6 reasons to consider hiring an Associate Photography Team

hiring an Associate Photography Team - AK Studio & Design

Congrats on your engagement! We are so happy for you! As you embark on your wedding planning, you are going to be faced with a lot of decisions. In choosing your wedding photographer, you are making one of the most important wedding decisions about your wedding day.

After all is said and done, your photography is the only thing you will walk away with from your wedding…besides your love. So who you choose is extremely important.

We have no doubt the thought of a choosing an associate shooter can can cause feelings of nervousness, as it is a relatively new concept in our area. But we wanted to explain the process to you a little bit further and give you a handful of great reasons why an associate shooter is a great choice for your wedding!

Before we get into all the reasons choosing an associate photographer is a smart choice, we want to explain to you exactly what an associate shooter at our company truly is. Many times when you hear the word “associate” or even “second” shooter, instantly you probably think of an assistant, someone who is less experienced, and someone who doesn’t have the ability or experience to shoot a wedding as the primary shooter.

At Abbey Kyhl, that is the furthest thing from the truth. All of our associates have years of experience shooting weddings as the lead shooter. But for personal reasons, whether it is to focus on their family, they don’t love all the things that go into running a business, or they just wanted to be part of a team. Each of them have joined us and we are so excited to have them. Having amazing, experienced photographers who can help our brides is a blessing to us because we can now match any budget and be available for nearly every date.

Each year Abbey receives over 700 wedding inquiries, and the reality of life is that she just can’t physically shoot that many weddings and provide an amazing quality experience. By including experienced associate photographers to our team, we will now be able to welcome even more AK bride’s into our company’s family.

So now let’s get to the reasons why an associate shooter is a great fit for you!

#1 – More bang for your buck!

The reality of life is that many brides are on a wedding budget and only have a certain amount allocated for their wedding photography. Many times that budget determines the level of photographer you can hire.

In the traditional wedding photography market, less budget equals a less experienced photographer. Depending on your budget, you may be hiring a wedding photographer who only has a few weddings under their belt. But not with us. We have packages for nearly every wedding budget and you still get to take advantage of all the years and years of experience, planning, resources, organization and training that comes with an experienced photographer.

You get access to all of Abbey Kyhl’s session prep information, the AK bride experience, and everything that she provides to her own brides that have been the cornerstone of her business. You are also working with photographers who have been shooting for years and who are constantly going through training and mentoring with Abbey to become better and better all the time.

#2 – You aren’t hiring one person, you are hiring a team!

With AK Studio & Design, you get more than just one person watching out for you. You get access to Abbey and all of her client experience, constant communication with our Team Manager, and of course you will be getting oodles of personal attention from your associate photographer.

With a team set-up, you have multiple people making sure that your experience is amazing and that your wedding photography is just what you dream it will be. So nothing falls through the cracks because we are all committed to making your big day the perfect day.

#3 – There is always a back-up in place 

We hear horror stories all the time of photographers backing out, getting sick, showing up late, and many other things that no bride should have to ever have to worry or stress about. With Abbey Kyhl & Associates there is always a back up in place in case something happens.

We are a team, with a family mentality, who are here to support each other which means supporting you as well and making sure that your wedding is stress free and just what you envision it will be.

Whether we show up to hold an umbrella on a rainy wedding day, help lead a big crowd, or whatever the situation calls for, you can count on our team to take amazing care of you on your big day and step in when the need arises.

#4 – Experience! Experience! Experience!

When you hire an associate photographer with our team, you are gaining access to years and years of experience. From the over 200 weddings that Abbey herself has shot, to the years of experience that our associates have shot, there isn’t a single thing that we haven’t seen, experienced or been through.

Every wedding day fiasco, every complicated family situation, every unique and special situation, we have seen it all. So instead of hiring a photographer who is “just figuring things out” you are able to have access to professionals who have been through a lot.

We are constantly in contact with each other, sharing ideas and experiences, so with any situation that might come up we can handle it and have probably been through it before and can make sure that we use that experience to make your day stress free and all those unique situations handled just perfectly.

#5 – We have a proven system in place!

