Well hello there! I'm Summer, a Salt Lake City, Utah based photographer and photography educator who specializes in kids, lifestyle, and portraiture. I am inspired by the quirky stuff kids do, weird and wonderful human connections, pretty light, and the great outdoors. Utah and all of its amazing landscapes is the perfect place for me to merge these elements in my work. As an intuitive mom of four children of my own, I'm a pro at walking into tough, high-pressure situations with less than cooperative kids and making my client's vision come to life. When I'm not shooting, I’m running Illuminate Classes (which I co-founded) and teaching the Magic of Light Workshop. In my free time, I seek out every opportunity to hang outside in the sunshine, exploring and going on adventures with my husband and kids.

If you want to chat about an editorial or commercial assignment, or a commissioned portrait session, send me a note here. I look forward to hearing from you. 

xo, Summer


Commissioned family portrait sessions are 1400 dollars which includes immediate family members only up to six people. After your session, you will receive approximately 60 of the high resolution, edited jpeg images, a print release, and an 8 by 10 album with your favorites from the session. Your edited, high resolution jpeg images will be delivered 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.

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


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 "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"  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



Laughter (CM Book Volume 2) November 2011

cover of Ouders van Nu Septmember 2012

Chic Magazine June 2013

Chic Magazine September 2013

cover and feature in Mozi Magazine  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

The Long Way Home August 2016

Wilding Magazine September 2016







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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.