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The Curated Club

—this is what you’ve been waiting for 


Welcome to the community that you didn’t know you needed, until now —

In the earlier years of my photography career, I used to host a monthly social gathering for photographers of any and all kinds in my apartment. The intention was to simply hold a safe space to show up - no matter where you are on your journey, professional and hobbyist alike - and ask questions, connect, and goal-set.

It's really important to me to be an example in demonstrating that there is a space for you; if you - like me - don't connect with what you see out in your community, then I want to invite you to be a part of what I'm all about.

I know how hard it is to get out and meet people,
I know how hard it can be to push yourself,
I know how isolating being an entrepreneur can feel,
I know how hard it is to shoot regularly.
Let me help you.


Cultivating connection has always been something that I’ve been deeply passionate about, because I’ve not only experienced firsthand, but have also witnessed firsthand the sheer power and positive impact that meeting with other human beings can have on our mind, work, and general life outlook. 

So what is the Curated Club anyway?

The Curated Club is a place for you to show up monthly (or however frequently you choose) and shoot (without restraint, fear of judgement, or expectation), without having to curate the details on your own. I will be curating one (or more) lightly-styled couple’s sessions every single month in/around Calgary, Alberta, and giving you the opportunity to show up and shoot alongside of me. You’ll see down below the subscription/membership options that you can choose from, as well as the 2019 schedule.

These sessions are designed to strip away all of that EXTRA. This isn't about over-the-top elaborately styled sessions, nor is it about getting feature-worthy inspirational bridal content. Real people aren't connecting with unrealistic representations of what a wedding or engagement session is truly about. The Curated Club focuses on the real; this is about the people, in their real relationships, in their familiar clothing, or spaces. We need to get back to the heart of the matter, and that's what the Curated Club is going to help you to do. 


Membership Subscription Options

one month/one time — $89
three month subscription — $246
six month subscription — $472

Three and six month subscriptions allow you to commit to creating and practicing that much more for yourself, as well as allows you to collect more variety for your portfolio — your months can either happen consecutively, or can be chosen separately and spread out throughout the season. You will choose your months down below when you fill out the contact form.



2019 Curated Club Session Details

— exact session locations are subject to change; however, all of the sessions will take place in Calgary, or within 2 hours of the city, with the exception of April 27th, which is happening in Red Deer.

Wednesday, April 17th - sold out
9am - 11am - Calgary, AB

Saturday, April 27th - sold out
11am - 1pm - Red Deer In-Home

Tuesday, May 14th - sold out
7pm - 9pm - Starlands/badlands 

Thursday, June 13th - SOLD OUT
7:30pm - 9:15pm - Calgary, AB

Tuesday, July 16th - SOLD OUT
7:45pm - 9:45pm - Calgary or kananaskis


Thursday, August 15th - SOLD OUT
7:30pm - 9:30pm - Calgary, AB

Wednesday, September 18th - SOLD OUT
time + place tbd

Saturday, October 19th
4:30pm - 6:30pm

***there might be other dates popping up within these months, but those will be added if that’s decided + email members will be notified when new sessions open so that they have the option to join in before anyone else.


Each monthly session will be limited to a max of 8-10 photographers, and spots will be booked on a first come - first served basis. No refunds after you’ve secured your spot. If you can no longer make your session date + time, or have any other questions, email me

Once you fill out the contact form below and select your month(ly) attendance, I will send you an invoice and agreement form so that you can complete your registration and purchase.

Name *
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Choose your Subscription *
which membership option suits you best right now? there are only monthly memberships available currently, as there are only two sessions remaining in the 2019 calendar with availability.
Which month do you want to attend? *
now onto the fun part - pick which month(s) you're going to be a part of! ***if you've chosen either a 3 or 6 month subscription option, be sure to select either 3 or 6 dates. IF THE SESSION is not listed below, it means that it is sold out - jump on the waitlist down below with your sold out session date as the subject line.

Got a question?


Who can attend The Curated Club?
There are no restrictions when it comes to who can attend any of the Curated Club sessions. If you have a camera and would like to practice, experiment, and/or meet a few other like-minded photographers, then this will be perfect for you. That’s it! No judgement, no restrictions, no expectations.

What sort of sessions can we expect?
If you’re familiar with any of my work, then that’s what you can expect to see at the Curated Club sessions. All of the sessions will be super loosely/lightly styled, meaning that I’ll have a hand in the overall theme + clothing + models + location for each session so you can expect true Kaihla Tonai style and content.

Will you be teaching throughout the sessions?
I will definitely take some time at the start of each session to lead the session and direct the couples so that you're able to get a feel for how I like to approach my sessions and direct my couples; however, due to the nature of what the Curated Club is all about, this isn’t a space for me to engage in further in-depth mentoring throughout our time together. I’m for sure going to be there to help with settings, or answer any questions that you might have for me, but if you’d like to dive deeper into more one-on-one time together, I’d love to share a mentoring call or meet up with you after our shoot together! Anyone who attends one of the Curated Club sessions receive 20% off of a mentoring call.

Will The Curated Club be happening anywhere other than Calgary?
As of right now, the CC will be happening majorly in and around the Calgary area (all sessions are being held within 2 hours of Calgary, with the exception of one happening in Red Deer so far), but there is potential for the CC to expand outside of Calgary in the future…if you’d like the CC to come to you, email me and let me know where you’re located!

Are you working with any vendors/stylists/makeup artists etc?
If you' are one of the above and would like to collaborate on one of the CC’s monthly sessions, I’d love to hear from you — I’m always open to working with anyone who I vibe with and who’s mindset aligns with my own. If you’re wanting to be considered as a couple to model for one of the sessions/months, I’d love to hear from you as well!

How do we pay/what happens after I submit my inquiry?
Once you’ve submitted your inquiry/request form and selected your subscription option, you’ll be contacted by me and sent an agreement form + invoice. Payments are due 48hours after I send your invoice, or your dates will be released back into the public + back up for grabs.

Have another question that wasn’t answered here? Send me a note at and I will fill you in on whatever I may have left out here!