Each bride that works with our company gets access to the entire AK bride experience. From session prep, vendor suggestions, timeline help, oodles of other information and anything else you need we don’t hold anything back and no matter who you are you are important to us. We are grateful that of all the choices out there that you have chosen us and we want you to have the best of everything we have to offer.

Abbey has always prided herself for her organization, client experience, turnaround, and ability to connect with her brides and our associates and entire team are committed to providing you with all of those same ideals.

#6 – The office focuses on all the things photographers loathe, so they can focus on what they love…YOU!

The reality of life is that many photographers dread the business side of things. They got into photography because they love interacting with clients, love being a part of your big day, love capturing the moments and emotion of your wedding, and love the photography element. Though our associates have all had experience in running their own businesses and done an amazing job at it, if they had to choose business over shooting, they would leap at the chance to just create stunning images. Which is where our team jumps in.

Our office takes care of all the editing and business aspects that make for a smooth and amazing experience, so your photographer can put their whole heart into being with you behind the camera. They are able to focus on the things that they love and we are able to take care of all the behind the scenes aspects that need to be top-notch as well that we love doing. Our Team Manager is amazing at keeping things organized, on schedule, and making sure you have everything you need. Abbey handles all of the client experience and business elements of things that she loves. So you gain an amazing photography experience, without having to sacrifice on the business end with a photographer who either doesn’t have the experience yet in that aspect or whose heart just isn’t in it.

We hope that you are as excited to work with us and we are to work with you. Contact us! Please let us know what questions you have. We are here to help. Talk to you soon!

