I once sat across the room from a mentor who did not belong to my faith. We were talking about connections and not just general connections but connections formed in Christ. I will never forget what he said… “As long as we are all LOOKING FOR Christ we will always find common ground.” I don’t believe the false dichotomies the loudest voices shout at me in the world today. I see so many people actively looking for Christ by quietly pouring bowls of cereal for neighbor kids who need a snack, or friends who show up with sodas and willing hands to make burdens feel a little lighter or dads that leave everything behind to make tomorrows a little bit safer. Our ability to connect with others is our strength in overcoming all the “isms,” the isolation, hatred, and hopelessness. People need people. We all need someone and someone needs you. Whenever I actively look for Christ I find him, in others. The world is still so good. Keep looking friends.
My three year old keeps telling everyone that I got fired. I asked him who fired me today and he said....
Blessed is she who believes that the Lord will fulfill his promises to her. #hisday
I only have two spots left for Mini Sessions at my favorite location at the peak of wildflower season! And one spot left in Southern Utah at my other favorite location! Send me an email at morgan@morganslade.co (not .com) for all the details! ❤
I'm pretty sure I've relayed the terrible flashbacks of my 4th-grade talent show when my mom let me choreograph my own dance routine to Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation... The thought of my fluffy banged, lanky self, attempting to manipulate the queen of pop still haunts my pre-bed thoughts. But now my own kid has the 2nd grade talent show and she wants to sing

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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I have gone with local photographers to take family photos, since there was a family to take photos of. But there was always something missing from those photos, and thats when I stumbled upon Morgan’s photography. It was so genuine, I could feel the love emanating from images, I felt like I knew these people being photographed because how real, raw and beautifully captured they were. All of a sudden I knew Morgan was going to be the one to capture my family, my daughters grumpiness and dislike for the camera but her love for her dad. My sons vogue style poses and silly demeanor. And the love that I had for my littles and the love I had for our family. It could all be captured, and felt. Something as important as my children personalities that will fade and grow all at the same time, but in these photos I can look back and know exactly what we felt right then and there. I will return to Morgan over and over.
Our family has worked with Morgan a few times now and I love that I can be confident in the photos we will get back simply because she brings out the best in everyone there. She’s personable and funny and down to earth, which allows her clients to feel comfortable to be themselves. There’s something about her more candid style that brings out the love and reminds you why you’re wild about your family in the first place, and that love is so perfectly captured in her beautiful photos. Not only do you walk away with a stunning product, but you also have the memory of a special experience with the people you love. I always leave a shoot with Morgan with so much happiness in my heart and excitement to work with her again.
Using Morgan for our photos was (and is) THE best decision for capturing memories of our family. Morgan’s talent for capturing the right shot is incredible-- she’s got that knack and that feeling to make it just right. She constantly makes us feel like we are the most beautiful family in the world--shot after shot. She is so child-friendly and so full of fantastic ideas. Morgan is who I turn to time and time again as my children grown. Her photography is what I hang on my wall to remember each state of our beautifully documented life.
The hardest part of this entire session was finding a date that worked for all 28 of our crazy and fun family. After that, AK Studio worked their magic. They communicated every need and professional tip up until picture day. Morgan was amazing to work with and felt like family as she worked through individual pics, couple pics, family pics and a big group photo. We laughed. We joked. We teased. And she kept her camera ready. She felt like family as we walked away, and then we saw her vision and magic when the photos were ready. How do you thank someone that captured life and light and family!? We’re grateful, and we will be back!
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 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. 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. 
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.  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. Thank you so much for a great session and especially capturing our joy!


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