6 reasons to consider hiring an Associate Photography Team

hiring an Associate Photography Team - AK Studio & Design

Congrats on your engagement! We are so happy for you! As you embark on your wedding planning, you are going to be faced with a lot of decisions. In choosing your wedding photographer, you are making one of the most important wedding decisions about your wedding day.

After all is said and done, your photography is the only thing you will walk away with from your wedding…besides your love. So who you choose is extremely important.

We have no doubt the thought of a choosing an associate shooter can can cause feelings of nervousness, as it is a relatively new concept in our area. But we wanted to explain the process to you a little bit further and give you a handful of great reasons why an associate shooter is a great choice for your wedding!

Before we get into all the reasons choosing an associate photographer is a smart choice, we want to explain to you exactly what an associate shooter at our company truly is. Many times when you hear the word “associate” or even “second” shooter, instantly you probably think of an assistant, someone who is less experienced, and someone who doesn’t have the ability or experience to shoot a wedding as the primary shooter.

At Abbey Kyhl, that is the furthest thing from the truth. All of our associates have years of experience shooting weddings as the lead shooter. But for personal reasons, whether it is to focus on their family, they don’t love all the things that go into running a business, or they just wanted to be part of a team. Each of them have joined us and we are so excited to have them. Having amazing, experienced photographers who can help our brides is a blessing to us because we can now match any budget and be available for nearly every date.

Each year Abbey receives over 700 wedding inquiries, and the reality of life is that she just can’t physically shoot that many weddings and provide an amazing quality experience. By including experienced associate photographers to our team, we will now be able to welcome even more AK bride’s into our company’s family.

So now let’s get to the reasons why an associate shooter is a great fit for you!

#1 – More bang for your buck!

The reality of life is that many brides are on a wedding budget and only have a certain amount allocated for their wedding photography. Many times that budget determines the level of photographer you can hire.

In the traditional wedding photography market, less budget equals a less experienced photographer. Depending on your budget, you may be hiring a wedding photographer who only has a few weddings under their belt. But not with us. We have packages for nearly every wedding budget and you still get to take advantage of all the years and years of experience, planning, resources, organization and training that comes with an experienced photographer.

You get access to all of Abbey Kyhl’s session prep information, the AK bride experience, and everything that she provides to her own brides that have been the cornerstone of her business. You are also working with photographers who have been shooting for years and who are constantly going through training and mentoring with Abbey to become better and better all the time.

#2 – You aren’t hiring one person, you are hiring a team!

With AK Studio & Design, you get more than just one person watching out for you. You get access to Abbey and all of her client experience, constant communication with our Team Manager, and of course you will be getting oodles of personal attention from your associate photographer.

With a team set-up, you have multiple people making sure that your experience is amazing and that your wedding photography is just what you dream it will be. So nothing falls through the cracks because we are all committed to making your big day the perfect day.

#3 – There is always a back-up in place 

We hear horror stories all the time of photographers backing out, getting sick, showing up late, and many other things that no bride should have to ever have to worry or stress about. With Abbey Kyhl & Associates there is always a back up in place in case something happens.

We are a team, with a family mentality, who are here to support each other which means supporting you as well and making sure that your wedding is stress free and just what you envision it will be.

Whether we show up to hold an umbrella on a rainy wedding day, help lead a big crowd, or whatever the situation calls for, you can count on our team to take amazing care of you on your big day and step in when the need arises.

#4 – Experience! Experience! Experience!

When you hire an associate photographer with our team, you are gaining access to years and years of experience. From the over 200 weddings that Abbey herself has shot, to the years of experience that our associates have shot, there isn’t a single thing that we haven’t seen, experienced or been through.

Every wedding day fiasco, every complicated family situation, every unique and special situation, we have seen it all. So instead of hiring a photographer who is “just figuring things out” you are able to have access to professionals who have been through a lot.

We are constantly in contact with each other, sharing ideas and experiences, so with any situation that might come up we can handle it and have probably been through it before and can make sure that we use that experience to make your day stress free and all those unique situations handled just perfectly.

#5 – We have a proven system in place!

Each bride that works with our company gets access to the entire AK bride experience. From session prep, vendor suggestions, timeline help, oodles of other information and anything else you need we don’t hold anything back and no matter who you are you are important to us. We are grateful that of all the choices out there that you have chosen us and we want you to have the best of everything we have to offer.

