hey there!

I’m Abbey Kyhl

I’m just here to take care of the people God has assigned to me. Blessed with what I need. Working hard for what I want.
What I Really Do: Skype a lot. Teach a lot. Email a lot. Pray a lot. Write a lot. Eat cookies...a lot.
My Seven Summers Goal: Find, remodel, and pay off a forever home (with a pool) that my kids can grow up in.

I started in business a decade ago when I opened my own photography studio, AK Studio & Design. I was just like so many others out there. I struggled to figure out how to run a profitable, effective business that made me happy and wasn’t a burden on my family. I got stuck in the hamster wheel of late nights, tasks that took too long, and never having enough hours in the day.

Have you ever felt that way? Do you stay up long after everyone else has gone to bed? Do you entertain your kids with technology so you can sneak work in?

I have been there and I know how that makes us feel as both business owners and parents and it isn’t good.

We all started these businesses to be a BENEFIT to our families, right? But it's really easy for that dream to get lost in the details of doing the work. It took a lot of hard work but I finally figured it all out and grew my business from a one-woman hustle to a thriving team. And best of all I was able to learn how to become a master of my minutes so I could not only be a business owner who found great success but the type of parent I could be proud of.

The parent who shows up. The parent who is always on the side-lines cheering on her kids. The parent who is present.

But I am not an exception to any rule. And I have seen hundreds of others take my tools and tips and find their own Seven Summers success. My team and I are here to help you accomplish that exact same thing! Let’s do this!

meet the team

Better at

recent speaking & teaching events

United Conference
Pinners Conference
The Shift Conference
Photo Native Conference
Balance Retreat
Zenfolio Zoom Tour
Bokeh Podcast
Sprouting Photographer Podcast
Six-Figure Photographer Podcast
Life Boss Podcast
$1k Mom Podcast
Evolving Workshop Sold Out National Tour

favorite speaking topics

Better at Business

  • The 24-Hour Work Week
  • Better At Business. Better At Life.
  • Building An Associate Team
  • Systems = Success
  • Workflows That Work
  • Manageable Marketing
  • Automation, Delegation, Elimination, Replication
  • Dealing With Digital Distractions

Better At Parenting

  • Present Parenting
  • Making Up Motherhood
  • Controlling Chore Chaos
  • Emotional Intelligence For Kids
  • The Secret To Success : Showing Up

Better At Faith

  • Faith in Five Minutes A Day
  • Faith & Resilience : Finding Joy Through Adversity
  • The Miracle Of Forgiveness : A True Life Testament
  • Left Behind : Losing a Loved One To Suicide
  • We Are Daughters Of A God Who Shows Up
  • Dealing With Digital Distractions (faith based)

Better At Time

  • The 24-Hour Work Week
  • Almost Unplugged Family
  • Almost Unplugged Summer
  • Dealing With Digital Distractions
  • Dealing With Digital Distractions (faith based)

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straight from the ones who know me best...

