Melanie - Free Spirit Session

"I wish I could show you, when you are lonely, or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being".

My intentions were never to pursue this, or to work day and night at creating something that lasts. My intentions were never to work with incredible individuals, with the primary purpose of connecting with them on a deeper level in order to show them how honestly raw and beautiful they are, and always have been. Life knows what we need and when we need it, and when I was feeling lost and alone in my own darkness, lacking those deep conversations with kindred souls, life handed me something that I didn't even know that I was looking for. What started as a way to simply shoot more photos, has developed into a passion that I simply cannot live without. I've never before felt compelled to work towards aiding women in realizing the uniqueness of their individual beauty, but I've quickly become addicted to connecting with these incredible free spirited souls.

kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_0001I found Melanie through Instagram--and what started out as an admiration towards her wonderful handmade jewellery, turned into the necessity to meet the stunning brunette behind those designs. Together we headed out to the riverbed on yet another breathtaking summer night. We waded through the icy ankle deep mountain waters as we worked together to create some of my favourite images to date.

Melanie's spirit is infectious, her laughter is contagious, and her insatiable drive behind following her own dreams is inspiring. I am forever grateful for social media, and how it has facilitated bringing like-minded people together, and I am even MORE grateful that YOU will be able to wear Melanie's unique jewellery designs if you're partaking in my upcoming Outdoor Free Spirit Marathon happening in SIX days!!!

Allow me the chance to show you the wildhearted beauty alive & well within your soul. Allow me the privilege of capturing that radiant & raw beauty that I & those who love you see when they look at you. Allow me the opportunity to hear about who you are and what you believe in. All YOURSELF to BE yourself. 


Spread the love and positive vibes with Melanie down in the comments below, and be sure and let us know which image(s) are your favourite!!! Also, if you have a minute, and more importantly if you like what you seen, please take a second and let me know by commenting down below, OR simply give this blog post a thumbs up :) I REALLY appreciate it, and it really helps me spread the word about these Free Spirit Sessions! :)

If you’re new to the blog and haven’t seen any of my posts lately, then I’ll just take a second to let you know that I have a FREE SPIRIT MARATHON happening at this EXACT location on Saturday, July 12!!! There are still a handful of time slots left in the marathon, so if you want to reserve a time of your own, or would simply like more info, let me know and I’ll be sure to email you a PDF FILLED with everything you need to know!


More details you might be interested in: Dress by: Free People Jewellery pictured: