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It happens every now and again…and when it does, I try to soak up every last emotion that comes with it.

Clarity, that is.

I think that may be the number one thing I pray about on the daily…just clarity, contentment, and peace with where I am at in that moment. Rarely do I ever feel all those things at one time, but when I do I am ever so thankful. I’m figuring out as I get older that a lot of those things come when I surround myself with the right people. Friends who are sincere about their love for me, my family who let’s me be exactly who I am, and people in general who have a positive outlook on life and overall good energy. It’s crazy how different I feel about myself when I’m not surrounding myself with good solid people. Do yourself a favor…get rid of the bad energy and surround yourself with people who truly support and love you.

Speaking of good company. Meet my neighbor, Talitha. We’ve lived in the same building the entire 2 years I’ve been here and I have not ran into her once, how is that even possible? I’m really bummed it took this long for us to cross paths because this girl is a gem. Though our friendship is new, I immediately felt I could be myself with her and that is a rare thing for me. A few days ago Talitha asked me if I could snap a few photos of her…her make-up was freshly done and she had just gone shopping…so what better excuse than to take photos am I right?! Still in yesterdays hair and make-up, I made my way downstairs (amazing) and we took about 20 minutes of photos in and around the apartment. The last-minute, unplanned shoots are the ones I always love. No time to think about it or plan all the perfect spots…you just go out and shoot what feels right. I need to do more of that kind of shooting.

What I didn’t know until later that night was that this was basically Talitha’s first time having her photos taken like this. She was freaking out over a few previews I sent over and just from a few of her words, I was reassured in my love for making women feel beautiful. I have talked about it before with my boudoir photography, but it really doesn’t matter if your clothed or not…or even if I have my camera involved or not…making women feel beautiful is a great feeling. Go out of your way today to give a woman a nice compliment, see what it does to her spirits. Be an encourager. The one quality that I see myself attracted to when it comes to friendships, are those who can just encourage me and are genuine about it. I think a lot of people, women especially, are afraid to compliment other women in fear that it makes them look weak. That’s bullshit. Everyone needs and deserves to see themselves in a beautiful light, and sometimes that doesn’t always happen through their own eyes. Be that person to help show them.

Personal thoughts are now over haha. Enjoy my gorgeous neighbor, Talitha. I mean…look at this girl.



  • August 4, 2014 - 11:40 am

    nancy nolan - I love all of this! She is gorgeous, you are gorgeous, these photos are gorgeous. Just…GORGEOUS!

  • August 4, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Stephanie - Wise words, lady. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and heart. Good read and reminder for this day.

  • August 4, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Michelle - You’re gorgeous. She’s gorgeous. The photos are gorgeous. So much beauty!!

    Tonhya, I’ve been following your work for well over a year now. You and Andria Lindquist have been the biggest sources of inspiration and amazement for me. I love the way you capture light and beauty and I’m always interested when you have a new post to see the world through your eyes. I just wanted to leave a note to thank you for putting not only your beautiful images, but also a bit of yourself out there for me (and the rest of the world) to see. Cheesy to say, maybe, but it enriches my life. Okay, enough sap! Bye!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Michelle - p.s., Hilarious that Nancy (above) and I had the same comment!! I was writing mine before I read anyone else’s, But, it’s certainly true!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Rachel Sumner - Love her! Love you! How have I been friends with you both this entire time, and not put the pieces together that you live in same building? geesh… And hell, yes here’s to awesome woman, being comfortable in your own skin and celebrating one another!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Karen - These are bang, bang BANGIN! Love your sweet words- this makes me adore you even more reading this and thinking back to how much fun we had at Beyonce with Dorothy and Allison. So thankful for your friendship and silly love you spread everywhere.

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Jonna - love when you share your heart through words and photos – just lovely!