TrippMom's Best Buddy
My mom is really helpful and she is really smart which is why she wears glasses. She can type really fast which makes it so she can get work done quicker. She always talks to me and helps me figure out my problems. Plus, she can bring cookies.
Kayla Trujillotheblueprint™@trulyphotographyut
I have been a long time fan of Abbey and her business. She has a wonderful mind for business and marketing - the parts of a business that can be the scariest for a creative. I love her perspective on work-life balance. I loved her philosophy that a business should be a benefit to your family and if it's not, something needs to change. Abbey has impacted my business and my family in huge ways. She is kind and such a great industry role model. I have loved learning from her and will always continue to seek her advice.
Todd WatsonIndustry Friend@showit.co
Abbey is a beacon of wisdom in the midst of the hustle and pressure entrepreneurs feel to launch and grow a business. She causes you to refocus on priorities and the reason to pursue your passion.
Eryn LeighCoaching Student@erynleigh_
Abbey has been a huge motivator in my life and business. I have done her Master's Coaching and just started theblueprint™. Abbey is someone you can always count on to help you move forward. Her focus is more holistic; she looks at the big picture and makes sure your focus on succeeding is not at the cost of yourself. I have felt nothing but pride and motivation from her and the gratitude I feel for her influence cannot be put into words.
Lacey Alexandertheblueprint™@laceyalexander_
I have been mind blown over and over from listening to Abbey speak and taking courses from Seven Summers.  Not only have I received vital information, but I have learned specific tools to take action and become the successful person I know I can be.  Talent alone can only get you so far.  Abbey will take you the rest of the way.
Kylee Ann MaughnIndustry Friend@kyleeannstudios
Abbey is like the mother of all businesses. She‘s an amazing teacher and speaker but even more than that she nurturer, supports, hand holds & cheers you on along your path - whatever it may be.
The GilmoresCoaching Student@gilmorestudios
Abbey is a wealth of knowledge and has so many good ideas that we have implemented in our studio to grow.  She helped us with strategies, simple tricks to do things better and faster, and is teaching us how to manage other photographers.  There is such a HUGE value in being able to talk to someone that has been where you are wanting to go.  Hiring Abbey as a business coach has been the most influential thing we have done in our business this year and we are excited to continue working with her.
Erica PowellIndustry Friend@ericapowell
Abbey has been a speaker at my retreat as well as a personal inspiration to me as I have been building my business. She is bold, brave, and always keeps her family at the heart of her business decisions, which has inspired me to do the same for myself. As an educator she is motivating, honest, and has the ability to simplify even very difficult concepts, allowing business owners to feel confident about implementing the concepts she teaches. I’m grateful to be a part of Abbey’s community and look forward to our next steps and projects together.
IvyThe Baby Sister
My mom is really good at working with her friends. She also is really good at eating dinner with our family. She can give you the prettiest Pail Nolish (nail polish) and she will take you to Lagoon.
Kelsee BoyerThe Shift@kboyerfilms
Being able to say The Shift was a life raft for me is my favorite truth of 2018 so far! Each course has brought positivity, encouragement, and empowerment to me. More important than any business tip or trick, to me, is the personal, daily life, core person uplift it has brought. Each instructor has helped me coarse correct in one way or another and I can not wait to continue implementing daily what I have learned. The Shift has helped me see that critical to any success, in any industry, is an individual who can take charge of their own life and live it well. I now have in my arsenal incredible reminders of how to get back on track and I will always be grateful for that.
Priscilla Davis7S Team Member + Former Student@priscilladavis
Abbey and Seven Summers Creative has helped me take back my life by taking control of my TIME. I’ve learned how to make the best use of my time so that I can spend it with my family. I learned that every time I said YES to something I shouldn’t, that meant I was saying NO to my family. I’ve kept that thought with me always. No more digital distractions, no more overworking myself, and no more mom guilt over missed moments. Now with two kids I’ve learned that time is what matters and I have to spend it wisely.
JacksonThe Mini-Me
My mom is a hard worker and she never backs down from a job. She has a lot of confidence and is always kind. She always helps me when I have problems, so I am sure she could help you. Plus, she never lets out her monster voice, she always uses her nice voice.
Hiliary Meenderinktheblueprint™@hiliary.kastudios
Abbey is one of the most creative people I know. I’ve been following her for years and anytime she starts something new, I just think “Abbey is GOLD!” Anything she does is successful because behind her creativity is strategy. Creativity is nothing without strategy and execution preceding it. I’m so happy that I get to have Abbey as a mentor to support and teach me throughout my career.
Katie Parkertheblueprint™@katieparkerphotography
Coaching with Abbey is hands down the best thing I have done for my business. Her no-excuse approach makes it extra motivating to get things done. I had a hard time taking big projects and big goals on, and she helped me break them down into easier, doable tasks. Her knowledge for business in the photography industry runs very deep and she know how to help you improve in your weakest points. She was always on top of what needed to be done, and always knew what direction to take next. The best part that I was not expecting was a amazing friendship, someone I could be one hundred percent real with, and someone I will always run to with more questions when I need help!
Emily Hardytheblueprint™@emilyhardyphotography
I was tired of being tired and pushing everything aside for work. I signed up for  theblueprint™ and Abbey totally gets me! She is helping me implement everything I am learning so I can make space and time in my life to be present.
Breanna McKendrickWorkshop Attendee@breannamckendrickphoto
