A fresh layer of snow outside is making me feel all the white winter feels. And just in time too, with Christmas just over a week away.
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Christmas shopping? Yeah, not even close to being done.

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Before the fog and snow and cold came........ #akstudiodesign  #biancamadsenphoto #utahfamilyphotographer
I know I’ve been quiet here lately. I’ve been wrapping up fall sessions and working on new projects. I also really want this space to be something interesting and meaningful - but I haven’t quite figured out what that is yet. I think most of you are here for the pictures. But if you were hoping for something more, I’d love to know what it is!
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Bianca Madsen

My greatest blessings in life are my husband Ben and our three rather loud children. Traveling with my family, sharing my love of the ocean with them every chance I get, and making crepes on Saturday mornings are things that make my world go ’round. I understand more fully who I am because of my family and they are my main source of inspiration. My life is really just a beautiful kind of chaos and I’m so thankful for every thrilling moment that has brought me to the fullness of life I enjoy every day!


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They say it better than we ever could..

I had a great experience working with Bianca. She was so flexible and understanding when we had to change the date last minute AND the location. She went above and beyond to accommodate us. She communicated with us every step of the way and we got our photos back so quickly! It was really a flawless transaction from A-Z.
I wouldn't hesitate to hire Bianca or any of the other photographers at AK Studio & Design in the future. Bianca was really relaxed but very professional. She definitely put us at ease! It's so important to hire a photographer who wants you to be you. Bianca definitely shares that mindset and  it shows in our photographs.
I loved how Bianca was so prepared and everything felt so natural. She was so kind to let us take breaks to feed my baby and didn't make us feel rushed or stressed. I also just love how peaceful the entire session was and felt like we could just be ourselves and snuggle our little girl! We both kept talking about it the entire day how glad we were that we chose her and how amazing Bianca was. My favorite part was how you guys take so much time to get to know us before the session and through the questionnaire. Since we filled out the questionnaire, she already knew what we wanted so then it was easy to get started right away. I never felt like we left wanting more pictures or bummed we didn't get everything we wanted out of the photo shoot. It was just such a good experience!
Our photos truly capture EXACTLY how our family is at home. When I flip through the photos I feel like it was just a normal day dealing with toddler sass, baby snuggles, and family love all put into one. She truly captured everything that I would have hoped for and more! The fact that Bianca referred to some of my questionnaire answers at our photo shoot made me feel like she truly took the time to get to know us. It wasn't like we "just met". It was like we had known each other for a lifetime. She was AMAZING!
What a wonderful and fun experience we had with Bianca! She was the perfect blend of professional (managing 32 people is NO JOKE) and laid back. She was very thorough in making sure we got all the poses and pictures we wanted. Dealing with large family groups is difficult and we have had photographers turn us down in the past, so it was nice to have someone so accommodating and positive. We are loyal fans of Bianca!
Bianca did an awesome job capturing the personalities of each of my kids. Olivia was going so crazy in a new environment that I didn't think we would have any turn out, but there are so many great pictures to choose from! We are so thankful for Bianca, her creativity, her ability to answer Ian's thousands of questions while taking pictures, and her patience! Even though this was a mini session, I never felt rushed at all at any part of the stage. Bianca was so thoughtful and patient with all of us and I appreciated that so much. She helped to ease all of my anxiety about the pictures not turning out, my kids maybe not smiling, being too wild, etc.
Bianca was great as a photographer who listened and paid attention to what I was looking for in our photo shoot. She was so cute with our children and made it natural and easy to smile and interact one with another. Bianca was highly focused on what we wanted as clients and not trying to push her own agenda. It was all about us as the client.


