it from being formal and stuffy. Lots of talking with my hands. Awkward pauses. Some semi-inappropriate jokes from behind the camera. All of which will lead to amazingly awesome photos of you that you’ll LOVE. Get excited. It could almost be as good as a trip to Disneyland! Almost.

Wedding Photographer

Whitney's Work

Bianca

Constantly seeking joy and the connections that make life beautiful. Easily distracted by pretty things. I love brides and wedding details, but really my favorite clients are under three feet tall! So after the wedding and as your love and family grow, I am here to make sure that your AK experience continues long after you become an AK bride. Because the best is yet to come.

Portrait Photographer

Bianca's Work

Whitney K

I make sure that all of the day-to-day operations happen in a way that keep our brides and clients happy! I’m the one who makes sure that nothing falls through the cracks and that things are done quickly. After all, we believe that fast is best! I make it so your photographer can focus on what they really love…working with you and creating amazing images on your big day!

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