At first, I wanted to do and say all of the same things as she does, but Abbey knew how important it was to discover and learn my own processes so that I could share genuinely with my clients. he offers a lot of info and resources that have worked for her, but also gives you enough room to explore what will work for you. She has a great respect for allowing you to be your own brand and find your own voice while she is there to support and help you in any way along that path. That empowerment is far more beneficial than just selling you a template of how to run a photography business where you insert your name. It takes more time, mentoring and care, but the value of this experience is worth so much more!!
Bryan CaporicciIndustry Friend@bcapphoto
Abbey has an incredible way of connecting with people and inspiring thoughts. She is thoughtful and analytical in her teaching, but also kind and caring in her approach.
Kenzie Victory24-Hour Work Week@kenzievictory
2017 was a hard year for me to say the least. I worked over 80 hours just about every single week. By September, I was burned. My husband rarely saw me and when he did, it was pretty much the top of my head as I was usually staring at a computer screen editing. I'm so glad I decided to take chance on the 24 hour work week. It's not just for photographers with kids, it is for anyone that has a business and also has people that love them and want to spend time with them. It isn't fluff, it is real application work. To say the least, I loved it!
TysonThe Hubby
Abbey gives her full dedication and devotion to anything she takes on. Your project becomes her project. But the best part is she is really easy to talk to and makes the work fun.
Amy Hirschi@amyhirschi_
I can honestly say that the best thing I ever did for my business was learn how to run it like a business from the start. This lesson and its practices have helped me across the two different businesses I've started. No matter what Abbey is offering, whether it's an in person workshop, online class, personal coaching, or speaking to an audience, (which I've participated in all of these), I know I'll learn a lot, and feel pumped about life. Now that I'm having my first child and starting a whole new phase in my journey, I'm so excited that I have Seven Summers on my team!
McKenna ReynoldsCoaching Student@mckennarosephoto
When I heard Abbey speak I wasn't sure how to have a family AND a business. Her genuine transparency hit me straight to the heart and relieved so much stress. I was so influenced by her presentation that I had to sign up for her Marketing Lab, The 24-hour Workweek, and 30 Days to Better Business. I worked with her one on one and her skills as a businesswoman and her intention to help you reach your goals is powerful. Abbey knows how and cares about helping you get yourself where you wanna be.
Ryan WelchIndustry Friend@ryanwelchweddings
Abbey has been a huge inspiration within both of our creative businesses. I’ve learnt time-saving tricks from her that I’ve not only been able to implement into my own schedule but also share with my whole team to make us more productive as a business. Thanks so much Abbey - we’ll repay you some day!
Kylie HoschouerThe Shift@lifelooksphotography
I have known that I am going about things wrong for quite awhile now. The feeling of constantly spinning my wheels with the slowest improvements to my business had me drained! As I’ve been pouring my heart, soul and time into my little photography business, my children and husband are often left to play second fiddle to my dreams. For the past year I have wondered where I’ll find the time to learn all that I need to be successful without sacrificing my family. Along came Abbey Kyhl and theblueprint™. I knew I’d found the answer to my heart’s prayer. There have been MANY moments I have let out a “YES,” and “Oh my goodness!” theblueprint™ has spoken to my heart and I am changing my mindset for good. I will be better than I have been before and my family and business will thrive.
Jessie EvansConsulting Client@photonative
Abbey is a genius. After working with her we became more organized and more focused. We learned a lot of things, but mostly that we can't just get by on word of mouth. We need to be actively building our business both online and offline. After working with Seven Summers, we had a clearer vision of what it is we wanted to offer, and how to get there. We were able to more fully translate our desire for Photo Native into a reality, to clarify our goals and elevate the experience for those who attend.
Casey JamesPhoto Native Attendee@casey_james_photography
I recently heard Abbey speak at Photo Native and it was definitely one of the highlights of my weekend. She is so passionate about what she is teaching and it would be impossible to not leave without a sense of empowerment. I was so inspired to make changes in how I run my business as soon as I got home. A few weeks later and I am still going back to my notes and learning from the resources she provided.
Kandis BroadheadThe Shift@wish_kandis_wish
I can't say enough amazing things about The Shift.   I started The Shift because I felt I needed a SHIFT in my business, but what I am finding out is that the shift I need in my professional life is because I needed a shift in my personal life. I am only 5 classes in and I am amazed at how I am already changing. I am learning that I am perfectly capable of making my deepest desires happen and that I have a purpose.  Figuring out what is truly important is already changing my life on all spectrums.   I never thought I needed a course like this...now I know I do.   Abbey and all the other teachers will change your life if you let them.
Elyse AlexandriaPhoto Native Attendee@elysealexandriaphoto
After attending Abbey's class at Photo Native a few years back, I left feeling inspired and energized. Abbey is one of the few teachers who not only will blow you away with her business smarts, but will also give you tangible ways to implement them into YOUR business. And everything she teaches has you working better, instead of adding more to your workload. Basically, Abbey is crazy awesome & is a wealth of knowledge AND goes the extra step of giving you a kick in the pants to actually DO the work. She is seriously the real deal.
Nathan HolritzIndustry Friend@nathanholritz
It’s rare to meet someone in a creative industry with such a strong sense for business and workflow. Abbey is that exception, and the combined perspective of a photographer with the skillset of a CEO and manager means that Abbey can lend comprehensive insight to photographers who not only want to grow their businesses, but also  have a life at the same time!
Bianca Madsen7S Team Member + Former Student@biancamadsen_