Abbey has always prided herself for her organization, client experience, turnaround, and ability to connect with her brides and our associates and entire team are committed to providing you with all of those same ideals.

#6 – The office focuses on all the things photographers loathe, so they can focus on what they love…YOU!

The reality of life is that many photographers dread the business side of things. They got into photography because they love interacting with clients, love being a part of your big day, love capturing the moments and emotion of your wedding, and love the photography element. Though our associates have all had experience in running their own businesses and done an amazing job at it, if they had to choose business over shooting, they would leap at the chance to just create stunning images. Which is where our team jumps in.

Our office takes care of all the editing and business aspects that make for a smooth and amazing experience, so your photographer can put their whole heart into being with you behind the camera. They are able to focus on the things that they love and we are able to take care of all the behind the scenes aspects that need to be top-notch as well that we love doing. Our Team Manager is amazing at keeping things organized, on schedule, and making sure you have everything you need. Abbey handles all of the client experience and business elements of things that she loves. So you gain an amazing photography experience, without having to sacrifice on the business end with a photographer who either doesn’t have the experience yet in that aspect or whose heart just isn’t in it.

We hope that you are as excited to work with us and we are to work with you. Contact us! Please let us know what questions you have. We are here to help. Talk to you soon!

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How many of you have joined President Nelsons challenge to read The Book of Mormon by the end of the year?

I have been wanting to do this for awhile now already and was excited to have this nudge to get started. I just got my @lineuponline journaling edition of #thebookofmormon and it felt like the perfect time to put it to use.

As I was beginning my reading, I felt really strongly that I didn't just want to read, I wanted to study.

So I have decided to follow the chapter layout of The Book of Mormon student manual (got it from @deseretbook for less than $5) and to read with The Book Of Mormon Made Easier books by David J. Ridges. They make it like having a true scriptorian reading along with you.

Do you want to join me? 
There are 56 chapters of the student manual and 75 days left in the year (which means you can have 19 free days in case life happens). I am going to be posting daily in the She That Seeks facebook group my thoughts and hope others will share their thoughts as well! The link to the facebook group is in my profile if you want to join us!
Morning everyone! I am so excited to be coming off my 10-Day Social Media Fast. It was exactly what my heart and my mind needed.

There is this part of me that wanted to just stay off of social media forever. But another part of me is so excited to be back because I have had so many amazing thoughts and feelings flood me that I can't wait to share.

