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!

Studio Manager



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Tripp: I wish I could be a cactus.
Me: Why?
Tripp: Because then everyone would leave me alone and I could finally get some peace and quiet in my life.
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“Are you still a photographer?” I’ve been asked this question a lot lately and it’s become the million dollar question. Being a photographer has been a part of my core identity for as long as being a mother has been. The lines are so blurred between photography being something I do and who I am. And the reality is that the answer is “I’m not sure.” My life has taken some wonderful turns lately and I’m finding there is only so much of me to go around. I can’t be at every ball game and every speaking engagement and every wedding. There just isn’t enough time. Photography has changed for me so much over the last few years and I have tried to make a decision and declare an answer but I keep getting this overwhelming impression to not rush because the answer is coming. It’s just not coming right now. So I’m making space and slowing my pace and waiting on the right choice. Im simplifying things (which is why we took down the AK Studio & Design instagram). I’m taking each thing on as it feels right. I’m not ready to put the camera down yet, but I’m also not booking in the same way I have over the last decade. There are certain people I would never say no to. (You know who you are 😉) People who aren’t just clients, not even just friends, but people who I love like family because they have done that same thing for me. Who’ve been cheering me on since our paths first crossed and I can’t imagine not being in each others lives. But there are also new opportunities coming my way that I feel prompted to follow. So stay tuned to see where I’m headed, it’s anybody’s guess at this point 💛 #utahphotography #utahweddingphotographer #slowyourpace #makespace
There are so many cute journaling bibles out there and I have been looking for a BOM version forever. Yesterday, I stumbled across this and am totally in love! I had never heard of @lineuponline but I can’t wait to get my hands on a Book Of Mormon that has enough space for journaling, doodling, and taking notes. August can’t come soon enough!!! The gals at @lineuponline have a kick-starter that is so close if you want to snag yours. Seriously so excited. I added a link in my profile if you want to check it out 💛💛💛 #bookofmormon #journalingscripture #lds #shethatseeks #searchthescriptures #mormon
Someday when Ivy marries #princegeorge, this will be me 👋🏻👋🏻 #royalwedding #hereicome
#prayforsantefe. Each time I see one of these, because for some unimaginable reason these are becoming more and more common in our world, my heart just drops. I posted on my Facebook page awhile ago and share the same thought here. It’s not about politics. It’s not about guns. It’s about keeping our kids safe. We have to make a change. 💛 #schoolsafety
PHOTOGRAPHY FRIENDS!!! Have you ever found yourself looking for that place? The place where you feel like you belong? The place where people
I sat at the ball field tonight with tears in my eyes. I could barely keep them from streaming down my face. I sat there watching my boy. My sweet, wonderful, amazing boy. I watched tonight the power of a good coach and the effect they can have on a player. Last year this kid was so excited to play baseball, to be done with tball, to be in the same league as his brother. His excitement bubbled over, but didn’t last long. Yelling, criticism, and belittling soon crushed all that excitement. I watched in one season a boy who loved a sport go in the complete opposite direction, never wanting to play again. But we pushed him, and bargained with him, and encouraged him to give it one more shot. And tonight, I watched that little excited boy come back to life. All because of a good coach. A coach who cares. A coach who encourages. A coach who realizes that instilling a love for the game is what is most important. I watched a boy who’s light had totally gone out be on fire. A double. Another double. He did so well and most importantly he had fun and he felt important. I am so grateful for his new coach who I’m sure has no idea the impact he is having on this little shy boy and how much it means to this mommas heart. #coach #baseball #forloveofthegame
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I know a lot of photog are following this account...so I’d like to formally invite you to join us tomorrow for that launch of #7sworking (all the details at @sevensummerscreative) and here’s why...I’ve had HUNDREDS of people ask me for my workflows, my template emails, my pricing and information guides to use...and tomorrow morning you can get all of them AND hours upon hours of my best education 🙌🏻 It’s beyond amazing and everything is over 60% off as we celebrate our launch! So come join us! I promise you won’t regret it 💛💛💛
Feeling like we might have had a #parentingwin with our “Easter baskets” this year. Posted some of the details in my stories 💛🐰🍪 #kyhlcookiewagon
Let us remember why He gave his life. Because of love. Because of mercy. And because we desperately need them both. - Liz Curtis Higgs
The end is the best part 💋💋 #nosound #ivystradesecrets
We are now almost exclusively having our groceries delivered or picked up 🙌🏻 I forgot to click the “don’t replace” button and these minty delights replaced my usual cookie order. They are seriously so good 🍪 I asked my kids what we should have for dinner tonight and everyone yelled “choose your own adventure” to which I felt a big #momwin. So while they’re enjoying nachos, mac & cheese, and chicken nuggets...I’m sitting here eating cookies for dinner. So that’s my Monday night in a nutshell, how’s yours going?
Borrowed this from a friend 😂😂😂 hope you’re all enjoying the concert! @crewandco #superbowl @justintimberlake #concert
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It’s so awesome when my shower days line up with my social calendar! 🙌🏻 don’t mind the big zit on my forehead. It happens to us all.
Losing my mind just a little bit. This guy who used to be the calm, the peacemaker, the lost in thought, the daydreamer, the quiet in our family is now so LOUD 🙉 I don’t know what happened but it’s like one day he woke up and the switch had flipped and now he is all NOISE. He’s even getting in trouble at school for too much talking to his neighbors...it’s like we are living in an alternate universe. I need my calm boy back. He’s the only peace I had in this busy life. Hopefully all this LOUD is just a phase 🤞🏻