I'd rather have Abbey in my life than all the pineapples in the world. And that’s saying something! Abbey shares a little piece of herself in everything she does. I knew that investing in coaching with her would give my business the boost it needed. What I didn't realize at the time was how working with Abbey and the team would also help me be a better parent, have a better marriage, and overcome my own personal challenges to be the very best version of me. Those are all things you can’t put a price on! I'm so grateful to be a part of everything that 7S believes in.

Lindsey ArdmoreIndustry Friend@lindseyardmore
After knowing Abbey and Seven Summers for quite some time, I know she is the TOP coach in the creative industry. I've never met someone so passionate about helping others succeed in business as Abbey is. She truly teaches concepts that are missing (yet completely fundamental) for creatives. I'm proud to be a friend of Seven Summers Creative.
Kinsey Holttheblueprint™@kinseyholtphotography
I keep coming back for more education from Abbey! I want to be present for my family and grow my business, and be successful in both areas - she is so good at teaching exactly what I need to do that. She has helped me implement systems, and get organized so that I'm not a hot mess - I'm a CEO! And it's not just about the business. She has pushed me to really take a look at my priorities, break down goals to actually achieve them, and develop habits and mindsets for success in any area of life!
Justin Timberlake@justintimberlake
Just kidding...we didn't help Justin with his business...but we're available if he needs help!
Jacki Millertheblueprint™@foilandink
I needed some serious help getting organized. Getting my products out there online for the world to see is a huge struggle for me. theblueprint™ seemed to have the perfect recipe for marketing your business without spending countless hours in front of the computer and away from my family. This will be the best and most freeing decision you make. You will want to outsource everything once you see how wonderful it is!
Anna MarisolUnited Attendee@anna_marisol
I cried while Abbey spoke to my heart. There was a room filled with photographers and many of them parents who also wept as she told the story of 7 Summers. Her powerful speech prompted me to be more intentional with both business and personal life. With easy to follow ways to streamline your business, Abbey offers a valuable tool that lets you get back to your reason why. I found her easy to relate to and extremely down to earth with a wonderful, yet powerful message that left you with no excuses to streamline your business.
Emmie CogginsCoaching Student@photographybyemmie_
Before working with Abbey I struggled with managing my time and was directionless in running my business and making it profitable. She's taught me how to work smarter and how to make things work for me. She has helped me focus on the things that really matter in my business to make it profitable. This last year I more than doubled my income from the previous year!!! Plus I spent less time running my business  allowing me to devote more time to my family. Investing with Abbey has been one of the best things I've ever done for myself, my family and my business.
Terra CooperOnline Student@terracooperweddings
I have taken a few of Abbey Kyhl's classes and she is not only one of the best public speakers I know, but her classes/courses are always filled with great content that is applicable to everyone in our industry.  She has a passion for teaching others-especially from the lessons she has learned along the way so they don't repeat the same mistakes she says she has made. I would highly recommend anything Abbey puts together!
Jessica CaspersonOnline Student@jessicacaspersonphotogrpahy
Abbey has been such an inspiration to me ever since I first started my photography business. I look up to her so much and the way she runs her business. When I saw that she was offering all her education online, I had to take it.
Debbie LaughlinCoaching Student@debbielaughlinwriterphotog
Choosing one thing about education through everything Abbey offers, is like trying to describe life in one word.  Like relationships, businesses change, grow. That's why I realized Abbey was for me.  RELATIONSHIP.  I've spent thousands on other workshops & conventions, that, when over, so was the learning. Zero relationship. Workshops & coaching with Seven Summers grew with me. She encouraged, and also pushed. The advice given, with the right coaching or course for my stage, changed as my business did. This offered me personal instruction, and tools, within the nurturing structure of someone who cared about what I was doing.