During this social media fast one of the greatest
Walking into this #generalconference, I had a very specific list of questions that I was seeking answers to. I wrote them down and prayed over them and have been listening for the answers I am needing in my life. As the day has unfolded I have received more personal revelation than I could have expected.
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Tonight our dear prophet, Russell M. Nelson challenged all the women of our church to take a 10-day fast from social media and all types of media that does not uplift us in our divine duties.
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When you own a business, taking a break from social media can seem scary. It can seem as though something will fall through the cracks or be missed. Like we will be forgotten, momentum will be lost, and all our hard work will go down the drain. But I also believe so strongly in the power of obedience.
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In 2013, before he was ordained the president of our church, President Nelson also promised us that while “obedience can bring blessings; exact obedience brings miracles.”
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I have seen the power of exact obedience and so I am heeding the call. I believe that taking this ten days off has the power to do so much for the women, mothers, daughters and female leaders of our church.
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I know it will help me find clarity in the paths I am seeking. I’m excited to see what unfolds. I know it will make me a better wife, a better mother, a better woman, and a better daughter of God.
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But as I log off, I have one prompting for anyone who sees this...if you didn’t watch the Womens Conference DO IT! I gained so much insight and guidance and personal revelation and I know you will too 💛💛💛 #tendayfast #socialmediafast #obedience #lds #latterdaysaints #exactobedience (email me if you need me)
Throughout just this first session of #generalconference, I know that all the changes that are coming to our church are modern-day revelation to help us in preparation of the coming of Christ. I kept thinking of the parable of the ten virgins and how much this applies to the exact place we are in right now in our church.
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Are we the five wise virgins? or the five foolish virgins? Are we preparing for the coming of Christ?
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“Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom.
see each other 💛 love each other 💛 serve each other
One minute she talks about Jesus and the next minute she’s the stinkiest stubbornest stinker that you’ve ever met.
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The last few weeks this girl has been giving us a run for our money. She is the queen of “no” and wants to do everything her own way. She has more energy than any person I’ve ever met. She has so much personality and so much strength and so much stubborn in her tiny little body. She’s too smart for her own good and I’m pretty sure her ears are glued on.
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Once when I was struggling with her in a grocery store a cute older woman said to me, “Just imagine what she will do in life if you can harness all of that for good.”
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I’ve reminded myself of that more times than I can count. And today it’s become a chant I’m saying to myself as I try not to go completely crazy with her. #prayforme #imsotired
Earlier today she was coloring a scripture coloring page and asked me what the scripture on the page said.
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“I can do all things through Christ,” I told her.
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“I like that mommy. Did you know Jesus loves me?”, she asked me.
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I smiled and nodded.
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These last few months, as I’ve tried to put my faith forward more, I’ve watched the affect it has had on my kids as well. Instead of just scripture stories that they read about in the Bible, I’m watching how they are slowly but surely developing a true relationship with Christ.
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I especially love watching Ivy. She talks about the Savior the same way she talks about other people in her life. People she loves and knows well. She has always loved to share facts and tidbits of people she loves with me. She loves discovering new things about people that she can share with me. “Mommy, did you know @biancamadsen_ loves pineapples? Mommy, did you know Grandma is Daddy’s mommy? Mommy did you know Hal has a dog?”
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And I’m loving hearing the things she shares with me about Jesus. “Mommy, did you know that Jesus wants us to wear sunscreen because He loves us? Mommy did you know that Jesus and Grandma Cinderella are together in heaven? Mommy, did you know we can step in Jesus’ footsteps?”
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Listening to her has been a reminder of how simple a growing faith can be. And even the smallest and simplest understanding of the gospel can bless our lives. We don’t have to be any more than we are right now, we don’t have to know any more than we do in this moment. We can be close to Christ and strong in the gospel no matter how big our faith or our knowledge is. We can start where we are and come unto Him. And He will grow our understanding. He will be our teacher. And He will help us find the confidence to share what we know about Him and share His goodness with others. #sharegoodness
✌🏻Two Days
⚾️ Eight Games
📷 Ten Thousand Photos
🙌🏻 It’s Tournament Time
I’m going to be a bit morbid here for just a minute...bear with me. I think all the time what life would be like for my family if I died. Maybe it’s because my mom died younger than she should of and I know the hole that leaves behind.
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So I think about that. Did I do enough? Did I teach enough? Did I prepare them enough to live in a world without me?
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I also think about the things we leave behind when we’re gone. The things our loves ones will cling to when we are no longer here....photos, words, thoughts, memories, the things we share that really matter. The things they will use to feel close to us.
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My mom didn’t leave enough. Her entire life’s legacy came down to a single box. One box.
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And as I was thinking about the things we cling to I heard a whisper in my ear, “And social media.” I have a dear friend who unexpectedly lost her husband and I know that social media has become something she clings to. I know she and her children pour over his pictures, his videos, and the words he shared when he was here.
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I realized in that moment that our posts have power. More than I had ever realized before. They may someday be the way that the people we love connect with us. And we can’t forget that.
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And I started to think, if my kids sat down to pour over my social media would it help them feel close to me? What would it show them was important in my life? What were the things that I thought were important enough to share with the entire world and ultimately put out there forever? Did I talk about products I loved or people I loved? Did I share my heart or did I just share my art? Did I use my accounts to shine light to the world or put a spotlight on myself? Am I leaving online just a business legacy or a life legacy too? Now I understand people use social media for business, but is that all we use it for? Are we missing the point of what these platforms are really for?