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Made it to Texas! First stop Denton!
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So excited for the next five days of speaking to youth and families about how we can be more time wise with our technology ❤️💙
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Oh and I thought I understood heat because Utah is a Deseret but yeah, no. Utah has nothing on Texas 🔥🙅🏼‍♀️
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I still have a few dates open in Utah and Arizona if you want me to come speak to your group ✌🏻Just message me.
The last few months some crazy things have happened that have changed me so much. I’ve found myself at so many crossroads and I’ve found myself taking time to pause and just listen and be guided. It has led me to some pretty amazing places I wouldn’t have maybe chosen for myself but that I really needed.
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I’ve also tried really hard in my life and my business to really listen for promptings from God on what I should do. I’ve owned a business for 12 years and I’ve never relied so much before on those promptings as I am now.
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It’s been interesting what has happened. Earlier this year as I was planning out my marketing plans I had an overwhelmingly strong feeling that Instagram didn’t need to be a part of it for us to find success. So we listened and shut down our photography Instagram account. I held my breathe on that decision. But then something amazing happened. Well actually nothing happened. Our inquiries didn’t stop or slow and our business kept growing. It didn’t need Instagram.
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And now here I am again feeling like it’s time to let go even more. We started our #prayseekserverepeat challenge and I totally thought this little platform would be essential to it, but instead our FB group has flourished and become this amazing little community that I am loving.
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The last few weeks as we have been planning business things for 2019, I have felt this urging to step back from Instagram even more. I was so unsure about that but then our Pinterest account hit 600k monthly viewers and our Facebook exposure has been flourishing. Everyday all these things were happening that showed me I can do all the things I want to do without being actively engaged in Instagram.
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@tysonkyhl and I were talking last night about what is important for our family and what we want us to become and the reality of life is we both spend too much time with our phones in our hands. So in order to be a more present person who has more time to be face-to-face with the people I love, I’m stepping away from the ‘gram a bit. I’m not deleting it but I’d like to live a life that doesn’t include a daily dose of Instagram. So here goes...see on FB friends 👋🏻👋🏻
Last first day of preschool. How did that happen? 😥 I can’t believe how much this girl is growing up. She has more energy and light in her than anyone I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to watch her take on this year and then the world 💛💛💛 #dogoodbekind
It’s this guys birthday. But instead of celebrating him, I’m in bed 🤢. Boo. Nobody should be sick when it’s somebody you love’s birthday. Looks like I am going to have to fulfill his birthday wish...which if you know what he asked for last year 😳🙈 #prayforme
Ditching all my responsibilities to have a super fun day with my girl and her favorite friends 💛
Don’t mind me...I’m just sitting here bawling like a crazy person. 😭😭😭Most people that know me a bit think I’m this super confident, independent, take charge type. But those who really know me, know that I only have the ability to ever be any of those things because of this guy.
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He’s truly the reason I can do anything in this world and right now he’s gone. It’s pathetic what a mess I become when he’s away. I fall apart. And of course then I feel terrible because I think, “I should be nicer, kinder and more loving to him when he is around.”
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The last few days there have been so many times I just wanted to talk to him because I knew he would know what to say. I miss all his jokes and sarcasm. We had a super emotional day yesterday with baseball and I know it probably wouldn’t have even been an issue if he had been around. Even my kids are feeling it. We just don’t work without him.
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He was able to come home today for a few hours and it seemed like the world was just set right. When he left my little eight year old started crying and said, “I just feel happier when we are all together.”...me too buddy, me too.
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Later I was thinking how I can’t be myself without him. I can’t be the mom I want to be, I can’t be the friend I want to be, I can’t even be the business owner I want to be. I just feel less and I feel like we just have to hunker down and brave the storm until he comes home.
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As I was thinking about how much I miss him and how much he makes the world right for our family, it occurred to me that Christ has the power to do that same thing in our lives. He has the power to make the world right for us.
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The last two years have been such a faith growing experience for me and I have learned more than ever that I also can’t be who I want to be without His guiding influence in my life. The closer I come to Christ, the more I truly feel like I am who I am supposed to be. And especially in these times when I’m a mess of a mom and can’t call on my husband, He is there, just waiting for me to seek His help and comfort.
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#shethatseeks
4 games ⚾️ 8+ hours ⚾️ Saturday well spent
My plan today...#prayforhawaii
If you see me over the next five days just know that my husbands out of town (#huntingwidow), my schedule is over booked (#wedding #work #baseball #baseball #baseball), my kids and I are living off fast food (#littlecaesars #inandoutburger #wendys #mcdonalds) and I’m running on empty (#ineedanap)...but it’ll be all good and I’m determined to keep this smile on my face. Even if I’m faking it a bit 🤪 and totally losing my marbles on the inside!
Help this boy out! Look how cute he is, how can you say no. All this boy wants is to do a fantasy football league. But apparently you need more than five people to make it fun...so who wants to invite us or join us or whatever (I have no clue how it actually works) and make this guy happy?? C’mon! #fantasyfootball #idontgetit #cluelessmom
The further into this 100-Day Challenge I get and the more I see others serving one another, the more incredibly clear this message becomes to me.
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The most important and impactful service that we provide to others is genuinely caring for and loving them. Talking to them. Reaching out to them. It really does come down to “mastering the art of awareness.” Seeing people and seeing how we can help and fill their cup.
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Because I jumped into this challenge I have been actively looking for examples throughout my day of service and they are everywhere. We live in a world that would have you believe that goodness is gone, but that just isn’t true. There is so much goodness, so much love...we just have to be seeking it.
