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.


According to @facebook, today’s my birthday. I’d like to say I’m one year older and wiser too but that totally depends on the minute. I remember when my mom was in her late thirties I thought she was so old. Most days I feel like I’m a kid who someone thought could raise kids 😂😂😂 but I’m so grateful for all that my life has become and all the wonderful people in it. My family is off today playing...yep, you guessed it baseball ⚾️ and I’m sitting in the Minneapolis airport working on my presentation for @pinnersconf! Can’t wait to head over and chat with all the ladies about how we can be more time and tech wise in our families! And thanks to everyone who has called, texted, sang to me, messaged and shared the love. I told my brother this morning one of my favorite things is when people just text “Happy Birthday” because your phone blows up with balloons 🎈🎈🎈🎈 love it! It’s going to be a great day #happybirthdaytome #pinnersconference #dealingwithdigitaldistractions #sevensummers
She believes in magic. She believes in fairies. She believes in happiness. She believes in joy. She is a bouncing ball of everything I love in this world. She is the light in any room. And today...we got to chase the fairies, cast spells that make others smile, and find her a unicorn. When I asked her what her favorite part of the Fairy Festival was she said “all of it”. I felt exactly the same way. @gardnervillage #fairyfestival #bethegood
When he sees this picture he will probably hate it. But when I see it, I love it because I see all the love and joy that she will feel for this picture someday. Look at her face. Look how happy she is to be with him. My kids are so lucky to have a dad who shows up and who is right in the middle of whatever they think is fun. Cannon balls at the pool, jumping off the high dive, water fights, tag, dunk contests, every sport imaginable, ball in the backyard and so much more. He is everything I hoped my kids would have in a dad. The hundreds of hours he spends at baseball practices (not to mention that he never misses a game), going to tutoring twice a week, reading princess stories and tucking in our sassy girl at least a dozen times a night. He always shows up. They are so lucky and I’m so grateful. Not to mention he’s great at dad jokes and always keeps us laughing. 😂💛 #happyfathersday #worldsgreatestdad @tysonkyhl
It’s crazy and chaotic and busy and stressful and some days are just enough to make me lose my mind. But some days, like today, I just sit and look at these people and I can’t even contain my gratitude for them and the fact that they are all mine. Its more than my heart can handle. 💛💛💛 #myfavorites #teamkyhl #familiescanbetogetherforever #family
On Sunday night, the youth of the #lds church were challenged to “disengage from social media” for seven days. This challenge was extended to all of us, not just the youth and I think could not have come at a better time.
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I love what @work.and.wonder said on their Instagram profile. “Here’s our opportunity to righteously respond, willingly submit, and exercise self-restraint.”
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There is good to be found on social media, but also so much good can come to our minds, our bodies and our spirits when we put down our phones and feeds and make an active effort to be present in our lives and give ourselves a break. I know for me I have three kids home soaking up each second of my time and attention. Yesterday we had an awesome day of water balloon fights and baseball games and never once did I wish to be on my phone. My biggest goal this summer is to be present in my life, and this challenge seems like the perfect kick in the pants to get me started.
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I also want to challenge others to join me, and I think we all should do that. Let this be a group effort and let us support each other. So I challenge @tysonkyhl @biancamadsen_ @morganslade_ @saltldsretreat @amanda_anderson_beautiful_life and @tinafbrown 💛💛💛
One of the biggest blessings of her life (and mine) will always be him. She couldn’t have gotten more lucky to have him as a brother. I got sick in the night. Like can’t get out of bed, thought I was going to die sick and I just woke up to find that he had made her breakfast and totally taken care of her before he left for school so I could sleep for a bit. I don’t know what we did to deserve this boy but I am so incredibly grateful for him. #bestbrother
Only two more days and they are all mine for three months 🙌🏻😎☀️ #cantwait #bringonsummer #schoolsout #bucketlist
😭 ugly cry mom moment 😭 This boy. He’s the one that has full ownership of the most tender parts of my heart. He’s the one that reminds me of the importance of present parenting and showing up for our kids. At the end of Kindergarten we realized that he was struggling with reading. We found him the best tutor and we, really he, have been working so hard for the last two years. Hundreds of hours have been poured into this guy to help him get where he needed to be. And he has worked so hard. So incredibly hard, without complaining, without giving up. He just kept working. His first grade teacher always commented on how hard he works and that he just keeps at it no matter how frustrating it might be. I hope that never changes about him. So today I was chatting with his tutor about where he was at and the plan for summer. We pulled up his scores and there it was. A green box. “At or above reading level”. My heart burst and my eyes overflowed. We did it. No really, he did it. He conquered this obstacle in front of him. I couldn’t wait for him to get home to tell him how proud of him I was. I was already crying when he walked in the door. And as I told him, I saw in his own quiet way the pride just beaming from him. Then nicely he said, “Mom, can you please stop crying.” Gosh I love being his mom. And I just have to say we could have never done it without @rachbott and the countless hours she spent cheering him on, teaching him, and loving our boy. We are going to miss you so much when you go off to Ireland. 💛💛 #wecandohardthings #proudmomma #childhoodunplugged
Some days I do a wash and go and it turns out pretty okay like this ☝🏻 other times I look like I have been stranded on a deserted island with no mirrors. And I have no clue what makes the difference 🤷🏼‍♀️. So there you go...hope your having a Happy Sunday.
She’s asked me for weeks to plant flowers. She doesn’t know that my track record of keeping things alive is less than 30 days. But I can’t say no to her so this weekend we are working on building a little garden for her. Wish us luck...which is really code for give me all your advice. I don’t want to be the reason #ivysgarden is dead before the Fourth of July. 🙏🏻👩🏻‍🌾🧚🏻‍♀️🌸🌻🌿
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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#thesekids #nofilter #childhoodunplugged #kidsforreal #candidchildhood #quoteoftheday #dailyquotes #instafunny
“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