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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One of my favorite things is when people give me cards, especially thank you cards. I just love them. I keep them all forever in this box in my office. And on days when I’m feeling discouraged or even just cleaning up, I come across them and am reminded of my importance. My worth. That something I did mattered to someone.
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I think Heavenly Father knows how much I love these cards because they always seem to show up just when I need them.
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So for my service today I’m sending out a few cards of my own to a few people I want to know how much they mean to me. Does anyone else love cards too? 💛💛💛
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#shethatseeks #prayseekserverepeat #service #loveoneanother #100daychallenge
Here’s to a great Day Two! If you haven’t had a chance to download the fee guide yet, you should check it out! The link to download is in my bio 👌🏻 #prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #100daychallenge #servicewithasmile
The guide is LIVE! Twenty pages of ideas and inspiration for the #prayseekserverepeat challenge! Get yours in the link in my bio 🙌🏻
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The best part.... @biancamadsen_ designed some amazing quote pages you can print off and frame! 💛💛💛💛
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#prayseekserverepeat #shethatseeks #service #serviceideas #serviceproject #100daychallenge #christian #lds #mormon #dailyinspiration #dailyquotes #thoughtoftheday #beinspired
Part of what I hope to accomplish with the #prayseekserverepeat challenge is not only the chance to serve others but also to be more aware of those who are such a blessing in my life and my families life. And to make them aware of how much they mean to me. I think it’s just as important to see a blessing as it is to be a blessing.
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This is Rachel. She has been Tripp’s tutor for the last two plus years. She came into our lives in a moment when we so desperately needed her. Tripp had struggled a lot with reading and we were totally at a loss as to what to do. But she was an answer to prayers. She showed us the way. She not only taught him how to read, but she taught us how to help him, she advocated for him, she loved him and she did something for him that We as his parents were powerless to do. I can’t even imagine where we would be without her and I am so grateful for all the hours and hours and hours she poured into our little guy that was time spent away from her own family. She truly was in every sense of the word a true blessing to our lives.
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In just a few days she and her family are moving to Ireland 🇮🇪 and we are going to miss them so much! We love you @rachbott and can’t wait to come to see you 💛
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As we jump into this challenge, I invite you to show love to those who have blessed your life. And as you are out serving add #prayseekserverepeat to anything you share! I want to show others what you are doing to give them ideas 🙌🏻
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#seeablessingbeablessing #shethatseeks #service #loveoneanother
It's time to get started! Day One!
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I am so excited...and its so wonderful to have so many people here to join us! The Facebook group is growing! To join us just click the link in my bio! And please feel free to share what we are doing with your friends. We have also had a few people ask about including yw's groups. That is awesome! The more the merrier right...
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So getting started...here's how!
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If you haven't signed up to receive our guide yet, there is a link in my bio for that too. It will be going out later today. It is filled with thoughts, ideas and inspiration!
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As my family and I join in this challenge our goal is this:
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Pray - Each morning to find someone to serve
Seek - Work each day to master the art of awareness. See others and find who we can serve. 
Serve - Get to it! Don't let fear get in our way. 
Repeat - Try again tomorrow!
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We also are trying to remember that service can be much more than a
Two years ago I felt like I was out of step with my life, my faith, and just myself. I had been through two situations that really derailed me in so many ways as a person. I felt like I was in this place where I was broken and needed healing. I kept waiting for God to notice me and fix my problems, waiting for someone else to notice me and fix my problems, waiting for anyone to come along and
Fall ball with this little guy starts today...and can I just point out how perfect his hair is💛⚾️🙌🏻 #baseball #baseballmom #gobraves #braves #baseballislife
A few months ago I sat in a meeting as the speaker shared that each day she prayed to find someone to serve. At the time I was in a weird place. I felt out of step with my life. What she said spoke to me. So I tried it. And then things started to happen. I haven’t changed the world by anything I’ve done but I can see how my small acts of service helped others and how they are changing me. It’s like each small act of service is getting me closer to being in step with who I want to be. I’ve also become acutely aware of all those around me who bless me, my family, and my life by their small acts of service. I truly believe that real joy is found in gratitude and the more we seek to be grateful the more we find the joy we are seeking. 💛 #shethatseeks #joy #service #gratitude #prayer #ldsliving #findingjoy #choosingjoy #serveothers
My feelings about the fact that yesterday I got a call that said school starts in two weeks.
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I made a goal last September that I was going to create unforgettable magical summers with my kids. Heck, I started a whole business to motivate me to make it happen (#sevensummers).
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There were so many times I worried that it wouldn’t happen. That we wouldn’t have enough money to do what I wanted to do and for me to be able to just take three months off. That I wouldn’t have enough patience with my kids to be that plugged in and present with them for that long.
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But...here we are almost to the end and I’m pretty proud of how we did. I feel like we have a bucket full of great memories. I wasn’t a cruise director they did chores (truthfully they could start their own cleaning service now 😂) and we had a lot of “entertain yourself” time. But I feel like we created that feeling of summer where the days are long and you go to bed tired, dirty, and happy.
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I asked Jackson yesterday if he had a good summer and he said, “Yeah it was awesome.”
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Then I asked him to tell me all his favorite things and he said, “That’ll take too long.” 😂 So I think we won at summer.
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But I’d still like to have more of it. So I’ll probably just keep posting all the summer photos I took this year until next May.
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#sevensummers #summertime #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #motherhood
We were hanging out earlier and I asked him who his favorite person on the planet is.