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Took this girl to @ultabeauty tonight and this was pretty much her the whole time! She acts just like a normal kid would in a candy store 🍭The girl loves makeup!!! She totally bamboozled me with her cuteness while we were there and walked out with a haul of chapsticks and nail polish. 💅🏻💄it’s moments like this (and all her level ten bossiness) that make me 110% sure she’s a mini-me.
I really have it good. Like so good. There isn’t much that @tysonkyhl doesn’t do. His one “nope” is cleaning up 🤮🤮🤮 which I’ve had the lucky privilege of doing three times this week. But really, I got a true partner in this crazy life when we got married. Even right now...he’s at the store with the little lady picking out doll clothes. He is so good to be a part of everything and I feel so blessed. And I know our kids are so lucky to have him. Our boys are learning all about what a real man is and our the little lady is learning what to expect someday. So big shout to him today...he isn’t perfect (puke duty could fix that), but he’s pretty close. #mushy #husband❤️
When your birthday is “after Christmas” you pretty much start getting excited the second you see any sign of Christmas anywhere. This gal has been counting down for weeks and her big day is here...what she wasn’t counting on was the stomach flu 🤢😢 Looks like instead of party time we are going to be having snuggle time. #birthdaygirl #biggirl #nofair
This girl thinks she’s going to have a birthday tomorrow...we will see about that. On the one hand I’m pretty stoked for the threenager phase to be behind us but I’m pretty sure I’m not ready for her to be a big girl. Can’t we just go back to when she was like 18 months? But seriously, why do they have to grow up so fast 😢 #babygirl #biggirl #birthdaygirl @siblinghoodlove
I gave this advice to my friend @morganslade_ today. Her little guy has this stuffed animal thing that talks to you and changes colors based on your emotions. I was thinking today about toys that we’ve chucked and pretended they were lost. Ninja turtles, ugly little dolls, more McDonald’s toys that I can count...but I’m doing it out of love. Because really what’s worse...a lost toy or a mom who lost her marbles??? Who’s with me? 🙋🏼‍♀️
So earlier this week I posted that this boy might have been faking sick. Turns out he is really quite sick. There are a few things it could be and we should know in a day or two which way it’s going to go. Fingers crossed and prayers said that he gets better on his own and we don’t have to deal with something more serious. 😢❤️
This is the face she gives me right before I say “whatever you want your majesty”. But seriously this girl rules the roost! We are definitely navigating how to spoil her with love because we just are so obsessed with her and all her cuteness and not having her turn into a total diva. Any tips?
Who’s with me? And with all the cute sunglasses now you really can have a new pair for every day of the week. And now you know, when you see that cute insta-mommy in her killer shades that she’s rockin’ those same tired eyes we all are. 🕶✌🏻
How’s everyone’s Monday going? I have been the queen of “side notes” and distractions lately. Just trying to keep my head down and get stuff done. Got some bit tasks today and no time to get sidetracked.
If managing your time better is on your list for 2018, our new refreshed 24-Hour Work Week will help! It’s all about everything I do to be able to run two businesses without working from sun up until sun down and without being glued to technology! And right know we have an awesome way that you can get it FREE. See more details at @sevensummerscreative 🙌🏻💛
“Nope. Not happening.” That’s what I’ve been telling this boy all day but he still insisted on having a birthday. The great eight. Such a big milestone and he’s been waiting a long time. It makes my heart swell. The thought of him growing up. He is my favorite buddy, my sweetheart, and so many things I can’t even but into words. He’s a hard worker, never gives up, loves his brother, is working hard to tolerate his sister 🤣 and always puts everyone above himself. Heavenly Father sure knew what I needed when he sent me this boy and I couldn’t be more grateful for him. Now I just have to figure out how to freeze time and keep him little forever. #mytripp #happybirthday #mommasboy #greateight
I’m scared. Next week my friend @biancamadsenphoto who works out like 10x as much as me wants to start going to the gym together. She lifts weights guys. And goes to classes. And other stuff that people do at the gym. Where all I ever do is walk on that treadmill and listen to great music while I pray an 80 year old does get on the machine next to me and out do me. I basically told her she is going to have to abduct me each day because if we schedule a time I’m going to make up a really long elaborate story about why I can’t go. But I’ve got to do something, because I just got a “can’t hide your fat face haircut” and all my chins are showing. #prayforme #gymtime
These three weirdos are currently laughing, and talking, and shooshing each other through the floor/ceiling vents. I love these little moments. The times when the schedule loving, desperate for quiet mom in me wants to go hollar “go to bed” but the other mom in me lets it linger on just a bit longer because it’s moments like these that someday they’ll say to each other “remember when” 💛 #abbeykyhl #beyond_motherhood #dailyphoto #honestmotherhood #ig_motherhood #letthembelittle #livethelittlethings #makingupmotherhood #motherhood #motherhoodrising #our_everyday_moments #posttheordinary #teammotherly
It’s funny being a mom. You feel so overwhelmed, so consumed, and sometimes so smothered by your little ones. Literally my daughter will sit on the back of my chair and wrap her arms around me as tight as she can until I’m choking. She’s smothering me in her love and all I want in that moment is a break. We feel this need for a minute alone on the daily, maybe even the hourly. But then when we are gone the intensity of the hole we feel is what is truly suffocating. For me, it’s two sleeps. After two sleeps I start missing them, our house, those arms around my neck so much that I start brainstorming ways to get home sooner. Reasons I would need to rush home. No matter how much fun I’m having away, no matter the amazing people I am surrounded by, my heart just always wants to be where they are. Anyone else feel the same? #momlife #raiseyourtribe #homebody
This...right here. My wish for all my kids. There is nothing more important to me than for them to be the person who is kind, the person who loves others, the person everyone will count as a friend. @lettersandlaurels, my house needs this asap 💛
Today I was setting up for Pinners Conference hauling in way more stuff than I should have been (especially given my fractured ribs) and I have to say I had this moment where I was absolutely shocked. I was carrying in this table all by myself and as I passed more than five young guys I couldn’t believe that they just watched me and didn’t offer to help. Granted it wasn’t heavy, it was just awkward but they just watched me struggle past them. Finally, a grandpa aged man stopped and helped me. All I could think to myself was, “His momma raised him right”. And I couldn’t help but think that a conversation or maybe many over time needed to be had with my boys. I hope all my children always offer help, always offer kindness, and always offer a helping hand. I know had my husband seen a woman today like me he would have helped. He’s pretty amazing like that so I want to make sure my boys grow up to see the need others have by watching him. I think in our world it’s so easy to be lost in our own minds, lost in our phones, but what people need, so desperately need, is human connection and to feel seen. So in a weird way, I feel some gratitude to the men who didn’t help me today because they reminded me of the importance of my job as a mother. And especially thank you to the man who did help me because truthfully I might have looked like I was fine but I was struggling and you were just the help I needed 👴🏼❤️ #kindnessmatters #raisethemright #motherhood #seetheneed