  • August 4, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Sarah Becker Lillard - Tonhya – love these images and these words. I attended the Making Things Happen conference this spring and we were instructed to think of a person in our life who was toxic – I started the exercise thinking “Nobody!” and at the end had a page full of people, habits, etc. that are toxic to me and that I need to eradicate. Saying no to these things and people, although difficult, has allowed me to say yes to amazing, life giving, encouraging, and supportive friends and I am so very thankful. We are all in this journey together and I thank you for sharing your part. xoxo.

  • August 4, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Kelsey - Beautiful neighbor. Beautiful words. Beautiful Tonhya :) Love you sweet girl!

  • August 4, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Talitha - T Money!!! You are THE BEST! Like, WOW!!! I love love LOVE how all of these turned out!!! Not a few, but ALL of them!! Thank you for making me feel like a million bucks!

  • August 5, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Rebekka - Okay, so Talitha is my best friend, and I am DYING HERE! These are just UNREAL!!!!!! She is so beautiful and you really captured HER! You are an amazing photographer. Beautiful.

  • August 5, 2014 - 8:02 am

    alan bullock - The most beautiful girl in the world – inside and out – Talitha that is. We should know, we’re her parents. Tonhya, outstanding job of capturing all of that and more! Alan & Anoosh Bullock

  • August 6, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Julie - i don’t know you, but i know talitha. thank you for taking these, for your kind and true words and for capturing her stunning presence! the whole thing makes my heart full. bravo beautiful ladies.

  • August 15, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Jade - She is STUNNING. Love, love, LOVE.

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged a full wedding! I always aim to be better at blogging, but then life happens ya know?

So here’s the deal…

I’ve been holding on to a lot of my favorite weddings throughout this very long rebranding process…in hopes to show them off on the new site/blog. Once again…life happens for me and for those involved in my rebranding process so it’s taken a lot longer than I had anticipated. I’m happy to say that we are almost there and I can’t wait to just be done with it all and have the new stuff living/breathing on the inter-webs from here on out. With all that being said, weddings are backing up and I just have go for it and continue blogging all my weddings even if they aren’t on the new site/blog…they’ll be there someday right?

So the first wedding I’d love to share on the “catch-up with wedding blogging game” is this sweet couple, Christina and Justin! Talk about an amazing wedding from start to finish…this couple put so much love and thought into every detail of their wedding and I loved it. I love when couples have a meaning behind every aspect to their day, it makes it all so special. These two were very in-the-moment throughout their day. They embraced the tears, enjoyed every laugh, and held onto hugs just a tad bit longer and tighter…I love that about them. It was such a joy to be with these two on their wedding day and I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to document such an incredible day in their journey together.

Happy Monday everyone!


  • July 28, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Brooke - I am in love with these photos! Awesome job!

    Where was this wedding located?

  • July 30, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Nicole - Love it!! They look so happy and they really did incorporate so many personal details :)

  • August 10, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    adora - WOW! Spectacular location! Where was this?! Those views were amazing and the light was wonderful. I especially like the B&W photo of the bride and groom kissing, out of focus. That was artsy and thoughtful ton.

I’m a last minute girl. That’s just the way I’ve always been and I’m sure that drives people crazy…especially my family.

With only 4 hours of sleep last night, I’m running around like a mad woman trying to pack for a very exciting week!

Some of my earliest memories are fishing with my dad. Growing up we went fishing a lot and it was truly one of my favorite things to do with him…and it still is to this day. We are taking an amazing trip this week up to Alaska to fish the Kenai River and I couldn’t be more excited. Early morning sunrises, cups of cocoa, bowls of oatmeal, the peaceful silence of nature…I get giddy even thinking about it. This trip is so incredibly special to me and I’m so looking forward to a week with my pops…doing what we love.

No idea what my internet situation will be but you can keep up with my travels on instagram: tonhyakae

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Here a few iphone snaps from a little fishing trip last year!


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  • July 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Diana & Ray - Have fun Tonhya!!!

  • July 14, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Jonna - Can’t wait to see photos and videos! …and taste the yummy fish!! LOVE.