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He paused for a minute and said, “That’s a hard one to answer.”
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“Why?” I asked.
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“Because a lot of time I think it’s you but then you act like this and I just question everything.”
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“This” being that I told him he had to read a book I got for him. 🙄😂🤦🏼‍♀️
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He might be as sarcastic as can be, but truthfully I kinda love it. I love who he is right now. Everyday we talk and joke around and he’s becoming so much more than just my son. He’s becoming one of my favorite friends. I just love being around him. As much as I hate that he’s growing up, I’m so excited too. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such a great boy.
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#mommasboy #childhoodunplugged #nevergrowup
One week away! Can’t wait to share all my best tips and ideas for taking control of technology in our families. If you want to join us just join the @shethatseeks Facebook group. Link is in my profile. 🙌🏻💛
I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away
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I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crooked lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
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When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking 
I never leave your hands
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When you walked upon the earth
You healed the broken, lost and hurt
I know you hate to see me cry
One day you will set all things right
Yeah, one day you will set all things right
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When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking 
I never leave your hands
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Your hands that shaped the world
Are holding me
They hold me still
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I just love this song from @jjhellermusic. It’s seriously one of my favorites. She is so talented and amazing. I have been looking lately for great songs to add to my #soundsofsunday playlist. What are your favorites?
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#shethatseeks #sunday #music #christian #lds #mormon
“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply have to say yes.” - Bob Goff
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I’ve spent a good amount of my life not feeling good enough. I didn’t grow up in the “right” kind of family, I wasn’t active enough in church in my youth, I didn’t know enough about the scriptures, I made too many mistakes, the list went on and on. How could God do anything through me?
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It took me a long time to realize that all the things that I had deemed “wrong” with me were actually my most powerful resources...if I was willing to lean in and use them.
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The older I get the more I realize how imperfect most everyone’s lives are. That my broken pieces match other peoples broken pieces and together we could heal together and make each other strong.
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I truly believe that each of us are here to fulfill a unique mission that only we have the abilities and experiences and knowledge to carry out. If we don’t step out and step up there will be a piece of this great plan of happiness that will go unfulfilled.
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And that piece, I guarantee, is another person who needs us. Someone waiting for us to love them in the right way. Someone who needs a service only we can offer. Someone’s whose broken pieces only we can heal.
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We all have something to give, something to share, the ability to serve and help. We just have to rise up and let God use us.
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#shethatseeks #christian #serve #love #faithfilled #sayyes #lds #mormon #ldsliving
Got a beach date with this gal tomorrow and the rest of my peeps 🙌🏻😎☀️🏄🏼‍♀️🏖...and yes, we do have matching red swimsuits. ‘Cause that’s how we roll.
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#bearlake #summertime #beach #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #sunshine #familytime #twinsies
Sometimes owning your own business is like ☝🏻🙄 It can be overwhelming and exhausting and you can feel like you are running in circles.
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But sometimes it’s like 🙌🏻😍🤩👏🏻🎉🤸‍♀️🏆💡✨❤️🥇
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Today was one of those days. I took most the summer off to be with my kids and make a million memories with them. But in between baseball games and beach trips and swimming pool afternoons, I worked a bit here and there. Earlier this year I had this vision for what I wanted #theblueprint™ to be...which meant a total overhaul basically. @biancamadsen_ and I have been brainstorming and praying and planning and preparing and I am seriously so excited with how everything has come together. This is seriously going to be amazing for our students. And today we had a huge breakthrough that is going to make it even more manageable and achievable and give them back even more time in their lives that they can accomplish more and be more present with their families.
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So I just want to throw a little instaparty right now for what can happen when you slow your pace and make space for great things to come together.
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#grateful #celebrating #makespace #slowyourpace #theblueprint™ #photography #business
He sent me a meme last night that said the following:
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Friend: What does your husband do for a living?
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Me: He’s the President of Putting Up With My Crap 😂😂😂
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This couldn’t be more true.
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It’s no walk in the park to be married to me sometimes. I’m ambitious. I’m bossy. I’m either a workaholic or the laziest person on the planet. I’m a total homebody. I’m messy, opinionated, and about a million other less than desirable traits.
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But because of him I’m also fearless, bold, and brave. I’m unbelievably (especially if you knew me when I was younger) patient. I’m confident. I’m never afraid to take a risk. I laugh every single day. I know what home is. I’m happier than I ever thought was possible. I can be all these things because no matter what I know he’s there.
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I think sometimes it’s so easy for me to take him for granted and forget just how incredibly blessed I am. He doesn’t just put up with me. He makes me better. 💛 #grateful #marriage
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Anyone else married to a #mrwonderful??? Raise your 👋🏻
Since I can’t be everywhere and my in-person calendar has been filling up so quickly (only a few dates left for 2018), I have decided to do a FB LIVE presentation of my Dealing With Digital Distractions class.
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Here are some details on what I will be teaching on...
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I cover how technology can be good in our lives, but also how it can be dangerous for us and our families. I go through some alarming facts about the effects that the time we spend on technology can have on our bodies, minds, spiritual lives and more. Then I share seven ways we can start to take steps to be more time-wise with technology in our families.
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It’s going to be on August 12th at 7pm MST. If you want to tune in, all you have to do is join our #shethatseeks Facebook group (link in my profile).
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And no worries if you can’t watch it live that night, no worries. We will be keeping it as a video in the group that you can watch anytime.
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#timewise #techwise #dealingwithdigitaldistractions #family #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #unpluggedfamily