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We have to see the value of people who ask questions about how we are doing. The kindness that comes from the person who holds the door open for us or the lady who stops her car to let us merge in. We have to see all these tiny connections we have with each other that are done out of love and the goodness of people.
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And we have to never forget that in our busy world, that can sometimes crush us with the overwhelm, that we can give a minute here and a minute there to love others and it counts, and it matters, and it’s important.
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#shethatseeks #prayseekserverepeat #100daychallenge #littlebylittle #thomassmonson #ldsliving #christian
Yesterday was so busy pouring into people that I forgot to post our countdown image 🙈 but getting this morning started off right!
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We are 10% of the way through our 100-day challenge and I have loved seeing so many people rising to the challenge. Whenever I speak to groups I always ask, “How can we be 10% better in our lives?”.
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Ten percent is so achievable! And yet it is still progress. Forward is forward. Small steps add up. So let’s be 10% better today!!!! 10% more aware of those around us 💛💛💛 Here’s to a great day!!!!
So I had this thought yesterday. I love running numbers and figuring out possibilities. If 1000 people joined the 100-Day Challenge and served 100 people during the challenge that would result in 100,000 people served!
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Wouldn't that be amazing?
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And there are so many ways that we can serve more than one person a day. Like doing indexing that could be 100 people at one time!!!! Or last night my friend @tinafbrown and her YW left notes on cars at the temple so I am sure they sent love to dozens of people. @madebykate_ had a pregnant friend and her son over for dinner, there's three served. My friend, Tenille, stopped to help a family on a bike ride and then mowed a neighbors lawn. @teilaj invited her mother in law to join the challenge. @debbielaughlinwriterphotog spent the day spreading smiles and kindness to everyone she came in contact with. @amanda_anderson_beautiful_life let her kids get a cat after begging for it for a long time. @_elisecurtis is doing some awesome giveaways for seats to @saltldsretreat ! Sharing one of the quotes we are sending to everyone would #sharegoodness to everyone that is in your social media world. On Sunday my family delivered cookies to at least 10 homes. My kids took school supplies to their school yesterday which serves their teachers and the students who will receive them. This morning I prayed for Hawaii and all the families that are in the path of the Hurricane.
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It adds up so quickly. So can we do this? I think we can!!!!
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If you need ideas download our free idea guide. And if you really want to stay connected and get lots of great ideas come join our FB group! Both links are in my bio! #prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #service #100daychallenge
I’ve found myself tearing up all morning. I’ve never done this before when the kiddos head off to school. I’ve always gladly sent them off and been excited and ready to get back my time and schedule.
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Maybe it’s because it’s the boys last year together in school and I worry how that will affect their relationship and how incredibly close they are.
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Maybe it’s because it’s Jackson’s last year of elementary school and I hate that he’s growing up.
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Maybe it’s because I have absolutely loved having them home. I’ve loved how much we’ve talked and how close we’ve become. Especially Jackson. He’s gone from a little kid to a young man and I love who he is becoming.
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Maybe it’s because a year ago I made my #sevensummers goal to build a life that would allow even more time off from work and make Jackson’s last seven summers of childhood amazing...and we did it. We had an amazing summer full of so much. My cup is overwhelming from so much amazing summer. I am so in love with what this summer has been for us.
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So here I sit, with eyes full, because holy moly I am going to miss these kids so much.
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😢 #backtoschool #stopgrowingup #slowdown #sevensummers #summertime #sixthgrade #preschool #thirdgrade
Prayer is one of the most simple and yet powerful ways we can love each other. Hurricane Lane is heading towards Hawaii and I hope that today we can all include the people that are there in our prayers. God can move mountains, He can certainly move hurricanes too. #staysafe @natalienorton’s family, @brookeflanaganphotos, @vanessahicksphotography, @jane_johnson and everyone else in the storms path. 💛🌬🙅🏼‍♀️ #hurricanelane #prayforhawaii #serviceinseconds #shethatseeks
Today just flew by. What a great day celebrating my boy and his birthday and getting ready to send my boys off to school tomorrow.
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I have to just share one of the highlights from today. There is a widower in our ward that a few months ago we felt prompted to start visiting with our cookie wagon. We were nervous to reach out to him because we had never even said a word to him before ever.
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But those cookies turned into casual hellos at church, then him sharing vegetables with us from his garden. Then visits in his home in Sunday’s to get to know each other better. Which brought us to today. Our cute, wonderful widower friend called to wish Jackson a happy birthday. I was teary eyed listening to them talk to each other on the phone. We are forming such a sweet friendship with this neighbor that I am so grateful for...and it all started with a little bag of some “okay” cookies and a hopeful heart.
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I feel so blessed by all the ways Heavenly Father is adding to our lives and the people He is bringing into it. #prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #100daychallenge #service #loveoneanother
☀️ The future is bright ☀️
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One of my biggest goals with the #prayseekserverepeat challenge is to get my kids involved in serving others and to start to seek out ways they can be helpful.
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My DNA made me susceptible to depression and anxiety, which means theirs does too. It’s more likely than not that at some point they will face all those same emotions. But even though sometimes it is nearly impossible, serving others has been like a healing balm in my life for those emotions that can so easily overtake me. It can be a glimmer of light on a dark day.
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Today we took some extra supplies to our new teachers and a little welcome to our new principal. I asked Jackson how he felt after and he said, “It makes me feel really happy to serve and help.” Let’s hope he remembers that as he gets ready to start a new school year tomorrow. 😎✌🏻#shethatseeks #service #100daychallenge #serviceheals #firstobservethenserve