Morgan Slade7S Team Member + Former Student@morganslade_
One of the single greatest choices I made on my path as an entrepreneur was to invest in courses from Abbey. The material she teaches is tailored to those who value not only their businesses but most importantly their families. If you want find harmony in both those spheres, hear a bunch of sports and BBC series analogies, and gain lifelong friends in the process-look no further. Seven Summers is changing lives and I am so grateful for their role in changing mine!
Eric O’ConnorIndustry Friend@rubis.io
If living your best life is important you need to know Abbey. She gives you the tools to operate more effectively and efficiently in your business in order to give you more time with those that count most, family. Abbey’s energy is infectious. Just sit down with her or take a seminar and you’ll walk away energized!
Meredith RyncarzWorkshop Attendee@meredithryncarz
I attended a workshop with Abbey in Virginia just as I was starting to shift my focus to mainly weddings.  Her advice was invaluable to the launch of us going into weddings full time.  As a mother who had a very poor work life balance, hearing her speak about how she prioritized her family and still made her business work was inspiring and changed how we approached our business.
Jacob McCarthyIndustry Friend@jacobmccarthyuk
Well, what can I say about Abbey! Her knowledge of the industry and her ability to scale a business is enviable. She's built incredible brands in the creative industry and leaves a lasting positive mark on all those lucky enough to come into contact with her!
Brecklee Gale7S Team Member@brecklee.gale
Do you ever find yourself trying to figure out what the next step is to better yourself and your family? Well, Seven Summers, Abbey and the team can help you with that. Before I started working with Abbey and the team, I wasn't quite sure what the next step was going to be. When Abbey reached out to me, it was an answer to so many prayers. This team has helped me learn and grow, helped me figure out a plan for the future, in the short couple months I've been working with them. If you are looking for the most brilliant gals and the best friendships, it's right here!
Annie HawkesIndustry Friend@anniespring
I have known Abbey for over 5 years now and have been impressed with her work from day one. She is an inspiration to so many within the industry and if you’re wondering why it’s probably because you’ve never met her. She is an extremely driven and hard worker. She always goes above and beyond what is expected of her! If you’re considering working with Abbey, I highly recommend doing so. You won’t regret it and odds are you will look back on this decision and realize what an incredible turning point it was for you and your business.
Annie SchreyerThe Shift@heyanniemay
I had never heard about Abbey until the Shift!  I had no idea what to expect, but I was instantly blessed to be able to relate on so many different levels!  I was immediately motivated to be better. I have only been in “business” 9 months, so I am very thankful to you for helping me realize my priorities early on so I don’t miss out on all of the important things!I felt so empowered by my own shift that is happening.  Thank you so much for helping me take control of my time and my life!
The BensonsWorkshop Attendee@sugarrushphoto_video
We took Abbey's Associate workshop and freaking loved it. The way she teaches and breaks down big concepts makes everything feel realistic to learn, and makes you feel completely capable to achieve it. She helps you find the motivation for what you're wanting to change, then gives you the tools you need to make it happen. FAST. Such an amazing teacher who has helped us completely change our business into something bigger than we dreamed.
Abigail ErinThe Shift@abigailerinphotography
I came across Seven Summers through The Shift. I was so excited to hear about Digital Distractions from Abbey. It was better than I could have expected. I learned more about social media addiction in her class than I did writing a 10 page paper on it college.
Mark MorrisIndustry Friend@workhive

