Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do. These are typically hard choices to make. I’m not talking about the easy “no”s. But wouldn’t you rather make those decisions for yourself, rather than by default?
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If you’re not sure what should be a yes and what should be a no, try this 👉🏻 Give yourself the ✨space✨ you need to THINK. Review. Ponder. Evaluate. Imagine. Create. Design. And if you think you don’t have the time, then you need to make the time more than you realize.
One of my favorite things in the whole world is WATCHING my children play. The feelings that enter my heart when I watch them engaging in their own little world around them can only be described as immense joy. And really, that doesn't even begin to describe it. These are the moments that I live for. As my children grow, these moments happen less frequent and far between, so I make sure to stop and watch and just be in that moment when it happens, no matter what else I might have going on. I know they won’t last forever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tell me, what are the moments that you live for? What are the moments that you work for? The ones that make it all worth it... #letthembelittle #akstudiodesign #sevensummerscreative #intheinterestoftime #childhoodunplugged #timewellspent #timeisntwaitingforyou
Goodness gracious is this not the cutest face you ever did see? #akstudiodesign
I'm heading to the UK this month! Tell me all the things I MUST do in England or Scotland.....

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..

For a bride, weddings are mostly just trusting that everything will go as planned and that people will come through for you. The entire experience can obviously be a bit stressful and taxing. However, Abbey Kyhl and Bianca Madsen made my wedding experiences dreamlike. My decision to chose AK Studio & Design was easy because both of my brother’s used Abbey for their weddings. I knew she was great but I had no idea how wonderful she would be through all the wedding planning. Even before our engagement photos Abbey and I were texting back and forth about reception venues, florists, and cakes. She knows the Utah wedding space inside and out and every suggestion she gave me was perfect. Our engagement shoot was flawless and Abbey made us feel relaxed and comfortable enough to be ourselves in front of the camera. Our bridal shoot was even more perfect because Abbey and Bianca worked together to capture every detail. I’ve never seen a more dynamic duo than Abbey and Bianca – their energies feed off of one another and make the perfect environment for a photo-shoot. They are both incredibly talented and I felt lucky to have both of them at my bridal shoot and my reception. I never had to worry about either Bianca or Abbey missing an important moment because they were always there and always consulting me on what I wanted captured. The pictures they took and edited for me will forever be my favorite memories of my wedding!
Our first family pictures couldn't be more perfect! I'm even surprised how obsessed my husband is with them!
Thanks for  taking such lovely pictures of our family and making it so painless. My girls ADORE you and so do I!
I love working with Bianca. She is super flexible and willing to go with the flow of our family rather than forcing poses and locations. Because of that, we have been able to see our family’s personality reflected in all her photos.
Thank you SO much for taking our family pictures. We could not be more in love with them!!! Every one of them is such a treasure!
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.


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
“Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the white house but what happens in your house.” A beautiful legacy from a First Lady who put her family first 💛 #barbarabush #firstlady #rip
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
I’m posting this again because TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Only three more days to enter the @sevensummerscreative GIVEAWAY! Check out @sevensummerscreative on how you could win!!!!
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 🤞🏻
🧒🏼💋 #mommasboy
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.
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
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. 😢❤️