about me



Well hello there!  I'm Summer and I am a child and family photographer and Magic of Light workshop teacher based in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. To me childhood is magic. I aim to show that in my imagery by creating authentic yet beautiful portraits that harness light and life. If you are looking for perfectly posed photographs with every hair in place, I may not be the photographer for you. Kids should be kids, even during a photo session. I like to keep things simple, real, and most of all to have fun!  

Now, do you want to get a glimpse of who I really am? I absolutely adore:

My husband, my kids, Perrier , Zip-Fizz, exploring new places, Bit O'Honey, photographs, sunshine and pretty light, photo gear, color, the great outdoors, reality tv, instagram, mid-century modern anything, a good book, string cheese, being in the water, quirky movies, the beach, bike rides, starting new projects  (that I often don’t finish), and popcorn. 

Whew, that was an earful! If you want to chat about a session, or anything else for that matter, drop me a note here. I look forward to hearing from you!

xo, Summer


Family session fee is 850 dollars which includes immediate family members only up to six people. Each additional person is 50 dollars.   After your session, you will receive approximately 60 of the high resolution, edited jpeg images, a print release, and a soft cover album with your favorites from the session. 

Newborn session fee is 850 dollars. I only do lifestyle, in home newborn shoots.  After your session, you will receive approximately 60 of the high resolution, edited jpeg images, a print release, and a soft cover album with your favorites from the session. 

You will get your edited, high resolution jpeg images approximately 4-6 weeks after your session via a private, password protected, online gallery where you can digitally download them. I will shoot at any location within 30 miles of me. To shoot at locations further away, I require an additional travel fee to cover time and travel expenses. Contact me for details.

Please note that sessions are limited.  At this time, I book no more than one sessions a month on a first come first serve basis. In order to secure a spot for a session you must pay a $150 non-refundable deposit which goes toward your session fee. Contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

I am also available for commercial and editorial assignments. Please contact me for my current rates.                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Laughter (CM Book Volume 2) November 2011

cover of Ouders van Nu Septmember 2012

Chic Magazine Issue 5: the The Shimmer Issue June 2013

Chic Magazine  Issue 6: the Bold Issue September 2013

cover and feature in Mozi Magazine the Lighting Issue November 2013

Click  Issue 11 July/August 2014

cover and feature in Dreamer: A Creative Sketchbook Summer 2014

Click Issue 12 September/October 2014

Rangefinder July/August 2015

Eltern February 2016 

Click September/October 2016


Click Away 2014

SEE Palm Springs 2015

Click Away 2016

Photo Native 2017

Yeah Field Trip 2017


 Photographer Spotlight on Rock the Shot

Inspired: A Very Special Project with Summer Murdock Photography on M4H Photography

Top 25 Family and Kid Images for 2013 at Let the Kids Dress Themselves

Motherhood With A Camera: The Chorus: ChangesWonderMirrors

Mom.me "Our 50 Favorite Mom Photographers"

Move It  article on Clickin Moms

Clickin Moms Podcast Interview

"School is Out!: Magical Photos Remind Us What It's Like to Be a Kid in Summertime" feature on Feature Shoot

"The Idyllic Childhood Days of Summer" feature on SLR Lounge

Winner of "Best in Category" Human Face 2014 VOICE Print Competition

Finalist in the Human Connection category 2014 VOICE Print Competition

"Getting to Know You" on Everything Bloom

"8 Tips to Shooting Your Best 365" on Everything Bloom

"What I Learned From Shooting Daily" on Everything Bloom

Listed as one of "100 Photographers to Watch in 2015" 

"Islands","The Pool" and "Undiscovered" National Geographic

Finalist in the "Connection"  and  Composition and Design" category 2015 VOICE Print Competition

"Best Instagram Accounts to Follow"  on Mr Fox

"Tell On"  Artifact Uprising

Interview on Get Totally Rad

Feature and interview on Let the Kids Dress Themselves about adventuring with kids.

Huffington Post feature on The Magic of Light Workshop



I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark iv, Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 24-70 2.8 ii, Canon 135 2.0, Canon 85 1.4, Canon 50 1.2, Sigma Art 35 1.4, Canon 28 1.8,  Canon TS-E 24 3.5, and SPL Underwater housing for my Mark iii. I also shoot with the Fuji x100t.