Abbey brings energy and enthusiasm! She's an expert discussion leader, and has helped the small business owners and entrepreneurs in our office overcome obstacles as they grow their business. Abbey recently lead a workshop for our coworking office around effective digital marketing strategies that helped  attendees be more effective, and helped me rethink my own marketing efforts. I always look forward to hearing more from Abbey!

Ashley ZieglerWorkshop Attendee@ashleyzieglerphotos
I loved doing Abbey's online workshop. She always went above and beyond for everyone that was going through it. It was very well done and thought out. The assignments and exercises couldn't have been more helpful.
Dana ZebrowskiWorkshop Attendee@dana_rae_photography
I attended Abbey's workshop and to say it was a game changer is probably an understatement. It totally clarified so much for me with my business. It was intimate and it was great to have another mom and business woman be so real and honest.
Kami ShawWorkshop Attendee@kamio_photography_cda
Abbey's workshop completely changed the way I run my business. Her strategies gave me the courage to set boundaries, work smarter and run my business in a way that keeps my business from running my life.
Natalie FeltWorkshop Attendee@nataliefeltphotography
I enrolled in Abbey's online workshop and was so impressed from the very start. The information she provided me with helped me to immediately begin to organize my business in a more efficient way so that I could use my time more wisely.
Suzy HolmanWorkshop Attendee@simplysuzys
When I went to Abbey’s workshop I was drowning in my business. I had lots of clients and was working super hard and only making "good" money. I also was drowning personally, I couldn't find the balance between being a mom and a photographer and was almost going to walk away from my business.
Holly ReutzelWorkshop Attendee@hollyreutzel
Abbey Kyhl's workshop was the most motivational workshop I have ever attended!  Abbey was so transparent and created such a warm, inviting, and friendly environment.  I'm glad I attended her workshop when I was first starting out so I could avoid a lot of mistakes many photographers make.
Tiffanie PackerCoaching Student@tiffaniepacker
Abbey is an incredible photography coach and mentor.  With her experience in the industry, and her energetic personality, it's impossible to not like or trust her.  She gave me so much good advice when it came to picking my business off of the ground and building it right from the beginning.  She knows what works and how to set goals and achieve them.  
Angie BlackburnWorkshop Attendee@angieblackburnphotography
What I love about Abbey is she is REAL and genuine. She truly cares about what happens to you and she wants you to be successful. She is a great example and teacher for mom's because she puts family first and is still so successful at her business as well as her family. You will learn how to get what you want by making goals and working to achieve them in a realistic way.