Melanie Laurene in DOTE MAGAZINE Issue 2 - by Kaihla Tonai

Remember two weeks ago when I went to Calgary for a session and opportunity filled week?! With all the excitement and overwhelming love that has since come in after Mark & I announced our engagement, I had almost forgot about the incredible shooting opportunities that had taken place just days before the proposal. By now, the beautiful face of miss Melanie Laurene is no stranger to my blog--you guys have seen her lots from the very first time that we worked together to the latest Free People inspired session that we did last month for her jewellery collection. This girl has got it going on. Not only is she a one-man shop when it comes to her jewellery collection over on Etsy, but she's also a full time student, an Instagram connoisseur, and is your go-to gal when it comes to finding the best local food & restaurants in Calgary. I cannot tell you how many time I've expressed my thanks for the friendship that Mark & I share with her, and I am so grateful that we get to continually work together to create some absolutely insane imagery! kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_0268

As hard as it is for me to refrain from sharing this entire session with you, you're going to have to wait until the SECOND ISSUE OF DOTE MAGAZINE comes out in March 2015 and see some of these shots in PRINT! Melanie and her jewellery business will be featured in Calgary's newest local lifestyle magazine--DOTE--and I'm so thrilled that I was asked to shoot the feature!! If you haven't yet heard of DOTE MAGAZINE, I'll leave some links for you to check out! They're a brand new magazine that "focuses solely on local artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals who add to our cultural development and anyone passionate about fostering a creative, thoughtful life", and I could not be more excited to be involved in such a warm-hearted, inspiring, and creative group of talented and passionate individuals.

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Have you read the first issue of DOTE MAGAZINE yet?! If not, be sure and swing by Chapters in Chinook Centre, Plant in Inglewood, Village Ice Cream, or any of these other places in Calgary to grab a copy! And definitely follow the links below to keep up to date with the latest postings & behind the scenes looks from DOTE: Instagram Facebook Twitter

Aaaahhhhhh can it be March already??! SO excited to see this feature in print!!