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Our time is so fleeting and we just never know and I want to leave behind a feed full of memories, and thoughts, and love, and testimony, and guidance. Something they can cling to and truly connect with. Something that matters.
⚾️ GRAND SLAM ⚾️ I am so incredibly proud of this boy. This season has pushed him and stretched him and I just love these moments when he can see how all his hard work is paying off!!!!
This is my friend Peggy (who is probably going to hate that I’m posting this 😂) but I just have to share some thoughts she shared with me the other day. 
We were chatting about how much power we have to influence people in our social media circles and how we need to remember that and not lose site of the importance of it.
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Here’s what she sent to me...
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“Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church.
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He prophesied: “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.” ❤️ this last line!!!”
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She also shared this with me...
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“The last days are not for the faint of heart or the spiritually out of shape. There will be days when you feel defeated, exhausted, and plain old beat-up by life’s whiplash. People you love will disappoint you—and you will disappoint them. You’ll probably struggle with some kind of mortal appetite. Some days it will feel as though the veil between heaven and earth is made of reinforced concrete. And you may even face a crisis of faith. In fact, you can count on trials that test your testimony and your faith.
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The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been.
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God wants a powerful people. No one better understands that Satan is real and that he has power. (see comments)...
Made it to Texas! First stop Denton!
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So excited for the next five days of speaking to youth and families about how we can be more time wise with our technology ❤️💙
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Oh and I thought I understood heat because Utah is a Deseret but yeah, no. Utah has nothing on Texas 🔥🙅🏼‍♀️
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I still have a few dates open in Utah and Arizona if you want me to come speak to your group ✌🏻Just message me.
The last few months some crazy things have happened that have changed me so much. I’ve found myself at so many crossroads and I’ve found myself taking time to pause and just listen and be guided. It has led me to some pretty amazing places I wouldn’t have maybe chosen for myself but that I really needed.
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I’ve also tried really hard in my life and my business to really listen for promptings from God on what I should do. I’ve owned a business for 12 years and I’ve never relied so much before on those promptings as I am now.
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It’s been interesting what has happened. Earlier this year as I was planning out my marketing plans I had an overwhelmingly strong feeling that Instagram didn’t need to be a part of it for us to find success. So we listened and shut down our photography Instagram account. I held my breathe on that decision. But then something amazing happened. Well actually nothing happened. Our inquiries didn’t stop or slow and our business kept growing. It didn’t need Instagram.
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And now here I am again feeling like it’s time to let go even more. We started our #prayseekserverepeat challenge and I totally thought this little platform would be essential to it, but instead our FB group has flourished and become this amazing little community that I am loving.
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The last few weeks as we have been planning business things for 2019, I have felt this urging to step back from Instagram even more. I was so unsure about that but then our Pinterest account hit 600k monthly viewers and our Facebook exposure has been flourishing. Everyday all these things were happening that showed me I can do all the things I want to do without being actively engaged in Instagram.
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@tysonkyhl and I were talking last night about what is important for our family and what we want us to become and the reality of life is we both spend too much time with our phones in our hands. So in order to be a more present person who has more time to be face-to-face with the people I love, I’m stepping away from the ‘gram a bit. I’m not deleting it but I’d like to live a life that doesn’t include a daily dose of Instagram. So here goes...see on FB friends 👋🏻👋🏻
Last first day of preschool. How did that happen? 😥 I can’t believe how much this girl is growing up. She has more energy and light in her than anyone I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to watch her take on this year and then the world 💛💛💛 #dogoodbekind
It’s this guys birthday. But instead of celebrating him, I’m in bed 🤢. Boo. Nobody should be sick when it’s somebody you love’s birthday. Looks like I am going to have to fulfill his birthday wish...which if you know what he asked for last year 😳🙈 #prayforme
Ditching all my responsibilities to have a super fun day with my girl and her favorite friends 💛
Don’t mind me...I’m just sitting here bawling like a crazy person. 😭😭😭Most people that know me a bit think I’m this super confident, independent, take charge type. But those who really know me, know that I only have the ability to ever be any of those things because of this guy.
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He’s truly the reason I can do anything in this world and right now he’s gone. It’s pathetic what a mess I become when he’s away. I fall apart. And of course then I feel terrible because I think, “I should be nicer, kinder and more loving to him when he is around.”
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The last few days there have been so many times I just wanted to talk to him because I knew he would know what to say. I miss all his jokes and sarcasm. We had a super emotional day yesterday with baseball and I know it probably wouldn’t have even been an issue if he had been around. Even my kids are feeling it. We just don’t work without him.
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He was able to come home today for a few hours and it seemed like the world was just set right. When he left my little eight year old started crying and said, “I just feel happier when we are all together.”...me too buddy, me too.
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Later I was thinking how I can’t be myself without him. I can’t be the mom I want to be, I can’t be the friend I want to be, I can’t even be the business owner I want to be. I just feel less and I feel like we just have to hunker down and brave the storm until he comes home.
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As I was thinking about how much I miss him and how much he makes the world right for our family, it occurred to me that Christ has the power to do that same thing in our lives. He has the power to make the world right for us.
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The last two years have been such a faith growing experience for me and I have learned more than ever that I also can’t be who I want to be without His guiding influence in my life. The closer I come to Christ, the more I truly feel like I am who I am supposed to be. And especially in these times when I’m a mess of a mom and can’t call on my husband, He is there, just waiting for me to seek His help and comfort.
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#shethatseeks