I wasn't going to do this, but I just read five posts in a row that made me want to watch that scene when Jack let's go in Titanic in slow motion... So here you go friends. A little bum crack, double chin, and some 4 day unwashed hair. I call it-
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wingardium leviosa.....the boy who lived... after THE WORST FLU and flushing a metal fidget spinner down our toilet which subsequently flooded...after he pooped in it. We've been stuck inside for the last few days... we made Harry Potter wands, watched all the movies... so here we are. I'm so glad I could pass down my love for the wizarding world to my kids!
Long day... just trying to grant myself some grace. Life is good, moments are hard...never eat cookies wearing sweatpants...I might have some regrets in the morning.

Morgan Slade

I chase authenticity just as passionately as I chase light.I am fluent in tantrums, a champion of bathroom emergencies and I’ve got Daniel Tiger songs for just about every major life scenario. I promise to never put you in a box and to capture your family in such a way that shows the world your truth. Let’s write your story together.


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They say it better than we ever could..

I love how easy it is to get comfortable with Morgan. She is sweet and funny. She works very good with the kids and I love her personality you can't help but laugh and have a smile on your face the whole session cause of her fun outgoing personality.
Morgan Slade is the best! She is not only amazingly talented, she is one of the most incredible people I have ever met.  She is fun, kind, thoughtful, talented, and patient. She has taken our family pictures three times and they have come out beautiful and every time.  I have a young and unique family.  Two boys, ages five and four and a little girl, age 2.  My two boys are also on the Autism Spectrum.  They have a hard time making eye contact with the camera.  They are also high energy and don’t always have the capacity to focus on the task at hand. These unique and special little beings make taking pictures an extra fun challenge for all involved and while it is stressful, I absolutely love the chaos of it.  Thankfully, Morgan knows just how to match their energy and chaos with her excitement, playfulness, patience, and understanding.  Her ability to do this allows their fun and energetic personalities to be captured in every shot.  I have treasured pictures of my kids in a playful choke hold with each other, dancing, rolling down hills, being tossed in a blanket, and playing superheroes.  One of my favorite pictures captures my oldest dancing, my second trying to jump out of my arms, and my husband and daughter nailing a high-air toss.  It captured that time in our lives in the most perfect way.  If you are looking for a photographer who will take the stress out of family pictures and who has the amazing ability to capture the REAL moments and essence of who your family is, look no further.  Morgan Slade is your gal!  She is beyond gifted in her ability to interact with your family and capture the unique emotions of each individual.  She is absolutely incredible at her trade and so much fun to work with.   Love you, Morgan!
Morgan was very flexible and kind to work with my crazy schedule. She switched my session for me and I couldn't thank her enough. This team is very professional and I felt like I could trust them and that my pictures would be worth the money spent. I would like other clients to know that the mini sessions are a steal and just right for annual pictures. When picking my proofs, they looked beautiful before even being edited. I've been wanting to try a mini session for a year and I am so glad I jumped on this season, so excited to get my edited pictures back!
I loved how easy you guys are to work with.  All email communication was very prompt and informative. When I had questions or concerns, they were immediately addressed. Everyone I interacted with was very kind and professional. I even had to reschedule because of a death in the family and Morgan could not have been more gracious and kind. Overall, it's been a fantastic experience!
Everyone I talked with or emailed was very polite, friendly and professional. I really appreciated the survey I filled out about our family so you may get to know us before the session. Everything went very smoothly. Transactions were done in a timely manner.  Our photographer, Morgan, was very friendly, talented, creative and her pictures were very unique. Editing was very prompt. You won’t regret working with AK Studio & Design!
We love our photographer!! Through many years of me torturing my family with pictures, Morgan has made the experience fun and happy.  They know she will be efficient and timely.  I love the way the photos reflect our families true silliness.  The environment is relaxed and allows for us to just be happy. They get a natural smile and honestly it's an enjoyable hour.  I love the results.  We keep coming back year after year.
Morgan has taken our family pictures the past two years and not only are the photos spectacular, they also do any awesome job at wrangling kids and taking great candid shots which are my favorite. She is accommodating, fun and kind!
The fact that we arrived at our destination 15 minutes early and Morgan was already there was telling. It felt that she was just as excited about taking our pictures as we were! We had a tight schedule and that was perfect for us.  After the initial greetings we took off down the path (at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT), and Morgan noticed that there happened to be a LOT of construction going on there. Quite a few of her favorite places had been closed off. That did not stop her though, she just kept walking until she reached a spot that was available and got to work! Morgan engaged my children and was able to showcase their personalities very well. She even got my stubborn 3 year old to dance and smile when neither myself nor my husband could. She was so patient when I felt like I might lose my cool, which in turn kept me patient. I am very pleased with the end results, especially seeing the beautiful way my children were portrayed. I will definitely have Morgan as our photographer again in the future.
Our session was really great! Morgan captured each one of our family members at their best. She knows just how to get real genuine smiles and moments that tell a story of who we really are as a family and as individuals. I appreciated her knowledge and experience as you can see as the result of our photography session.  The lighting, location and moments were perfect. She truly embraced the personalities of each of our children and even had a way of getting my husband and I to truly enjoy the moment. I absolutely love our pictures! My favorite moments captured were of my husband and I in a true moment of joy showing our admiration for each other.  Also, my children doing the things they love. The picture of my daughter, Halle, doing a leap is priceless! Her free spirit really shines. The love we all have for our little MaKray was also captured in another picture as we are talking and playing with him. My oldest son’s more introverted personality shines through in his pictures. I appreciate that Morgan embraced our personalities and didn’t try making us do poses or things that weren’t like us. She was very observant in discovering the natural tendencies of each of us. She also was smart about the order of pictures taken. I really appreciated that because babies can be very uncooperative! Thank you so much for a great session and especially capturing our joy!


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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.
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“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